Category: June 26



    Every year on June 26th, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking raises awareness about drug abuse and the negative repercussions of illicit trafficking.

    According to the most recent World Drug Report, 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug abuse disorders. The number of opioid users is 53 million. In 2017, about 585,000 people died from drug use. Opioids caused two-thirds of these deaths.

    Also, in 2017, 11 million around the world injected drugs. About 1.4 million of these people live with HIV as a result. About 5.6 million of them have hepatitis C. Sadly, the severity and complexity of the world drug situation are only getting worse. Prevention and treatment measures across the globe continue to fall short. Only one in 7 people with drug use disorders get the treatment they need.

    Illicit trafficking of drugs is also a huge problem throughout the world. This is due to the growing market for illicit drugs in East Africa and the entire African continent. In addition, frequent international flights, inadequate trafficking controls, and corruption amongst customs officers only compound the problem of illicit trafficking.

    As drug abuse and illicit trafficking become more prevalent, this day becomes more important.


    Governments, organizations, and individuals observe this day with social media campaigns, rallies, and special programs. Also on this day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) publishes its annual World Drug Report.

    To participate:

    • Educate your children and other young people about the dangers of drugs.
    • Watch a documentary about the opioid epidemic, such as Dr. Feelgood and Understanding the Opioid Epidemic.
    • Donate to an organization that raises awareness of addiction, including Angels at Risk, Shatterproof, and Natural High.
    • If you have overcome drug addiction, share your stories with others.
    • Reach out to those in your community who are affected by drug addiction.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #InternationalDayAgainstDrugAbuseAndIllicitTrafficking


    On June 26th, 1987, the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking adopted two important texts about drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The Conference recommended a day to observe the importance of the battle against drugs. They chose June 26th as the date commemorating the dismantling of the opium trade in Guangdong in 1839. Thus, the first official International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was held on June 26th, 1989.




    National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.


    Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

    Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

    • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
    • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
    • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
    • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
    • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

    Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That’s another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!


    Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode’s birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.

    Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.


    Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

    In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

    About Barcoding, Inc.

    Barcoding is a supply chain automation and innovation company that helps organizations be more efficient, accurate, and connected. With extensive subject matter expertise in data capture, labeling and printing, and mobile computing, we are trusted to build and manage solutions for some of the best IT and operations teams in the world. Founded in 1998, Barcoding is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices across North America (Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). For more information, visit

    About Datalogic: Datalogic

    Datalogic is a global technology leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID, vision, and laser marking systems. Closeness and timely response to every customer requirement, together with continuous innovation and high-quality offering, are the distinctive elements at the base of Datalogic success for over 40 years. Its cutting-edge solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Visit to learn more.

    About ScanSource, Inc.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is at the center of the technology solution delivery channel, connecting businesses and providing solutions for their complex needs. ScanSource sells through multiple, specialized routes-to-market with digital, physical and services offerings from the world’s leading suppliers of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, telecom and cloud services. ScanSource enables its sales partners to create, deliver and manage solutions for end-customers across almost every vertical market. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for six consecutive years and is on FORTUNE magazine’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #654 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit




    Every year on June 26th, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture speaks out against the crime of torture. The day also honors and supports the victims and survivors of torture.

    Torture occurs when someone intentionally inflicts pain on a person. The act is considered a crime against humanity. While international law prohibits the use of torture, many countries still use methods of torture. Some of the countries where torture is most common include:

    • Sri Lanka
    • Iran
    • Afghanistan
    • Eritrea
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Sudan
    • Ethiopia
    • Iraq
    • Turkey
    • Syria

    Those who resort to using torture usually do so to obtain information from someone or to punish them. Abusers may also target people for reasons including political activity or belonging to a minority. Though we most often think of torture as physical, it can also be mental.

    Survivors of torture often experience long-term psychological problems. Clinically, therapists define the resulting health issues as trauma, anxiety, and depression. However, some victims live in constant fear and have regular panic attacks and nightmares. Their symptoms may lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some victims of torture may even experience physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, headaches, and respiratory problems.

    Developed countries have many resources available for victims of torture, including medical treatment, psychotherapy, and support groups. Many underdeveloped countries, however, lack these resources. Without access to healing, many victims of torture will never have a sense of peace.

    This is why the United Nations developed the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture administered by the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva. Each year, funds from the program help nearly 50,000 survivors of victims of torture transition from horror to healing.


    UN member states, stakeholders, civil societies, and individuals around the world unite on this day to support victims of torture. Governments are encouraged to enforce laws to protect their citizens from various methods of torture.

    • Host an event near you
    • Support rehabilitation centers near you
    • Help connect survivors to resources and support


    In 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As part of this declaration, the international community condemned torture and other inhumane treatment. In 1975, the UN adopted the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Being Subjected to Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, they made further progress in enforcing the prohibition of torture. In December of 1997, the General Assembly proclaimed June 26th as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.




    Summer starts in earnest on June 26th when National Coconut Day arrives! The coconut offers sweet support for our bodies in several ways.


    Coconut oil alone falls into the superfood category due to its medium-chain triglyceride (MCTs) content and all that they seem to do. Whether supporting a weight loss program, moisturizing skin, and hair or metabolizing into energy, coconut oil plays a significant role in your body.

