Category: June 01

  • WORLD MILK DAY – June 1


    Real milk takes the spotlight on World Milk Day, always on June 1. The day is intended to bring attention to activities connecting the dairy sector.

    The annual observance is marked with events across the globe: milking demonstrations and farm visits; games and competitions; concerts; distribution of milk products; and conferences, seminars and information sharing.

    Did you know:
    The dairy sector supports more than one billion people’s livelihoods.
    More than six billion people globally consume dairy products, making it a $413.8 billion market.

    China is the fastest-growing dairy market. Europe, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina are the primary dairy-producing countries.

    However, drinking milk in the U.S. has been on the decline since about 2000. In the 1980s, more than 50 percent of the dairy products regulated by the USDA was beverage milk. By 2015, that had dropped to 33 percent. Prompting the downward trend, according to market watchers, is the annual decline in the market consumption of ready-to-eat cereals. (source: American Farm Bureau)


    Visit the website to learn more about the day.

    Use the social media tags #WorldMilkDay, #RaiseAGlass to be part of the trending popularity on World Milk Day.

    Watch for local promotions of dairy products in your area and take advantage of specials.


    In 2001, the United Nations selected June 1 as World Milk Day to celebrate the essential contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods, and nutrition.





    The Global Day of Parents is observed on the 1st of June every year. The Day honors parents throughout the world. The day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

    • Billy Graham: No parent is perfect; we all can look back and think of things we could’ve done to help our children be better prepared for adulthood. And sometimes it’s best to admit it to them and encourage them to learn from our mistakes.
    • Mark Twain: Always obey your parents — when they are present.
    • Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan: No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
    • Adam Sandler: One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.


    Children of all ages can take a moment in the day to thank their parents.
    Parents can invest in their role with their children by simply setting aside time to interact with their children.
    Write a letter to the editor to publicly express your views on good parenting.
    Take your family on a picnic.
    Parents with young children can gather them together to read together.

    On social media, use #GlobalDayofParents to follow comments and ideas about the day.


    The United Nations adopted a resolution in the fall of 2012 to observe Global Day of Parents. The first observance took place on June 1, 2013.




    World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st serves as a call to action for consumers, businesses and organizations to reflect on the delicate ecosystem of our ocean’s coral reefs. The day brings together the general public, influencers and opinion leaders to create active change through education and engagement.


    Coral reefs are living communities of colonial organisms made of individual polyps that excrete a bone-like skeleton. This skeleton forms large rock-like structures that are homes for thousands of organisms.

    The health of a reef tells us a lot about the health of an ocean. Many fish and ocean animals rely on the protection of the healthy, living reef for spawning season. The reef also provides more than protection; it supplies a rich, thriving food chain, too. From plankton and algae to the largest sea creatures, the reef ecosystem is a significant life support system.

    Benefits of a Healthy Reef

    The benefits of a healthy reef ecosystem go far beyond the ocean. Coral reefs are:

    • essential to the plant and fish life
    • contribute to a lively fishing industry
    • protect beaches and coastlines from erosion
    • act as the oceans filter
    • provide life-saving medicines and
    • possibly the one animal on the planet capable of consuming plastic

    In recent years, our most productive reefs have been in decline due to coral bleaching. For example, the Great Barrier Reef decreased by 40 percent. It’s even worse along the Florida Keys and Caribbean. Their decline is between 85 and 99 percent! According to Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Lab, about 90 percent of the reefs in the Caribbean have disappeared since 1980.

    Causes of Die-Off

    What causes coral reefs to die off?

    • Rising sea temperatures
    • Industrial pollution, plastic pollution, sewage
    • Chemical sunscreens and
    • Unmanaged, high-density tourism all threaten coral reefs.

    One easy step we can take to protect these precious resources is by wearing non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen

    According to Dr. Craig Downs, “When ingredients are uncoated and nano-size (less than 100 nanometers in diameter), they can enter the cells of invertebrates and fish and cause tissue damage, stressing all these marine organisms. Your best bet is to go for non-nano zinc oxide larger than 150 nanometers. At that point, the acute toxicity drops off, and the impact to ecosystems is mitigated.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE World Reef Day

    On World Reef Day, educate yourself and spread awareness about how we can make simple choices today to save our reefs for tomorrow. While you explore the importance of reefs, share your discoveries, too! When you head to the beach, use reef-safe sunscreen. Another easy way to protect the reefs is by reducing or eliminating single-use plastic from your lifestyle. And finally, spread awareness about the importance of the reef eco-system. Join the campaign using these World Reef Day tools:

    • Join the viral social campaign by posting the World Reef Day tile and suggested caption. Download the World Reef Day toolkit to get started.
    • Use #WorldReefDay to share on social media
    • For more information, visit

    World Reef Day 2019 from Raw Elements USA on Vimeo.


