Category: June 17

  • WORLD JUGGLING DAY – Saturday Closest to June 17

    WORLD JUGGLING DAY

    Every year on the Saturday closest to June 17th, World Juggling Day encourages jugglers to unite and celebrate the joy of juggling. The day also encourages people to learn how to juggle.

    Do you know how to juggle? It’s ok if you can’t because a majority of people can’t either. Estimates suggest only about 21 percent of the general public can juggle. If you want to learn, experts recommend starting with scarves. It’s best to start with two scarves then graduate to three. If you don’t have scarves, you can juggle plastic bags from the grocery store. Once you’ve mastered scarves, then you can move on to balls, rings, or beanbags. Many expert jugglers also use knives, flaming torches, and even chainsaws.

    As you’re learning to juggle, you might wonder where this activity came from. Historians believe juggling dates back to 2000 BC in ancient Egypt. Juggling can also be traced back to the Aztec Empire of Mexico. Juggling also probably existed in Greek and Roman cultures. During the Middle Ages, jugglers were sometimes thought to be witches. During the Renaissance Period, juggling became a way to please kings and queens.

    Jugglers also entertained common folk throughout Europe. In fact, the word juggler comes from the word “jogelen,” which means to entertain. In 1793 juggling came to the United States with the circus. Vaudeville performances included jugglers as well. Throughout the years, juggling has maintained its popularity for both amateurs and professionals.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldJugglingDay

    On this day, juggling events are held in backyards, parks, and community halls all around the world. Many people also host picnics and barbecues in conjunction with their juggling events. To participate:

    • Learn how to juggle or teach someone else how to do it.
    • Look up world records, such as the most balls juggled (11) and the longest three balls were juggled (12 hours and 13 minutes).
    • Watch juggling videos online.
    • Host a juggling event in your backyard.
    • Read about famous jugglers, including Anthony Gatto, Lottie Brunn, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers.

    Share this fun day on social media with #WorldJugglingDay.

    WORLD JUGGLING DAY HISTORY

    The International Jugglers Association (IJA) has hosted World Juggling Day for over 25 years. The day was originally called National Juggling Day, but was changed in 1995. The IJA was founded on June 17th, 1947. This is why World Juggling Day is held on the Saturday closest to June 17th.

  • WORLD CROC DAY – June 17

    WORLD CROC DAY

    Every year on June 17th, World Croc Day highlights the plight of endangered crocodiles. The day also encourages learning more about these amazing reptiles.

    Crocodiles are easily confused with alligators. There are some differences between the two, however. The primary difference is the shape of their snout. The crocodile’s snout forms a long, pointed V-lie shape. Alligators’ snouts, on the other hand, are more rounded and u-shaped. In addition, crocodiles are usually much larger than alligators. The average alligator weighs about 500 pounds. Crocodiles can reach up to 2,200 pounds! This reptile is also much more aggressive than alligators, which makes them more dangerous.

    Crocodiles can be found in nearly every corner of the world. These reptiles are native to both the North and South American continents. They are also found in Africa, Australia, and Asia, but the Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators live together.

    There are lots more to learn about crocs, too!

    • Of all the animals in the world, the crocodile’s bite is the strongest.
    • There are 15 different species of crocodiles.
    • Crocodiles can live in both freshwater and saltwater.
    • They eat fish, birds, and other animals.
    • Crocodiles can live to be 100, with the oldest crocodile in the world reaching 140.

    There is a concern that some species of reptiles are on their way to extinction. Human activity is the primary reason for this. Hunting, pollution, and destroyed habitats are a few reasons crocodiles are endangered.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldCrocDay

    Every year zoos around the world participate in World Croc Day. The largest event is held at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. Events at the zoo include “croc talks,” crocodile exhibits, face painting, arts & crafts, cool croc encounters, educational seminars, and photo ops.

    Try these other ways to participate, too.

    • Check out the crocodile exhibit at your local zoo.
    • Learn about the threats that crocodiles in the wild face.
    • Donate to a crocodile conservation organization.
    • Watch videos online that feature these monstrous reptiles.
    • Read a book to your child that features a crocodile character, such as The Fantastic Mr. Wani by Kanako Usui, An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni, or Lyle Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Weber.

    You can also share this day on social media with #WorldCrocDay.

    WORLD CROC DAY HISTORY

    The Crocodile Research Council, in conjunction with the Belize Zoo, created World Croc Day. The first global event was held on June 17th, 2017.

