Holidays Calendar for June 21, 2014

National Indigenous Peoples Day (Día Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas), also translated as the National Day of Aboriginal Peoples, is a Chilean public holiday observed on the day of the winter solstice, which falls on June 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.

June 21 is Martyr's Day, which is a very important day for the Togolese Republic. This holiday commemorates death of those people, who sacrificed their lives for peaceful life in Togo.

The major national holiday in Greenland is National Day (Ullortuneq), that is annually celebrated on June 21. The festival is organized in every settlement and town of Greenland.

Andean-Amazonic New Year is a national holiday in Bolivia. It's an ancient celebration of the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

Summer solstice falls annually between 20-26 June, but the Swedes and the Finns have a tradition to celebrate Midsummer Day on the first Saturday after June 19.


The King’s Official Birthday (known as the Queen’s Official Birthday during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) is observed in most Commonwealth countries. In the United Kingdom, the sovereign’s birthday is officially celebrated on the first, second, or third Saturday in June, although King Charles III was born on November 14. Other Commonwealth realms may celebrate it on other days.


June 21 is World Hydrography Day. Annual celebration of this holiday emphasizes importance of hydrography particularly in protection of marine reserves and promotion of safe navigation in international waters and ports.

Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day, is one of the worldwide known music festivals, that is annually celebrated on June 21. The festival is organized in 110 countries around the world in more than 406 cities.

World Giraffe Day is observed annually on June 21. It was created to raise awareness of the importance of giraffe conservation and to celebrate the animal with the longest neck on the longest day or night of the year, depending on which hemisphere you live in.

Go Skateboarding Day is an annual event, celebrated on June 21. This event is organized under initiative of the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC).

International Surfing Day is an unofficial observance, that celebrates the sports of surging, surfing lifestyle and sustainability of ocean resources. It's annually observed on summer solstice, that falls on June 21, and on June 20 on leap years.

World Humanist Day is annually observed on day of summer solstice, that usually falls on June 21. This holiday was created under initiative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).

A T-shirt is one of the most comfortable and democratic items of clothing that is especially popular during hot weather. So it is not surprising that International T-Shirt Day is celebrated on the first day of astronomical summer in the Northern Hemisphere, or the day of the summer solstice (June 21).

Volunteer Responsibility Amnesty Day is observed twice a year, on June 21 and December 22 (the days of the summer and winter solstice). It was created for volunteers to take a step back and reconsider their commitments and responsibilities.

World Lambrusco Day, also known as International Lambrusco Day or simply Lambrusco Day, is observed annually on June 21. It celebrates an Italian red wine grape that is used to produce a variety of wine styles, most famously semi-sparkling (frizzante) wines.

The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails in the world, so it is not surprising that there is a holiday dedicated to it. World Martini Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of June.


World Juggling Day is observed annually on the Saturday closest to June 17. It was established by the International Jugglers’ Association to celebrate its founding anniversary and popularize juggling across the globe.


What comes to mind when you hear the words “Spanish food”? Paella, jamón, gazpacho, chorizo sausage, and tapas are among the most common associations with Spanish cuisine. In fact, tapas are so iconic that they even have a holiday dedicated to them. World Tapas Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of June.


Agriculture Day (Hari Krida Pertanian), also translated as Agricultural Activity Day, is celebrated in Indonesia annually on June 21. It was launched in 1972 to show appreciation to all people who work in the country’s agricultural sector.

The tradition of planting trees is very old in Cuba. The Cubans gathered to celebrate the first Arbor Day on October 4, 1904. However, during the next years the date was changed to its present-day June 21.

National Indigenous Peoples Day, originally established as National Aboriginal Day, is observed in Canada on June 21. It was created to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the indigenous peoples of Canada (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) to the country’s history and the development of Canadian culture.

The Day of Reflection (sometimes referred to as the Day of Private Reflection or the Day of Reflection and Reconciliation) is observed on June 21 each year. It was created to reflect on the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Day of the Finnish Flag has been observed annually since 1934. It is held on the Saturday between June 20 and June 26, on the same day when the Finns and the Swedes officially celebrate Midsummer Day.


The English ceremonial county of Suffolk observes its official holiday on June 21. Suffolk Day was created in 2016 to celebrate the rich history and culture of the county.

Shetland Flag Day, sometimes referred to as simply Shetland Day, is celebrated in Shetland on June 21. This date wasn’t chosen to honor the patron saint of the Shetland Islands or to commemorate an important event in Shetland’s history; it was chosen simply because it is the longest day of the year.

Anne and Samantha Day is observed twice a year, on the days of the summer and winter solstice. It was created to honor Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, two young girls who left a visible trace in history but whose lives were tragically cut short.


The birthday of the Prince of Wales is one of the designated flag flying days in the United Kingdom. Since King Charles III ascended to the throne and his son William became the Prince of Wales, it has been celebrated on June 21 every year.

