Holidays Calendar for May 29, 2016

The last Sunday in May is Turkmen Carpet Day in Turkmenistan. This national holiday was established in 1992.


Democracy Day is a public holiday in the Federal Republic of Nigeria celebrated on May 29. It commemorates the restoration of democracy in the country in 1999 after more than a decade of military rule.

Sixty-four days after Easter, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the feast of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Etchmiadzin Cathedral was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia. It is located in the city of Vagharshapat.


World Digestive Health Day is a worldwide public health campaign held on May 29. The event is coordinated by the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO). Each year, the awareness campaign focuses on a particular digestive health issue.

Workers of the chemical and petroleum industry in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan annually observe their professional holiday on the last Sunday in May. This is Chemical Industry Workers' Day.


Armed Forces Day in Kyrgyzstan is celebrated annually on May 29, marking the anniversary of the creation of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces in 1992.

Day of Internal Affairs Officers is an official professional holiday in Turkmenistan observed on May 29 each year.

Argentine Army Day is celebrated on May 29. The holiday commemorates the official foundation of the Argentine Army in 1810, four days after the overthrow of the Spanish colonial administration in the city of Buenos Aires.

Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to planting and taking care of trees. It is observed in many countries, the date of the holiday varies from country to country. For example, National Arbor Day in Venezuela is celebrated on the last Sunday in May.


Conquest of Istanbul Day is a local celebration held in the largest city in Turkey on May 29. It commemorates the fall of Constantinople that occurred on May 29, 1453.

May 29 is National Coq Au Vin Day. This is one of the first dishes people learn to cook, when they approach French cuisine repertoire.

Oak Apple Day, also known as Royal Oak Day, used to be a public holiday in England. It commemorated the restoration of the English monarchy. Although it is not an official holiday anymore, it is still informally celebrated in some areas.

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is an annual observance held on May 29. It was established by UN General Assembly in December 2002.

The last Sunday in May is Mother's Day in France (and its former colonies) and Sweden.


It's believed, that celebration of Children's Day in Hungary takes roots in Turkey, where adults honored all children on a special day. Whether it's so or not, Children's Day is celebrated in Hungary on the last Sunday in May.


This Day in History

  • 2010 Died: Dennis Hopper, American actor, director, and screenwriter, best known for roles in Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish, The Osterman Weekend.
  • 2005 France held referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution of the European Union. The majority of voters rejected the Constitution, thus making France the first country in the EU that rejected the treaty.
  • 1985 31 football fans died and hundreds were injured when a dilapidated retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, collapsed.
  • 1982 Died: Romy Schneider, Austrian-French actress. She played in more than 50 films, received Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for The Cardinal and won five César Award for Best Actress.
  • 1979 Died: Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the 36 co-founder s of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She played almost in 250 films and knowns as America's Sweetheart.
  • 1975 Born: Melanie Janine Brown, better known as Mel B or Melanie B, English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. She gained popularity as a member of Spice Girls, since 2000 concentrated on a variety of non-signing projects, including Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor UK, America's Got Talent.
  • 1964 The Arab League met in East Jerusalem to discuss the Palestinian question. This meeting led to the formation of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
  • 1959 Born: Rupert Everett, English actor, singer, and producer, Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor. He is best known for the leading roles in Another Country, An Ideal Husband and voice roles of Prince Charming in Shrek.
  • 1959 Born: Adrian Paul, English actor and producer, best known for role as Duncan MacLeod on the television serious Highlander: The Series.
  • 1958 Died: Juan Ramón Jiménez, Spanish poet and academic, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity. He is best remembered for advocacy of the French concept of pure poetry, that became his most important contribution to modern poetry.
  • 1953 Died: Morgan Russell, American painter, the founder of Synchromism, a provocative style of painting that analogized color to music.
  • 1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people who reached the summit of Mount Everest.
  • 1949 Born: Francis Rossi, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known as a co-founder of rock band Status Quo.
  • 1942 Died: John Barrymore, born John Sidney Blyth, American actor, best remembered for stage roles in Justice, Richard III and Hamlet, deserving the name of the greatest living American tragedian, and roles in the silent films as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, and The Sea Beast.
  • 1929 Born: Peter Higgs, English-Scottish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles.
  • 1920 Born: John Harsanyi, Hungarian-American economist, Nobel Prize in Economic Science laureate for important contributions to the use of game theory and economic reasoning in political and moral philosophy.
  • 1919 Arthur Eddington and Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin tested and later confirmed Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity.
  • 1917 Born: John F. Kennedy, American lieutenant and politician, the 35th President of the United States since 1961 till his assassination in November 1963.
  • 1914 The Canadian Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The tragedy was caused by a collision with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad. 1,012 of the 1,477 people on board of the ship died.
  • 1913 The ballet The Rite of Spring by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. Its avant-garde music was not accepted by the audience and provoked a riot.
  • 1911 Died: Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, English playwright and poet, best known for his comic operas H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
  • 1906 Born: T. H. White, Indian-English author, best known for the sequence of novels about the King Arthur The Once and Future King.
  • 1892 Died: Bahá'u'lláh, Persian religious leader, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. He claimed to the prophetic fulfilment of Bábism, a 19th-century outgrowth of Shí‘ism, a messenger from God.
  • 1886 The first advertisement of Coca-Cola appeared in The Atlanta Journal. The ads was places by the pharmacist John Pemberton, the inventor of this beverage.
  • 1880 Born: Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher, best known for the book The Decline of the West, that covers all of world history.
  • 1874 Born: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, English journalist, author, and playwright, best known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown.
  • 1829 Died: Humphry Davy, English chemist, best remembered for discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals (including sodium and potassium).
  • 1814 Died: Joséphine de Beauharnais, French wife of Napoleon I, the first Empress of the French from 1804 to 1810.
  • 1790 Rhode Island became the last of the original United States' colonies to ratify the Constitution. At that time the Constitution had already come into effect and Rhode Island was admitted as the 13th state.
  • 1453 After a 53-day siege Constantinople was captured by Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih. The fall of Constantinople marked the end of the Byzantine Empire.