Liberation Day

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Liberation Day is a day, often a public holiday, that marks the liberation of a place, similar to an independence day. Liberation marks the date of either a revolution, as in Cuba, the end of an oppressive regime, as in Portugal, or the end of an occupation by another state, as in the Netherlands, thereby differing from independence in the meaning of secession from another country.


 CubaJanuary 11959 - Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro
 CambodiaJanuary 71979 - Liberation from the Khmer Rouge
 TogoJanuary 131967 - Military coup under the leadership of Etienne Eyadema
 UgandaJanuary 261986 - End of Tito Okello's regime and the capture of power by the Museveni regime
 AfghanistanFebruary 151989 - Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
 KuwaitFebruary 261991 - Liberation from Iraq
 BulgariaMarch 31878 - Liberation from the Ottoman Empire
 LebanonMay 142000 - Liberation Day (Lebanon) Withdrawal of the Israeli Forces from Lebanon
 ItalyApril 251945 - General insurrection in Northern Italy by the Italian Resistance Movement, end of Benito Mussolini's regime and Nazi occupation (known locally as Liberazione)
 PortugalApril 251974 - Fall of the Estado Novo fascist regime (known locally as Revolução dos Cravos)
 South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsApril 251982 - Liberation from Argentina
 VietnamApril 301975 - End of Vietnam War (also known as Reunification Day)
 EthiopiaMay 51941 - Liberation from Italy
 DenmarkMay 51945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 NetherlandsMay 51945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Czech RepublicMay 81945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 NorwayMay 81945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 GuernseyMay 91945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany[1]
 JerseyMay 91945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany[2]
 Democratic Republic of the CongoMay 171997 - Coup lead by Laurent-Désiré Kabila
 Falkland IslandsJune 141982 - Liberation from Argentina
 BelarusJuly 31944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Northern Mariana IslandsJuly 41945 - Liberation from Japan
 RwandaJuly 41994 - Defeat of the genocidal regime by the RPF
 NicaraguaJuly 191979 - Nicaraguan Revolution
 GuamJuly 211944 - Liberation from Japan[3][4][5]
 PakistanAugust 141947 - Independence from the British Empire and partition of India
 North Korea /  South KoreaAugust 151945 - Liberation from Japan
 IndiaAugust 15

December 19 (Goa only)
1947 - Independence from the British Empire

1961 - 'Liberation of Goa from Portugal'
 FranceAugust 251944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Hong KongLast Monday in August1945 - Liberation from Japan, celebrated between 1945-1996 (no longer a general holiday as of 1997)
 TurkeyAugust 301922 - End of Turkish War of Independence
 AbkhaziaSeptember 301993 - End of the war with Georgia and the beginning of de facto independence
 MacedoniaOctober 111941 - Uprising day in Macedonia, the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
 LibyaOctober 232011 - Muammar Gaddafi killed, ending the Libyan civil war
 UkraineOctober 281944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany completed as Red Army captures Chop
 MaliNovember 191968 - End of Modibo Keïta's regime
 AlbaniaNovember 291944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany (known locally as Dita e Çlirimit)
 BangladeshDecember 161971 - Liberation from Pakistan (known as Vijay Diwas and Bijoy Dibosh in India's West Bengal and Bangladesh)

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  1. ^ [1], 70 Year Anniversary of the Occupation of the Channel Islands.
  2. ^ [2].
  3. ^ Norman Sklarewitz (10 July 2012). "Guam: Tourist site steeped in military history, to mark Liberation Day". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Leibowitz, Arnold H. (1989). Defining Status: A Comprehensive Analysis of United States Territorial Relations. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 324. ISBN 9780792300694. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Manchester, William (2008). Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Hachette Digital, Inc. p. 218. ISBN 9780316054638. Retrieved 24 February 2012.