     

  • WASTE AND RECYCLING WORKERS WEEK – Week of June 17

    NATIONAL WASTE AND RECYCLING WORKERS WEEK

    During Waste and Recycling Workers Week (the week of June 17th), the world takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean. The week also includes Global Garbage Man Day on the 17th.

    We describe the experts who collect the garbage, recyclables, and castoffs from our homes and neighborhoods by several names. Whether they are sanitation specialists or waste management professionals, we appreciate their arrival on a regularly scheduled basis.

    The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In fact, waste management provides a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Today’s observance also celebrates the great strides the industry and experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WasteRecyclingWorkersWeek

    Thank your waste and recycling workers. You can also take part in your local recycling programs. Learn more about your community’s sanitation needs and find out how the system works. When you have unusually large amounts of garbage to be picked up, meet the workers at the curb and give them a hand loading the items.

    The observance also encourages us to participate in educational activities to increase our awareness of how Waste and Recycling Workers improve our environment.

    Use #WasteRecyclingWorkersWeek to share on social media.

    WASTE AND RECYCLING WORKERS WEEK HISTORY

    John D. Arwood of Arwood Waste Inc. initiated Waste and Recycling Workers week in 2012.

     

  • WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT – June 17

    WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT

    Every year on June 17th, the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought highlights methods to prevent desertification. It’s also a day to focus on finding ways to recover from drought.

    Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert. This is usually a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. When desertification occurs, biological productivity is lost. This is detrimental in areas that are already greatly affected by poverty and hunger.
    In recent years, more than two billion hectares of productive land has become degraded. The good news is, there are some effective ways to prevent desertification. Some of these ways include:

    • Protect the soil from degradation through land and water management.
    • Protect vegetative cover.
    • Integrate the use of land for grazing and farming to allow for a more efficient cycling of nutrients.
    • Apply traditional agriculture practices with land use technologies.
    • Give local communities the resources necessary to manage dryland.
    • Create economic opportunities in dryland urban centers.

    Besides these ways to prevent desertification, there are also ways to reverse land degradation. This includes planting trees, enriching the soil with nutrients, preventing soil erosion, and establishing seed banks.
    It’s more important than ever to combat desertification and drought. This is because by the year 2050, there needs to be enough productive land to meet the demands of 10 billion people.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldDayToCombatDesertificationAndDrought

    On this day, environmentalists and conservationists give presentations educating the public on ways to combat desertification and drought. To participate:

    • Learn ways to protect the soil on your land.
    • Plant at least one tree on your property.
    • Educate yourself on the benefits of seed banks.
    • Watch videos and read articles about desertification and its impact on our planet.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldDayToCombatDesertificationAndDrought.

    WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT HISTORY

    During the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, desertification was identified as one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development. In 1994, the UN General Assembly established the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This legally binding international agreement linked the environment and development to sustainable land management. In addition to the UNCCD, the UN proclaimed June 17th as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Recent themes for the day have included:

    2020: Food. Feed. Fibre. – The Links Between Consumption and Land.
    2019: Let’s Grow the Future Together
    2018: Land Has True Value. Invest In It.
    2017: Link Between Land Degradation and Migration.
    2016: Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.

     

  • NATIONAL MASCOT DAY – June 17

    NATIONAL MASCOT DAY | JUNE 17

    Recognizing the luck they bring to teams, franchises, and more, National Mascot Day celebrates these iconic figures on June 17th each year.

    #NationalMascotDay

    Mascots have been around for over 130 years. We derive the term mascot from the French word La Mascotte. A mascotte is considered a woman or girl with mystic powers and the ability to bring good luck. In the French opera by the same name, the character is a farm girl. The opera opened Paris in 1880, followed by additional productions across Europe.

    A November 11, 1882 sports article in the London new paper, The Era, reported a football match between Middlesborough Association and a newly formed team called La Mascotte. One player, Mr. W.E. Gregory, dressed up in costume. The article doesn’t describe the player’s attire, but it does mention he earned a nickname from the female members of the crowd. The article also praises Gregory for his play on the field. Was he the first sports mascot?

    Well, sports are full of good luck charms, jinxes and ritual. In the United States, the first mention of sports mascot shows up in baseball in 1883. According to The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, a boy working for the team named “Chic” earned a reputation of bringing good luck to the players.