June 21 is National Peaches and Cream Day. Peaches are great summer fruit to make a special treat. Today you can end your day with peaches and cream.

If you’re a fan of smoothies, do not miss your chance to celebrate National Smoothie Day on June 21. The origin of this unofficial food day is unclear, but it is not surprising that it is celebrated in summer, when fresh fruit and vegetables used to make smoothies are widely available.

The type of self-portrait photograph called selfie has become so popular that the word “selfie” was included in the Oxford English Dictionary and announced as being the “word of the year” in 2013. No wonder that there is National Selfie Day celebrated in the United States every June 21.

National Cookie Dough Day is observed annually on June 21. It was created to celebrate a sweet treat that many people in North America consider their comfort food.

International Day of Yoga, also known as International Yoga Day, is annually observed on June 21. This observance was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.

The International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice was added to the list of the United Nations international days in 2019. It is celebrated on June 21 (the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere) to highlight the importance of the solstice in the culture of many indigenous peoples and to encourage cultural exchange.

Some Arab countries, like Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, United Arab Emirates, annually celebrate Father's Day on June 21, that is a day of summer solstice.

This Day in History

  • 2012 A Fokker 27 that belonged to the Indonesian Air Force crashed into a housing complex in the city of Jakarta, killing 11 people (4 on the ground).
  • 2004 SpaceShipOne became the first spaceplane to complete a manned private spaceflight. It was developed and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures.
  • 2001 Died: John Lee Hooker, American blues singer, songwriter and musician. One of his best known songs is One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.
  • 1990 Died: Cedric Belfrage, English journalist, writer, film critic, and political activist best known as a co-founder of the radical newspaper The National Guardian.
  • 1985 Born: Lana Del Rey (stage name of Elizabeth Woolridge Grant), American singer-songwriter who rose to international prominence in 2011.
  • 1982 John Hinckley, Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity for attempting to assassinate United States President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
  • 1978 The musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opened at the Prince Edward Theater in London. The title role was played by Elaine Paige.
  • 1970 Died: Sukarno, Indonesian revolutionary, politician and statesman who served as the first President of Indonesia from 1945 until his ousting in 1967.
  • 1965 Born: Lana Wachowski (born Laurence Wachowski), American film director, screenwriter and producer who works in tandem with her younger brother Andy.
  • 1964 Three Mississippi civil rights workers were murdered in Neshoba County by members of the local White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • 1964 Born: David Morrissey, English actor of stage and screen, film director, film producer and screenwriter. His career spans over 30 years.
  • 1954 Died: Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American electrical engineer who is primarily remembered for his work in the development of the zipper.
  • 1953 Born: Benazir Bhutto, Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister from 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996. She earned the unofficial title "Iron Lady".
  • 1948 Born: Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish novelist best known for his The Witcher Saga, a series of fantasy short stories and novels about Geralt of Rivia.
  • 1945 The Battle of Okinawa between the Allied forces and Japan ended during the Pacific War of World War II. It resulted in the Allied victory.
  • 1944 Born: Tony Scott, British film director and producer, the younger brother of Ridley Scott. One of his most successful films is Top Gun.
  • 1935 Born: Françoise Sagan, French novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her best known novel is Bonjour Tristesse (Hello Sadness) published in 1954.
  • 1914 Died: Bertha von Suttner, Austrian novelist and pacifist who became the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, receiving it in 1905.
  • 1908 Died: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer whose best known works include Capriccio Espagnol and the Great Russian Easter Overture.
  • 1905 Born: Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, novelist, dramatist, literary critic and political activist. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but refused it.
  • 1903 Born: Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist primarily remembered for his black and white portraits of Broadway stars and celebrities.
  • 1898 The United States captured Guam from the Kingdom of Spain during the Spanish-American War. The capture of Guam was a bloodless event.
  • 1876 Died: Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mexican politician and general who served as the eighth President of Mexico. He was called "the Napoleon of the West".
  • 1850 Born: Daniel Carter Beard, American illustrator, author and social reformer best known as founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • 1813 The Battle of Vitoria was fought during the Peninsular War. The French army was defeated by the Allied forces (British, Portuguese and Spanish army).
  • 1749 The town of Halifax was founded in Nova Scotia, Canada. This marked the beginning of Father Le Loutre's War, which lasted until 1755.
  • 1734 In Montreal, Marie-Joseph Angélique, a Portuguese-born black slave, was executed for setting the fire that destroyed much of the city.
  • 1621 Died: Kryštof Harant, Czech nobleman, traveler, humanist, soldier, writer and composer. He took an active part in the revolt of Protestants.
  • 1582 Died: Oda Nobunaga, powerful samurai daimyo and warlord of Japan who initiated the unification of Japan in the late 16th century. He committed seppuku.
  • 1527 Died: Niccolò Machiavelli, Florentine politician, diplomat, humanist, philosopher, historian and writer during the Renaissance. He was the founder of political ethics.