Important World Days

List of international observances

Below follows a list of consecutively days, years and decades that have been denoted as international observances by the United Nations. There are also other organizations that declare international observances, although these are not as widely recognized.



•January 1 - Global Family Day--formerly One Day of Peace and Sharing, recognized by the UN

•January 6 - World day for War orphans - initiated by (S.O.S Enfants En Detresse - by Stephen N. KINUTHIA)

•January 11 - International Day for Peace in Kenya January 11, 2008. Recent events in the country left Kenyans in fear of their future. The stalemate between the political leaders has created opportunity for destructive forces, and organized militia, which have risen to kill innocent people (more than 450 killed, thousands injured and over 250,000 displaced - initiated by (Kenya Welfare Foundation & Kenya Development Network and Consortium)

•January 15 - Martin Luther King Day

•January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day


•February 02 - World Wetlands Day

•February 04 - World Cancer Day

•February 04 - International Tacky Email Formatting Day

•February 12 - Darwin Day

•February 14 - Valentines Day

•February 21 - International Mother Language Day, recognized by the UN


•March 8 - United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, recognized by the UN

•March 15 - World Consumer Rights Day

•March 20 - International Day of the Francophonie (site (French))

•March 21 - World Sleep Day

•March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, recognized by the UN

•March 22 - World Day for Water, recognized by the UN

•March 23 - World Meteorological Day, recognized by the UN

•March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day, recognized by the UN

•March 27 - World Theatre Day

•March 27 - World Wear Odd socks day


•April 4 - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, recognized by the UN

•April 7 - World Health Day, recognized by the UN

•April 22 - Earth Day

•April 23 - World Book and Copyright Day, recognized by the UN

•April 25 - Africa Malaria Day

•April 26 - World Intellectual Property Day, recognized by the UN

•April 28 - International Workers' Memorial Day

•April 29 - World Dance Day


•May 1 - May Day

•May 3 - World Press Freedom Day, recognized by the UN

•May 4 - International Firefighters' Day

•May 8 - World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

•May 12 - International Nurses Day

•May 15 - International Day of Families, recognized by the UN

•May 17 - World Telecommunication Day, recognized by the UN

•May 21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, recognized by the UN

•May 22 - International Day for Biological Diversity, recognized by the UN

•May 29 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, recognized by the UN

•May 31 - World No Tobacco Day, recognized by the UN

•1st Tuesday of May - World Asthma Day

•2nd Saturday of May - World Fair Trade Day


•June 1 - International Children's Day

•June 4 - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, recognized by the UN

•June 5 - World Environment Day, recognized by the UN

•June 8 - World Brain Tumour Day

•June 8 - World Ocean Day

•June 12 - World Day against Child Labour

•June 14 - World Blood Donor Day, recognized by the UN

•June 17 - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, recognized by the UN

•June 18 - International Picnic Day

•June 20 - World Refugee Day, recognized by the UN

•June 21 - World Music Day

•June 23 - United Nations Public Service Day, recognized by the UN

•June 26 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, recognized by the UN

•June 26 - International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, recognized by the UN


•1st Saturday of July - International Day of Cooperatives, recognized by the UN

•July 11 - World Population Day, recognized by the UN


•August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous People

•August 12 - International Youth Day

•August 13 - Left Handers Day

•August 23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition

•August 29 - According to Hoyle Day


•September 8 - International Literacy Day, recognized by the UN

•September 8 - World Rabies Day

•September 11 - World First Aid Day

•September 16 - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, recognized by the UN

•September 19 - International Talk Like a Pirate Day

•September 21 - International Day of Peace, recognized by the UN, World Alzheimer's Day

•September 22 - (World) Car Free Day(s)

•September 25 - International Grab Hand Day. Not Recognised by UN, but only those in the GIS Industry, and all associated IT Disciplines.

•September 26 - European Day of Languages

•September 27 - World Tourism Day

•September 28 - Right to Know Day [1]

•4th week of September - (International) Peace Week

•During last week of September - World Maritime Day, recognized by the UN


•First Monday of October - World Habitat Day

•October 1 - International Day of Older Persons, recognized by the UN

•October 1 - World Vegetarian Day

•October 2 - International Day of Non-Violence, recognized by the UN, observed on M.K. Gandhi's birthday

•October 4 - World Animal Day

•October 5 - World Teachers' Day

•Second Wednesday of October - International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

•October 6 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

•October 8 - World Humanitarian Action Day

•October 9 - World Post Day

•October 10 - World Mental Health Day, recognized by the UN

•October 14 - World Standards Day

•October 15 - Foundation of the Black Panthers Day

•October 16 - World Food Day, recognized by the UN

•October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, recognized by the UN

•October 24 - United Nations Day, recognized by the UN

•October 24 - World Development Information Day, recognized by the UN


•November 1 - World Vegan Day

•November 6 - International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, recognized by the UN

•November 9 - World Freedom Day

•November 16 - International Day for Tolerance, recognized by the UN

•November 17 - International Students Day

•November 19 - World Toilet Day

•November 20 - Africa Industrialization Day, recognized by the UN

•November 20 - Universal Children's Day, recognized by the UN

•November 21 - World Hello Day

•November 21 - World Television Day, recognized by the UN

•November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, recognized by the UN

•November 29 - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, recognized by the UN


•December 1 - World AIDS Day, recognized by the UN

•December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, recognized by the UN

•December 3 - International Day of Disabled Persons, recognized by the UN

•December 5 - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, recognized by the UN

•December 7 - International Civil Aviation Day, recognized by the UN

•December 9 - The International Day against Corruption, recognized by the UN

•December 10 - Human Rights Day, recognized by the UN

•December 18 - International Migrants Day, recognized by the UN

•December 20 - International Human Solidarity Day, recognized by the UN

Finance Ministers of India

The Finance Minister of India is a cabinet position in the Government of India. He drafts the general budget of the country, and is in charge of the national economy. P. Chidambaram is the current incumbent.

