Holidays Calendar for June 26, 2021

Azerbaijani Armed Forces Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Azerbaijan celebrated on June 26. It commemorates the creation of the country's military in 1918.

The Republic of Madagascar celebrates its Independence Day on June 26. On this day in 1960, Madagascar proclaimed its independence from France and the establishment of the Malagasy Republic.

Independence Day of State of Somaliland is a public holiday in Somalia that commemorates the proclamation of independence of British Somaliland as the State of Somaliland on June 26, 1960.

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.


World Refrigeration Day is observed annually on June 26. It was established to highlight the importance of refrigeration technologies that people use in everyday life, as well as to raise the profile of the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector.

International Scoliosis Awareness Day is observed annually on the last Saturday of June. It was created to educate people about a medical condition of the spine that affects about 3% of people across the world.


Public Prosecutors’ Day is an official professional holiday in Turkmenistan. It was established in 2017, when President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow signed a decree containing a new list of non-bank holidays and commemorations observed in Turkmenistan.

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.


Prosecutor’s Office Employees Day is an official professional holiday in Belarus. It is celebrated annually on June 26 to commemorate the establishment of the State Prosecutor’s Office as part of the People’s Commissariat of Justice of the Byelorussian SSR in 1922.

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.


National Beautician’s Day, also known as National Beauticians Day or National Beautician Day, is observed annually on June 26. It is celebrates professionals who play an important role in the beauty industry.

Bartender and Mixologist Day is an informal holiday observed annually on the last Saturday of June. It was created to celebrate the talented people whose area of expertise is creating, making, and serving cocktails.


National Canoe Day, also referred to as simply Canoe Day, is celebrated annually on June 26. This holiday originated in Canada, but it is widely celebrated in the United States as well because the canoe plays an important role in the culture of both countries.

National Flag Day in Romania is observed on June 26. It was proclaimed in 1998 and has been celebrated each year ever since.

Sunthorn Phu Day is an official observance in Thailand that commemorates the birth of the country’s best-known royal poet. This observance is regulated by the government, but is not observed as a public holiday.

In Iceland, the birthday of the country’s President is an official flag day. On this day, the national flag of Iceland is raised on all official buildings. The birthday of the incumbent President of Iceland, Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, falls on June 26.

Crimean Tatar Flag Day is an annual observance celebrated by Crimean Tatars (mostly those residing in Ukraine) on June 26. It celebrates the ethnic flag of Crimean Tatars that symbolizes their unity as a people.

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.


Batanes Day (Araw ng Batanes) is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine province of Batanes that commemorates the formal establishment of the mission in Batanes. It is celebrated annually on June 26.

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.


Adults and children love creamy chocolate pudding, which is a delight on its own and as an addition to some sweet treats. Celebrate National Chocolate Pudding Day on June 26.

Rat Catcher's Day (also spelled Rat-catcher's Day and Ratcatcher's Day) is an informal holiday that commemorates the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It has two possible dates: June 26 or July 22.

National Coconut Day is an unofficial food holiday celebrated on June 26. It was launched in 2019 to celebrate coconuts, raise awareness of their numerous benefits, and support the coconut industry.

National Barcode Day is celebrated annually on June 26. It was created to commemorate the first commercial appearance of the Universal Product Code (UPC) and recognize the importance of barcodes in our everyday lives.

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you absolutely should celebrate Tropical Cocktails Day on June 26. This fun holiday was created to pay tribute to all the delicious fruity cocktails that make summer vacations so special.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a United Nations observance held on June 26. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1997.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is an official United Nations observance that was established by the UN General Assembly in 1987. It is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of struggling against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade.

Youth Day in Russia is celebrated on the last Saturday of June. This holiday was established by President Boris Yeltsin in 1993. Despite its official status, Youth Day is not recognized as a public holiday.


National Cancer Wellness Awareness Day (NCWAD) is observed in Canada on June 26 every year. It was created to empower cancer patients by addressing their physical, emotional, social, spiritual, informational, systemic, and practical needs.


