Holidays Calendar for November 21, 2012

Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two autonomous entities: the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each entity celebrates its own public holidays. For instance, General Framework Agreement Day is celebrated in the Republika Srpska on November 21.

Do you have any idea, why should you greet today at least ten people with a single and simple word “Hello?”. If you don't know, it's World Hello Day, and it's annually celebrated by people from at least 180 countries on November 21.

European Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day is an annual observance held on November 21. It was officially established in 2006 by the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (EFCS) to raise public awareness of the challenges that people with cystic fibrosis have to face on a daily basis.

World Fisheries Day is celebrated annually on November 21 by all people whose livelihood depends on fisheries. Its main objectives are to highlight the contribution of commercial fishing to the global economy and to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable fisheries.

World COPD Day (also known as World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day) is annually observed on the second or third Wednesday in November (mostly the third). This international observance was created in 2002.


GIS Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on the third Wednesday in November. This holiday was created in 1999 in the USA and later it spread to other countries.


Taxation Authorities Workers' Day is an official professional day in Russia. It annually falls on November 21.

The members of Army, Navy and Air Force of the Bangladesh Liberation War forces launched a successful attack on the Pakistani Army on November 21, 1971. This anniversary is annually commemorated in Bangladesh as Armed Forces Day.

Armed Forces Day is celebrated in Greece on November 21. This day coincides with another religious feast of a great importance in Greece, the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple. The feast is known for the Western Christians as the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Air Assault Forces Day is an official professional holiday observed in the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 21. It is commonly referred to as Paratroopers’ Day. The observance was officially established in 2017 to replace Airmobile Forces Day.

Social Workers’ Day (Dzień Pracownika Socjalnego) is a statutory holiday in Poland that was established in 1990. It is celebrated on November 21. Social Workers’ Day is the holiday of all people who are professionally involved in social work.

Accounting is arguably one of the most important jobs, since nearly all organizations and businesses need an accountant or a team of accountants to run smoothly and effectively. This is why it is so strange that Russia, with its plethora of professional holidays, doesn’t have a day set aside to celebrate accountants. Luckily, Russian accountants have taken matters into their own hands and observe Accountant Day informally on November 21.

National Education Support Professionals Day, also known as National ESP Day, is celebrated annually on the Wednesday of American Education Week, which is typically the third Wednesday of November.


Dignity and Freedom Day is a Ukrainian observance that marks the anniversary of Euromaidan, a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest that led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. Celebrated on November 21, it was established by President Petro Poroshenko on November 13, 2014 and has been observed every year since.

Buß- und Bettag (Day of Repentance and Prayer) is a public holiday in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is celebrated on the second Wednesday before the first Sunday of Advent.


Shortly before Thanksgiving, on November 21, National Stuffing Day is celebrated. It is a perfect occasion to try out a new turkey stuffing recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.

No Music Day is celebrated by all enthusiasts around the world on November 21. This holiday was introduced in 2005 by Bill Drummond, who wanted to draw attention to the cheapening music and its mindless use in contemporary society.

November 21 is the perfect day to show off your baking skills because it is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Grab your rolling pin and cookie cutters, and make some delicious cookies for your family and friends to celebrate the occasion.

The third Wednesday of November is the perfect day to sit back and relax with a glass of wine since it is National Zinfandel Day. This amazing holiday was created to celebrate one of the most popular wine grape varieties grown in California vineyards.


World Television Day is one of the UN international observances. It is celebrated by all member states on November 21.

National Fish Day (Hari Ikan Nasional), also known as National Fisheries Day, is observed in Indonesia on November 21 every year. It was inaugurated in 2014 to highlight the role of fish and aquaculture in the country’s economy and the welfare of its citizens.

National Red Mitten Day is a Canadian observance held annually on November 21. It was launched to support Canadian athletes and raise money for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

