Holidays Calendar for September 24, 2016

Constitution Day is a Cambodian national holiday celebrated on September 24. It commemorates the re-coronation of King Norodom Sihanouk and the adoption of the Constitution of Cambodia in 1993.

September 24 is celebrated as Our Lady of Mercy Day in the Dominican Republic. This public and religious holiday celebrates the country's patroness, Our Lady of Mercy (Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes).

National Day of Guinea-Bissau is celebrated on September 24. This public holiday commemorates the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau from Portugal in 1973.

New Caledonia Day is the national day of New Caledonia, a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific. It is celebrated on September 24 to commemorate the day New Caledonia officially became a French colony.

Heritage Day is one of the public holidays celebrated in South Africa. It is observed on September 24. The holiday focuses on celebrating the culture, beliefs, and traditions of the South African peoples that comprise a cohesive nation.

Republic Day is one of the public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. It is celebrated on September 24 to commemorate the day Trinidad and Tobago became a republic.

Armed Forces Day in Peru (Día de las Fuerzas Armadas del Perú) is celebrated on September 24. It commemorates the creation of the Peruvian Armed Forces in their modern form.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a national annual observance that typically falls on the last Saturday in September. It focuses on volunteer conservation of public lands (lands held by central or local governments).


National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Saturday in September. It was first proclaimed in 1972 by President Richard Nixon.


European Mushroom Day (also known as European Day of Action for Fungi) is an annual observance held on the fourth Saturday in September. Its main goal is to raise awareness of the importance of fungi in both ecosystems and our everyday lives.


National Punctuation Day is an annual observance held on September 24. It was established to promote the correct usage of punctuation in the English language.

Mahidol Day is a national observance in Thailand held on September 24. It is the death anniversary of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej who is regarded as the father of modern medicine and public health of Thailand.

September 24 is the National Cherries Jubilee Day. It is dedicated to a delicious dessert made with cherries and liqueur (most often Kirschwasser), which is flambéed and typically served with vanilla ice cream.

The last Saturday in September is Grandmother's Day in Moldova. This holiday was established under initiative of Taisia Voronina, First Lady of Moldova, in 2007.


This Day in History

  • 2014 India's first interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission (also called Mangalyaan, "Mars-craft"), successfully entered Martian orbit.
  • 2013 A 7.7-magnitude earthquake took place near Awaran in the province of Balochistan, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 825 people.
  • 2004 Died: Françoise Sagan, French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Her best known work is the novel Bonjour Tristesse (Hello Sadness).
  • 1998 Died: Jeff Moss, American composer, lyricist, television writer, and playwright, best known for his work on the TV series Sesame Street.
  • 1996 The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty opened for signature in New York and was signed by 71 states, including 5 thenn nuclear-capable states.
  • 1991 Died: Dr. Seuss (pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel), American writer, cartoonist, and publisher, best known for his children's books.
  • 1979 Born: Ross Mathews, American television personality who first rose to fame with his role on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2001.
  • 1972 Japan Airlines Flight 472 landed at Juhu Aerodrome near Bombay, India instead of the city's much larger Santacruz Airport and overran the runway.
  • 1969 Born: Megan Ward, American film and television actress. One of her best known roles is Kate Howard in the medical drama General Hospital.
  • 1960 The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise was launched. At 1,123 ft, she is also the world's longest naval vessel.
  • 1958 Born: Kevin Sorbo, American actor and director best known for his role of Hercules on the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • 1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to solve the Little Rock Crisis by enforcing desegregation.
  • 1957 Camp Nou, a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain, was officially opened. It is the largest stadium in Spain and in the entire Europe.
  • 1945 Died: Hans Geiger, German physicist, best known as the co-creator of the Geiger counter and for the Geiger-Marsden experiment.
  • 1941 Born: Linda McCartney (née Eastman), American musician, photographer, animal rights activist, the first wife of Paul McCartney.
  • 1936 Born: Jim Henson, American puppeteer, actor, screenwriter, film director, and television producer best known as the creator of The Muppet Show.
  • 1932 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi agreed to the Poona Pact which reserved seats in the provincial legislatures for the untouchables.
  • 1905 Born: Severo Ochoa, Spanish physician and biochemist who shared the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Arthur Kornberg.
  • 1904 Died: Niels Ryberg Finsen, Faroese-Danish physician and scientist who was awarded the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.
  • 1898 Born: Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who was co-awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
  • 1896 Born: Francis Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer, whose best known works include The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night.
  • 1884 Born: Hugo Schmeisser, German inventor and weapons designer. He is known for developing infantry weapons, such as the StG 44.
  • 1852 French engineer Henri Giffard made the first powered and controlled flight on his airship powered by a steam engine, traveling 27 km.
  • 1848 Died: Branwell Brontë, English painter, writer, and poet. He was the only brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.
  • 1834 Died: Pedro I of Brazil, the founder and first ruler of the Empire of Brazil. He reigned from 1822 until abdicating in favor of his son in 1831.
  • 1802 Died: Alexander Radishchev, Russian author and social critic who was arrested and exiled for his Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
  • 1789 The United States Judiciary Act of 1789 was adopted by mark statute adopted by the First United States Congress, creating the federal judiciary.
  • 1541 Died: Paracelsus, Swiss German physician, alchemist, botanist, astrologist, and occultist. He is often referred to as the father of toxicology.
  • 1501 Born: Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, physician, philosopher, and astrologer who wrote over 200 works on various disciplines.
  • 768 Died: Pepin the Short, King of the Franks from 751 until his death. He was the first of the Carolingians to be crowned King of the Franks.