Holidays Calendar for July 29, 2016

On July 29, the Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands celebrates Territory Day. This public holiday commemorates the day that Wallis and Futuna officially became a French overseas territory in 1961.

Somers Day is annually celebrated in Bermuda on Friday before the first Monday of August. This celebration is one of the days, that are known as Cup Match, and it's dedicated to George Somers.


Saint Olaf's Day is celebrated in some Northern European countries on July 29. It commemorates the anniversary of the death of King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway. This holiday is an official flag flying day in Norway.

International Tiger Day, also referred to as Global Tiger Day, is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tiger conservation. It was established in 2010 at the International Tiger Forum that took place in the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The last Friday in July is a professional holiday of all system administrators, System Administrator Appreciation Day. Although it's an unofficial holiday, it's getting more and more popular every year and it has many names, such as Sysadmin Day.


Schools Tree Day is a special day, when all preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia participate in the nationwide activity of planting trees. This event is annually organized on the last Friday in July.


National Thai Language Day is a national observance in Thailand held on July 29 each year. It is regulated by the government, but is not observed as a holiday. The observance was proclaimed in 1999.

National Anthem Day is a Romanian observance held on July 29 each year. It is not a non-working holiday, but official ceremonies are organized on the occasion.

Constitution Day in Moldova is celebrated on July 29. Unlike some other countries, the Republic of Moldova does not celebrate its Constitution Day as a public holiday, it is simply an observance.

On July 29, cook lasagna for dinner as it is National Lasagna Day. The word “lasagna” (plural “lasagne”) refers both to a type of pasta and a dish made by interleaving lasagne sheets with layers of filling and/or sauce.

This Day in History

  • 2005 Astronomers announced discovery of the dwarf planet Eris. Eris is the most massive dwarf planet known in the Solar System and the ninth most massive body known to orbit the Sun. Its estimated to be about 1/3 of the Earth's mass.
  • 1998 Died: Jerome Robbins, American director, producer, and choreographer, primarily known for his Broadway Theater and Ballet/Dance. His most notable works were One the Town, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing and West Side Story.
  • 1994 Died: Dorothy Hodgkin, Egyptian-English biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of structure of vitamin B12. Among her other most influential discoveries was the conformation of structure of penicillin.
  • 1987 Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand signed an agreement on building a tunnel under the English Channel.
  • 1981 Born: Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
  • 1981 The wedding ceremony of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London was worldwide broadcast. Audience of over 700 million people around the world watched the ceremony.
  • 1980 After the end of the Islamic Revolution Iran adopted its new "holy" flag, that is still used today.
  • 1979 Died: Herbert Marcuse, German sociologist and philosopher, often associated with Frankfurt School of critical theory. His most notable works were Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory, Eros and Civilization, One-Dimensional Man.
  • 1973 Born: Wanya Morris, American singer, best known as a member of the R&B group Boyz II Men
  • 1973 A constitutional referendum on abolishment of monarchy was held in Greece. The proposal was approved by 78.6% of voters, initiating the first period of Metapolitefsi, the transitional period from dictatorship to legislative election and democratic republic.
  • 1967 The city of Caracas, Venezuela, was stricken by an earthquake during celebration of its 400th anniversary of foundation. Approximately 500 died.
  • 1958 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, thus creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • 1948 After 12 years of hiatus caused by World War II, the first Summer Olympic Games (the Games of the XIV Olympiad) were held in London.
  • 1937 Born: Daniel McFadden, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize Laureate for development of theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice.
  • 1925 Born: Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer, author of more than 1,000 songs. He wrote music to films Zobra the Greek, Z and Serpico. His is also wrote music for Syrtaki dance, the most popular non-traditional dance in Greece.
  • 1921 Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Working Party. This party became the ruling party in Germany and was disbanded after the end of World War II.
  • 1913 Died: Tobias Asser, Dutch lawyer and jurist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his role in the formation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the first Hague peace conference in 1899.
  • 1905 Born: Clara Bow, American actress, star of silent films era, sex symbol of the 1920s. the role in film It (1927) brought her global fame and the nickname The It Girl.
  • 1900 Died: Umberto I, King of Italy from January, 1878 till his death. During the reign of Umberto I Italy saw a great expansion, gaining territories of Eritrea and Somalia. He was deeply hated by anarchists and killed by one of them.
  • 1900 Born: Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author, member of Swedish Academy and Nobel Prize laureate for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom.
  • 1898 Born: Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish-born American physicist and academic. In 1944 he received Nobel Prize award for discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance. His another achievement, is development of magnetron, that is used in microwave radar and microwave ovens.
  • 1895 Died: Floriano Peixoto, Brazilian general and politician, the 2nd President of Brazil. He came to presidency during a difficult period in the history of the country. Despite his unpopularity, he was responsible for the consolidation of the new Republican Government.
  • 1890 Died: Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter of Post-Impressionist period. He completed many best-known paintings, among them Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, The Starry Night and Self-portrait with bandaged ear.
  • 1888 Born: Vladimir Zworykin, Russian-American engineer, known for invention of iconoscope, the first fully electronic system, that replaced earlier cameras. He also played a significant role in development of charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope.
  • 1885 Born: Theda Bara, American actress of silent film era. She was one of the most popular actresses and sex symbol. Her roles of femme fatale earned her a nickname The Vamp. Most of films, that she made, were lost in 1937 in fire, that outbroke in the Fox vault.
  • 1883 Born: Benito Mussolini, Italian journalist and politician, leader of the National Fascist Party and Prime Minister of Italy from 1922 to 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism.
  • 1856 Died: Robert Schumann, German composer and critic, widely regarded to be one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era.
  • 1773 Guatemala was stricken by an earthquake magnitude 7.5, numerous aftershocks lasted till December. About 600 people died during the earthquake, many more died during the next months due to starvation and diseases.
  • 1507 Died: Martin Behaim, German-Bohemian geographer and astronomer, nowadays best remembered for Erdapfel, the word's oldest surviving globe, that he produced for the Imperial City on Nuremberg.
  • 1099 Died: Pope Urban II, best known for initiating the First Crusade and setting up the modern-day Roman Curia in the manner of a royal ecclesiastical court to help run the Church.