This Day in History

  • 2017 Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe following a coup d'état and an impeachment resolution. He ruled the country for 30 years from 1987 until his resignation.
  • 2013 Large protests began in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in response to the president's decision not to sign the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement. They became known as Euromaidan.
  • 2012 Died: Emily Squires, American television producer and director. She is best known as one of the directors of Sesame Street, working on the project for 25 years.
  • 2006 Died: Hassan Gouled Aptidon, Somalian-Djiboutian politician, the 1st President of Djibouti from 1977 to 1999.
  • 2004 The island of Dominica was hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern part of the island was severely damaged. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe.
  • 1996 Died: Abdus Salam, Pakistani physicist, a prominent scientist, known for work on space program and nuclear weapons program in Pakistan. In 1979 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for contribution to electroweak unification.
  • 1996 A Humberto Vidal shoe shop, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico exploded due to the gas leakage in the building. 33 people were killed immediately by the explosion, over 80 were wounded, when the building collapsed.
  • 1992 Died: Kaysone Phomvihane, Laotian politician, the 2nd President of Laos, serving from August 15, 1991 to his death.
  • 1985 Born: Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician. Her breakthrough came in 2012 with Jepsen's acclaimed single "Call Me Maybe".
  • 1980 A fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada. 87 people died in the blaze, over 650 others were injured. This fire is considered to be the worst disaster in the history of Nevada.
  • 1975 Died: Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic author who wrote mainly in Danish. Despite big difficulties, he became one of the most popular novelists in Germany and Denmark.
  • 1972 Voters in South Korea approved a new constitution, thus giving legitimacy to Park Chang-hee and the Fourth Republic.
  • 1970 Died: Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist, known for his groundbreaking work in the field of light scattering. This work earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
  • 1969 President of the USA Richard Nixon and Prime Minister of Japan Eisaku Satō agreed on the return of Okinawa island to Japanese administration. Under the terms of the agreement, the USA retained its rights to nuclear-free bases on the islands.
  • 1965 Born: Alexander Siddig, English actor and director best known for his roles as Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Doran Martell on Game of Thrones, and Ra's al Ghul on Gotham.
  • 1965 Born: Björk, Icelandic singer and songwriter, initially known as the leading singer of the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes. She began her solo career in 1993.
  • 1963 Born: Nicolette Sheridan, British and American actress known for her roles as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing and as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.
  • 1953 The British Natural History Museum announced that the Piltdown Man skull, believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, was a hoax.
  • 1948 Born: Michel Suleiman, Lebanese politician, the 16th President of Lebanon, serving from May 24, 2008 to May 25, 2014.
  • 1945 Born: Goldie Hawn, American actress, film director and producer. Hawn is best known for the roles in Cactus Flower, The First Wives Club, There's a Girl in My Soup, Shampoo, Private Benjamin etc.
  • 1944 Born: Harold Ramis, American actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for the role as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. As a writer-director, his most notable films are Groundhog Day and Analyze This.
  • 1924 Born: Christopher Tolkien, English author and academic. He was the third and the youngest son of J. R. R. Tolkien and he made editions of much of his father's posthumously published works. He also drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings.
  • 1920 Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland: 31 people, including 14 British informants, 14 Irish civilians and 3 Irish Republican Army prisoners, were killed in Dublin.
  • 1916 Died: Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 till his death.
  • 1905 The Journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", revealing the relationship between energy and mass.
  • 1902 Born: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born author, a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement. In 1978 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1898 Born: René Magritte, Belgian artist, a known figure of Surrealism movement. He is famous for a number of provoking and witty images, challenging observer's preconditioned perceptions of reality. One of his most notable works is The Son of Man.
  • 1877 Thomas Edison announced the invention of the phonograph, the first machine that could record and play sound.
  • 1874 Died: Marià Fortuny, Spanish painter. Despite his short career he created a number of works, becoming a painter with an international recognition.
  • 1854 Born: Pope Benedict XV. His papacy lasted from September 3, 1914 till his death in 1922. His pontificate was overshadowed by World War I and its social, political and humanitarian consequences in Europe.
  • 1811 Died: Heinrich von Kleistf, German author and poet. His most notable works include The Marquise of O, The Broken Jug, Michael Kohlhaas. The Kleist Prize, a prestigious prize for German literature, is named after him.
  • 1783 French pioneers of aviation Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes made the first untethered flight of a hot air balloon in Paris.
  • 1695 Died: Henry Purcell, English composer, generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers. His style incorporated Italian and French stylistic elements to produce a uniquely English form of Baroque music.
  • 1694 Born: François-Marie Arouet, known by his pen name Voltaire, French writer, historian and philosopher. He is well known for his wit and attacks on the Catholic Church, advocating freedom of religion, freedom of expression and separation of church and state.
  • 1495 Born: John Bale, English churchman and historian, the author of the oldest known historical verse drama in English. He is also known for developing and publishing a very extensive list of the works of British authors down to his own time.