Holidays Calendar for April 30, 2016

April 30 is a public holiday in Vietnam known as Liberation Day, Reunification Day or Victory Day. It commemorates the Fall of Saigon, the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of the transition period toward reunification of the country in 1975.

Annual Carnival is one of the most important events in the Caribbean. Interestingly, different countries and territories celebrate the Caribbean Carnival on different dates. For example, in Sint Maarten it is held in April.

Holy Saturday, also known as Great Saturday or Easter Eve, is the Saturday before Easter and the last day of Holy Week. In Orthodox Christianity, it is the last day of the Great Lent.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD, alternative spelling World T'ai Chi and Ch'i Kung Day) is an annual observance that has been held on the last Saturday in April since 1999. It focuses on promoting the related Chinese disciplines of tai chi chuan and qigong.


Day of Fire Service in Russia is celebrated on April 30. It is an official professional day that was established in 1999 and has been celebrated each year ever since.

Georgia celebrates Armed Forces Day each year on April 30. It commemorates the establishment of the present-day Georgian Armed Forces in 1991.

Paraguay Teachers' Day (Día del Maestro) is celebrated annually on April 30. On this day, students and parents express their gratitude to teachers and show them the appreciation they deserve.

The King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on April 30. King's Birthday is a very popular holiday in Sweden and it's celebrated nationwide.

National Persian Gulf Day is an annual observance in Iran that was first suggested in January 2004 and approved by the government in July 2005. It is celebrated on April 30 throughout the county, especially in the coastal cities of the gulf.

Consumer Protection Day is an official observance in Thailand that has been held annually on April 30 since 1980. It is regulated by the government but is not observed as a non-working holiday.

April 30 is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. Crispy or chewy oatmeal cookies are perfect with the glass of milk, and make the perfect pair to celebrate this holiday.

In Germanic countries, the night of April 30 is known as Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht). It was so named after Saint Walpurga, an English missionary to the Frankish Empire. In German folklore this night is associated with witches.

International Jazz Day is an annual celebration, which was proclaimed by UNESCO in November 2011. UNESCO organizes it in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a non-profit music educational organization based in Washington, D.C.

Honesty Day is an annual observance in the United States celebrated on April 30. It was created in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, a novelist and former press secretary of Maryland.

Children of South American countries, including Colombia, suffer many problems. For a long time they were subjected to abuse and mistreatment. Celebration of Children's Day helps change this situation in Colombia. The holiday is annually observed on the last Saturday in April.


On April 30, Mexico celebrates Children's Day (Día del Niño). It was first held in 1925 and has been celebrated annually ever since.

This Day in History

  • 2014 A knife attack and bombing occurred in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, Chine. Three people were killed in the terrorist attack, including both perpetrators.
  • 2009 Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and other members of the Dutch Royal Family were attacked at a Queen's Day parade in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
  • 2007 Died: Gordon Scott. American film and television actor primarily remembered for his role as Tarzan in five films of the Tarzan film series.
  • 2007 Died: Grégory Lemarchal, French singer. He died at age of 23 of cystic fibrosis. Lemarchal had been fighting the disease his whole life.
  • 1989 Died: Sergio Leone, Italian film director, screenwriter, and producer who is primarily associated with the so-called Spaghetti Western genre.
  • 1986 Born: Dianna Agron, American actress, singer, dancer, and director best known for her role as Quinn Fabray on the Fox series Glee.
  • 1985 Born: Gal Gadot, Israeli model and actress, Miss Israel 2004. She is best known for her role as Gisele Yashar in The Fast and the Furious film series.
  • 1983 Died: George Balanchine, Russian and American choreographer often regarded as the father of American ballet. He is known for his signature neoclassical style.
  • 1982 Born: Kirsten Dunst, American actress, director, model, and singer who is best known for her role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
  • 1980 A group of six armed men stormed the Iranian embassy in London. The gunmen took 26 people hostage and demanded the release of Arab prisoners from jails.
  • 1975 The People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam captured Saigon. This even marked the end of the Vietnam War.
  • 1975 Born: Johnny Galecki, American actor best known for playing the role of Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
  • 1973 President Richard Nixon asked for the resignation of John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman, two of his most influential aides, during the Watergate scandal.
  • 1966 Anton Szandor LaVey established the Church of Satan at the Black House in San Francisco, California. He was the High Priest until his death in 1977.
  • 1956 Born: Lars von Trier, Danish film director and screenwriter whose best known works include the Europe trilogy, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Nymphomaniac.
  • 1945 Died: Adolf Hitler, German politician who was the leader of Nazi Party and dictator of Nazi Germany. He committed suicide together with his wife Eva Braun.
  • 1943 Died: Beatrice Webb, English economist, sociologist, labor historian, socialist, and social reformer. She coined the term "collective bargaining".
  • 1943 Died: Otto Jespersen, Danish linguist who specialized in the English grammar. His best known work is Language: Its Nature, Development and Origin.
  • 1902 Born: Theodore Schultz, American economist who awarded the 1979 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly with William Arthur Lewis).
  • 1893 Born: Joachim von Ribbentrop, German businessmen and politician who served as Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs in Nazi Germany.
  • 1883 Died: Édouard Manet, French painter who made a significant contribution to the development of Impressions. One of his best known works is Olympia.
  • 1883 Born: Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer, satirist, humorist, and journalist. His best known work is The Good Soldier Švejk, an unfinished satirical novel.
  • 1871 The Camp Grant massacre took place. It as an attack on Aravaipa and Pinal Apaches who surrendered to the US Army at Camp Grant, Arizona.
  • 1865 Died: Robert FitzRoy, English naval officer, politician and science. He is remembered as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's voyage.
  • 1857 Born: Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist who is primarily remembered for having coined such terms as schizophrenia, schizoid, and autism.
  • 1803 The Americans and the French signed the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. The United States paid a total sum of $15 million ($236 million in 2014 dollars).
  • 1792 Died: John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, English statesman who is best known for the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.
  • 1789 George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the USA at his inauguration on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.
  • 1777 Born: Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician who made significant contributions to many field. He is one of the most influential mathematicians of all time.
  • 311 The Roman emperor Galerius issued the Edict of Toleration by Galerius, officially ending the Diocletianic persecution of Christianity.