Holidays Calendar for September 29, 2017

Battle of Boquerón Day, also known as Victory at Boquerón Day (Victoria de Boquerón), is a Paraguayan public holiday celebrated on September 29. It commemorates one the most important battles of the Chaco War.

National Youth Day is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands observed on the last Friday in September. It is celebrated to honor the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands that represents the future of the nation.


On the last Friday in September, citizens of the Marshall Islands celebrate Manit Day, also known as Culture Day or Custom Day. This public holiday celebrates Marshallese culture and heritage.


World Heart Day is an annual global observance organized by World Heart Federation. It used to be held on the last Sunday in September, but in 2011 the observance got a fixed date, September 29. World Heart Day aims at raising awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

International Coffee Day, sometimes referred to simply as Coffee Day, is an unofficial annual holiday observed in some countries on September 29. It celebrates one of the world's most popular beverages and promotes fair trade coffee.

Some countries have set aside a special day to recognize the achievements and contributions of inventors and innovators. The date of Inventors' Day varies from country to country. For example, in Argentine it is celebrated on September 29 to honor László Bíró who invented the modern ballpoint pen.

Otorhinolaryngologist Day is an unofficial professional holiday celebrated in Russia on September 29. It is dedicated to physicians who deal with diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the neck and head.

Firefighters’ Day is an important professional holiday in Iran celebrated on September 29 (7 Mehr according to the Solar Hijri calendar used in Iran). It was established to emphasize the heroism of the country’s firefighters, as well as their contribution to the safety of the country and its citizens.

Diplomatic Service Employees Day is an official professional holiday observed in Tajikistan annually on September 29. It commemorates the address of Tajikistant’s representative at a plenary session of the UN General Assembly that took place on September 29, 1993.

Arbor Day in the United States Virgin Islands is celebrated on the last Friday in September. The holiday originated in the late 19th century in the American state of Nebraska, it is celebrated to help people appreciate the importance of trees for our environment.


Save the Koala Day is observed annually on the last Friday of September. It was created to raise awareness of the dangers that koalas face on a daily basis and highlight the importance of conserving their natural habitat.


Silent Movie Day is observed annually on September 29. It was created to celebrate and enjoy silent movies – a neglected and misunderstood art form – highlight their important role in film history, and promote their preservation.

In all states of Malaysia, the actual or official birthday of the head of state (monarch or governor, depending on the state) is a public holiday. For example, the official birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan is celebrated for two days, on September 29 and 30.

National Police Remembrance Day is observed in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands every September 29. This day was set aside to honor the memory of the police employees who have died serving their community over the past year.

Babyn Yar Massacres Remembrance Day is a Ukrainian memorial day observed annually on September 29. It was created to commemorate the victims of massacres, who were mainly Jews, that were carried out by the German occupation forces during World War II.

The AFL Grand Final is an Australian rules football match played on the last Saturday of September to determine the premier for the Australian Football League season. It takes place in Melbourne, and the day before the match is a public holiday in the state of Victoria.


September 29 is the favorite day of the year for many coffee maniacs in the United States because two holidays dedicated to coffee are celebrated on this day. They are International Coffee Day and National Mocha Day.

National Biscotti Day is celebrated annually on September 29. It celebrates a delicious treat that pairs wonderfully with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, dessert wine, and many other beverages.

Western world is familiar with sandwiches, while butterbords are unknown. However, they are known in Germany, where this special dish comes from. This dish saw a steady decline but since 1999 it's being revived by celebrating Butterbrod Day on the last Friday in September.


