Holidays Calendar for April 27, 2016

The birthday of the reigning monarch is a national holiday in the Kingdom of Netherlands. Since 2014, it has been celebrated on April 27, marking the birth of King Willem-Alexander. The holiday is referred to as King's Day (Koningsdag).

On April 27, the Republic of Slovenia celebrates Resistance Day also referred to as Day of Uprising Against Occupation (Dan upora proti okupatorju). This public holiday commemorates the establishment of the Liberation Front in 1941.

The Togolese Republic celebrates its Independence Day on April 27. This public holiday commemorates the proclamation of the independence of Togo from France that occurred in 1960.

The Republic of Sierra Leone celebrates its Independence Day on April 27. Sierra Leone proclaimed its independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.

Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa celebrated on April 27. It commemorates the 1994 general elections that officially marked the end of apartheid in South Africa.

On April 27 each year, the citizens of Mayotte celebrate Abolition Day. It is a public holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery in Mayotte in 1847.

Pesah, or Passover is one of the most significant Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. This festival commences on Nisan 15 and lasts for seven days in Israel and for eight days in the diaspora.


International Noise Awareness DayI is an annual observance held on the last Wednesday of April. This global campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of noise on the health and welfare of people.


Day of Russian Parliamentarism is an official observance in the Russian Federation held annually on April 27. It was established in 2012 and first held on April 27, 2013.

National Veterans' Day is an official remembrance day in Finland that honors all the war veterans. Is not an official flag day, but the Finnish flag is still flown on the occasion. National Veterans' Day is observed on April 27 because on this day in 1945 World War II ended in Finland.

UnFreedom Day is an unofficial observance in South Africa that coincides with the official holiday Freedom Day, which is celebrated on April 27.

Baked seasoned prime rib would be a great highlight of your meal. If you want something special today, then celebrate National Prime Rib Day, that falls annually on April 27.

Denim Day is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault. On a Wednesday in April, people are encouraged to wear jeans to make a social statement and protest against the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.


This Day in History

  • 2014 A three-day tornado outbreak began in the central and southern United States. It produced 84 tornadoes and affected millions of people. 35 people died.
  • 2007 Died: Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet and Russian Grammy Award-winning cellist and conductor, one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century.
  • 2005 The double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner Airbus A380 successfully completed its first flight. It is the world's largest passenger airliner.
  • 1998 Died: Carlos Castaneda, American author, ethnographer, and anthropologist best known for his books dedicated to shamanism and magic rituals.
  • 1994 In South Africa, the first democratic general election was held, in which citizens of all races could vote. The election was won by Nelson Mandela.
  • 1993 All members of the Zambia national football team were killed in an air disaster when their plane crashed into the ocean about 500 meters offshore from Gabone.
  • 1992 Died: Gerard K. O'Neill, American physicist, space activist, and author. He proposed a space settlement design known as the O'Neill cylinder.
  • 1989 Died: Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman and industrialist who founded the largest Japanese consumer electronics company, Panasonic.
  • 1986 Born: Jenna Coleman, English actress who is best known for portraying Clara Oswald in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who.
  • 1986 Born: Dinara Safina, Russian professional tennis player, former World No. 1. She is the younger sister of former World No. 1 men's player Marat Safin.
  • 1976 Born: Sally Hawkins, English actress best known for her role as Poppy in the 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky, which has earned her several awards.
  • 1967 Born: Aki Avni, Israeli actor, entertainer and television host best known for appearing in the 2005 film Free Zone alongside with Natalie Portman.
  • 1965 Died: Edward R. Murrow, American broadcast journalist who first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during WWII.
  • 1965 Born: Anna Chancellor, English actress known for her roles in Pride & Prejudice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • 1948 Born: Kate Pierson, American singer, musicians, and lyricist best known as one of the founding members of the new wave band The B-52's.
  • 1945 Former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini tried to escape disguised as a German soldier, but was arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo.
  • 1936 Died: Karl Pearson, English mathematician and biometrician credited with the establishment of the the discipline of mathematical statistics.
  • 1927 The Carabiniers of Chile were established by President Carlos Ibáñez del Campo. They are uniformed Chilean national police force and gendarmerie.
  • 1909 In the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdul Hamid II was overthrown. His younger brother Reshad Efendi was proclaimed as Sultan Mehmed V.
  • 1899 Born: Walter Lantz, American animator, producer, director, and screenwriter best known for creating Woody Woodpecker and founding Walter Lantz Productions.
  • 1896 Died: Henry Parkes, Australian politician and statesman who is considered to be the most prominent of the Australian Founding Fathers.
  • 1882 Died: Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist primarily remembered as the leader of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
  • 1865 The side-wheel steamboat SS Sultana exploded, killing approximately 1,800 passengers. It was the greatest maritime disaster in the US history.
  • 1822 Born: Ulysses S. Grant, American general, politician, and statesman who served as the 18th President of the US for two consecutive terms from 1869 to 1877.
  • 1791 Born: Samuel Morse, America inventor best known for contributing to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and co-creating the Morse code.
  • 1759 Born: Mary Wollstonecraft, English author, philosopher, and women's rights advocate whose best known work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
  • 1667 The blind and impoverished John Milton sold the publication rights to his magnum opus Paradise Lost to publisher Samuel Simmons for £5.
  • 1656 Died: Jan van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter who created approximately twelve hundred paintings and more than one thousand drawings.
  • 1578 The representatives of the rival court parties of Henry III of France and Henry, Duke of Guise engaged in the so-called Duel of the Mignons.
  • 1521 Died: Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.