    Raw Elements founded World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st to inform the world about the importance of our reefs and how we can protect them.

    On May 16, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World Reef Day to be observed on June 1st, annually.

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    Raw Elements USA®, a certified-natural sunscreen company that has pioneered the reef-safe movement with their non-nano zinc oxide-based sunscreens, founded World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st in support of its focus on sustainability, responsibility and education.

    Raw Elements created the day to inform the world about the importance of our reefs and how we can protect them. Through World Reef Day, Raw Elements launched its largest educational activity to date. The campaign is in line with its active awareness campaigns. These campaigns include partnerships Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaiian Airlines, Marriott and the Shore Hotel, their sponsorship of grassroots efforts of nonprofits and environmental groups, support of the Safe Sunscreen Coalition, as well as support for research and lobbying for the Sunscreen Ban Bill in Hawaii (which was signed into law in July 2018).



    On June 1st each year, National Nail Polish Day primes us with every shade under the sun. Sandals and beaches mean manicures and pedicures, too.


    From the French manicure to elaborate nail art, nail polish has come a long way since the bees’ wax and gum Arabic used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C. Egyptians in high societies used reddish brown henna to paint their nails. Through the years, nail polish has gone through several transformations. Around the nineteenth century, people began polishing their nails with tinted powders and pastes. They also buffed their fingernails to make them shiny.

    Who invented nail polish?

    Northam Warren invented in 1911. As known chemist, Warren first developed a liquid to remove dead cuticles without having to cut or scrape them. By 1916, he his invention led to the creation of a colorless nail polish. However, in 1920 a makeup artist by the name of Michelle Menard developed brush-on varnishes that had the same properties as automobile paint. The improvements Menard’s formula were especially popular with flappers throughout the 1920s.

    In 1932, Menard began her own cosmetic company, selling nail polish in a variety of colors. The company sold this new and improved type of nail polish at drugstores and department stores throughout the country. Since then, millions of women have painted their nails on a regular basis.

    Not So Secret Facts

    Why do people polish their nails?

    People polish their nails because it makes their hands look more attractive. Painting your nails also protects them for breakage. Others paint their names to enjoy the relaxation that accompanies getting their nails done. With so many colors to choose from, nail polish is also a marvelous way to accessorize or accentuate an outfit.

    Do nail polish colors signify different events?

    Some people choose to wear a certain color of nail polish to match the season or their mood. And, there is also a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoises, and plums make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges, or a subtle moss, help women look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings, or just to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver and sparkle to even the most economic wardrobe.

    While certain nail polish colors come and go, there are those that will never go out of style. For the last several years, the following nail polish colors have stood the test of time:

    • Jet black
    • Cherry red
    • Cool blue
    • Light lavender
    • Fine wine
    • Pure white
    • Chocolate brown
    • Iridescent rainbow
    • Nearly neon orange
    • Blackberry

    Timeline Tidbits

    Did you know?

    In 1934, nail polish was often referred to as lacquer and cost 35 cents a bottle. Today, a bottle of nail polish costs anywhere from $2 to $25. The most expensive nail polish in the world costs $250,000. This nail polish is made with black diamonds. As opposed to only having three shades of red to choose from in the past, some companies make over 300 hundred different colors of nail polish. An opened bottle of nail polish only lasts a couple of years. To maximize its shelf life, you should store your nail polish in a dry space at room temperature.

    What are some unconventional uses for nail polish?

    Like most products, there are some unconventional uses for nail polish. For example, nail polish can be used to keep costume jewelry looking like new. Many people use it to stop a run or snag in your nylon stockings. Around the office, nail polish can be used to seal envelopes and color code your keyboard. At home, clear nail polish is used to threading a needle, stop a small tear in curtains and fill holes where pictures used to hang.


    Join essie in celebrating the universal love of nail polish on National Nail Polish Day by sharing your manicures, favorite shades and personal #essielove story. Use #NationalNailPolishDay to share on social media.


    essie founded National Nail Polish Day on June 1st to celebrate the beginning of the nail-care season when everyone will be showing off their freshly painted nails! essie is the nail polish authority both at salons and in mass retailers.

    About essie

    The USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience. They do it with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere.  essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. The salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical name has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie is a leader in nail luxury, committed to high-quality standards with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professional. Since its introduction by Essie Weingarten,  essie has delighted the color-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.

    In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Nail Polish Day to be celebrated on June 1st, annually.



    June 1 is a day to spend some time in the kitchen baking up a delicious hazelnut cake as you take part in National Hazelnut Cake Day.


    Are there other names for hazelnuts?

    • Filberts
    • Pontic
    • cobnuts

    What are some fun facts about hazelnuts and the trees they come from?

    • Oregon produces 99% of the country’s hazelnuts.
    • In 1989, the hazelnut became Oregon’s official state nut.
    • A hazel tree can produce fruit for over 80 years.
    • There are up to 18 species of hazel, all of which are edible.
    • Hazel trees grow anywhere from 10 to 120 feet high.
    • Hazelnuts are harvested each year in the middle of fall.
    • 3.5 ounces of hazelnuts equals 628 calories.
    • The scientific name for the hazelnut plant is Corylus avellana.

    What kind of vitamins and minerals to hazelnuts contain? Eating hazelnuts improve your health. Medical experts agree that hazelnuts are one of the healthiest kinds of nuts to eat. To get the maximum health benefits from hazelnuts, you should try to consume between 25 and 30 pieces a day. Eating a healthy will help to balance out cholesterol levels, as well as increase heart health and reduce blood pressure. Some people eat hazelnuts to aid in weight loss or improve their digestive function.

    • Protein
    • Dietary fiber
    • Vitamin E
    • Healthy fats
    • Phosphorous
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • B vitamins
    • Calcium
    • Zinc
    • Iron
    • Potassium

    Endless Options

    Hazelnuts are very versatile, which is why a hazelnut is one of the most popular flavors available. Hazelnut is a favorite flavoring in coffee. There is even a vodka-based hazelnut liquor that is becoming extremely popular. These sweet and buttery nuts also complement a variety of recipes, which is why they go so well in cake all their own. When you combine hazelnuts with chocolate, it makes a delicious spread. Many hazelnut cake recipes include a hazelnut spread as a topping or in between layers. Hazelnut also enhances the flavor of:

    • Bread
    • Muffins
    • Puddings
    • Ice cream
    • Salad
    • Pasta
    • Pancakes.

    You can also incorporate hazelnuts into your diet by adding them to trail mix, drinking hazelnut milk, and spreading nut butter on your bread.

    Enjoy Hazelnuts

    • Bake up your favorite hazelnut cake and savor the delicious reward.
    • Serve it with iced coffee on a sunny patio or balcony.
    • Make hazelnut cupcakes and deliver them to someone as a surprise.
    • Share your favorite hazelnut cake recipes using #HazelnutCakeDay to post on social media.


    During the pre-European era, hazelnuts were used for making oil. They were also roasted or eaten raw. European immigrants get for bringing these sweet and delicious nuts to the United States. Today in North America, hazelnuts are native to the Midwest, North and South Eastern United States, and Canada.

    Ancient Romans believed hazelnuts ensured a long and happy marriage. Because of this, they used torches made from hazel tree branches during wedding ceremonies. In Greece, physicians recommended crushed hazelnuts to cure the common cold.

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. While we do, check out these other cake holidays in June:



    Observed each year on June 1st, National Pen Pal Day is a way to let your pen pals know how much they mean to you. The day is the perfect time to send special letters and gifts to your pen pals.


    A pen pal is someone with whom you correspond by writing letters, sharing personal events and many times have never even met. There are many benefits to having pen pals, too.

    • Pen pals offer us a broader view of the world.
    • We improve our writing skills.
    • Writing letters also give us a break from technology.
    • If your pen pal speaks another language, your correspondence expands each other’s language.
    • Having a pen pal promotes delayed gratification. Once we write a letter, we have to wait to hear back from our pen pal.