This Day in History

  • 2019 Died: Max Wright, American actor, best known for his role as Willie Tanner on the sitcom ALF. He also enjoyed a stage career in theater and acted at regional theaters around the country.
  • 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.
  • 2012 Died: Nora Ephron, American filmmaker, journalist and writer. She is remembered for her romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally..., You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and more.
  • 2007 Pope Benedict XVI reinstated the traditional laws of papal election. According to the old/new laws, a successful candidate must receive 2/3 of the votes.
  • 2004 Died: Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter, often referred to as the first lady of Israeli song and poetry. Her song "Yerushlayim Shel Zahav" became an unofficial second anthem of Israel after the Six-Day War.
  • 1997 Born: Jacob Elordi, Australian actor who is known for his roles as Noah Flynn in The Kissing Booth films, Nate Jacobs in Euphoria, and Felix Catton in Saltburn.
  • 1997 Died: Don Hutson, American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Hutson was an eight-time All-Pro selection and a four-time All-Star.
  • 1995 President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak survived an assassination attempt in Addis Ababa.
  • 1993 Born: Ariana Grande, American singer, songwriter, and actress who is noted for her four-octave vocal range and her signature use of the whistle register.
  • 1984 Born: Aubrey Plaza, American actress, comedian, and producer. She is known for her roles in Parks and Recreation, Happiest Season, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, The White Lotus, etc.
  • 1977 Elvis Presley performed the final concert in his life in Indianapolis, Indiana. He died in August of the same year, before he could begin a new tour.
  • 1973 A Cosmos 3-M rocket exploded at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. 9 people were killed.
  • 1972 Born: Pierre Garand, Canadian singer, best known under his stage name Garou. He is best known for originating the role of Quasimodo in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris.
  • 1970 Born: Sean Hayes, American actor of stage and screen, comedian, musician and producer. He gained acclaim for his role as Jack McFarland on Will & Grace.
  • 1970 Born: Nick Offerman, American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He became widely known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.
  • 1970 Born: Chris O'Donnell, American actor and producer, best known for his roles role as Charlie Sims in Scent of a Woman and as Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
  • 1956 Born: Chris Isaak, American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional actor. He is popularly known for his breakthrough hit and signature song "Wicked Game".
  • 1948 William Shockeley patented the grown-junction transistor, the first type of the bipolar junction transistor.
  • 1944 One of the largest battles between Nazi Germany and Polish resistance forces, the Battle of Osuchy, took place. The battle ended with the defeat of the Polish forces.
  • 1943 Died: Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for his investigations on blood transfusions that resulted in the discovery of blood groups.
  • 1939 Died: Ford Madox Ford, English author, poet, and critic. He is best remembered as an editor of The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, which were instrumental in the development of early 20th-century English literature.
  • 1937 Born: Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist and academic, 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his discovery of the property of superfluidity in helium-3 atoms.
  • 1925 Born: Wolfgang Unzicker, German Chess Grandmaster, often called the world's strongest amateur chess player. He was one of the strongest German chess grandmasters from 1954 to 1970 but chose law instead of a chess career.
  • 1922 Born: Eleanor Parker, American actress and singer. She appeared in more than 80 film during her career and received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • 1906 The first Grand Prix motor racing event was held outside the city of Le Mans, France.
  • 1898 Born: Willy Messerschmitt, German engineer and businessman, best known for designing the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the most important fighter in the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) before World War II.
  • 1892 Born: Pearl S. Buck, American author and educator, Nobel Prize laureate for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.
  • 1870 The United States of America declared the Christian holiday of Christmas to be a federal holiday.
  • 1843 The Treaty of Nanking, signed by Britain and China, came into force. The treaty ended the First Opium War and ceded Hong Kong Island to the British "in perpetuity".
  • 1836 Died: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French soldier and composer who wrote the words and music of the Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin, which would later be known as La Marseillaise and become French national anthem.
  • 1824 Born: William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish physicist and engineer, best known for his important contributions to the mathematical analysis of electricity and formulating the first and second laws of thermodynamics.
  • 1810 Died: Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor. Together with his brother he co-invented the hot air balloon.
  • 1752 Died: Giulio Alberoni, Spanish cardinal and statesman in the service of Philip V of Spain. Alberoni is known for being a remarkable soldier and a great gourmet. He advised the Spanish court on table manners and menus.
  • 1730 Born: Charles Messier, French astronomer, notable for publishing a catalog consisting of nebulae and star clusters, now known as 110 Messier objects.
  • 1699 Born: Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin, French salon holder who is widely regarded as one of the leading female figures in the French Enlightenment.
  • 1541 Died: Francisco Pizarro, Spanish explorer and politician, remembered today as the conqueror of the Incan Empire.
  • 1483 Richard III became the King of England. He was the last king of the House of York as well as the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.
  • 363 Died: Julian the Apostate, Roman emperor, as well as a notable philosopher and author in Greek. He was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire.