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Anniversary of the Death of Noor Inayat Khan

Today, 13th September, marks 78 years since Noor Inayat Khan was executed in a Nazi concentration camp. Descendant of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in South India, Noor Inyat Khan was the first female... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 13th September, 2022 3 min read

Women's Equality Day

Today (26/08/2020) is Women's Equality DayOn this day, 26th August 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect and ended the denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment was first introduced... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 26th August, 2022 2 min read

Anniversary of the Birth of Marsha P. Johnson

Today (24/08/2022) is the birthday of Marsha P. Johnson, an African-American performer and activist who played a major role in the movement for LGBTQ+ rights, both in the United States and abroad. Marsha was born in New Jersey in 1945,... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 24th August, 2022 4 min read

Partition of the Indian Subcontinent 75 Years

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. After more than 300 years of British rule, on 15th August 1947 the Indian subcontinent gained its independence and was partitioned into two independent nation states: India and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 15th August, 2022 3 min read

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today (09/08/2022) marks the annual celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was first pronounced in 1994 by the General Assembly of the United Nations and aims to raise awareness and protect the human rights... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 9th August, 2022 2 min read

Emancipation Day

On this date, in 1834, slavery was officially abolished throughout Britain’s colonies, following the approval of the Slavery Abolition Act, twelve months earlier. Since the 16th century, Britain had perpetrated appalling crimes against humanity, participating in a trade that saw... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st August, 2022 3 min read

Esperanto Day

Today (26/07/2022) is Esperanto Day, an event observed every year to celebrate the birth of the Esperanto language. On this date, in 1887, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof – a Jewish ophthalmologist from what is now Poland – published the world’s first Esperanto... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 26th July, 2022 1 min read

South Asian Heritage Month 2022

This month marks the annual South Asian Heritage Month in the United Kingdom. The month, running from 18th July to 17th August, celebrates the heritage and history of South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal,... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 18th July, 2022 2 min read

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden), the British suffragette known for her uncompromising militancy in pursuit of women’s right to vote, was born on this day in 1858. (15/07)Born in Manchester’s Moss Side, Pankhurst’s family was one steeped in ardent political activism.... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 15th July, 2022 3 min read

Bastille Day

Today (14/07/2022) is Bastille Day (the ‘Fête nationale française’), a national holiday celebrated throughout France and its overseas territories every year, as well as in former French colonies, including parts of Canada and India. The event commemorates the storming of the... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 14th July, 2022 1 min read

Eid al-Adha

Today (09/07/2022) marks the Eid al-Adha religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which is also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice”, is all about remembering the sacrifices that Prophet Ibrahim made for this faith. Following Eid prayers the act of Qurbani,... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 9th July, 2022 1 min read

50th Anniversary of First Official UK Gay Pride Rally

"We Are Nature's Children Too" - Gay Pride March, (1974)This month marks fifty years since the first official UK Gay Pride rally, which took place in London on the 1st of July 1972. Now known as the annual ‘London Pride’... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 5th July, 2022 2 min read

Happy July 4th

BOA would like to wish all who celebrate a happy July 4th.Did you know that while fireworks are considered a ubiquitous part of Independence Day celebrations these days, the modern firework wasn’t invented until the 1830s?While some iteration of firework... Read more →
Hanna Polasky
Published 4th July, 2022 1 min read

Windrush Day

Today, (June 22, 2022), marks the fifth annual Windrush Day in the United Kingdom. This commemorative day was introduced in June 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. On June 22, 1948, over 1,000 people from the Caribbean... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 22nd June, 2022 2 min read

Summer Solstice

Today marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Also known as ‘Midsummer’, this is the longest day of the year and, historically, it has been an important cultural event in many countries. In the UK, pagans often observe the summer... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 21st June, 2022 1 min read

World Ocean Day

World Ocean Day has been celebrated every June since 1992, when it was first instigated by the International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada, respectively.The organisation’s network now operates in 150 countries, raising awareness about the... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 8th June, 2022 1 min read

Eid al-Fitr

Today (02/05/2022) marks the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar, is an important religious holiday for Muslims as it marks the end of the holy month... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 2nd May, 2022 1 min read

May Day (International Workers’ Day)

Today (01/05/2022) is International Workers’ Day (or ‘May Day’), an annual event observed all over the world to celebrate the history of organised labour, and to campaign for better working and living conditions. The first May Day event took place... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st May, 2022 1 min read