    Generations of letter writers have enjoyed having pen pals in their life. Some have been famous and others have created life-long friendships that began in childhood.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Pen Pal Day

    While discovering a new pen pal these days might seem daunting but we found two websites that might help you along. Check out Postcrossing and Worldwide Snail Mail Pen Pals on Facebook if you’re looking for a pen pal. Share your memories of having a pen pal or your experiences with one now. Someone you meet in your travels can always become a pen pal, too. Use #NationalPenPalDay to post on social media.

    Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!


    National Pen Pal Day was created by American pen-palist, Rosie Tholl, who has traveled around the world to meet some of her pen pals. She was also the co-coordinator of the Illinois Pen Pal Picnic Reunion and is co-founder and co-coordinator for Pen Pals United.



    On National Say Something Nice Day we have an opportunity to make June 1st extra pleasant for everyone.


    The purpose of this holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world. Hopefully, the practice of saying something nice today will continue into all tomorrows.

    When we were young, many of us often heard, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” One of the many reasons our parents taught us that is because once we say those words, we can’t take them back, no matter how true we think they might be. We all know someone whose true nature is kinder than most. Perhaps we even wish we could emulate them more than we do.

    Do they pay compliments or do they follow this old saying? Perhaps a little of both. But there are a few other lessons we can learn from generally nice people. It’s more than saying nice things to others. They genuinely listen to others and tend to put others first. When they pay a compliment, it isn’t usually practiced. Their sincerity is felt by the receiver.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Say Something Nice Day

    Think about the nicest person you know. Take a cue from them and put one of their better qualities into practice. Say something nice to or about someone. Bring a smile to someone’s face for the sheer joy of seeing them smile. Seek no reward other than knowing that someone’s day is better because a nice word was said.

    Use #SaySomethingNiceDay to post on social media.


    Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, South Carolina proclaimed June 1st as Say Something Nice Day in 2006 in recognition of the communication efforts of specialist Dr. Mitch Carnell, founder of the day. Carnell is also the author of Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter at Work. The South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery joined with Carnell to establish the day.



    National Go Barefoot Day on June 1st gives you an opportunity to kick off your shoes and run barefoot through the cool grass! More importantly, it is a day to help support a charity that provides millions of underprivileged children all around the world with shoes.


    How many pairs of shoes do you own?

    • The average American woman has 27 pairs of shoes in your closet.
    • Men own much fewer pairs of shoes, averaging 12 pairs of shoes.

    Why do women own so many shoes?

    • Like to coordinate their shoes with their outfit.
    • Some women have the same shoe in different colors.
    • More options to choose from based on occasion.

    What are benefits for not having a lot of shoes?

    • You might be able to find space in your closet for other items.
    • You would save a lot of money for other things.

    A Good Fit

    Properly fitted shoes are also important, too. Get rid of any shoes that don’t fit properly. Wearing shoes that don’t fit right aren’t good for your feet. Why should I donate my shoes?

    • When you donate gently used shoes, you put usable footwear on those who need it most. In many countries, shoes are hard to come by, especially good shoes that protect feet from rocks and harsh elements. Even if they have access to a pair of shoes, they may be handed down, worn or ill-fitting. And, they may only be able to wear them on special occasions.
    • Donating your shoes keeps them out of the landfill and reduced the amount of “stuff” already found in landfills.
    • Donations made for usable, clean and good shoes to someone who will wear them to school and work will help with confidence of the receiver. It’s amazing what a difference a pair of shoes can make.

    Shoes Matter

    If you need even more motivation to donate your gently used shoes, consider these facts:

    • An estimated 300 million children around the world don’t have any shoes at all.
    • Children who only have one pair of shoes will quickly outgrow them.
    • Children without shoes can’t attend school as they are usually part of the uniform.
    • Physical activity is improved, including walking, running, jumping and playing.

    Advantages of owning a good pair of shoes:

    • Offer protection for the feet. Without shoes, children are more susceptible to getting soil-transmitted diseases.
    • They protect the feet from tetanus, infections, and jiggers, which are small parasitic fleas. These fleas enter the body through the soles of the feet. In just 10 days, these tiny fleas grow to 2,000 times their original size, which causes pain and difficult walking.

    You might be surprised to know that shoes are one of the hardest things to get in poorer countries. People in these countries can make their own clothes. A durable pair of shoes, however, is much more difficult to make. This one of many reasons that millions of children in poverty-stricken countries go without.


