Holidays Calendar for September 28, 2017

Czech Statehood Day is one of the public holidays in the Czech Republic. This holiday is annually celebrated on September 28, that is also the feast of St. Wenceslaus, the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

International Right to Know Day is annually observed on September 28. This observance raises public awareness of the right to access of governmental information.

International Safe Abortion Day is observed annually on September 28. It originated in Latin America and the Caribbean in the early 1990s and officially became an international awareness day in 2011.

World Marmite Day is an unusual holiday celebrating an unusual food item. Each year on September 28, people across the world treat themselves to a savory food spread made from yeast extract.

International Poke Day is celebrated annually on September 28. It was created in honor of a Hawaiian raw fish dish that has become popular in other parts of the world over the past decade or so.

People employed in the nuclear industry of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan annually observe their professional day, Nuclear Industry Worker's Day, on September 28.

People of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, annually celebrate Teachers' Day on September 28. This holiday commemorates the birthday of Confucius, who is believed to be the model master educator in ancient China.

World Horizontal Directional Drilling Day, also referred to as World Trenchless Technology Day, is an unofficial professional observance held on the fourth Thursday of September. It was created in 2016 at a seminar held by the International Association of Horizontal Directional Drilling Specialists.


On September 28, National Good Neighbor Day is celebrated. This annual holiday was first proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Child pornography is one of the biggest problems in the Philippines. Anti-Child Pornography Alliance, a group comprising non-governmental organizations, church members and congressmen, declared National Day of Awareness and Unity against Child Pornography in the Philippines, that is annually observed on September 28.

Thai National Flag Day is celebrated annually on September 28. It was established in 2016 to commemorate the official adoption of the national flag of Thailand by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1917.

Railway Day in Indonesia is observed annually on September 28. It commemorates the day in 1945 when Indonesian nationalists took over the railway system of Java controlled by the Japanese army and created the Railway Bureau of the Republic of Indonesia.

Even if you are on a diet, take a break from it on September 28 because it is the National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. It is perfectly excusable to indulge yourself with a slice of delicious pie on this holiday.

Ask a Stupid Question Day is an informal holiday that is celebrated in some American schools on September 28 (or on the last school day of September when September 28 falls on the weekend).

A nonprofit organization the Global Alliance for Rabies Control annually coordinates international campaigning of World Rabies Day on September 28. This observance was established in 2007, when the first activities were organized.

International Day for the Universal Access to Information, also known as simply Access to Information Day, is an annual observance held on September 28. It was established by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2015 and was first observed on September 28, 2016.

World Maritime Day is an annual United Nations observance organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is celebrated during the last week of September, the exact date is appointed each year.


Freedom from Hunger Day is observed every year on September 28. The observance was initiated by international organization Freedom from Hunger, the first activities relating to this day were held in 2006.

