How long until Republic Day?
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Dates of Republic Day
|On 14 July 1958, the Hashemite monarchy was overthrown in Iraq by popular forces|
Republic Day is a public holiday in Iraq that is observed on 14 July.
The holiday commemorates the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy on 14 July 1958.
Until the end of the First World war, Iraq had been part of the Ottoman Empire. Following the collapse of Ottoman rule, Britain took control of Iraq, naming it the 'State of Iraq' and installing the Hashemite King, Faisal I.
In 1932, Iraq became independent from Britain, with King Faisal as its monarch. King Faisal died a year later in 1933 with his son, King Ghazi taking power. On the death of King Ghazi in July 1939, his son, King Faisal II became King.
On 14 July 1958, a coup d'état overthrew the Hashemite monarchy with the King and members of the royal family killed during the uprising. The coup and formation of the republic brought Abd al-Karim Qasim to power as Prime Minister.
From 1968 until 2006, Republic Day was Iraq's official national day. Iraqi Independence Day (3 October) is now the national day.