Holidays Calendar for April 24, 2016

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, also referred to as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day, is a public holiday in the Republic of Armenia observed on April 24. It is also commemorated by the Armenian diaspora throughout the world.

Turkmen Horse Day is a public holiday in Turkmenistan held annually on the last Sunday in April. It celebrates the Akhal-Teke, a horse breed from Turkmenistan which is presented on the country's official coat of arms.


Concord Day is one of the twelve official public holidays recognized by the Government of Niger. It is celebrated annually on April 24. On this day, all government offices, educational institutions, and businesses are closed.

Democracy Day (Loktantra Diwas) is a public holiday in Nepal celebrated on April 24. It commemorates the restitution of the Nepal House of Representatives that took place on April 24, 2006.

Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday. The feast exists both in Western and Eastern Christianity, but falls on different dates.


Pesah, or Passover is one of the most significant Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. This festival commences on Nisan 15 and lasts for seven days in Israel and for eight days in the diaspora.


World Day for Laboratory Animals, also known as World Day for Animals in Laboratories or World Lab Animal Day, is an annual global observance held on April 24. It was established in 1979 by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) based in the United Kingdom.

World Veterinary Day is a global professional observance celebrated annually on the last Sunday in April. It was established in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA).


National Panchayati Raj Day, also known as National Local Self-Government Day, is a holiday in India celebrated by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj on April 24. It was inaugurated by the 14th Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh in 2010.

April 24 is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day. You must have tried sausages wrapped into dough and baked in the oven to golden crust. They are perfect appetizers for a party!

This Day in History

  • 2013 An eight-story commercial building collapsed near Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. 1,129 were killed and 2,515 injured.
  • 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2004 Died: Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founder of the Estée Lauder Companies, manufacturer of skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.
  • 1997 Died: Eugene Stoner, American engineer, most commonly associated with development of the AR-15 rifle, adopted by the US military as M16.
  • 1990 A 48-year quarantine was lifted in Gruinard Island, Scotland, after it officially declared free of the anthrax disease.
  • 1982 Died: Ville Ritola, Finnish runner, one of the Flying Finns, winner of five Olympic gold medals and three Olympic silver medals in the 1920s.
  • 1980 Born: Austin Nichols, American actor and director, best known for the role as Jullian Baker in One Tree Hill. He also starred in the films The Day After Tomorrow, Wimbledon, The House of Usher.
  • 1972 Died: Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, one of the most important artist in the history of painting in the Philippines. He is well known for his craftsmanship and mastery in the use of light.
  • 1970 The Chinese launched their first satellite Dong Fang Hong I.
  • 1964 Died: Gerhard Domagk, German pathologist and bacteriologist, the discoverer of Sulfonamidochrysoidine, the fist commercially available antibiotic. He received for this work Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1960 Died: Max von Laue, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.
  • 1953 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Winston Churchill, a British politician, writer, historian and artist.
  • 1952 Born: Jean Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer. He was the creative director of Hermès and owns brand Jean Paul Gaultier.
  • 1947 Born: Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for studies of the process by which genetic information from DNA is copied to RNA.
  • 1942 Died: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author, best known for novels Anne of Green Gables, Par of Silver Bush, The Story Girl.
  • 1942 Born: Barbra Streisand, American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer. During her 60-year career she became an iconic figure in multiple fields of entertainment and won numerous awards, among them Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globes Awards, Emmy Awards and Kennedy Center Honors.
  • 1934 Born: Shirley MacLaine, American actress, singer, and dancer, winner of Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Cecil B. DeMille Awards, Emmy Awards and BAFTA Awards. She received AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, the highest honor for a career in the US film industry, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013 for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
  • 1933 Nazi Germany began its prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg. During the prosecution about 10,000 Witnesses were imprisoned, estimated 1,200 died in custody.
  • 1926 Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Berlin. Both sides pledged neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
  • 1923 The Ego and the Id (Das Ich und das Es) by Sigmund Freud was first published in Vienna. This study outlines Freud's theories of the id, ego and super-ego.
  • 1905 Born: Robert Penn Warren, American author and poet, the receiver of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for his novel All the King's Men and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
  • 1904 The ban within the Russian Empire on all Lithuanian language publications printed in the Latin alphabet was lifted after almost 40 years.
  • 1900 Born: Elizabeth Goudge, English author of novels, short stories and children's books. She is best known for her book The Little White Horse, that won her the Carnegie Medal for British children books.
  • 1880 Born: Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American engineer and businessman, best known as the developer of the zipper.
  • 1877 Russian Empire declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The war lasted for one year, in its aftermath Bulgarian state was reestablished, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro de jure gained independence from the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1852 Died: Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet, the leading figure in Russian literature in the first half of the 19th century.
  • 1845 Born: Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet, Nobel Prize laureate in special appreciation of his epic Olympian Spring.
  • 1743 Born: Edmund Cartwright, English clergyman and inventor, best remembered for invention of the power loom.
  • 1731 Died: Daniel Defoe, English journalist,. writer, trader, and spy, best remembered for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
  • 624 Died: Mellitus, the first Bishop of London, the third Archbishop of Canterbury.