Category: June 13

  • NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY – Second Tuesday in June


    The second Tuesday in June recognizes National Forklift Safety Day. The observance provides opportunities for manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other industries that rely on forklifts to reassess their forklift training and safety guidelines.


    Forklifts are an integral part of industry and commerce around the world. The operators who move products from warehouse to truck to loading dock keep goods moving across the country. Without forklift operators, much of the work needed to move pallets of parts, finished products, and food would be time-consuming and extremely dangerous. So instead, forklifts do the heavy lifting. But with all that heavy lifting, safety becomes paramount.

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklift-related injuries have increased since 2011. Training is an important factor in reducing the number of injuries and deaths. The type of forklift, the material being moved, and the facility where they work also impacts the type of training an operator needs. This annual reminder also brings industries across the country together to help improve the safety of every employee – including the operator.


    Every industry that uses forklifts is encouraged to take part in National Forklift Safety Day. Whether they host seminars or provide opportunities for their operators to recertify and attend seminars, the day is about ensuring a safe and efficient atmosphere. There are several ways to participate across the country:

    • Review your training schedules and protocols for forklift drivers.
    • Ensure all operators are current in their training.
    • Review and update equipment safety check guidelines.
    • Trainers, maintain your training, too. Operators should be learning from trainers who have the most current knowledge and understanding of a company’s protocols.
    • Attend webinars that share the latest in safety equipment and standards.

    Share your events and experiences by using #ForkliftSafetyDay on social media.


    In 2014, the Industrial Truck Association founded National Forklift Safety Day to highlight the safe use of forklifts and serve as an annual reminder of the value of training and equipment checks in every industry that relies on forklifts.



    Every year on June 13th, World Softball Day celebrates this fun team sport. The day also aims to inspire future generations of girls and boys to become empowered through sport.

    George Hancock, a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade invented softball in 1887. Softball was initially created as an indoor sport. In fact, softball was sometimes called indoor baseball. It was also called mushball or kittenball.

    In 1933, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASAA) organized softball in the United States. The sport was originally played by men. After its organization by the ASAA, women began playing softball as well. It’s believed that American servicemen in WWII helped spread the sport to the rest of the world. These servicemen played and taught the sport in countries where they served.

    In 1965, the International Softball Federation (ISF) was formed. The ICF has its world headquarters and training center at Plant City, Florida, and is made up of 127 national governing bodies.

    In 1973, a movie called “A Touch of Class” helped the sport to become popular in the United Kingdom. On June 13th, 1991 an announcement was made in Birmingham, England that softball would be added to the Summer Olympics. Softball was played for the first time during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The United States won the gold medal for the sport in the 1996 Olympics, as well as the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Japan won the gold medal in softball. Softball was not played during the Summer Olympics in 2012 or in 2016. The sport is expected to be played during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldSoftballDay

    The best way to observe this day is to round up your friends and neighbors for a fun game of softball. You could also attend a softball game or encourage your kids to take up the sport. Here are some other ways to participate:

    • Learn the rules of softball and why it’s different than baseball.
    • Watch a movie with softball, like A League of Their Own or All-Stars.
    • Read about famous softball players such as Dot Richardson, Jennie Finch, and Lisa Fernandez.

    Have you ever played softball? Today is the perfect day to share your softball story or photo on social media. Don’t forget to use #WorldSoftballDay when sharing!


    The first-ever world softball championship was played in February 1965 in Melbourne, Australia. Throughout 2005, the ISF celebrated the 40th anniversary of that first championship tournament. On June 13th, 2005 Don Porter, then president of the ISF at that time, declared the day as World Softball Day. June 13th marked the date it was announced softball would be included in the Summer Olympics. World Softball Day has been held every year since 2005.




    Sharpen your blades! International Axe Throwing Day on June 13th encourages competitive and amateur ax throwers to pick up a handle and toss a few.

