Holidays Calendar for March 29, 2016

March 29 is a public holiday in the Republic of Madagascar known as Martyrs' Day. It honors the memory of those who died in the Malagasy Uprising that started on March 29, 1947.

March 29 is a public holiday in the Central African Republic known as Boganda Day. It marks the death anniversary of Barthélemy Boganda, the first Prime Minister of the Central African Republic autonomous territory who is considered the hero and father of his nation.

On March 29, the Republic of China (commonly referred to as Taiwan) celebrates Youth Day. This holiday commemorates the victims of the Second Guangzhou uprising, also known as the Yellow Flower Mound revolt.

Chiffon cakes come in different flavors: orange, chocolate, maple syrup, walnut and today's reason to celebrate – lemon. March 29 is National Lemon Chiffon Cake!

Day of the Young Combatant (Día del joven combatiente) is a non-official remembrance day annually observed on March 29 in Chile. It is the death anniversary of the brothers Eduardo and Rafael Vergara Toledo.


This Day in History

  • 2013 36 were killed when a 16-floor building collapsed in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 2012 Died: Luke Askew, American actor, best known for the role in Easy Rider. He appeared in many Westerns and played a lead role in spaghetti Western Night of the Serpent.
  • 2010 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system in the morning rush hour. 40 were killed.
  • 2004 Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia joined NATO as full members.
  • 1999 An earthquake magnitude 6.8 stroke the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. 103 were killed.
  • 1982 Died: Carl Orff, German composer, best known for cantata Carmina Burana.
  • 1974 The Terracotta Army was discovered by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Sghaanxi province, China. The Terracotta Army was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.
  • 1970 Died: Anna Louise Strong, American journalist and activist, best know for her support and reporting on communist movements in the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China.
  • 1968 Born: Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer, best known for the role as Xena in internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • 1962 The president of Argentina, Arturo Frondizi, was overthrown in a military revolt by Argentina's armed forces. This ended an eleven and half day of constitutional crisis in the country.
  • 1957 Born: Christopher Lambert, American-French actor, best known for the role as Connor MacLeod in the movie and franchise Connor MacLeod and for roles in Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Mortal Kombat, Beowulf, Gideon.
  • 1952 Born: John Hendricks, American businessman, founder of Discovery Communications, that started operation as a single Discovery Channel.
  • 1948 Died: Harry Price, English author and psychic researcher, gained prominence for his investigations of the purportedly haunted Borley Rectory in Essex, England, and for exposing of fake spiritualism.
  • 1942 Born: Scott Wilson, American actor, best known for the roles in films The Ninth Configuration, The Right Stuff, Judge Dredd, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai.
  • 1942 Royal Air Force attacked the city of Lübeck and caused severe damage to the historic center with bombs. This attack is known as the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against German city.
  • 1941 Born: Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of a new type of pulsar, that opened new possibilities for the study of gravitation.
  • 1936 Adolf Hitler received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland.
  • 1927 Born: John Vane, English pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate. He also played an instrumental role in understanding how aspirin produces pain-relief effect. His work led to discovery of new treatments for heart and blood vessels.
  • 1918 Born: Sam Walton, American businessman, founder of Walmart, an American multinational retail corporation.
  • 1912 Died: Robert Falcon Scott, English lieutenant and explorer, the commander of the Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 1912 Died: Edward Adrian Wilson, English physician and explorer, member of Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 1902 Born: William Walton, English composer, known for his music in several classical genres and styles. He wrote music from film scores to operas. His best-known works include Façade, the cantata Belshazzar's Feast, the Viola Concerto and the First Symphony.
  • 1901 Born: Andrija Maurović, Croatian comic book author and illustrator, often called the father of Yugoslav and Croatian comics.
  • 1891 Died: Georges Seurat, French Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman, best known for innovative usage of drawing media. His painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is one of the icons of late 19th century.
  • 1886 The first batch of Coca-Cola was brewed by dr. John Pemberton in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1826 Died: Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet and classicist, best known for translation of Homer's Odyssey and Iliad into German.
  • 1790 Born: John Tyler, American lawyer and politician, the 10th President of the United States.
  • 1772 Died: Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish astronomer, philosopher and theologian, best known for the book on the afterlife Heaven and Hell.
  • 1697 Died: Nicolaus Bruhns, Danish-German organist, violinist, and composer, one of the most prominent composers and organists of his generation.
  • 1461 Edward of York defeated Queen Margaret in the Battle of Towton and became King Edward IV of England.