June 14th: World Blood Donor Day

On this day we recognize and thank the millions of people around the world who, by donating blood, save lives and improve the health of others. The date commemorates the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, Austrian biologist and pathologist who discovered and typified the blood groups, achievement for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930.

The World Blood Donor Day has been chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote universal access to safe blood through voluntary and unpaid donation.