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.

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Country Date Event
 Cuba January 1 1959 - Cuban Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro
 Cambodia January 7 1979 - Liberation from the Khmer Rouge
 Togo January 13 1967 - Military coup under the leadership of Etienne Eyadema
 Uganda January 26 1986 - End of Tito Okello's regime
 Afghanistan February 15 1989 - Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
 Kuwait February 26 1991 - Liberation from Iraq
 Bulgaria March 3 1878 - Liberation from the Ottoman Empire
 Italy April 25 1945 - General insurrection in Northern Italy by the Italian Resistance Movement, end of Benito Mussolini's regime and Nazi occupation (known locally as Liberazione)
 Portugal April 25 1974 - Fall of the Estado Novo fascist regime (known locally as Revolução dos Cravos)
 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands April 25 1982 - Liberation from Argentina
 Vietnam April 30 1975 - End of Vietnam War (also known as Reunification Day)
 Ethiopia May 5 1941 - Liberation from Italy
 Denmark May 5 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Netherlands May 5 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Czech Republic May 8 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Norway May 8 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Guernsey May 9 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany[1]
 Jersey May 9 1945 - Liberation from Nazi Germany[2]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo May 17 1997 - Coup lead by Laurent-Désiré Kabila
 Lebanon May 25 2000 - Withdrawal of the Israeli Army from Southern Lebanon
 Falkland Islands June 14 1982 - Liberation from Argentina
 Belarus July 3 1944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Northern Mariana Islands July 4 1945 - Liberation from Japan
 Rwanda July 4 1994 - Defeat of the genocidal regime by the RPF
 Nicaragua July 19 1979 - Nicaraguan Revolution
 Guam July 21 1944 - Liberation from Japan[3][4][5]
 Pakistan August 14 1947 - Independence from the British Empire and partition of India
 North Korea /  South Korea August 15 1945 - Liberation from Japan
 India August 15

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

1961 - 'Liberation of Goa from Portugal'
 France August 25 1944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany
 Hong Kong Last Monday in August 1945 - Liberation from Japan, celebrated between 1945-1996 (no longer a general holiday as of 1997)
 Turkey August 30 1922 - Liberation from WWI Allied Forces (incl.; France, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy & Armenia) (Başkumandanlık Meydan Muharebesi, meaning "All-out battle of Supreme military commands")
 Abkhazia September 30 1993 - End of the war with Georgia and the beginning of de facto independence
 Libya October 23 2011 - Muammar Gaddafi killed, ending the Libyan civil war
 Ukraine October 28 1944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany completed as Red Army captures Chop
 Mali November 19 1968 - End of Modibo Keïta's regime
 Albania November 29 1944 - Liberation from Nazi Germany (known locally as Dita e Çlirimit)
 Bangladesh December 16 1971 - Liberation from Pakistan (known as Vijay Diwas and Bijoy Dibosh in India's West Bengal and Bangladesh)
 Macedonia October 11 1941 - Uprising day in Macedonia, the beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.

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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.