Holidays Calendar for November 27, 2016

Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30, that is the feast day of St Andrew the Apostle. It covers four weeks and finishes on Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is not a nationwide holiday in many countries, however, the western Christianity has its own traditions for this day.


Shift Worker Sunday, also known as International Shift Worker Sunday, is observed annually on the last Sunday of November. It was created to recognize the contribution of shift workers and those who work odd or long hours.


Marines Day is celebrated in Russia annually on November 27. This is one of the numerous Russian military professional days, that is celebrated on the official level since 1996.

Teachers' Day is annually celebrated in Spain on November 27. This holiday was established to commemorate Joseph Calasanz, Catholic priest, educator and the patron saint of the first popular Christian school in Europe.

Every year the Venezuelans celebrate Aviation Day on November 27. This professional day was established to commemorate the coup attempt made by aviation officers in 1992.

National Health Day, also referred to as National Healthcare Day, is celebrated in Thailand on November 27. It was officially established in November 2002 to commemorate the 60th foundation anniversary of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand.

Appraiser Day is an unofficial professional holiday observed in Russia on November 27 every year. It has been celebrated in the professional community for more then two decades, but the holiday has yet to be officially recognized by the Russian government.

Defense Sports-Technical Organization Employee Day is a Kyrgyzstani professional holiday celebrated on the last Sunday of November. It was established by the government of Kyrgyzstan in 1995 in order to highlight the organization’s contribution to the patriotic upbringing of youth and the training of specialists for the Armed Forces.


Turtle Adoption Day is observed annually on November 27. It was created to educate people about keeping turtles as pets, encourage responsible adoption of turtles, and support the welfare of turtles.

The tradition to celebrate county days in the United Kingdom is relatively recent, but its popularity has been growing steadily over the years. A county day is an observance that celebrates the cultural heritage of a particular county. Some county days coincide with the observance of their patron saint’s day, while others originate from historic events of local significance. Lancashire Day, celebrated on November 27, belongs to the latter.

Annually people of Cuba observe Memorial Day for Medical Students on November 27. This memorial day commemorates the events of 1871, when eight innocent students were accused and charged of a crime they never committed.

On November 27, Sri Lankan Tamil people observe Great Heroes Day (Maaveerar Naal). It honors the memory of militants who fought for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the Sri Lankan Civil War.

The National Bavarian Cream Pie Day is celebrated on November 27. It is a perfect excuse to indulge yourself with a slice of delicious pie with light cream.

Perhaps, there's not a single country, where Mother's Day wouldn't be celebrated. For a long time the CIS countries didn't celebrate this holiday, however, it also gained popularity. For instance, Mother's Day is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday in November.


Every year all grandmother and grandfathers in Singapore celebrate Grandparents' Day on the fourth Sunday in November. This is a jolly holiday, that has a long history in Singapore.


This Day in History

  • 2019 Died: Godfrey Gao, Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor. He was probably best known for playing Magnus Bane in the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
  • 2014 Died: P. D. James, English writer, renowned for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. Many of her works were adapted for television and broadcast in the UK and other countries.
  • 2001 The Hubble Space Telescope discovered a hydrogen atmosphere on the extra-solar planet Osiris. This event marked the first discovery of the atmosphere detected on an extra-solar planet.
  • 1992 Military forces in Venezuela made the second unsuccessful attempt to overthrow president Carlos Andrés Pérez. The two attempts were made during one year.
  • 1989 Avianca Flight 203 (a Colombian domestic passenger flight): a Boeing 727 exploded in mid-air. All 107 people on board and three others on ground were killed. Later the Medellín Cartel, an organized network of drug suppliers, claimed the responsibility for the attack.
  • 1985 Born: Alison Pill, Canadian actress. Her film and television credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Midnight in Paris, The Newsroom, American Horror Story: Cult, Star Trek: Picard, and more.
  • 1983 Avianca Flight 011: a Boeing 747 crashed near Barajas Airport, Madrid. 181 people were killed.
  • 1975 Died: Ross McWhirter, American journalist known as one of the co-founders of Guinness World Records.
  • 1974 Born: Alec Newman, Scottish actor best known for portraying Paul Atreides in the Sci Fi Channel's 2000 miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune.
  • 1968 Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball. She played for the Kentucky Colonels in an American Basketball Association game against the Los Angeles Stars.
  • 1967 Died: Léon M'ba, Gabonese politician. He served the first Prime Minister of Gabon and when the country declared its independence from France he assumed the office as the 1st President of Gabon.
  • 1961 Born: Steve Oedekerk, American filmmaker, actor, and stand-up comedian. He is best known for his collaborations with actor and comedian Jim Carrey and director Tom Shadyac.
  • 1955 Born: Bill Nye, American mechanical engineer, science communicator, and television presenter best known as the host of the science education television show Bill Nye the Science Guy.
  • 1953 Died: Eugene O'Neill, American playwright, one of the first authors, who introduced realism to American drama. In 1936 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1951 Born: Kathryn Bigelow, American filmmaker, the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. Her most acclaimed works include Point Break, The Hurt Locker, and Zero Dark Thirty.
  • 1948 Born: James Avery, American actor, best known for the role as patriarch and Judge Philip Banks in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He also provided the voice of Shredder in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • 1942 Born: Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist, singer and songwriter. His mainstream career spanned only for four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists of the 20th century.
  • 1940 Born: Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter. Lee is widely considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time.
  • 1936 Died: Basil Zaharoff, Greek businessman and philanthropist, one of the richest men in the world during his lifetime. As an arms dealer he was often called to be Merchant of Death and Mystery Man of Europe.
  • 1924 The US-based department store chain Macy's held the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The parade has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.
  • 1916 Died: Emile Verhaeren, Belgian poet, one of the chief founders of the school of Symbolism. Considered to be one of the most prolific poets of his era.
  • 1903 Born: Lars Onsager, Norwegian-born American physicist and chemist. He is known as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1968.
  • 1895 Died: Alexandre Dumas, fils, French writer and dramatist, the son of Alexandre Dumas. He is best known as the author of the play The Lady of the Camellias.
  • 1895 Alfred Nobel singed his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after the death.
  • 1894 Born: Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman, founder of Panasonic, the largest Japanese consumer electronics company.
  • 1874 Born: Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman, the 1st President of Israel from February 17, 1949 till his death in 1952.
  • 1870 Born: Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician, the 7th President of Finland. His presidency lasted from March 11, 1946 to March 1, 1956.
  • 1859 Born: William Bliss Baker, American artist, known for his oils and watercolors. He produced more than 130 paintings before dying at the age of 26.
  • 1857 Born: Charles Scott Sherrington, English physiologist, pathologist and bacteriologist. In 1932 he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contribution to the work on the functions of neurons.
  • 1852 Died: Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and writer, known as the first person to write a computer program.
  • 1830 Saint Catherine Labouré experienced a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary standing on a globe, crushing a serpent with her feet and emanating rays of light from her hands.
  • 1815 The Kingdom of Poland adopted its constitution. It was replace in 1832 by the Organic Statue.
  • 1727 The foundation stone to the Jerusalem Church in Berlin was laid.
  • 1701 Born: Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer, physicist and mathematician. He is credited with a proposal of the Celsius temperature scale that bears his name.
  • 1680 Died: Athanasius Kircher, German scholar and polymath. He produced around 40 major works during lifetime and he's often compared to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests.
  • 1570 Died: Jacopo Sansovino, Italian architect and sculptor. His best known works are situated around the Piazza San Marco in Venice.