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JUNE 10, 2018 | CHILDREN’S DAY | NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY | NATIONAL BLACK COW DAY | NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY | NATIONAL HERBS AND SPICES DAY

National Children's Day - Second Sunday in June
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NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY

The second Sunday in June is known as National Children’s Day in the United States.

A day to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a time to slow down our fast paced lives, turn off the tech and refocus on the important things.  Taking one day may not be enough, but using it as an opportunity to redirect our family’s lives may be an important step in a child’s life.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Cherish our children, spend time with them and use #NationalChildrensDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts started Children’s Day in 1856 as a special day to Baptize children.  He originally named it Rose Day.  In 1995, President Clinton proclaimed National Children’s Day as October 8th.  He was later followed by President Bush in 2001 who declared the first Sunday in June as National Child’s Day.  However, National Children’s Day is generally celebrated the second Sunday in June or October 8th.

NATIONAL ICED TEA DAY

National Iced Tea Day is observed annually on June 10th.  This day is set aside to celebrate one of summer’s favorite drinks.  Whether it is sweetened or unsweetened, with or without lemon, it is loved by many and enjoyed by the glass full all summer long.

Iced tea can be found in many flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, lime, passions fruit, strawberry and cherry.

An alternative to carbonated soft drinks and quite popular in the United States, iced tea makes up about 85% of all tea consumed.  It can be readily found in restaurants, convenience stores, vending machines, grocery stores and self-serve soda fountains.

Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s.  The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes.  It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations.  The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis

Green tea has been suggested to be used for a variety of positive health benefits

  • Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Oral health
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Weight control
  • Antibacterial and antiviral activity
  • Protection from solar ultraviolet light
  • Anti-fibrotic properties
  • Neuroprotective power

HOW TO OBSERVE

Brew and enjoy a glass of iced tea with friends.  Enjoy a drink during lunch at your favorite restaurant.  Share on social media using #NationalIcedTeaDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Iced Tea Day.

NATIONAL BLACK COW DAY

National Black Cow Day is observed each year on June 10.  Are you in the mood for ice cream?  We are all familiar with the Root Beer Float but did you know that it is also called the Black Cow?

A Black Cow was originally made with root beer and vanilla ice cream.  Now it is sometimes made with root beer and chocolate ice cream or cola and vanilla ice cream.

Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the Black Cow way back in August of 1893.

One night, as Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters that was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek, he came upon an idea.  The full moon that night that was shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  He hurried back to his bar and added a spoonful of the creamy vanilla goodness to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer.  When he tasted it, he knew he had a hit. Sure enough, he did!

Wisner named the new creation, Black Cow Mountain but the local children shortened the name to Black Cow.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Sit back, relax and enjoy a Black Cow! Use #BlackCowDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Black Cow Day!

NATIONAL BALLPOINT PEN DAY

Grab your ballpoint pen and write this on your calendar. June 10th of each year is National Ballpoint Pen Day.  This particular day commemorates the ballpoint pen and marks the anniversary of the patent filing on June 10, 1943.

Before 1943, anyone who wanted to write a letter or scribble some notes on a piece of paper would have to use a fountain pen or pencil.  Now the dominant writing instrument, the ballpoint pen was originally conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to the quill and fountain pens. Every day, millions are manufactured and sold worldwide.  Lost cost and its omnipresence assure that there is always a ballpoint pen within your reach.

In earlier years, many attempts by inventors led to failed patents as their inventions did not deliver the ink evenly and also had overflow and clogging issues.

Brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen and obtained a patent in June of 1943.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Grab a ballpoint pen and write a letter to someone.  Use #BallpointPenDay when using social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Ballpoint Pen Day.

NATIONAL HERBS AND SPICES DAY

National Herbs and Spices Day is observed annually on June 10.

It is the season for fresh herbs and spices. They are an essential part of flavorful cooking as well as fun and easy to grow.

Raising your own herbs can be a form of relaxing therapy. Herbs and spices have been used for many hundreds of years, and besides making our food delicious, each has its specific health benefits. Growing your own herbs and spices is a great way to add fresh variety to your food.  Herbs raised in your home add an aromatic and natural fragrance to the air.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Check out Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn special spice blends on National Herbs and Spices Day! Use #HerbsAndSpicesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Day Calendar was unable to find the creator of this day.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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