Holidays Calendar for September 22, 2016

The citizens of Bulgaria celebrate Independence Day on September 22. This public holiday commemorates the independence of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire in 1908.

Blessed Rainy Day is a public and religious holiday celebrated in the Kingdom of Bhutan during the rainy season. It typically falls in September in the Gregorian calendar. In some localities, this holiday is considered even more important than Losar (Tibetan New Year).

Autumnal Equinox is a public holiday in Japan. It's celebrated on September 22 or 23. Since equinox may fall on different dates, the exact date of celebration is not announced till February of previous year.


September 22 is Independence Day in Mali. This national holiday commemorates the independence of Mali from France as the Republic of Mali in 1960.

World Car Free Day is a global event held on September 22. It encourages drivers to give up their cars for a day and use public transportation, ride a bicycle, or simply walk.

World Rhino Day is an international ecological observance celebrated on September 22. It was inaugurated in 2010 to raise awareness of the need to protect the five existing species of rhinoceros: white rhino, black rhino, Indian rhino, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino.

American Business Women's Day is celebrated on September 22. This secular holiday honors the anniversary of the founding of the American Business Women's Association.

Almost every holiday celebrated across the world has its history or commemorates certain persons or events. However, there are some holidays, that can't boast specific history, and among them is Teachers' Day in Uruguay.

National Arbor Day is annually observed in Barbados on September 22. The first observance of this day dates back to 1907.

Day of Languages of the Peoples of Kazakhstan is observed on September 22. It was established in 1998 by a Presidential Decree to celebrate all the languages spoken in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The date of September 22 was chosen to commemorate the law “On Languages” which was adopted on that day in 1989.

Day of Partisan Glory is an official remembrance day observed in Ukraine on September 22. It was officially established in 2001 by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to honor the heroes of the Ukrainian resistance movement during the Second World War.

On September 22, Latvia and Lithuania celebrate the Day of the Baltic Unity. This holiday was established in 2000 to commemorate the Battle of Saule which was fought in 1236. In this battle, Baltic tribes defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword.

In Estonia, September 22 is observed as Resistance Fighting Day. It is an official remembrance day that commemorates Otto Tief's failed attempt to restore the country's independence in 1944. The day is considered a national holiday, but it is a working day.

OneWebDay is an annual global observance held on September 22. Its goals are to celebrate the World Wide Web and to raise awareness of the importance of Internet accessibility.

September 22 is a holiday for all of you chocoholics out there. It is the National White Chocolate Day.

Hobbit Day is an informal holiday celebrated by Tolkien fans. It falls on September 22, the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins is the protagonist of The Hobbit, and his relative Frodo is the primary protagonist of The Lord of the Rings.

Mabon is a Pagan festival, that is connected with autumn equinox. This is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth.


