Holidays Calendar for June 21, 2016

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 and ancient celebration of summer solstice.

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.

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).

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.

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This day recognizes and celebrates the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, to the development of the 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.

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.

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

Annually 21 days from Flag Day are Honor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.

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.