Historical Holidays

Discover the stories behind holidays designed to commemorate important moments and people in history.

Each year on January 15 we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Dayand honor the work of this incredible man. We ...
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Beware the Ides of March! Why, you ask? On March 15 (“ides” roughly corresponds to 15) in 44 BC, Julius ...
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Winston Churchill Day is celebrated on April 9 because on this day in 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed a ...
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On Apr. 25, we observe ANZAC Day, one of Australia’s most important and revered national occasions. ANZAC stands for Australian ...
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May Day is universally celebrated, but in different ways for different reasons. With roots going all the way back to ...
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On May 22 we honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California and ...
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For many Americans, Memorial Day evokes the smell of burgers on the grill and the image of summertime. But Memorial ...
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Nelson Mandela has many accolades. He's  an iconic figure that triumphed over South Africa’s apartheid regime. He was a human ...
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Skyscrapers have become pretty commonplace in modern times, and National Skyscraper Day is our golden opportunity to appreciate these architectural ...
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Do you get weekends off work? Lunch breaks? Paid vacation? An eight-hour work day? Social security? If you said "yes" ...
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On National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans pause to reflect on the devastating September 11 terror attacks. We commemorate ...
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It’s around us every day, though we often pay little attention to it. It’s given us a new form of ...
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Here ye, here ye, let it be known that today, on September 17, we celebrate the joining together of our ...
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"In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." We've been saying this for at least a hundred years (and ...
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Veteran’s Day is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Originating in 1919 when ...
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Every country has a special day commemorating those who fought and died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day in ...
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In 1621, long before the birth of the United States of America, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a ...
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Back in 1933, following the signature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the United States ended its 13-year experiment with the ...
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A day of infamy, the day Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, is commemorated with the National Pearl ...
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