This Day in History

  • 2023 Died: Michael Gambon, Irish actor. He had a long and prolific career, but the role that brought him stardom was that of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series.
  • 2020 Died: Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey Jr.), American rapper best known for his singles "Gangsta's Paradise", "Fantastic Voyage", "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)", and "C U When U Get There". The cause of death was accidental overdose.
  • 2014 A series of sit-in street protests against proposed reforms to the electoral system began in Hong Kong. It is known as the Umbrella Revolution because many protesters carried yellow umbrellas.
  • 2012 Died: Michael O'Hare, American actor, best remembered for role as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the science fiction television series Babylon 5.
  • 2012 Died: Larry Cunningham, Irish singer of the country music, one of the leading figures of the showband scene throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for song Tribute to Jim Reeves, that topped British charts in 1964.
  • 1994 The cruise ferry MS Estonia, owned by Estonian shipping company Estline, sank in Baltic Sea. 138 people of 989 on board were rescued alive, 95 sank and 757 missing. This disaster led to changes in safety regulations and in liferaft design.
  • 1989 Died: Ferdinand Marcos, Filipino lawyer, politician, the 10th President of the Philippines. His regime was know for corruption, extravagance and brutality. He was removed from power in 1986 by the People Power Revolution.
  • 1987 Born: Hilary Duff, American actress and singer, best known for the roles in films Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice etc.
  • 1981 Died: Rómulo Betancourt, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela from 1945 to 1948 and from 1959 to 1964. He was one of the most important political figures in Venezuela and one of the few real international leaders to emerge from the 20-century Latin America.
  • 1978 Died: Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani. His reign is known to be one of the shortest in papal history (33 days).
  • 1972 Born: Dita Von Teese (Heather Renée Sweet), American burlesque dancer, cabaret performer, model, and businesswoman. She is widely regarded as the "Queen of Burlesque".
  • 1971 The Parliament of the United Kingdom banned the medical use of cannabis.
  • 1970 Died: Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian politician and statesman, the 2nd President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970. Nasser is known for introduction of far-reaching land reforms and major socialist and modernization reforms in Egypt.
  • 1968 Born: Naomi Watts, British actress. She rose to prominence during the 2000s after several years as a struggling actress. The roles in films Mulholland Drive, The Ring, King Kong made her one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood.
  • 1967 Born: Mira Sorvino, American actress. She is best known for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, which earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
  • 1962 A fire outbroke at the Paddington tram depot in Brisbane, Australia. 65 trams were destroyed. Reduction of the depot is generally seen as the beginning of the end of tram system in Brisbane.
  • 1961 The United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria, ceased to exist after a military coup in Damascus. Syria proclaimed independence from the union.
  • 1958 A new constitution of France was ratified, leading to formation of the French Fifth Republic on October 4. A new constitution of France was rejected by Guinea and it voted for independence instead.
  • 1956 Died: William Boeing, American aviation pioneer and businessman, founder of The Boeing Company, the largest global aircraft manufacturers.
  • 1952 Born: Sylvia Kristel, Dutch actress, best known for playing the leading role in four of the seven Emmanuelle films.
  • 1951 The Colombia Broadcasting System, CBS, made the first color televisions became available for sale to the general public, the product was discontinued less than a month later.
  • 1939 A second supplementary protocol of the 1939 Hitler-Stalin Pact was signed by Germany and the Soviet Union. The protocol set the boundaries of division of Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany after their invasion during World War II.
  • 1936 Born: Emmett Chapman, American musician and inventor, best known for invention of the Chapman stick, an electric musical instrument, composing of a stick and 8, 10 or 12 strings. It was designed as a fully polyphonic chordal instruments and it cal cover several musical parts simultaneously.
  • 1935 Died: William Kennedy Dickson, Scottish inventor, employee of Thomas Edison. Dickson and his team at the Edison lab worked on development of Kinetoscope and roll film. Dickson left Edison's company and produced the mutoscope, a form of hand cranked peep show movie machine.
  • 1934 Born: Brigitte Bardot, French actress, singer and model, animal rights activist. She gained international acclaim after starring in a controversial film And God Created Woman. She became one of the 1950s and 1960s sex symbols. After retirement from the show business in 1973 she established herself as an animal rights activist.
  • 1928 Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. This mold later became known as penicillin.
  • 1924 Born: Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor, mostly starring in Frederico Fellini's movies. He gained international success with films Big Deal on Madonna street and La Dolce Vita.
  • 1901 Born: William S. Paley, American broadcaster, founder of CBS, the Columbia Broadcasting System. He built CBS from a small radio network to one of the foremost radio and television network operations in the USA.
  • 1895 Died: Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist, known for discoveries of vaccination for rabies and anthrax, pasteurization and microbial fermentation.
  • 1891 Died: Herman Melville, American author and poet of the American Renaissance period. He is best known for his novels Typee and Moby-Dick.
  • 1889 The first General Conference on Weights and Measures defined the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, had measured at the melting point of ice.
  • 1856 Born: Kate Douglas Wiggin, American educator and author, best remembered for children's classic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. She also founded the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 and devoted her life to the welfare of children in an era, when children were regarded as a cheap labor.
  • 1852 Born: Henri Moissan, French chemist, best remembered for his work in isolating fluorine from its compounds. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1906.
  • 1841 Born: Georges Clemenceau, French journalist and politician, leader of the Radical Party in France. He led the country in World War I and played a central role during the Third Republic. Clemenceau became one of the principal architects of Treaty of Versailles and won agreement on Germany's payment of large sums for reparations.