    We use the whole coconut in many different forms for our bodies and everyday cooking. From shredded coconut to milk, cream, water, and oil, each provides essential nutrients and flavor. Its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties are notable as well.

    Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. The oil from coconut moisturizes our skin and also helps keep our skin clear and hair silky, too.

    Of course, in the kitchen, we love coconut! Beyond baked goods, coconut infuses sweet flavor to our cooking, and because the MCTs in coconut oil doesn’t absorb in the body as fat, it is an ideal alternative to other oils and fats.

    The flavor of coconut oil makes the best air-popped popcorn. Add coconut milk to your curry recipe and win rave reviews! Those who are lactose intolerant and craving ice cream know that coconut milk also makes an excellent substitute for creamy homemade ice cream. And of course, it’s not summer without a piña colada!

    Beyond the fruit and water of the coconut that we consume as food, consumers also use the husk and shells as a potting medium, carbon filtration, charcoal, bio-fuel, and even organic cat litter. Another use for the husks is the production of coir, which manufacturers use in making mattresses, doormats, and more.


    Enjoy the benefits of coconut, and share your favorite ways to use it. Whether it’s a recipe to taste or one to make our skin or hair shine, we want to know. To get you started, here are a few recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas and their members:

    Other recipe sources:

    Learn about the benefits of coconut by visiting the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA). And use #NationalCoconutDay to share on social media.


    Coconut Coalition of the Americas Logotransparent@2xThe Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) was founded in 2017 when coconut industry stakeholders realized there needed to be one unified voice for the North American coconut trade. Industry members came together to steward the category and promote the facts about coconut oil and coconut products. Follow National Coconut Day by using #NationalCoconutDay on social media.

    In 2019, the Coconut Coalition of the Americas founded National Coconut Day to celebrate the mighty coconut and increase awareness of its benefits. It’s more than just a baking staple.

    On June 24, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Coconut Day to be observed on June 26th annually.






    June 26th Celebrated History


    Coney Island opens its first roller coaster.


    The New Yorker publishes the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.


    Researchers release the first draft of the human genome.


    In the landmark case The United States vs. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

    June 26th Celebrated Birthdays

    Abner Doubleday – 1819

    Though mistakenly credited with inventing baseball, the Union major general served the entirety of the American Civil War. By the end of the war, Doubleday was promoted to the rank of colonel.

    Pearl S. Buck – 1892

    Pearl S. Buck became the first American woman to earn a Nobel Prize in literature for her novel The Good Earth. The prolific author wrote stories with a voice toward human and women’s rights.

    Babe Didrikson Zaharias – 1911

    The multi-sport athlete earned two medals at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The first was for the javelin throw. She set a new world record in the 80-meter hurdles when Didrikson won her second gold medal. In 1947, Didrikson set her sights on professional golf. During her career, she would win 10 LPGA championships.

    Dr. Bernard Harris – 1956

    In 1995, the doctor of internal medicine became the first African American in space. He would fly a total of two missions during his career.

    Derek Jeter – 1974

    The 14-time All-Star played 20 seasons with the New York Yankees at shortstop. During his career, Jeter brought home 5 World Series Championships.



    Each year on June 26th, National Chocolate Pudding Day gets us all excited for a serving of this creamy dessert. Children and adults alike love chocolate pudding and have done so for generations. Usually eaten as a snack or dessert, chocolate pudding is also used as a filling for chocolate creme pie.


    Chocolate pudding is usually made with milk and sugar, flavored with chocolate and vanilla then thickened with flour or cornstarch. However, some recipes do use eggs when making the pudding. Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of eggs. The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book, both printed recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.

    In 1934, General Foods (Jello) introduced a chocolate pudding mix as “Walter Baker’s Dessert.” However, in 1936, they renamed it “Pickle’s Pudding.”

    Chocolate pudding can be purchased ready-made and sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. The popular brands include Jell-O by the Kraft Foods Corporation and Snack Pack by Hunt’s.


    Enjoy some delicious Chocolate Pudding as a dessert or as a snack. Try this homemade Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding recipe. Layer it with broken cookies or candy bars, and whipped cream to create a trifle dessert. You can also use chocolate pudding to make parfaits. 

    If you’re tackling homemade chocolate pudding, we have a few tips to share. Read 5 Tips to Making the Best Homemade Pudding. They also apply to other creamy desserts like mousse and custard. You’ll really be ready to Celebrate Every Day!

    What’s your favorite way to enjoy chocolate pudding? Let us know using #NationalChocolatePuddingDay on social media.


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




    For the sheer love of all things hair, style and wisdom, June 26th is National Beautician’s Day.  Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, these men and women make us look our best every day.


    Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment. The branches of cosmetology include hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrology. This means they buff, polish, trim, pluck, perk, brighten, lighten, plump, and mostly make our finest features shine. They continually train in all the ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the most reliable products, treatments, and techniques.  

    Many also become close confidants. Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician. For all these reasons, they deserve to be appreciated on National Beautician’s Day.  


    Whether your beautician is new or the relationship has grown over the years, be sure to share your appreciation with a token of gratitude. Consider giving your beautician flowers, a card, or a cup of coffee. One of the best ways to show your appreciation is by giving them your recommendation on their social media channels. Glowing praise goes a long way toward building their clientele. While you’re at it, use #NationalBeauticiansDay to give them a shout out on your social media, too!


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beautiful celebration.