Holidays Calendar for June 25, 2016

Summer solstice falls annually between 20-26 June, but the Swedes and the Finns have a tradition to celebrate Midsummer Day on the first Saturday after June 19.


Mozambique annually celebrates Independence Day on June 25. This holiday celebrates the day, when Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.

Slovenia celebrates its Statehood Day every year on June 25. This holiday celebrates Slovenia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Statehood Day is annually celebrated in Croatia on June 25. It celebrates the 1991 declaration of independence from Yugoslavia.

World Vitiligo Day is a global observance that aims to raise awareness of vitiligo, an incurable chronic skin condition surrounded by numerous misconceptions. This awareness day is held on June 25.

Day of Inventors and Innovators (also known as Day of Inventors and Rationalizers) is a professional holiday celebrated in Russia and Belarus on the last Saturday in June. It was first established in the Soviet Union in 1957.


Armed Forces Day in the UK is an annual observance that honors the men and women who serve or used to serve in the British Armed Forces. It is held in late June, typically on the last Saturday of June.


Celebration of Teachers' Day in Guatemala annually falls on June 25. This is a special day for all teachers and professors, who remember the history of this holiday.

The Philippines is one of many countries that celebrate Arbor Day, a holiday dedicated to tree planting. Arbor Day in the Philippines is celebrated on June 25, it was established in 2003 to promote a healthier ecosystem through the rehabilitation of the environment.

June 25 is National Catfish Day in the USA. The holiday was designated by President Ronald Reagan on June 25 in 1987.

Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs is annually observed on June 25. Although this holiday is aimed to unite people from different Slavic countries, it's mainly observed in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Day of the Finnish Flag has been observed annually since 1934. It is held on the Saturday between June 20 and June 26, on the same day when the Finns and the Swedes officially celebrate Midsummer Day.


Veterans' Day is an official remembrance day in the Netherlands held on the last Saturday in June. It was established to honor all Dutch veterans who served in wars or international peacekeeping operations.


Leon Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated in the United States on June 25. It is the halfway mark to Christmas.

June 25 is National Strawberry Parfait Day. Ice cream layered with chocolate and biscuit is always good, but strawberry parfait is perfect for hot summer days.

Day of the Seafarer is annually observed on June 25. This observance is one of the UN international days and it was established under initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Annually 21 days from Flag Day are Honor America Days. This observance was created with the aim that all Americans could celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani became the eight Emir of Quatar, following the abdication of his father Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
  • 2009 Died: Michael Jackson, American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and record producer known as the King of Pop. His album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time.
  • 1997 Died: Jacques Cousteau, French explorer and scientist who studied the sea. He is known for co-developing the Aqua-Lung and his documentaries.
  • 1995 Died: Ernest Walton, Irish physicist who was awarded the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with his British colleague John Douglas Cockcroft.
  • 1988 Microsoft released its graphical operating system Windows 98 to retail. It was the second major release in the Windows 9x line of operating systems.
  • 1984 Died: Michel Foucault, French philosopher, philologist, social theorist and literary critic. One of his best known works is The History of Sexuality (1976).
  • 1978 The rainbow flag, also known as the gay pride flag or the LGBT pride flag, was flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
  • 1977 Died: Olave Baden-Powell, English wife of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting and Girl Guides. She was 32 years younger than him.
  • 1975 Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi declared a state of internal emergency across the country. It was withdrawn on March 21, 1977.
  • 1975 Born: Vladimir Kramnik, Russian chess grandmaster, undisputed World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007 (after defeating Veselin Topalov).
  • 1963 Born: George Michael, English singer-songwriter, multiinstrumentalist and record producer who sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
  • 1960 Two U.S. National Security Agency cryptologists, William Hamilton Martin and Bernon F. Mitchell, left for Mexico and then defected to the USSR.
  • 1959 Died: Charles Starkweather, American teenaged spree killer who murdered 11 people in Wyoming and Nebraska during two months.
  • 1950 The Korean War began, when North Korea supported by Chine and the Soviet Union invaded South Korea. The war lasted for three years.
  • 1950 Born: George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair), English novelist, journalist, essayist and critic whose best known work is the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • 1948 Died: William C. Lee, American United States Army General who is frequently referred to as the "Father of the United States Airborne".
  • 1947 The Diary of a Young Girl, better known as The Diary of Anne Frank, was first published by Contact Publishing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 1944 The Battle of Tali-Ihantala began during the Finnish-Soviet Continuation War, which occurred during the Word War II. It resulted in Finnish defensive victory.
  • 1928 Born: Alexei Abrikosov, Soviet and Russian theoretical physicist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1924 Born: Sidney Lumet, American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. His best known works include 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon.
  • 1923 Born: Dorothy Gilman, American novelist best known for a series of spy-mystery novels about Mrs. Pollifax which consists of 14 books.
  • 1921 Born: Celia Franca, British ballerina who founded the National Ballet of Canada in 1951 and served as its artistic director for 24 years.
  • 1910 Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird was first performed in Paris Opera. It was written for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company.
  • 1907 Born: J. Hans D. Jensen, German nuclear physicist who was awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with Maria Goeppert-Mayer.
  • 1864 Born: Walther Nernst, German physicist who was awarded the 1920 Nobel Price in Chemistry for his work in thermochemistry.
  • 1852 Born: Antoni Gaudí, Spanish Catalan architect. Most of his works are located in the city of Barcelona, including his magnum opus, Sagrada Família.
  • 1822 Died: Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German Romantic author and composer. His is best known for his story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
  • 1533 Died: Mary Tudor, Queen consort of France from October 1514 to January 1515. Her husband Louis XII died soon after their wedding.
  • 1530 At the Diet of Augsburg, the Augsburg Confession (Augustana) was presented. It is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church.
  • 1218 Died: Simon de Montfort the elder, French nobleman who took part in the Fourth Crusade and was a prominent leader of the Cathar Crusade.