R. K. Shanmukham Chetty first finance minister of India after it became independent in 1947. Sir R.K.Shanmukham Chetty was the Diwan of Cochin State from 1931 to 1945. His period of office was marked by all round administrative progress. Sir R K Shanmugham Chetty hailed from Coimbatore and was the founder President of The Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry,Coimbatore.

Moraji Desai ---He is the only Indian to receive the highest civilian awards from both India and Pakistan, namely the Bharat Ratna and Nishaan-e-Pakistan. Also first Prime Minister who did not belong to the Indian National Congress He is 5 th prime minister of India.

Chaudhary Charan Singh (23 December 1902 – 29 May 1987) was the sixth Prime Minister of the Republic of India, serving from 28 July 1979 until 14 January 1980. During his term as Prime Minister the Lok Sabha never met

Who was the finance minister during the Emergency?

C Subramaniam actively participated in India's freedom struggle, having gone to prison several times, and had the unique distinction of serving as minister under Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi. CS, as he was popularly known, is best-remembered as the man who provided political leadership to the Green Revolution. He stayed with the Congress until the end of the Emergency, but later joined the short-lived Charan Singh Cabinet as defence minister in 1979-80. CS presented the budgets between 1975-76 and 1976-77.

Who was the first finance minister of independent India?

R K Shanmukhan Chetty served as the finance minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's Cabinet between 1947-49. On November 26, 1947 Chetty presented the first budget of independent India. Actually, it was a review of the economy and no new taxes were proposed as the Budget day for 1948-49 was just 95 days away. Chetty resigned in 1949 due to differences with Pandit Nehru.

Which two Indian finance ministers have presented 5 budgets in a row?

The first time he took over the office of the finance minister, Yashwant Sinha's government was pulled down before he could present a proper Budget and instead had to present an interim budget for 1991-92. He was appointed Union finance minister for the second time in 1998, when the Bharatiya Janata Party was voted to power.

In the election held in May 1991, the Congress returned to power and Manmohan Singh became the finance minister. He presented the final budget for 1991-92 in July 1991. This was the first occasion when the interim and final budgets were presented by two ministers of two different political parties. Consequent to the capital markets scam and UTI meltdown, Sinha was removed from the finance ministry and Jaswant Singh became India's finance minister in July, 2002.

How many finance ministers later went on to become the Prime Ministers of India?

Morarji Desai, was twice the finance minister of India -- 1959-64 and 1967-70. He served as the prime minister from 1977 to 1979. Chaudhary Charan Singh became the prime minister in late 1979, having held the finance portfolio earlier the same year. V P Singh was finance minister from 1985 to 1987 and prime minister from 1989 to 1990. India's first prime minister (1947-64) Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru had also held the finance portfolio from 1958 to 1959. Indira Gandhi too held the finance portfolio from 1970 to 1971 while she was still the prime minister. Her tenure as PM was from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1984.

Which finance minister went on to become the President of India?

R Venkataraman was India's finance minister from 1980-82 in the Cabinet of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. He served as President from 1987-1992.

Who is the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School?

The correct answer is Naina Lal Kidwai.

Naina Lal Kidwai, one of the head honchos of HSBC's investment banking business in India, was instrumental in the New York Stock Exchange listing of Wipro; in facilitating nationwide cellular phone service through a deal involving the Tata and Birla families and AT&T; and in a number of privatisation deals.

Finance Ministers of India with their Term & Education:

Liaquat Ali Khan - 1946-1947 (interim government) - Aligarh Muslim University; University of Oxford

R. K. Shanmukham Chetty - 1947-1949

K.C.Neogy  - (1949-only for 35 days)

John Mathai - 1949-1951

Chintamanrao Deshmukh - 1951-1957  - Jesus College, Cambridge

T. T. Krishnamachari - 1957-1958

Jawaharlal Nehru - 1958-1959 - Trinity College, Cambridge; Middle Temple

Morarji Desai - 1959-1964  - Wilson College, Mumbai

T. T. Krishnamachari - 1964-1967

Morarji Desai - 1967-1970 - Wilson College, Mumbai

Indira Gandhi - 1970-1971 - Visva-Bharati University; University of Oxford

Yashwantrao Chavan - 1971-1975

C. Subramaniam - 1975-1977 - University of Madras

Morarji Desai - 1977-1979 - Wilson College, Mumbai

Choudhary Charan Singh - 1979-1980

Ramaswamy Venkataraman - 1980-1982 - University of Madras

Pranab Mukherjee - 1982-1985 - University of Calcutta

V.P. Singh - 1985-1987 - University of Allahabad; University of Pune

S.B. Chavan - 1987-1990

Madhu Dandavate - 1990-1991

Manmohan Singh - 1991-1996 - Panjab University, Chandigarh; St John's College, Cambridge;
                                                   Nuffield College, Oxford

P.Chidambaram - 1996-1998 - University of Madras; Harvard Business School, Cambridge

Yashwant Sinha - 1998-2002 - Patna University

Jaswant Singh - 2002-2004

P.Chidambaram - current incumbent - University of Madras; Harvard Business School, Cambridge

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