Holidays Calendar for April 29, 2016

Shōwa Day is one of the public holidays in Japan, which commemorates the birth anniversary of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, who reigned from 1926 until his death in 1989. The holiday is celebrated annually on April 29.

Good Friday, also known as Great Friday and Holy Friday, is a Christian feast that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha. It is celebrated on the Friday preceding Easter.


Pesah, or Passover is one of the most significant Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. This festival commences on Nisan 15 and lasts for seven days in Israel and for eight days in the diaspora.


International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29. This annual observance was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council, an international non-governmental umbrella organization for all forms of dance within UNESCO.

The United States was one of the first countries in the world to celebrate Arbor Day, a holiday dedicated to tree planting. National Arbor Day in the USA is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Besides, each state celebrates its own state tree planting holiday.


Arbor Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. Special attention is paid to this day in the countries, where environmental issues are very acute, for example in Colombia. Here Arbor Day is celebrated every year on April 29.

National Canadian Film Day is annually celebrated by all Canadian film-lovers on April 29. This day was created in 2014 as a special festival, when all can enjoy Canadian films.

Birthday of Princess Benedikte of Denmark is not widely celebrated outside the royal house, but it is still considered a special day in the country's calendar. It is celebrated on April 29.

April 29 is National Shrimp Scampi Day. This day honors the delicious dish of shrimp cooked in a certain way, that makes it taste so good.

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare is an annual United Nations observance held on April 29. It marks the anniversary of the day the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force in 1997.

This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Joel Goldsmith, American composer of film, television and video game music. During his career he composed music for Call for Duty 3, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek: First Contact etc.
  • 2011 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
  • 2008 Died: Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, best known for the first person to synthesize, ingest and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). He also was the first to isolate, synthesize and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin.
  • 2005 Syria finally withdrew from Lebanon. The occupation lasted for 29 years and began as a result of the civil war. It ended in response to domestic and international pressure after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • 1997 The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 entered into force, outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons by its 65 signatories.
  • 1992 Died: Mae Clarke, American actress, best remembered for role as Dr. Frankenstein's bride in Frankenstein by James Whale.
  • 1991 A powerful cyclone stroke the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh. The winds sped about 155 miles per hour (249 km/h) killing at least 138,000 people and leaving about 10 million homeless.
  • 1986 A fire started at the Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest publicly funded library systems in the world. 400,000 books were destroyed, that is about 20% of the library's holdings.
  • 1980 Died: Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer, often nicknamed The Master of Suspense. Among his best-known films are Rebecca, Psycho, Dial M for Murder, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds.
  • 1970 Born: Uma Thurman, American actress, model. She gained international popularity for her role in Pulp Fiction. Among her other best-known films are Hysterical Blindness, Kill Bill, Les Misérables, Batman & Robin.
  • 1970 Born: Andre Agassi, American retired professional tennis player, one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s.
  • 1958 Died: Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress and singer, best remembered for roles in Batman Returns, What Lies Beneath and Hairspray.
  • 1951 Died: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-English philosopher, primarily in logic, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of language. His influence was felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences.
  • 1947 Died: Irving Fisher, American economist and statistician, one of the earliest neoclassical economists. He made important contributions to the utility theory and general equilibrium, and developed the theory of capital and interest rates.
  • 1946 Former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted for war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.
  • 1945 The Dachau concentration camp was liberated by the United States troops. During 12 years of its use as a concentration camp about 31,951 of 206,206 prisoners died.
  • 1933 Died: Constantine P. Cavafy, outstanding Greek poet, who published 154 historical, sensual and philosophical poems.
  • 1910 The People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public, was passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  • 1908 Born: Jack Williamson, American science fiction writer. He is often regarded as the second best science fiction author after Robert Heinlein. He was presented with a World Fantasy Award and a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • 1899 Born: Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader. He greatly contributed into the development of jazz arts. He is considered as a pivotal figure in the history of jazz.
  • 1893 Born: Harold Urey, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of deuterium, one of two stable isotopes of hydrogen.
  • 1882 The forerunner of modern trolleybus, the Elektromote, was tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
  • 1875 Born: Rafael Sabatini, Italian-English novelist. He is best known for the world bestsellers The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, Captain Blood, and Bellarion the Fortunate.
  • 1863 Born: William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founder of the Hearst Corporation. He is considered as one of the fathers of yellow journalism.
  • 1818 Born: Alexander II of Russia, the Emperor of Russia from 1855 till his assassination in 181. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Prince of Finland.
  • 1793 Died: John Michell, English geologist and astronomer, provider of pioneering insights in a wide range of scientific fields, including geology, optics, astronomy and gravitation. Michell is considered as one of the greatest unsung scientists of all time.
  • 1771 Died: Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, French-Italian architect, developer of an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque. His major works include the Winter Palace and the Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg.
  • 1770 James Cook arrived at Botany Bay, Australia, and named it after the great quantity of plants found there. Later the Bay was planned by the British as the site for a penal colony.
  • 1768 Died: Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, discovered cobalt, one of the unknown metals in ancient times.
  • 1727 Born: Jean-Georges Noverre, French ballet dancer and balletmaster, generally considered as the creator of ballet d'action, a precursor of the narrative ballets of the 19th century.