Holidays Calendar for February 25, 2016

February 25 is annual celebration of National Day in Kuwait. This national holiday celebrates gaining of independence from the United Kingdom and coronation of sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah.

Revolution Day in Suriname is annually observed on February 25. This holiday was established by President Desi Bouterse to celebrate the military coup in 1980.

Armed Forces Day (Día de las Fuerzas Armadas) in the Dominican Republic is celebrated on February 25. It commemorates the anniversary of the foundation of the country's military and the birthday of Matías Ramón Mella, a national hero of the Dominican Republic.

Some former republics of the Soviet Union have remembrance days, connected with the Soviet occupation time. Among these countries is Georgia, that observes Soviet Occupation Day on February 25.

February 25 is a special day for the Hungarians. They observe Memorial Day for the Victims of the Communist Dictatorships.

People Power Day (also EDSA Revolution Anniversary) is annually observed on February 25 in the Philippines. This is a special observance for the country: it's a non-working holiday only for schools.

If you're nuts about nuts, then you'll love National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day. This holiday is celebrated annually on February 25.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Allan B. Calhamer, American game designer, creator of board game Diplomacy, the first commercially published game to be played by mail.
  • 2004 Died: Donald Hings, English-Canadian inventor, who created a portable radio signaling system. It later became known as the Walkie-talkie.
  • 1999 Died: Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate for discovery and investigation of ten transuranium elements.
  • 1994 Baruch Godlstein, an American-born Israeli physician and religious extremist, opened fire with an automatic rifle in the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron, Palestine. 29 worshipers were killed, 125 more were injured. The survivors subdued Godlstein and beat him to death.
  • 1992 613 civilians were killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
  • 1986 Born: James and Oliver Phelps, identical twin British actors, best known as Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.
  • 1986 President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos fled the nation after 20 years of rule. The event is known as People Power Revolution in history of the Philippines. The power was taken by Corazon Aquino, the Philippines' first woman president.
  • 1983 Died: Tennessee Williams, American playwright, best remembered for The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending and Sweet Bird of Youth.
  • 1981 Born: Viet and Duc Nguyen, Vietnamese conjoined twins. They were surgically separated in 1988. Viet died in 2007 of liver failure and pneumonia.
  • 1971 The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, went online.
  • 1968 135 unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam were killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops.
  • 1966 Born: Alexis Denisof, American actor, best known as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.
  • 1964 Died: Maurice Farman, French race car driver and pilot, one of the first aircraft manufacturers in Europe.
  • 1954 Died: Auguste Perret, French architect and world leader in reinforced concrete construction. His reconstructed after World War II Le Havre was declared by UNESCO one of the World Heritage Sites. Among Perret's other works is the design of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
  • 1951 The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1950 Died: George Minot, American physician, Nobel Prize laureate for pioneering work on pernicious anemia.
  • 1943 Born: George Harrison, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, best known as the lead guitarist of The Beatles.
  • 1941 A general strike was declared in occupied Amsterdam in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis.
  • 1920 Born: Sun Myung Moon, South Korean religious leader. Moon proclaimed himself a messiah and founded the Unification Church.
  • 1899 Died: Paul Reuter, German-English journalist, pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting, the founder of the Reuters news agency. Although world knows Paul Reuter under German name, he was born as Israel Beer Josafat.
  • 1866 The Calaveras Skull was discovered by miners in Calaveras County, California. The skull became an archaeological proof, that humans, mastodons and elephants had coexisted.
  • 1852 Died: Thomas Moore, Irish poet. Today Moore is best remembered for his lyrics The Minstrel boy and The Last Rose of Summer.
  • 1842 Born: Karl May, German author, best known for adventure novels set in the American Old West and similar books set in the Orient and Middle East. Many of his works were filmed and adapted for the stage.
  • 1841 Born: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter and sculptor. Renoir is known as a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
  • 1836 Samuel Colt obtained a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1723 Died: Christopher Wren, English architect, who was one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was responsible for rebuilding 52 churches after the Great Fire, including St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • 1707 Born: Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright, author of some Italy's most famous and best-loved plays, best known for a comic play Servant of Two Masters.
  • 1682 Born: Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist, often referred as the father of modern anatomical pathology.
  • 1663 Born: Peter Anthony Motteux, French-English playwright and translator. He played a significant role in the evolution of English journalism as the editor of The Gentleman's Journal, the first English magazine.
  • 1336 4,000 defenders of Pilėnai, a medieval Lithuania fortress, committed a mass suicide rather than be taken by the Teutonic Knights.