Holidays Calendar for November 21, 2016

Dignity and Freedom Day is a public holiday in Ukraine, celebrated on November 21. This holiday was established by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on November 13, 2014 to commemorate the anniversary of the Euromaidan protests.

Revolution Day is a Mexican public holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. The revolution began on November 20, but the celebration is held on the third Monday of November.


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.

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.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, on November 21, the 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.

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

This Day in History

  • 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.
  • 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, writing 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: 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.
  • 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. As an author he wrote more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.
  • 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.