Easter

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important event of the Christian calendar. Marking the end of Lent (a period of remembrance lasting for 40 days, in which many Christians give up certain luxuries, such as eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol,... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 17th April, 2022 1 min read

Pesach (Passover)

Pesach (Passover) Today (15/04/2022) marks the first day of Passover, the celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Bible. To commemorate the Exodus, in which Moses led the Israelites away from persecution... Read more →
Hanna Polasky
Published 15th April, 2022 1 min read

Ramadam

Today (02/04/2022) marks the start of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. Throughout this month Muslims all across the world partake in fasting between sunrise and sunset, prayer and self-reflection. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 2nd April, 2022 1 min read

Women's History Month

This March marks the annual Women’s History Month, a month long celebration that began in 1987 in the United States of America. Despite discrimination, hardships, and exclusion, women throughout history have strived for equality. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 30th March, 2022 7 min read

St Patrick’s Day

Today (17/03/2022) marks Saint Patrick’s Day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, a cultural and religious celebration held annually to celebrate Ireland’s foremost patron saint.The 17th March was chosen as the traditionally recognised death date of Saint Patrick (c.385 – 461).... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 17th March, 2022 2 min read

FA Cup - 150th Anniversary

Today (16/03/2022) marks the 150th Anniversary of the first ever Football Association Cup Final, in which Wanderers Football Club beat Royal Engineers Football Club 1-0 in front of a crowd of 2000. The scene would instill a degree of confusion... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 16th March, 2022 1 min read

International Women’s Day (IWD)

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8th March. This day commemorates cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. It has become a focal point in the women’s rights movement, and is used to spotlight issues... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 8th March, 2022 3 min read

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a key event in the Christian calendar, which takes place every year before the commencement of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). For many Christians, Lent is a time of sacrifice, when it is customary to... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st March, 2022 1 min read

International Mother Language Day

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage” - United NationsThe 21st February marks International Mother Language Day. The annual observance, first declared in 1999, promotes awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 21st February, 2022 3 min read

50th Anniversary of Nixons's Visit to China

Today (21/02/2022) marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, which signaled the end of the decades long hostility between the two nations. Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the US... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 21st February, 2022 2 min read

Darwin Day

Today (12/02/2022) is Darwin DayCharles Darwin is perhaps Britain’s most famous naturalist and biologist, known for his contribution to the theory of evolutionary biology. On the Origin of Species (1859), in which Darwin posits the idea that populations evolve over... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 12th February, 2022 1 min read

Black History Month (US)

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcolm XThis February marks Black History Month in the United States. Black History Month is an annual observance that officially began in 1970,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 9th February, 2022 2 min read

LGBT History Month

This month marks the 17th LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom. LGBT History month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement. It was founded by co-chairs of... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd February, 2022 2 min read

Chinese New Year

The whole team at British Online Archives would like to wish all our customers a happy Lunar New Year. When the clock strikes 00:00 on February 1st, China’s population and its worldwide diaspora will celebrate the coming of the Year... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 31st January, 2022 2 min read

Burns Night

Tonight (25/01/2022) is Burns Night, a tradition observed annually throughout Scotland, on the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns wrote many well-known poems and songs (primarily in Scots), including ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and, of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne’,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 25th January, 2022 1 min read

International Day of Education

Today (24/01/2022) is the fourth International Day of Education. Started by the United Nations in 2018, this initiative aims to promote education as a human right, as well as a key contributor to global peace and development. As the UN notes,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th January, 2022 1 min read

Martin Luther King Day

Today (17/01/2022) the U.S. remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dr. King was a leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S.In 1955 he led the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted 382 days, and ended segregation on buses. Between 1957... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 17th January, 2022 1 min read

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The 2nd December marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is a yearly event organised by the United Nations General Assembly. Slavery has existed in all societies across history, however, it has manifested itself differently. The most well-known... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd December, 2021 1 min read

34th Black History Month (UK)

October 2021 marks the 34th Black History Month in the United Kingdom. Black History Month is an annual observance that originated in the United States in 1970. However, as a result of local community activism it was also brought to... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 12th October, 2021 3 min read

Human Rights Day

Today (10/12/2021) is Human Rights Day“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 10th October, 2021 3 min read

About Notable Days

The British Online Archives Notable Days diary is a platform intended to mark key dates and events throughout the year. The posts draw attention to historical events and figures, as well as recurring cultural traditions and international awareness days, in both religious and secular contexts.

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