Holidays Calendar for July 24, 2016

Children's Day is a public holiday in Vanuatu. This holiday was established under initiative of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and it's annually celebrated on July 24.

Simón Bolívar was a very influential Venezuelan statesman and military leader during the Latin American Wars of Independence. His birthday is annually commemorated in Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia on July 24. The holiday is known as Simón Bolívar Day.

Venezuela celebrates two holidays on July 24. The first one is Simón Bolívar Day, and the second one is Navy Day. This holiday honors the Battle of Lake Maracaibo, that took place in 1823.

July 24 is celebrated as National Tequila Day. It is devoted to a popular distilled beverage made from the blue agave. Spirits called “tequila” can only be produced in Mexico. According to Mexican laws, tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco.

The fourth Sunday in July is Parents' Day in the USA. This holiday is a kind of combination of Father's Day and Mother's Day.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Garry Davis, American pilot and international peace activist primarily remembered for creating the so-called World Passport.
  • 2001 Former King of Bulgaria Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha gave an oath as Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He was in office until 2005.
  • 1998 Russell Eugene Weston, Jr., entered the Capitol and opened fire, killing two police officers. He was ruled to be incompetent to stand trial.
  • 1997 Died: William J. Brennan, Jr., American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court for over 30 years.
  • 1995 Died: George Rodger, British photojournalist best known for his work in Africa and for his photos from Bergen-Belsen at the end of WWII.
  • 1991 Died: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born Jewish-American author who wrote in Yiddish. He was awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1986 Died: Fritz Albert Lipmann, German-American biochemist who was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with Hans Adolf Krebs.
  • 1982 Born: Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zelandian actress. She is the second youngest winner in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • 1981 Born: Summer Glau, American actress best known for her roles as River Tam on the TV series Firefly and Isabel Rochev on Arrow.
  • 1980 Died: Peter Sellers, British actor, singer and comedian known for his role as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series.
  • 1974 Died: James Chadwick, English physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the neutron three years earlier.
  • 1969 Apollo 11 landed in the Pacific Ocean. It was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
  • 1969 Born: Jennifer Lopez, also known as J. Lo, famous American actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, author and fashion designer.
  • 1968 Born: Kristin Chenoweth, American actress and singer who is best known for originating the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked.
  • 1959 Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev had the so-called Kitchen Debate at the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow.
  • 1950 Bumper 8 became the first ever rocket to be launched from Cape Canaveral. It was followed by Bumper 7 that was launched on July 29.
  • 1943 During WWII, the Allies launched Operation Gomorrah, also known as the Battle of Hamburg. British official later called it the Hiroshima of Germany.
  • 1942 Born: Chris Sarandon, American actor best known for playing Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride and Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night.
  • 1927 Died: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer considered to be the "father of the Japanese short story". He committed suicide at age 35.
  • 1923 The Treaty of Lausanne was signed between Turkey and Allies of World War I. It established Turkish sovereignty within its new borders.
  • 1921 Born: Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist, composer, broadcast and educator regarded as the world's foremost spokesman for jazz.
  • 1864 The Second Battle of Kernstown was fought during the American Civil War. It resulted in the victory of Confederates led by Jubal Early.
  • 1862 Died: Martin Van Buren, American politician and statesman who served as the 8th President of the United States (from 1837 to 1841).
  • 1860 Born: Alphonse (Alsons) Mucha, Czech Art Nouveau painter, decorative artist and illustrator well known for his unique, distinct style.
  • 1857 Born: Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish realist writer who was awarded the 1917 Nobel Prize for Literature, sharing it with Karl Gjellerup.
  • 1847 Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City. Nowadays, it is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Utah.
  • 1803 Born: Adolphe Adam, prolific French composer and music critic best known for his operas and ballets, such as Giselle and Le corsaire.
  • 1802 Born: Alexandre Dumas, French writer whose best known historical novels include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
  • 1739 Died: Benedetto Marcello, Italian composer, writer, lawyer, teacher. As a composer, he is best known for his Estro poetico-armonico.
  • 1701 French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe founded a trading post that would become the city of Detroit, Michigan.