    These days, mascots come in an array of costumes and characters. Not only do they stir up the fan base, but they also entertain. Other mascots educate and help us find our favorite places. Whether they teach us about forest fires or welcome us to our favorite restaurants, mascots fill the American landscape.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL MASCOT DAY

    Celebrate the day by posting photos with your favorite mascots. Give them a shout out on social media or watch videos of your mascots in action. While you’re celebrating, check out these great stories about mascots:

    • Watch the series Behind the Mask to learn about the life of a mascot.
    • Read The Handbook of Mascots & Nicknames by Peter J. Fournier.
    • Explore the mascots inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana.

    However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalMascotDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL MASCOT DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this sporting holiday. However, it has been observed since at least 2016, recognizing the importance of mascots and the enthusiasm they bring to every event.

  • GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY – June 17

    GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY | JUNE 17

    On June 17th, Global Garbage Man Day takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean.

    #GarbageManDay

    We describe the experts who collect the garbage, recyclables, and castoffs from our homes and neighborhoods by several names. Whether they are sanitation specialists or waste management professionals, we appreciate their arrival on a regularly scheduled basis.

    The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In fact, waste management provides a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Today’s observance also celebrates the great strides the industry and experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.

    HOW TO OBSERVE GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY

    Thank your garbage men and women. You can also take part in your local recycling programs. Learn more about your community’s sanitation needs and find out how the system works. When you have unusually large amounts of garbage to be picked up, meet the workers at the curb and give them a hand loading the items. Use #GarbageManDay to share on social media.

    GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY HISTORY

    National Garbage Man Day

    John D. Arwood founded National Garbage Man Day in 2011 to honor the men and women who work hard in the industry to keep communities safe and clean. Recognizing efforts around the world, the celebration became Global Garbage Man Day.

    There are many more appreciation days on the calendar. Check these out:

     

    June 17th Celebrated History

    1928

    As a passenger aboard a plane flown by Wilmer Shultz, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

    1942

    Yank magazine publishes the first G.I. Joe cartoon. Created by comic strip artist and former Army Sergeant David Breger, G.I. Joe became a permanent part of Americana.

    1950

    Dr. Richard H. Lawler performed the first kidney transplant at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Even though the patient’s body rejected the kidney 53 days later, Ruth Tucker would live another five years.

    1972

    Five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters. The break-in and their subsequent arrest sparked the Watergate scandal. President Richard Nixon would resign the presidency two years later.

    June 17th Celebrated Birthdays

    Susan La Flesche Picotte – 1865

    Susan La Flesche Picotte attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1889, she became the first Native American woman to receive a medical degree.

    James Weldon Johnson – 1871

    A civil rights activist and composer, James Weldon Johnson became United States consul to Puerto Cabello in Venezuela under President Theodore Roosevelt. He is also noted for composing the song  Lift Every Voice and Sing.

    Ruth Wakefield – 1903

    The American baker would become a legendary name in the world of baking. In 1937, she added semi-sweet chocolate to a chocolate cookie recipe instead of baker’s chocolate. The delicious result was the chocolate chip cookie!

    Art Bell – 1945

    Broadcaster and founder of the radio program Coast to Coast AM syndicated, Art Bell focused on the unusual, conspiracies, and extraterrestrials. His program lives on with new hosts and new unexplained phenomena.

  • NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY – June 17

    NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY | JUNE 17

    National Cherry Tart Day is a tart dispute. While usually observed on June 17th, it is also suggested that June 18th and 21st are also the days for this unofficial food holiday. To be on the safe side, make three.

    #NationalCherryTartDay

    Now, if you are looking for a cherry pie, we’ve blown the top off that day. Or rather, it’s been left off entirely. A tart has a shallow crust, and the filling can be sweet or savory. On June 17th (18th or 21st), the choice is a sweet and lip-smacking cherry filling!

    As with apples, eat the sweetest cherries fresh. Use those sour cherries and sweeten them up with some sugar to make a delicious, crowd-pleasing tart.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY

    We have you covered if you are taking part in all three days. Check out these delicious recipes:

    Fresh Cherry Tart
    Cherry Tarts
    Tart Cherry Tartlets

    Use #NationalCherryTartDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL CHERRY TART DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of the sweet holiday. For the love of cherries, we have even more to celebrate:

  • NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY – June 17

     

    National Apple Strudel Day | June 17
    National Apple Strudel Day | June 17

    NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY | JUNE 17

    On June 17th get whirled up in pastry dough, apples, and spices and celebrate National Apple Strudel Day. In German, the word strudel means whirlpool or eddy. This tasty dessert is perfectly described in its German language as the sweet mixture of fruit, sugar, spices, and layers of thin dough rolled together and baked. The result is a bubbling, flaky treat.

