Holidays Calendar for August 28, 2016

The Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate the feast of Dormition of the Mother of God on August 28. This feast celebrates the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into the heaven.

Miner's Day is the professional holiday of miners celebrated in some former Soviet republics on the last Sunday in August. It was established in 1947 to commemorate the record of Alexey Stakhanov, who mined 102 tones of coal in a single shift (14 times per quota).


Lake Sevan Day is an important ecological observance in Armenia. It has been held on the last Sunday in August since 1999. The observance was established by the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.


Grandparents, as well as mothers and fathers, deserve a special honoring holiday. There is such a day in Taiwan and it's called Grandparents Day. It's annually observed on the last Sunday in August.


Kingdom Proclamation Day is observed in Montenegro on August 28. This holiday doesn't have an official status, since it was abolished, but it's still observed on national level.

Neckties are great, but bow ties are even better! People, who adore bow ties, annually celebrate National Bow Tie Day on August 28. Today all men should pay tribute to this extremely important part of men's fashion.

The National Cherry Turnover Day is celebrated on August 28. This is a perfect occasion to indulge yourself with delicious pastry which can be either bought at your favorite bakery or homemade.

Go Topless Day is a special event, encouraging all women around the world to go topless, thus support their rights on gender-equality grounds. It's annually organized on the nearest Sunday to August 26.


This Day in History

  • 2008 Died: Phil Hill, American racer, the only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship.
  • 2007 Died: Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer, who played solely for Sevilla FC. He won two UEFA Cups, a UEFA Super Cap, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de España.
  • 2006 Died: Melvin Schwartz, American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for development of the neutrino beam method and demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino.
  • 1996 Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princes of Wales divorced after 15 years in marriage. The marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales fell apart due to faithless of both of the spouses.
  • 1990 Government of Iraq declared Kuwait to be its new province. Kuwait was invaded by Iraq and the occupation came to the end in 1991 after military intervention by United States-led forces.
  • 1988 Three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori demonstration team collided during the airshow at the US Ramstein Air Base, near the city of Kaiserslautern, West Germany. The wreckage fell into the crowd of about 300,000 viewers, 75 were killed (including 3 pilots) and 346 seriously injured.
  • 1987 Died: John Huston, American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of films, that he directed. His most popular films are The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, and The Man Who Would Be King.
  • 1985 Died: Ruth Gordon, American actress, screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career at the age of 19, but she gained international visibility only in the 1970s and the 1980s after performances in films Rosemary's Baby, Harold and Maude and the Clint Eastwood films Every Which Way but Loose and Any Which Way You Can.
  • 1984 Died: Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian general and politician, the first President of Egypt. He served from 1953 (after proclamation of the Republic of Egypt) till 1954. He was removed from office and was arrested for 18 years and released in 1972.
  • 1982 Born: LeAnn Rimes, American singer of country music, known for rich vocals. She won many awards, including two Grammys, three Academy of Country Music Awards, a Country Music Association Award and an American Music award.
  • 1978 Died: Robert Shaw, British actor and novelist, best remembered by the audience for performances in films From Russia with Love, A Man for All Seasons, The Sting, the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Black Sunday and Jaws.
  • 1969 Born: Jason Priestley, Canadian-born American actor and director. He rose to prominence with the role as Brandon Walsh on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. His another great role was as Richard Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz.
  • 1969 Born: Jack Black, American actor, singer and producer. He is primarily known for roles in films High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, School of Rock, King Kong, Nacho Libre, Tropic Thunder, The Holiday, Bernie and the Kung Fu Panda (voice) films.
  • 1965 Born: Satoshi Tajiri, Japanese game designer, best known for creation of Pokémon series and its role-playing video games. He also founded Game Freak, Inc, the Japanese video game developer that currently creates games for Nintendo.
  • 1965 Born: Shania Twain, Canadian singer and songwriter, one of the the world's best-selling artists of all time. She received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, and stars on Canada's Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1963 The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech I Have a Dream during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In this speech he called for an end to racism in the USA.
  • 1963 The longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Bridge, opened in the USA. It joins the districts of Seattle and Medina across Lake Washington in Washington.
  • 1925 Born: Donald O'Connor, American dancer, singer and actor, best remembered by the audience for role as Gene Kelly's friend and colleague Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain.
  • 1924 The Georgian opposition staged the August Uprising against the Soviet Union aimed at restoring the independence of Georgia. The uprising was unsuccessful.
  • 1919 Born: Godfrey Hounsfield, English engineer, whose name is immortalized in the Hounsfield scale, a quantitative measure of radiodensity used in evaluating computed tomography scans. In 1979 he shared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for a part in developing the diagnostic technique of X-ray computed tomography.
  • 1913 Queen Wilhelmina opened the Peace Palace in The Hague. Nowadays the Palace houses the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the UN.
  • 1910 Born: Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch-born American mathematician and economist, known for his works in the economics. In 1975 he was jointly awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for contributions to the field of resource allocation.
  • 1903 Died: Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect and journalist, known to be the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted is known for designing many urban parks, including Central Park in New York City.
  • 1898 American pharmacist Caleb Bradham invented the carbonated soft drink, that later would be called Pepsi-Cola.
  • 1878 Born: George Whipple, American physician, pathologist and educator, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for discoveries concerning liver therapy in cases of anemia.
  • 1859 One of the largest geomagnetic storms on record, called Carrington event, caused disruption of electrical telegraph services, the aurora shined around the world. The geomagnetic storm of this magnitude occurring today would likely cause widespread problems for modern civilization.
  • 1818 Died: Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, American fur trader. He is a prominent person in the history of American city of Chicago. Sable is regarded as the first permanent resident of a settlement, that later was called Chicago.
  • 1789 British astronomer William Herschel discovered a new moon of Saturn: Enceladus, which is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. Enceladus is about 310 mi (500 km) in diameter and it's covered by clean ice.
  • 1749 Born: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman, author of prose and verse dramas, memoirs, criticism and treatises. His best known masterpieces are The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust.
  • 1645 Died: Hugo Grotius, playwright, philosopher, and jurist, known as the co-founder of the international law, based on natural law. He was the author of one of the most important intentional legal doctrines regarding the seas and oceans - Mare Liberum. This document became the essence and backbone of the modern law of the sea.