    Now is a good time to clean out your closets and donate a pair or two of gently used shoes to a charitable organization in your area. You can also go to Soles4Souls organization for more information. Other ways to observe this day include:

    • Hold a shoe drive in your community where you collect gently used shoes to give away.
    • Learn more about why going without shoes can be detrimental for a child’s health, education, and wellbeing.
    • Think about what it would be like to walk around all day with no shoes.
    • Help spread the word and use #GoBarefootDay when posting on social media.


    Soles4Souls created National Go Barefoot Day after the 2004 Tsunami disaster to support those affected by the event. However, donations have continued to come in and over 56 million pairs of shoes have been donated worldwide since 2005.



    National Heimlich Maneuver Day | June 1
    National Heimlich Maneuver Day | June 1


    Each year on June 1st, National Heimlich Maneuver Day recognizes a life-saving technique. The Heimlich Maneuver uses abdominal thrusts to force air from the lungs. The forced air expels an object on which someone is choking. Dr. Henry J. Heimlich created this life-saving procedure in 1974.  “The Heimlich Maneuver” is also referred to as “Abdominal Thrusts.” The observance also kicks off National Safety Month, and the Heimlich Maneuver is just one of the many steps you can take this month.



    According to the National Safety Council, in 2015, over 5,000 people died from choking. Since certified instructors teach the Heimlich Procedure, the American Red Cross and other organizations include the training as part of their first aid and CPR courses.

    Being trained to administer the Heimlich Maneuver properly may save a life. Courses also teach you how to identify possible choking, how to offer assistance and correct administration of the procedure. There are also modified approaches for young children. Each person trained means the potential for a life saved. While first responders, law enforcement, nurses, physicians, those in elder and child care, and those in high-risk jobs are required to receive training, anyone can receive training. You may make the difference in someone’s life dining next to you or even someone you know. 


    Register for a first aid class that teaches the Heimlich Maneuver. Already trained? Encourage someone you know to take a first aid class. You can also invite someone to join you or make it a family event.

    The Red Cross offers babysitting courses as young as 11 years old and lifeguard courses as young as 15 years old. Imagine having the entire family prepared to respond in the event of an injury or when someone you love begins choking. Perhaps they never have to use it. Either way, isn’t it a skill worth celebrating?

    Have you used the Heimlich Maneuver, or has it saved your life? Share your experiences using #HeimlichManeuverDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this life-saving event. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out these other safety observances in June:

    June 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    “Don’t give up the ship.” ~Capt. James Lawrence

    During a losing battle at sea aboard the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Captain Lawrence gave his final command before dying, “Don’t give up the ship.” The phrase became a popular naval battle cry.


    Amelia Earhart and Frank Noonan depart from Oakland, California on their doomed attempt at flying around the world.


    Mexico City bans the ancient custom of siestas at mid-day in an attempt to curb tire and gasoline shortages. Businesses that once closed from 1 pm – 3 pm were required to be open and allow a 30-minute lunch for workers.


    The first 24-hour news channel launches. Owned by cable magnate, Ted Turner, CNN (Cable News Network) broadcast for the first time.

    June 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Brigham Young – 1833

    The American religious leader served as the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Dr. Henry Faulds – 1843

    In 1896, the Scottish doctor and missionary established the use of fingerprinting for Bengal criminal forms. Faulds developed a means of fingerprint classification. In 1880, his article in the Scientific Journal Nature explained how fingerprints serve as a means of personal identification, how to collect and record them.

    Francis and Freelan Stanley – 1849

    The inventive twin brothers are best known for the development of steam-powered cars. They successfully pitted their automobiles against gas-powered engines winning races across the country.

    Frank Whittle – 1907

    The British engineer and pilot developed jet-propelled aircraft. His pioneering innovations led to the first jet fighter in the RAF squadron.

    Marilyn Monroe – 1926

    Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, the American model, actress, and singer became one of Hollywood’s leading performers. Her roles in dramas and comedies played to her sex symbol status. Some of her most noted films include Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch.

    Andy Griffith – 1926

    The American actor was best known for his wholesome role as Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He also starred in the mystery series Matlock.

    Morgan Freeman – 1937

    Morgan Freeman first started his acting career on the soap opera, Another World and the PBS children’s show, The Electric Company. His enduring career spans more than 45 years.

    Colleen McCullough – 1937

    Australian author is best known for her romance novel The Thorn Birds.