    #AppleStrudelDay

    As a breakfast item or dessert, apple strudel goes well with coffee and tea. Consider adding it to a brunch or bake ahead for guests. Often served at bakeries and coffee shops, strudel can also be a savory dish.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY

    Visit your favorite bakery for a slice of apple strudel. You can also pick up a whole strudel and share it with friends. Consider making your own strudel with this apple strudel recipe. Be sure to give your bakery or your favorite baker a shout-out, too. Other great ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Add a dollop of whipped create to your apple strudel.
    • Dusting confectioner’s sugar over a fresh-baked apple strudel.
    • Add a scoop of ice cream to your apple strudel.
    • Surprising a friend with apple strudel.

    On social media tag #NationalDayCalendar using #AppleStrudelDay and #CelebrateEveryDay so we are sure to see your images!

    NATIONAL APPLE STRUDEL DAY HISTORY

    National Day calendar is researching the origins of this pastry holiday.

  • NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY – June 17

    NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY | JUNE 17

    National Eat Your Vegetables Day on June 17th falls in the middle of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Today’s celebration is one more opportunity to remind everyone to continue with this part of a healthy diet.

    #EatYourVegetablesDay

    Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 

    As part of the main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Of course, each vegetable has its own nutritional content. Generally, they contain a little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals, and carbohydrates. Interestingly, they also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. In addition, many vegetables also contain fiber, which is important for gastrointestinal function. Another benefit is the essential nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

    When eating a diet consisting of the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, it may help lower the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diets may also help to decrease bone loss and protect against some cancers. In addition, the potassium provided may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.

    It is recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans to consume 3 to 5 servings of vegetables per day. However, this recommendation may vary depending on age and gender. For example, one serving of vegetables is equivalent of 1/2 to 1 cup and can be eaten either raw or cooked.

    HOW TO OBSERVE EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY

    Make sure you consume your recommended daily allowance of vegetables. What creative ways can you incorporate more vegetables into your diet? We compiled a few suggestions:

    • Add veggies to your breakfast. Whether mixing spinach into your eggs or swapping out that muffin for a smoothie, you can get at least one serving in the morning.
    • Skip the candy bar when you’re craving a snack. Instead, have some carrots, kohlrabi, or other fresh veggies to munch on.
    • Another great snack is veggie chips. They not only reduce calories and fats, but they taste great, too.
    • Swap out the French fries for a side salad at lunch or supper. If you’re having a baked potato, choose a sweet potato instead. 

    Use #EatYourVegetablesDay on social media.

    NATIONAL EAT YOUR VEGETABLES DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. Are you looking for more servings of fruits and vegetable celebrations? We have more!

     

  • NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY – June 17

    NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY | JUNE 17

    For many years now, June 17th has had the distinction of being National Stewart’s Root Beer Day. Celebrating this holiday each year is easy, just gather some friends and some of Stewart’s Root Beer and enjoy! 

    #StewartsRootBeerDay

    Originating in 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio, Stewart’s Fountain Classics was a brand of old-fashioned fountain sodas. They are a brand of premium soft drinks made in the United States. Founded by Frank Stewart, he set up his first drive-in root beer stand to supplement his income as a school teacher.

    Commercial root beer production in the United States has been around since 1875. Producers traditionally use molasses and elements of sassafras as the main ingredients. Today, over 100 brands of root beer are produced with a range of flavors. Some add extra punches of vanilla while others lean on the caramel flavors. Some have a bitter bite while others are smooth from start to finish. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY

    Pour yourself a frosty root beer. All you need to do is stock up on some Stewart’s Root Beer right here. You can enjoy it as a float or on its own. Buy a drink for one of your favorite people, too. You can get gift cards to give to your sanitation workers for Global Garbage Man Day or another service worker. Another delicious way to celebrate the day is by making this Root Beer Cake. Root beer also adds flavor to savory dishes such as pulled pork, meatballs, and pork n’ beans.

    What tasty ways do you use root beer in the kitchen? Let us know by using #StewartsRootBeerDay to share on social media.

    If you like National Stewart’s Root Beer Day, be sure to check out National Root Beer Float Day and National Ice Cream Soda Day, too!

    NATIONAL STEWART’S ROOT BEER DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the source of this sassafrass-based holiday. For more information on Stewart’s Root Beer, visit their history page