This Day in History

  • 2015 Died: Yogi Berra, American Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, manager, and coach. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–65) for the New York Yankees.
  • 2013 Died: David H. Hubel, Canadian neurophysiologist and academic, noted for his studies of the structure and function of the visual cortex. In 1981 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system.
  • 2007 Died: Marcel Marceau, French actor and mime, best known for his stage persona as Bip the Clown. He performed professionally for over 60 years, some of his techniques were used by Michael Jackson in his own dance steps.
  • 1999 Died: George C. Scott, American actor, director, producer, best known for his stage work and portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton. He also played General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
  • 1995 The Sri Lankan Air Force carried out a bombing of the Nagar Kovil Maha Vidyalayam school in Jaffna. The government of Sri Lanka denied the fact of the bombing, however, at least 34 civilians, mostly schoolchildren, died.
  • 1993 A barge stroke a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama and caused a span and deformation of the rails. Eight minutes later the an Amtrak train collapsed running this bridge. 47 people were killed and 103 injures.
  • 1989 Died: Irving Berlin, American composer, lyricist, widely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He is best known for such international hits as Alexander's Ragtime Band, Easter Parade, White Christmas, Happy Holiday.
  • 1975 Sara Jane Moore tried to assassinate U.S. President Grald Ford. She was foiled by Oliver Sipple, who was in a crowed, that had gathered to see President emerging from the St. Francis Hotel.
  • 1959 Born: Saul Perlmutter, American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his works on supernovae, that led to reinvigoration of research into the nature of the Universe and into the role of dark energy.
  • 1958 Born: Andrea Bocelli, Italian tenor, artist. Although he became blind at the age of 12, he made a successful career in music. He recorded 14 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, 9 complete operas and 3 greatest hits albums.
  • 1957 Born: Nick Cave, Australian musician, songwriter, author, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He also worked as a composer for films, including The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road.
  • 1956 Died: Frederick Soddy, English radiochemist, best known for explanation of radioactivity decay and formulation of the theory of isotopes. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1921.
  • 1952 Died: Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, Finnish jurist and academic, the 1st President of Finland and a nationalist liberal. His term in the office was marked by eight successions of short-lived governments.
  • 1951 Born: David Coverdale, English singer, the lead singer of Deep Purple from 1973 to 1976. He is famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978.
  • 1941 German SS murdered 6,000 Jews, who survived the previous killings a few days later. This event took place on Jewish New Year Day in the city of Vinnytsya, Ukraine.
  • 1934 266 miners died at Gresford Colliery after an explosion. The explosion caused the inferno and blocked the access to road and sections of the colliery. Only six men managed to escape the trap.
  • 1932 Born: Algirdas Brazauskas, Lithuanian politician, the 1st President of independent Lithuania after dissolution of the Soviet Union. During the Soviet era he was the head of the Communist Party of Lithuania.
  • 1901 Born: Charles Brenton Huggins, Canadian-born American physician, physiologist, known for his work on cancer research. In 1966 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering that hormones could be used to control the spread of some cancers.
  • 1895 Born: Paul Muni, American actor, best known for leading role in Scarface. He is also remembered for roles in films The Valiant, The Story of Louis Pasteur, The Life of Emile Zola.
  • 1875 Born: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Lithuanian painter, composer and writer, known for contributions to symbolism and art nouveau. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of abstract art in Europe and during his short life he composed about 400 pieces of music and created about 300 paintings.
  • 1870 Born: Charlotte Cooper, English tennis player, a five-time winner of Wimbledon Championships, the first female Olympic champion (the 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris).
  • 1862 President of the USA Abraham Lincoln released a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the proclamation, the emancipation would be ordered to all slaves in any state that did not end its rebellion against the Union by January 1, 1863.
  • 1861 Died: Ernst Friedrich Zwirner, German architect, known for his immense works. He designed number of castles across Germany, but he is best known for work on Cologne Cathedral.
  • 1857 The Russian warship Lefort capsized and sank during a storm in the Gulf of Finland. All people on board (756 crew and officers, 53 women and 17 children) sank.
  • 1792 The first day and month Primidi Vendémiaire of year one of the French Republican Calendar, marking the French First Republic coming into being. The calendar was used for about 12 years until it was abolished by Napoléon.
  • 1791 Born: Michael Faraday, English scientist, best known for his contributions to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry and discoveries of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
  • 1703 Died: Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician, scientist, the pupil of Torricelli and disciple of Galileo. He was a prominent scientist of his time and received many jobs offers, including from Louis XIV of France and John II Casimir of Poland.
  • 1692 The last wave of the Salem witch trails took place: 8 people were hanged. In total 19 people were executed: 18 were hanged and 1 was pressed beneath an increasingly heavy load of stones.
  • 1566 Died: Johannes Agricola, German theologian and academic, the follower and close friend of Martin Luther, who became his antagonist in the matter of the binding obligation of the law on Christians. Agricola is also known as the first person to make a commentated collection of German proverbs.
  • 1539 Died: Guru Nanak, Pakistani religious leader, founder of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus. The day of his birth is celebrated by the Sikhs world-wide.
  • 1499 Switzerland and the Holy Roman Empire signed the Treaty of Basel, that concluded the Swabian War, fought between the Swabian League and the Old Swiss Confederacy. The treaty de facto declared independence of Switzerland from the Roman Empire.