Holidays Calendar for April 28, 2016

On April 28 each year, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan celebrates Mujahideen Victory Day. It is a public holiday that commemorates the overthrow of the pro-Soviet Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in 1992.

National Heroes Day is a public holiday in Barbados celebrated annually on April 28. It honors the designees of the Order of National Heroes Act that was passed on 1998.

Saint Pierre Chanel Day is a public holiday in the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, a French territorial collectivity in the South Pacific. It is celebrated on April 28 in honor of Saint Peter (Pierre) Chanel, the patron saint of the island of Futuna.

Thursday before Easter, is Maundy Thursday. This holiday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and Maundy.


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.


Restoration of Sovereignty Day is a Japanese commemorative event held annually on April 28. It was first officially observed in 2013.

Blueberry flavor is America's favorite, that is why everyone loves blueberry pies. Celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28!

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on April 28. This holiday was recognized by the International Labor Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a non-profit educational program that revolves around parents taking their children to work for a day. In the United States, the event is held on the fourth Thursday in April.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Patricia Medina, English and later American actress whose acting career was most prolific during the 1940s and the early 1950s.
  • 2009 Died: Ekaterina Maximova, internationally renowned Soviet and Russian ballerina who performed with the Bolshoi Ballet from 1958 until 1980.
  • 2001 American multimillionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist, joining the Soyuz TM-32 mission. He paid a reported $20 million for the trip.
  • 1999 Died: Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Kai Siegbahn and Nicolaas Bloembergen.
  • 1996 Gunman Martin Bryant opened fire at the historic Port Arthur prison colony, a popular tourist site in Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 23.
  • 1988 A Boeing 737-297 serving Aloha Airlines Flight 243 suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression in flight, but managed to land safely.
  • 1987 Died: Ben Linder, American engineer. He was murdered by the Contras while working on a hydroelectric facility in rural northern Nicaragua.
  • 1981 Born: Jessica Alba, American actress, model, and businesswoman who came to prominence thanks to her role as Max Guevara on the series Dark Angel.
  • 1974 Born: Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress and model, the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award and a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1969 President of France Charles de Gaulle resigned the presidency, following the rejection of his proposed reform of the Senate and local governments.
  • 1964 Born: L'Wren Scott (born Laura Bambrough), American stylist, fashion designer, costume designer, and model, Mick Jagger's longtime companion.
  • 1954 Died: Léon Jouhaux, French trade union leader who was awarded the 1951 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder of the Workers' Force (CGT-FO).
  • 1952 Japan and the Republic of China signed the Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Taipei, which ended the Second Sino-Japanese war.
  • 1952 The Treaty of San Francisco came into effect, officially ending the United States occupation of Japan and restoring Japan's independence.
  • 1948 The premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet Orpheus took place at City Center of Music and Drama, New York. It was conducted by Stravinsky himself.
  • 1948 Born: Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels who is best known for his Discworld series. He was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s.
  • 1947 Thor Heyerdahl's raft Kon-Tiki left Callao, Peru, starting the expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
  • 1946 Died: Louis Bachelier, French mathematician who is considered to be the first person to model the stochastic process now known as Brownian motion.
  • 1945 Died: Benito Mussolini, Italian politician who established the Fascist regime in the country and ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943. He was executed by anti-fascist partisans.
  • 1937 Born: Saddam Hussein, Iraqi politician who served as the fifth President of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. He is one of the most controversial figures in the history.
  • 1934 Died: Charley Patton, American guitarist who is often referred to as the "Father of Delta blues", one of the earliest styles of blues music.
  • 1926 Born: Harper Lee, American novelist. She is the author of the only novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was awarded the 1960 Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1918 Died: Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian Serb responsible for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which sparked the First World War.
  • 1916 Born: Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian mechanic, entrepreneur, and industrialist who is best known for having produced high-end sports cars.
  • 1908 Swiss journalist Hector Hodler and others founded the Universal Esperanto Association. Hodler became General Director and Vice-President of the UEA.
  • 1908 Born: Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.
  • 1906 Born: Kurt Gödel, Austrian and American mathematician, logician, and philosopher who is considered one of the greatest logicians in history.
  • 1789 Fletcher Christian mutinied against his captain aboard the Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty.The mutiny on the Bounty eventually led to settlement of Pitcairn Island.
  • 1758 Born: James Monroe, American politician, statesman, and Founding Father of the US who served as the 5th President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
  • 1716 Died: Louis de Montfort, French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor who was made a missionary apostolic. He was canonized in 1947.