Holidays Calendar for May 28, 2021

Republic Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan that commemorates the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918. It is celebrated annually on May 28.

First Republic Day is an Armenian public holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Armenia on May 28, 1918.

On May 28 each year, Ethiopia celebrates Derg Downfall Day. This public holiday commemorates the end of the Marxist junta that ruled the country from 1974 to 1991. It is in fact the national day of Ethiopia.

Republic Day is a public holiday in Nepal that commemorates the creation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on May 28, 2008. The establishment of the republic put an end to civil strife that had lasted for years.

International Day of Action for Women's Health is annually observed on May 28 since 1987. This observance reminds all governments around the world, that women's health matters for the future of the nation.

World Hunger Day is observed annually on May 28. It was launched by The Hunger Project to raise awareness of the global food crisis and unite the international community to find a sustainable solution for the problem once and for all.

World Dhole Day is celebrated annually on May 28. The Dhole Conservation Fund launched it in 2021 to raise awareness of an endangered canid species that can be found in Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Border Guard Day is an annual professional observance celebrated in some former Soviet republics (namely Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan) on May 28. It commemorates the establishment of the Soviet Border Troops in 1918.

In Croatia, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on May 28. It is typically marked with a solemn ceremony attended by the country’s President, Minister of Defense, Chief of the General Staff, representatives of the government, parliament, and diplomatic corps as well as present and former members of the Armed Forces.

Community Police Officer Day is a Ukrainian professional observance celebrated annually on May 28. It was created to commemorate the launch of the Community Police Officer Project in Ukraine and highlight the importance of community-oriented policing.

Bird lovers and conservation enthusiasts observe Whooping Crane Day annually on May 28. It was created to celebrate the tallest bird in North America, raise awareness of its endangered status, and promote whooping crane conservation.

National Flag Day in the Philippines is celebrated on May 28. It commemorates the first use of the Philippine flag after the victory in the Battle of Alapan in 1898.

Youm-e-Takbir (the day of greatness), sometimes spelled as Youm-e-Takbeer, is a Pakistani holiday celebrated on May 28 every year. It commemorates the anniversary of the country’s first nuclear tests that were conducted in 1998 near the city of Chagai, Balochistan.

May 28 is National Brisket Day. Although brisket belongs to tough meat, you can make it fork tender and delightfully tasty.

Hamburger is one of America’s most iconic foods, so it is not surprising that it has its own holiday. National Hamburger Day, also known as National Burger Day, is celebrated annually on May 28.

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day or MHD) is observed annually on May 28. It aims to break menstrual taboos and raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene management for women and adolescent girls worldwide.

Walk Safely to School Day is a national event in Australia, encouraging children of primary school walk to school and promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment. It's annually observed on the fourth Friday in May.


European Neighbors' Day is an annual international event held on the last Friday in May. It was first celebrated in 1999 in Paris. Currently it is celebrated in about 1400 towns and cities in more than 30 European countries.


National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMBAD) is observed in Canada on May 28 every year. It was created to bring together the Canadian multiple birth community and raise awareness of the challenges that parents of multiples and multiples themselves may face.

National Heat Awareness Day is observed annually on the last Friday of May. It was created to raise awareness of the potential dangers of heat-related illnesses among people who work or simply spend much time outside.


This Day in History

  • 2016 Western lowland gorilla Harambe was shot and killed by a zoo worker at the Cincinnati Zoo after grabbing a three-year-old boy. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage.
  • 2014 Died: Maya Angelou, American author, poet, actress and singer. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies that focus on her childhood and early adult experience.
  • 2010 141 passengers of Jnaneswari Express were killed when the train derailed in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal, India. It was disputed whether the derailment was caused by sabotage or a bomb.
  • 2003 Died: Ilya Prigogine, Russian-Belgian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate for the definition of dissipative structures and their role in thermodynamic systems.
  • 2002 The cleanup duties at the World Trade Center cite in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks officially ended. The last steel girder was removed, and closing ceremonies took place at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
  • 2002 Large ice deposits were found on the planet Mars by the robotic spacecraft Mars Odyssey.
  • 2001 Died: Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher. Together with his teacher Humberto Maturana he introduced the concept of autopsies to biology.
  • 1999 Born: Cameron Boyce, American actor who came to prominence with his starring role was on the Disney Channel series Jessie. He died from epilepsy at age 20.
  • 1999 The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci was put back to display in Milan, Italy after 22 years of restoration work.
  • 1985 Born: Carey Mulligan, English actress whose notable film credits include An Education, Never Let Me Go, The Great Gatsby, Promising Young Woman, Maestro, and other films.
  • 1975 Fifteen West African countries signed the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States.
  • 1972 Died: Edward VIII, the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India from January 20, 1936 till December 11, 1936.
  • 1971 Born: Ekaterina Gordeeva, Soviet and Russian figure skater. With her late husband Sergei Grinkov, she is the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion in pair skating.
  • 1969 Born: Justin Kirk, American actor. He gained prominence for his television roles as Prior Walter in Angels in America and Andy Botwin in Weeds.
  • 1968 Born: Kylie Minogue, Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. She became popular after starring in the Australian TV soap opera Neighbours. Today she is one of the most successful Australian celebrities.
  • 1942 Born: Stanley B. Prusiner, American neurologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate for his work in proposing an explanation for the cause of "mad cow disease" and its human equivalent Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
  • 1940 Belgium surrendered to Nazi Germany, ending the Battle of Belgium during World War II.
  • 1940 The first allied infantry victory of the World War II: Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recaptured Narvik in Norway.
  • 1937 Died: Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist, the founder of the school of individual psychology. He became the first psychologist to emphasize the importance of the social element in the re-adjustment process of the individual.
  • 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. pushed a button that signaled the start of the vehicle traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.
  • 1937 The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) was founded.
  • 1931 Born: Carroll Baker, American actress who enjoyed popularity as a serious dramatic actress and as a movie sex symbol. Her prolific career spanned more than five decades.
  • 1912 Born: Patrick White, English-Australian author, poet, and playwright, one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.
  • 1908 Born: Ian Fleming, English journalist and author, best known for his series of spy novels about James Bond.
  • 1888 Born: Jim Thorpe, American decathlete, football player and coach, one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals for pentathlon and decathlon, and played American football, baseball and basketball.
  • 1884 Born: Edvard Beneš, Czech politician. He lead the Czechoslovak independence movement during World War I and later became the second President of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1871 The Paris Commune, a revolutionary and socialist government that ruled Paris from March 18, 1871, fell.
  • 1858 Born: Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor and businessman, best remembered as the developer of the blow torch.
  • 1849 Died: Anne Brontë, English author and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. She is remembered for the novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
  • 1843 Died: Noah Webster, American lexicographer and author, English spelling reformer, the "Father of American Scholarship and Education". His name is associated with An American Dictionary of the English Language.
  • 1805 Died: Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer, best known for one particular minuet from his String Quintet in E and Cello Concerto in B flat major.
  • 1787 Died: Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor, best known as the father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • 1779 Born: Thomas Moore, Irish poet and composer, best remembered for the lyrics of "The Minstrel Boy" and "The Last Rose of Summer".
  • 1738 Born: Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician, best known for his proposal to use the guillotine as a less painful method of execution. He is mistakenly credited with the invention of this device, while its actual developer was Antoine Louis.