Holidays Calendar for March 29, 2018

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.

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. This holy day commemorates the Maundy (washing of the feet) and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday in most countries that were part of the Danish colonial empire or the Spanish empire.


International Mermaid Day is celebrated annually on March 29 by everyone who is fascinated by mythical aquatic creatures that are half human, half fish.

Declaw Awareness Day, also know as National Don’t Declaw Your Cat Awareness Day, is observed annually on March 29. It aims to raise awareness of the cruel practice of feline declawing, which is prohibited or significantly restricted in some countries and should be banned worldwide.

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.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday observed on March 29. It was inaugurated on March 29, 2017 by President Donald Trump who signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

A chiffon cake is a universally beloved dessert that comes in different flavors such as chocolate, walnut, maple syrup, orange, and lemon. Lemon chiffon cake even has its own unofficial holiday, National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, which is celebrated annually on March 29.

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.

If you love Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, you should observe National Pita Day on March 29. This fun holiday celebrates a type of yeast-leavened flatbread popular in many cuisines of the Mediterranean and Levant region.

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day is observed across the Unite States on March 29. It was created to celebrate small, family-owned businesses and encourage people to shop local in order to support such businesses.


This Day in History

  • 2024 Died: Louis Gossett Jr., American actor whose career spanned over seven decades. He was the first African-American actor to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 2017 The United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union which began its withdrawal from the European Union, commonly known as Brexit.
  • 2013 36 people were killed when a 16-floor building collapsed in the commercial capital of 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 the lead role in the spaghetti Western Night of the Serpent.
  • 2010 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system in the morning rush hour. 40 people were killed.
  • 2004 Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia joined NATO as full members.
  • 1999 An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. 103 people were killed.
  • 1983 Born: Ed Skrein, English actor, filmmaker, and rapper. His notable film credits include Deadpool, The Transporter: Refueled, Alita: Battle Angel, and Rebel Moon.
  • 1982 Died: Carl Orff, German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana.
  • 1981 Born: Megan Hilty, American actress and singer who rose to prominence for her roles in Broadway musicals, including her performance as Glinda in Wicked.
  • 1974 The Terracotta Army was discovered by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Sghaanxi province, China. It was buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.
  • 1970 Died: Anna Louise Strong, American journalist and activist, best known 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 the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • 1964 Born: Elle Macpherson, Australian model, businesswoman, television host, and actress. She is known for her record five cover appearances for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
  • 1962 The president of Argentina, Arturo Frondizi, was overthrown in a military revolt by Argentina's armed forces. This ended in a constitutional crisis that lasted for eleven and a half days.
  • 1961 Born: Amy Sedaris, American actress, comedian and writer. Her film credits include Maid in Manhattan, School of Rock, Bewitched, Jennifer's Body, Puss in Boots, and The Lion King.
  • 1960 Born: Jo Nesbø, Norwegian writer, musician, and former football player and reporter who is best known for his crime novels featuring Inspector Harry Hole.
  • 1957 Born: Christopher Lambert, American-French actor, best known for the role as Connor MacLeod in the movie and franchise Highlander and for his roles in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Mortal Kombat, Beowulf, Gideon.
  • 1955 Born: Marina Sirtis, British actress best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi in several television series and feature films of the Star Trek franchise.
  • 1955 Born: Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor and film director, whose accolades, as of March 2024, included two British Independent Film Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award.
  • 1952 Born: John Hendricks, American businessman, the founder of Discovery Communications that started operation as a single Discovery Channel.
  • 1948 Died: Harry Price, English author and psychic researcher who gained prominence for his investigations of the purportedly haunted Borley Rectory in Essex, England, and for exposing fake spiritualism.
  • 1942 Born: Scott Wilson, American actor, best known for the roles in the films The Ninth Configuration, The Right Stuff, Judge Dredd, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai.
  • 1942 The Royal Air Force attacked the city of Lübeck and caused severe damage to its historic center with bombs. This attack was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against a 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.
  • 1918 Born: Sam Walton, American businessman, founder of Walmart, an American multinational retail corporation.
  • 1912 The three remaining members of the Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica (Robert Falcon Scott, Henry Robertson Bowers and Edward Adrian Wilson) died.
  • 1902 Born: William Walton, English composer, known for his music in several classical genres and styles. 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 his 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 his backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1826 Died: Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet and classicist, best known for his translations 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 his book on the afterlife entitled 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.