Holidays Calendar for September 26, 2016

September Revolution Day is one of the public holidays in Yemen. This holiday celebrates the establishment of the Yemen Arab Republic in 1962.

World Contraception Day is annually observed on September 26. This day was observed for the first time in 2007, when it was initiated by ten international family planning organizations.

World Environmental Health Day is annually observed in many countries around the world on September 26. The observance was inaugurated in 2011 in Indonesia.

European Day of Languages was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on December 6, 2001 at the end of the European Year of Languages. This observance annually falls on September 26 and since 2002 various activities and events are organized by member states.

People of Ecuador honor their national flag and annually observe National Flag Day on September 26. This observance has no public status, but at the same time it's a very important memorial day for the nation of Ecuador.

Dominion Day used to be a bank holiday in New Zealand. For the time being, it is celebrated in the region of South Canterbury as a Provincial Anniversary Day. The holiday is held on the fourth Monday in September.


Pancakes are one of the favorite breakfast foods in North America. No wonder there is a holiday dedicated to them. The National Pancake Day is celebrated throughout the United States each year on September 26.

One of the UN international days is observed on September 26. The UN General Assembly proclaimed September 26 to be International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear WeaponsI. Appropriate observances are held since 2014.

This Day in History

  • 2010 Died: Gloria Stuart, American actress and artist whose iconic film role was the 100-year-old elder Rose Dawson in James Cameron's Titanic.
  • 2008 Swiss pilot and and aviation enthusias Yves Rossy became the first person to successfully fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • 2008 Died: Paul Newman, American actor, director, entrepreneur, racing driver, and activist. He won an Academy Award for his role in The Color of Money.
  • 2000 Died: Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist and composer regarded as one of the most prominent and celebrated guitarists of his time.
  • 1983 The Soviet nuclear early warning system twice reported the launch of American intercontinental ballistic missiles. Both warnings were a false alarm.
  • 1980 An improvised explosive device exploded at the main entrance of the Oktoberfest in Munich, West Germany, killing 13 people and injuring 211.
  • 1978 Died: Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist who was awarded the 1924 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy.
  • 1976 Died: Leopold Ružička, Croatia biochemist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on polymethylenes and higher terpenes.
  • 1965 Born: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian businessmen and politician, the fifth President of Ukraine. He was elected president on May 25, 2014.
  • 1960 The first televised general election presidential debate was held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It was moderated by Howard K. Smith.
  • 1956 Born: Linda Hamilton, American actress known for her roles as Sarah Connor in The Terminator and Catherine Chandler on Beauty and the Beast.
  • 1948 Born: Olivia Newton-John, English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence due to playing Sandy Olsson in Grease.
  • 1947 Died: Hugh Lofting, British author primarily remembered for creating the character of Doctor Dolittle, one of the classics of children's literature.
  • 1945 Died: Béla Bartók, world-renowned Hungarian composer and pianist. Along with Franz Liszt, he is regarded as Hungary's greatest composer.
  • 1937 Died: Bessie Smith, American blues singer nicknamed the Empress of the Blues. She is regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era.
  • 1934 Ocean liner RMS Queen Mary was launched. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard-White Star Line from May 1936 until October 1946.
  • 1914 The Federal Trade Commission was established. This independent agency of the U.S. government focuses on the promotion of consumer protection.
  • 1909 Born: Bill France, Sr., America racing driver best known for co-founding and managing the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
  • 1907 New Zealand and Newfoundland became Dominions within the British Empire. They ceased to be dominions in 1947 and 1949, respectively.
  • 1902 Died: Levi Strauss, American businessman who is best known as the founder of Levi Strauss & Co., famous for its Levi's brand of denim jeans.
  • 1898 Born: George Gershwin, American composer and pianist. His best known works include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess.
  • 1889 Born: Martin Heidegger, German philosopher who made significant contributions to existential phenomenology and philosophical hermeneutics.
  • 1888 Born: T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet, dramatist, essayist, literary critic, and editor, who was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1886 Born: Archibald Hill, known as A. V. Hill, English physiologist who shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Otto Fritz Meyerhof.
  • 1874 Born: Lewis Hine, American photographer and sociologist. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.
  • 1868 Died: August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician an theoretical astronomer. He is best known for the discovery of the Möbius strip.
  • 1849 Born: Ivan Pavlov, Russian psychologist who was awarded the 1904 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the physiology of digestion.
  • 1687 The Parthenon was partially destroyed by the Venetians who attacked Athens and attempted to capture the Acropolis from the Ottoman Turks.
  • 1580 English sea captain and navigator Francis Drake returned to Plymouth, finishing his circumnavigation of the Earth. His expedition lasted for 3 years.
  • 1087 William II, commonly known as William Rufus or William the Red, was crowned Kind of England. He ruled until his death on August 2, 1100.