    Once the pastime of loggers and lumberjacks, axe throwing has grown in popularity in more recent years. Across North America and spreading around the world, clubs and organizations provide places for enthusiasts to practice their sport. Designed to be family-friendly, throwers of all ages participate.

    On International Axe Throwing day, clubs open up their facilities to friends and family members. This social event not only offers a chance to check out the tools of the sport, but it provides opportunities to learn about the culture of axe throwing, terminology, competition, and more. Each year, interest grows, and so does the equipment and the competition.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AxeThrowingDay

    Join in the activities and visit an axe-throwing club near you. Currently a member? Invite friends and family to join you to learn about axe throwing. You can also find axe throwing cages in pubs and breweries. Build your own target and throw in the comfort of your backyard. Discover how-to designs on YouTube and other websites. There are so many ways to enjoy this celebration. Check out where to find an Axe Throwing Club near you: Affiliates – World Axe Throwing League

    It’s also one of our 14 Ways to Foster Happiness. That’s because axe throwing, like other sports, is an excellent stress reliever. Be safe; go throw and use #InternationalAxeThrowingDay to share on social media.


    The World Axe Throwing League founded observance in 2017 to celebrate the growing, fun and inclusive sport.




    Every year on June 13th, International Albinism Awareness Day celebrates the rights of human beings born with albinism and aims to increase awareness and understanding of this genetic condition.

    Albinism is characterized by a lack of melanin pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. According to the National Institutes of Health, albinism is a rare disease. Throughout the world, one in 20,000 people have albinism. The disorder is most prevalent in parts of Africa. About one in four people in South Africa have albinism. In Tanzania, it’s believed that as many as one in 1,400 could have the genetic condition.

    Medical Issues

    Those who have albinism are vulnerable to sun exposure. This exposure increases the chances of skin cancer and severe visual impairment. People with albinism are often referred to as an albino. However, many people consider this a derogatory term.

    Albinism is still not fully understood, socially, or medically. Both parents must carry the gene for their child to have the condition. Even though the parents carry the gene, they may not have any physical signs of the condition. Since the eye needs pigment to develop normal vision, people with albinism have impaired vision. Many people with albinism are legally blind.

    Social Issues

    Sadly, bullies target people with albinism calling them names. They are also often the object of discrimination. In Asian countries, babies with albinism are abandoned or rejected by their families. In other countries, those with albinism face barriers to health and education. Some people with albinism are often the object of erroneous beliefs, myths, and superstition. In countries where witchcraft is prevalent, people are known to kidnap children with albinism and remove their body parts for charms and magical potions. Worse yet, some people target persons with albinism executing heinous attacks and killings.

    For all of these reasons, it’s crucial to protect the human rights of those with this condition.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay #IADD

    On this day, health organizations and advocates of those with albinism hold educational seminars and workshops to educate the public about this rare condition.

    To participate:

    • Donate to an organization, such as the World Albinism Alliance or the National Organization of Albinism & Hypopigmentation.
    • Learn about albinism and how it affects those who have this condition.
    • Read about famous people with albinism including actor-comedian Victor Varnado, musician Edgar Winter, fashion model Connie Chiu, and Emperor Seinei of Japan.
    • Watch the video, “Born Too White: Albinism in Africa.”
    • Check out the Champions of the Albinism Cause website.

    Help spread awareness of this day by using #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay or #IAAD on social media.


    In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that called for the prevention of discrimination against persons with albinism. On December 18, 2014, the UN General Assembly proclaimed June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day. The first observance was in 2015.



    Random Acts of Light Day | June 13
    Random Acts of Light Day | June 13



    Oftentimes it takes just one gentle word or small token to help overcome darkness. On June 13th, National Random Acts of Light Day encourages us to bring light to the darkness of cancer by surprising someone with an act of kindness.


