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Eritrea: Independence Day
Germany: Ascension of Jesus
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day
Belize: Commonwealth Day
Ecuador: Independence Day

Events

1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
1276 - Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
1487 - Lambert Simnel is crowned as "King Edward VI" at Dublin, Ireland.
1595 - Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
1621 - The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
1626 - Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
1689 - The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1798 - Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
1822 - Battle of Pichincha: Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.
1830 - "Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
1830 - The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott's Mills, Maryland.
1832 - The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
1844 - Samuel F. B. Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a Bible quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland.
1846 - Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
1856 - John Brown and his men murder five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1861 - American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
1881 - Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
1895 - Henry Irving becomes the first personage from the theatre to be knighted.
1900 - Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
1901 - Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
1915 - World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1921 - The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
1930 - Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).
1935 - The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.
1940 - Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1941 - World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the then pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, killing all but three crewmen.
1943 - Holocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1956 - Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbāna.
1956 - The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland
1958 - United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1961 - American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
1961 - Cyprus enters the Council of Europe.
1962 - Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
1968 - FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
1970 - The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
1973 - Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
1976 - The London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins.
1976 - In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
1980 - The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.
1982 - Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.
1988 - Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.
1989 - Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
1990 - A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
1991 - Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
1991 - Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
1992 - The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.
1994 - Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
1999 - Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
2000 - Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
2001 - Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
2001 - The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
2002 - Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
2004 - Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.

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2017

1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (uusaasta)
24 FebruaryIndependence Day (iseseisvuspäev)
14 AprilGood Friday (suur reede)
16 AprilEaster (ülestõusmispühade 1. püha, lihavõtted)
1 MayMay Day (kevadpüha)
4 JunePentecost (nelipühade 1. püha)
23 JuneVictory Day (võidupüha)
24 JuneSt. John's Day or Midsummer Day (jaanipäev)
20 AugustDay of Restoration of Independence (taasiseseisvumispäev)
25 DecemberChristmas (esimene jõulupüha)
26 DecemberBoxing Day (teine jõulupüha)
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Official languages: Estonian
Government: Parliamentary republic
Currency: Kroon (EEK)
Population: 1 307 600
Area: 45 226 km²
Religion: Lutheranism
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