Holidays Calendar for December 28, 2016

Hanukkah is a Jewish eight-day festival of lights that starts on the 25th day of the month Kislev. It commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt that followed Judah Maccabee's victory over the Seleucids.


The feast of Holy Innocents, also known as Childermas, is observed in Western Christianity annually on December 28. This religious holiday is connected with the events described in the New Testament.

Kwanzaa is an annual week-long celebration that is observed from December 26 to January 1. This holiday is celebrated in the United States and also in diaspora in the Western Africa. Kwanzaa honors the African heritage in African-American culture.

Every year people of Thailand observe King Taksin Memorial Day on December 28. This national holiday celebrates the coronation anniversary of Taksin in 1767.

Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world, no wonder it has its own holiday. The National Chocolate Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 28.


This Day in History

  • 2014 162 people were killed when Indonesia AirAsia Flight 5801 crashed into the Karimata Strait en route from Surabaya to Singapore.
  • 2010 Died: Billy Taylor, American composer, musician and educator. He was a jazz educator and activist and often traveled around the world as a jazz ambassador.
  • 2004 Died: Susan Sontag, American writer and filmmaker, best known for her books On Photography, Against Interpretation, The Way We Live Now, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover etc.
  • 2000 US retail giant Montgomery Ward announced its going out of business after 128 years of functioning.
  • 1989 Wilhelm Röntgen published a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, that later would be known as x-rays.
  • 1984 Died: Sam Peckinpah, American director, screenwriter and producer. He achieved prominence following the release of the epic The Wild Bunch in 1969. He was known for his innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence.
  • 1981 Born: Sienna Miller, English actress, model and designer. Her first major work became the role in comedy drama Casanova. Her other successful works include films The Girl, Layer Cake, The Edge of Love.
  • 1972 Kim Il-sung sworn into office as the first President of North Korea. At that time he was already Prime Minister of North Korea and First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea.
  • 1971 Died: Max Steiner, American composer of music for theater and films. He conducted his first operetta at the age of 12 and became a full-time professional when he was 15. Steiner composed over 300 film scores, including for films The Informer, Since You Went Away, King Kong, Little Women, Jezebel, Casablanca.
  • 1969 Born: Linus Torvalds, Finnish-born American computer programmer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel, the most popular kernel for operating systems.
  • 1958 Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York's Yankee Stadium. This game is called the "Greatest Game Ever Played".
  • 1955 Born: Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer, critic and activist. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
  • 1954 Born: Denzel Washington, American actor and filmmaker, two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award and two Academy Awards winner. His most prominent works include Training Day, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans, The Great Debates etc.
  • 1950 Born: Hugh McDonald, American musician, best known as the unofficial bassist in the rock band Bon Jovi.
  • 1947 Died: Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy from 1900 to 1946. His reign began with assassination of his father Umberto I and it witnessed the involvement of Italy in both World Wars and birth, rise and fall of Italian Fascism.
  • 1945 Died: Theodore Dreiser, American writer and journalist. He is best known for his novels, including Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy.
  • 1944 Born: Kary Mullis, American chemist and author. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of his improvement of the polymerase chain reaction technique.
  • 1943 Born: Keith Floyd, British chef, restaurateur and television personality, host of the cooking shows for the BBC. He published many books combining cookery and travel, that became famous around the world.
  • 1942 The Czech soldiers Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík commenced Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate high-ranking Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich. Although Heydrich was only injured, he died of his injuries on June 4, 1942.
  • 1937 Died: Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor. Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest composer of the 1920s-1930s.
  • 1934 Born: Maggie Smith, English actress, whose career spanned over 60 years. She's remembered for the roles in such films like Hedda Gabler, The Way of the World, Night and Day, Three Tall Women.
  • 1908 Over 75,000 people were killed, when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Messina, Siciy, Italy.
  • 1903 Born: John von Neumann, Hungarian mathematician, physicist and inventor. He's remembered for a number of major contributions to the fields of mathematics, physics, economics, computing and statistics. His mathematical analysis of the structure of self-replication preceded the discovery of the structure of DNA.
  • 1902 The first indoor professional football game was held at Madison Square Garden, New York. The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5-0.
  • 1895 The Lumière brothers performed for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines. This event marked the debut of the cinema.
  • 1890 Died: Dennis Miller Bunker, American painter, known for his incredibly bright works. He was one of the major American painters of the 19th century.
  • 1856 Born: Woodrow Wilson, American politician, the 28th President of the United States. His presidency lasted from March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921.
  • 1846 Iowa was admitted as the 29th state of the USA.
  • 1734 Died: Rob Roy MacGregor, better known simply as Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century. Sometimes he is also known as the Scottish Robin Hood.
  • 1708 Died: Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist, noted as the first person to make a clear definition of the concept of genus for plants.