    “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton

    Unfortunately, receiving the diagnosis of cancer is one of the darkest moments a person can have. However, as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks fundraising campaign, Random Acts of Light brings awareness to the importance of providing cures. More importantly, the organization gives access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

    Take a friend fishing or bring them their favorite cup of coffee. A simple visit, a walk, or a fresh bouquet of flowers brings the light into the room. Surprise someone you love, by bringing a sparkle to their day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Random Acts Of Light Day

    Share your Random Acts of Light on June 13th and throughout the year! Learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s #RandomActsOfLightDay, Light the Night Walks. They also promote other campaigns, so follow them on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.  When you bring light into someone’s life, use #RandomActsofLightDay to share on social media.


    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) founded National Random Acts of Light Day to bring shine a light on the need for research and a cure for blood cancers. In 2017, celebrities and local heroes surprised people affected by blood cancers as part of the first Random Acts of Light Day.

    About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world. They provide free information and support services and are the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first observance to be observed on June 13, 2017.

    June 13th Celebrated History


    In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ernesto Miranda. The decision, written by Chief Justice Earl Warren, ruled that detained suspects have a constitutional right to be informed of their rights including the right to an attorney.


    President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall became the first African American Supreme Court justice.


    The NASA space probe, Pioneer 10, travels out of the orbit of Neptune, leaving the Solar System. It is the first man-made object to journey beyond our Solar System.


    Timothy McVeigh receives a sentence of death. In 1995, he and Terry Nichols bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building claiming the lives of 168 people.

    June 13th Celebrated Birthdays

    William Butler Yeats – 1865

    The Irish writer is known for his poetry and plays. In 1904, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Some of his most notable works include “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” and “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”

    Alice Stebbins Wells – 1873

    In 1910, Wells became one of the first female police officers in the United States.

    John Nash – 1928

    John F. Nash shared a Nobel Prize for economics with Reinhard Selten in 1994. His contribution is a concept that later became known as the Nash equilibrium. He was also the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind.

    Rose Elizabeth Cleveland – 1846

    When Grover Cleveland began his presidency, he was a bachelor. His sister, Rose Cleveland, served as the acting first lady until he married Frances Folsom during his second term in office.

  • NATIONAL CALL YOUR DOCTOR DAY – Second Tuesday in June


    The important event on the calendar the Second Tuesday of June will take less time to complete than reading this article and slightly more important. National Call Your Doctor Day reminds young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam. 


    Making this day halfway through the year holds significance because so many women delay their routine care. Often placing the priorities of work, family members, or other obligations before their health, women overlook the simple phone call that may save their life.

    According to a 2015 survey by ZocDoc, 80 percent of Americans delay or forgo preventative care. The number increases to 93 percent when surveying Millennials.

    National Call Your Doctor Day is the easiest celebration on the calendar. It can set an example for other women, help establish a baseline for many health concerns later in life, and improve opportunities for identifying risk factors. By making the appointment and keeping it, you place a priority on staying healthy so you can continue to meet those important obligations in the future. It only takes a few minutes to commit to this one annual exam. You know people who have made more binding commitments in less time. This is one appointment you will want to keep and mark on the calendar again next year.

    There may be an even quicker way to make the appointment than picking up the phone when you have an established relationship with a physician. With many clinics, you can set up an appointment online, quickly and securely.


    Call your doctor and make an appointment for a Well-Woman Exam. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by using #CallYourDoctorDay to share on social media.

    You can also check out these 7 Simple Ways To Improve Your Health, too. It will be a great read before your doctor’s appointment.


    Bright Pink, a women’s health non-profit, founded National Call Your Doctor Day on June 21, 2016, to encourage young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam.

    In 2017, The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on the second Tuesday in June, annually. 



    June 13th honors those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn’t seem to work well for them. After all, it is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day.


    Klutz:  most commonly referred to as a clumsy person.