International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW) is observed annually on September 29. It was initiated by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is one of the international days observed by the UN.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Over 42 students and teachers were killed by members of Boko Haram in the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Nigeria. The members of Boko Haram entered the college at 1 a.m. local time and opened fire on the sleeping students.
  • 2010 Died: Tony Curtis, American actor, whose career spanned for about 6 decades. He enjoyed the peak of his popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He starred in Sweet Smell of Success, Tarzan in Manhattan, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Defiant Ones etc.
  • 2008 The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 777.68 points after the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers (financial services firm) and Washington Mutual (savings bank holding company). This was the largest single-day point loss in its history.
  • 2007 The world's first commercial nuclear power station Calder Hall was demolished in a controlled explosion. Calder Hall is now being decommissioned.
  • 2006 Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 collided in mid-air with an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet near Peixoto de Azevedo, Mato Grosso, Brazil. 154 people were killed. The event triggered a Brazilian aviation crisis, characterized by a number of flights delays or cancellation and air traffic controller strikes.
  • 1994 Born: Halsey (Ashley Nicolette Frangipane), American singer and songwriter noted for her distinctive singing voice. Aside from music, she has been involved in activism.
  • 1988 Died: Charles Addams, American cartoonist, known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters of The Addams Family. His characters became the basis for spin-offs in several other forms of media.
  • 1987 Died: Henry Ford II, American entrepreneur, oldest grandson of Henry Ford. He was president, chairman and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Company, making it a publicly traded corporation.
  • 1980 Born: Chrissy Metz, American actress and singer. She is best known for playing the role of Kate Pearson in the television series This Is Us.
  • 1980 Born: Zachary Levi, American actor and singer. He is best known for starring as the title character in Chuck and portraying Shazam in the DC Extended Universe.
  • 1971 Born: Mackenzie Crook, English actor, comedian, director and writer. He is known for his roles in The Office, the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and Game of Thrones.
  • 1960 A meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was disrupted by Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, with a number of angry outburst.
  • 1957 Twenty MCi of radioactive material was released in an explosion at the Soviet Mayak nuclear plant at Chelyabinsk.
  • 1943 Born: Lech Wałęsa, Polish politician and activist, the 2nd President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. In 1983 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ensure worker's right to establish their own organizations.
  • 1938 Leaders of France, Italy and Great Britain permitted Germany to seize the territory of Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. Permission was stated in the Munich Agreement, where the meeting took place. The leaders of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union didn't attend the meeting.
  • 1936 Born: Silvio Berlusconi, Italian politician and businessman, Prime Minister of Italy serving three terms. He is ranked as one of the most richest people in the world and one of the most powerful people in Italian politics.
  • 1931 Born: James Cronin, American physicist, known for works on nuclear reactions. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of Charge Parity violation.
  • 1927 Died: Willem Einthoven, Dutch doctor and physiologists, remembered for invention of the first practical electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). This work brought him the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1924.
  • 1925 Died: Léon Bourgeois, French statesman, Prime Minister of France from November 1, 1895 to April 29, 1896. He promoted progressive taxation, social insurance schemes and expanded educational opportunities. After the end of World War I he became President of the League of Nations and won Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1920.
  • 1920 Born: Peter D. Mitchell, British biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate for discovery of the chemiosmotic mechanist of ATP synthesis in 1978.
  • 1913 Died: Rudolf Diesel, German inventor and engineer, famous for invention of the diesel engine.
  • 1912 Born: Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director, screenwriter, best known for the films L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse. He received numerous awards during lifetime, including the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, Golden Lion and an honorary Academy Award.
  • 1911 Italy declared war on the Ottoman Empire. The war was fought till October 18, 1912, Italy captured the Ottoman Tripolitania Vilayet province, establishing there Italian Libya.
  • 1908 Died: Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer, widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature. Although de Assis was multilingual, he never gained widespread popularity outside Brazil.
  • 1902 Died: Émile Zola, French writer, known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a very influential politician in France and the peak of his career became the newspaper headline J'accuse.
  • 1901 Born: Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist, best known for his work on Chicago Pile-1 nuclear reactor and contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics. In 1938 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and the discovery of transuranic elements.
  • 1885 The first practical electric tramway in the world opened in Blackpool, England.
  • 1862 Died: William "Bull" Nelson, American general, one of the most prominent Major Generals in the American Civil War. He was known for the confidence in his troops, but his men never loved him for his harsh ways of command. This trait caused a fellow general officer Jefferson C. Davis to kill unarmed Nelson, which overshadowed the contributions both men made to the Union in the war.
  • 1786 Born: Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican general and politician, a leader of the independence movement in Mexico. He became the first President of Mexico; during his term he established diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, the USA, the Federal Republic of Central America, and Gran Colombia. He also abolished slavery in Mexico and ratified the border with the USA.
  • 1758 Born: Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, British admiral. He was prominent military leader noted for his grasp of strategy and tactics that resulted in a number of naval victories during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 1717 A massive earthquake struck Antigua Guatemala, the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. When much of the city was destroyed, the authorities moved the capital to León.
  • 1571 Born: Caravaggio, Italian painter whose paintings combined realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, and a dramatic use of lighting. His best known masterpieces are The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, The Calling of Saint Matthew, Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Supper at Emmaus, etc.
  • 1560 Died: Gustav I, King of Sweden from 1523 till his death. His election as a king marked the end of Medieval Sweden's elective monarchy and the beginning of hereditary monarchy under the House of Vasa and his successors.
  • 1547 Born: Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, best known for his novel Don Quixote that is considered to be the first modern European novel and one of the best fiction works ever written.