    Kitchen Klutzes are the people who set out with the intention of being like Gordon Ramsey or Julia Child as they open up the cookbook. As they place the mixing bowl and ingredients on the counter, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay. However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven, and they mistake salt for sugar. Those knife cuts turn bloody, and cookies and fingers are burnt. The Kitchen Klutz has struck, and visions of spilled milk are pitifully cried over.  

    When is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day?

    It may be necessary to keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher handy when Kitchen Klutzes are around. Be prepared to call 911 and have your favorite take-out ready as a backup if you are still hungry.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Kitchen Klutzes Day

    On National Kitchen Klutzes Day, be safe. You can also try celebrating with these ideas:

    • Laugh at yourself. Share your mortifying stories of kitchen failure over take-out Thai or pizza. 
    • Give your favorite Kitchen Klutz the gift of cooking classes. 
    • Watch your favorite cooking flops show.

    Don’t forget to share your stories and celebrations using #NationalKitchenKlutzesDay on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this culinary holiday.




    National Weed Your Garden Day on June 13th each year serves as a reminder to all gardeners to take an extra 5 or 10 minutes while weeding their gardens.


    One of the best gardening tips is to stay in control of your garden. Unfortunately, weeds grow fast, very fast. With inattention, they can soon become overwhelming. Giving daily attention to your garden makes it easier to maintain. Weeding 5 or 10 minutes each day will make the job seem bearable. It might even be enjoyable. This way you will be in control, and the weeds will not!

    Excessive and unwanted weeds will crowd out plant roots and steal the nutrients that are needed for the plants to grow nice and be healthy. Helpful tips on reducing weeds in your garden:

    • Cover the soil along rows and between plants with mulch.
    • Make sure to keep all weeds away from young plants.
    • Plant your plants closely together to leave less room for weed growth.
    • Have soil weed-free before planting.
    • Make sure you do not let any of the weeds go to seed.
    • Keep the edges of your yard mowed short to lessen the invasion of weeds onto your property and into your garden.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Weed Your Garden Day

    Take time to weed your garden as you celebrate today. In addition, you can celebrate by:

    • Committing to regular weeding to reduce weed growth.
    • Weeding after a good rainfall while the soil is soft makes it easier to clean by the roots. 
    • Weeding your garden with a friend to makes the job go faster and feel more like a celebration!
    • Rewarding yourself with tall glass of something iced and refreshing as you admire your weed-free garden.

    Use #NationalWeedYourGardenDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this gardening holiday.




    Each year on June 13th, National Sewing Machine Day honors an invention that has kept us in stitches for over 150 years. Before the sewing machine, tailors and sewists created clothing by hand, stitch by a single stitch. The invention of the sewing machine brought about revolutionary change. Not only did it boost an entire industry, but it also changed the way we viewed the garments we wore. However, the development of the sewing machine took time. 


    Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790. He intended his design to sew on leather and canvas. However, he never advertised it and no evidence of the design, other than his drawings, could be found. In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office. With some minor adjustments, Wilson built a working model. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson’s model. Other sewing machine inventors include:

    • Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
    • John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.
    • In 1851, another inventor, Isaac Singer, developed a sewing machine model that would endure and also thrust him into court with Elias Howe over patent infringement.

    Industrial use of the sewing machine reduced the burden placed upon housewives, moving clothing production from them and seamstresses to large-scale factories. This also resulted in a decrease in production time which caused the price of clothing to drop considerably.

    Today, many people are again becoming interested in the art of sewing and making their own clothing. Crafts fairs and flea markets are filled with booths full of beautiful sewing machine-made clothes and craft items. Quilters across America are also known as sewing machine experts!

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Sewing Machine Day

    Show off your sewing skills. Pick out a new pattern and grab those sharp sheers. Other ways to celebrate include:

    • Share your favorite sewing tips and tricks.
    • Post of photo of your favorite sewn item. It may be a quilt, article of clothing, or art design.
    • Name your favorite sewist, sewing machine store, or sewing tool.

    Use #NationalSewingMachineDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this innovative holiday.