Category: June 27



    Every year on June 27th, Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day raises awareness for the important role different sized enterprises play in meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    There are two classes of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises. These classes include manufacturing enterprises and service enterprises. Businesses are further broken down according to how much money they invest in their manufacturing plant, machinery, and equipment. According to recent estimates, more than 95% of global enterprises are micro-, small and medium-sized. These companies account for 60% of private-sector employment. Additionally, these enterprises make up 50% of GDP.

    In 2015, the UN General Assembly developed 17 global goals that they called Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the goals is to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The UN also hopes to achieve these goals by 2030.

    Some of these sustainable goals include:

    • No poverty
    • Good health and well-being
    • Quality education
    • Gender equality
    • Clean water and sanitation
    • Decent work and economic growth
    • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    • Sustainable cities and communities
    • Responsible consumption and production

    The UN believes micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises help to sustain growth for long-term development in developing countries. As this growth becomes stronger, enterprises of all sizes will begin to play a key role in industrial development. Micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises will do this by increasing local demand for services. These types of enterprises will also be responsible for significant employment opportunities and income generation.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MicroSmallMediumSizedEnterprisesDay

    Several organizations, including the International Trade Centre, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the World Bank hold special events on this day. Examples of these events include:

    • Online meetings that allow individuals and government officials to learn about the struggles, successes, and experiences of real micro-, small and medium sized-enterprises.
    • Special sessions that bring together forward-thinking entrepreneurs and business people.
    • Webinars that feature entrepreneurs from around the world as well as those who support small businesses.

    You can spread the word for this day by sharing #MicroSmallAndMediumSizedEnterpriseDay.


    On April 6, 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to designate June 27th as Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day. The resolution was co-sponsored by 54 member states, representing over 5 billion people. The UN has appointed the International Trade Centre as the leading agency for this observance.




    National Sunglasses Day Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg

    Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day gains popularity each year. Organizations like The Vision Council is one of the reasons. They inform people about the dangers of UV exposure and why wearing sunglasses should be more than to just make a fashion statement. So in honor of the holiday—and to help you pick out a pair of your own—we present the top 10 sunglasses styles that stand the test of time.


    Prada Model SPR07F

    National Sunglasses Day June 27

    Photo: Mary Evans/Everett Collection

    Most known for their appearance in the 1963 Academy Award-winning Italian film 8 ½, these glasses are anything but old-fashioned. Prada first introduced the design as Prada model SPR07F, but the design has undergone some changes since the 60s. Regardless, these sunglasses might be one of the only designs that can not only be worn with a suit, but that makes a suit look so good.

    Persol 714

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    Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

    The original folding glasses, the Persol 714 sunglasses debuted in the 1960s when the iconic actor Steve McQueen wore them in the film The Thomas Crown Affair. These glasses were based on the Persol 649 model. However, the adaptations included 10 additional manufacturing steps to allow them to fold. In 2006, a pair of Persol 714s from McQueen’s personal collection were auctioned off at nearly $70,000. Get suave with aperhaps less expensivepair for National Sunglasses Day.

    Ray-Ban 3138 Shooter

    Photo: Raoul Duke

    While Johnny Depp was not the first to wear these yellow-tinted aviator shooters, he made them famous the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The sunglasses have a small circle between the lenses. Some say the circle aids in hunting or shooting. The style was regularly worn by Hunter S. Thompson, the author of the novel that inspired the film. Shooters also come in different color tints.

    Ray-Ban Wayfarer

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    At their introduction in 1956, Ray-Ban’s Wayfarers revolutionary plastic frame made the design almost instantly popular. The design was a distinct diversion from the metal-framed sunglasses that were popular at the time. The sunglasses popularity continued throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s but then slumped until the late 2000s when artists like Katy Perry and Bruno Mars wore them in their music videos.

    Round and Oversized


    Often known today simply as Jackie O’s, these sunglasses were popularized by former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy during the years that her husband was president. They are instantly recognizable by their large round shape and still serve to make quite a fashion statement when worn today. It’s hard to wear these sunglasses and not channel some of the grace, style, and elegance that Jackie was so famous for.

    Gold-rimmed Aviator

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    Photo: Oliver Cheshire

    The history of the archetypal Ray-Ban Aviators begins in the 1930s when US Army pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. American company Bausch & Lomb created what was originally known as “Anti-Glare,” sunglasses with plastic frames and green lenses. Just a year later they were remodeled with metal frames and rebranded as “Aviators,” as we know them today.

    The Clubmaster

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    Clubmasters are a type of browline sunglasses, which gets its name from the fact that the bold upper part of the frames frame the lenses like the eyebrow frames the eyes. Ray-Ban introduced the Clubmaster in the 1980s when Bruce Willis wore a pair of browline Shuron Ronsirs on the series Moonlighting. The Clubmasters gained popularity and quickly became the third best-selling sunglasses of the 1980s, after Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer and Aviator styles.

    Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck


    Not only did Gregory Peck win an Oscar for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill A Mockingbird, but he also won a fair amount of acclaim for the glasses frames he wore in the film. These frames are once again popular today, thanks partly to their reintroduction in 2011 when Oliver Peoples released a new model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the novel that inspired the film. Don these on National Sunglasses Day and channel your inner Atticus Finch.

    Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan

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    Audrey Hepburn is one of film’s most well-known faces, and it was usually with a pair of Oliver Goldsmith Manhattans framing her eyes. These large, rounded-square sunglasses were first made famous when Hepburn wore them in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a role that was originally supposed to be played by Marilyn Monroe. The glasses, instantly recognizable today, are still popular.

    Rose-colored Glasses

    Photo: Allyn Scura

    “To see the world through rose-colored glasses” is a phrase that means to view the world in a perpetually optimistic, perhaps naive, and unrealistic way. It remains in question what the origin of the phrase is, though there are some interesting and possible theories. One theory suggests that early mapmakers used rose petals to clean the lenses of the glasses. Not only would the natural oils protect the glass, but they would also leave a rose-colored stain.


    Wear your favorite shades and protect those beautiful eyes. Get out and enjoy summer, take a selfie, and use #NationalSunglassesDay to share style on social media.

    You can also explore the Celebration Deals page for offers and freebies from around the country. If your business is offering a deal on #NationalSunglassesDay, let us know! We’ll get it added to the list.


    National Sunglasses Day has been celebrated since at least 2009. However, National Day Calendar researchers have not been able to identify the founder or source of the day.

    Article Contributed by Bethany Cleg



    Through all the years — and sometimes tears — National Onion Day on June 27th recognizes the flavor and aroma the bulb of the allium family brings to numerous recipes.


    Whether we choose a sweet, white, red, or the ever-favorite yellow, we count on the onion to enhance the flavor of our savory recipes. They pair well with meats and salads, making the versatile onion a cooking powerhouse. Added to eggs or pickled, it’s the required seasoning next to our salt and pepper.

    While the onion packs in the flavor with very few calories, it’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Add onions to every meal to increase your dietary fiber and vitamin B6. As a bonus, you won’t be adding any cholesterol. With so many varieties to choose from, onions provide plenty of opportunities for us to relish the benefits.

    Although we cook with onions for the flavor punch, they also serve up an economic boost, too. As an industry, onions add $6 billion to U.S. markets. From farm to distribution to grocers and restaurants, onions generate economic growth throughout the year.


    Be sure to add fresh onion for a punch of flavor to your favorite dish. No matter how you slice it, the onion brings some of the best flavors together! Whether you like to caramelize it or pickle it, tell us how you love to cook with onions!

    Try these mouth-watering recipes from the National Onion Association:

    High Protein Quinoa, Onion and Kale Salad
    Spicy Onion Panini with Basil and Roasted Red Pepper
    Oniony Meatloaf
    Pan Fried Onion Slices

    While you’re cooking, be sure to use #NationalOnionDay to share your best recipes and tips on social media.

    National Onion AssociationNATIONAL ONION DAY HISTORY

    The National Onion Association founded National Onion Day on June 27, 2019, to honor the anniversary of the association. They represent almost 500 onion growers, shippers, packers, and associated members across the country, and they officially incorporated on June 27, 1913, in Ohio. The association celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.

    On June 25, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Onion Day to be observed annually on June 27th.



    June 27th Celebrated History


    The telegraph links New York and Boston using the technology Samuel Morse patented for the first time. Three years before, Morse sent the first official message from Washington D.C. to Baltimore.


    Joshua Slocum completes the first solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Nearly 80 years later, Robin Knox-Johnston completed the first non-stop solo circumnavigation.


    Prices collapse at the New York Stock Exchange drawing the United States into a deep economic depression.


    Gillette Co. receives a patent for the first successful erasable ball-point pen.

    June 27th Celebrated Birthdays

    Harriet Hubbard Ayer – 1849

    In 1886, Ayer launched the Harriet Hubbard Ayer Company, the first cosmetic company owned by a woman. She also became a journalist for the New York Post.

    Mildred Hill – 1859

    Together with her sister Patty Hill, Mildred Hill composed songs for children and published Song Stories for Kindergarten. The melody for one composition, “Good Morning to All,” gained worldwide fame by another name. Sung at birthday celebrations for generations, “Happy Birthday to You” became the focus of a lawsuit in 2013 when the copyright came under the scrutiny of a class-action lawsuit.

    Paul Laurence Dunbar – 1872

    The American poet began publishing poetry at the age of 16. He would go on to publish several collections of poetry and short stories including Oak and Ivy and Folks From Dixie.

    Helen Keller – 1880

    After illness took her sight and her hearing, Helen Keller found her voice and became an advocate for the blind and deaf, an author and lecturer. Her story and the challenges she faced along with her mentor and teacher, Anne Sullivan, have been told through novels, plays, and film.

    Bob Keeshan – 1927

    Best-known for his role as Captain Kangaroo on the children’s television show by the same name, Keeshan also produced the show.

    J.J. Abrams – 1966

    The American film producer and director has brought us shows such as Alias, Westworld, and Lost. He also directed the film Super 8 and has earned several Emmy nods.



    National Ice Cream Cake Day on June 27th each year brings two celebration favorites together under one delicious treat! And in the height of summer, an ice cream cake creates the perfect dessert for just about any occasion.


    Ice cream cake makers build these treats out of any flavor of ice cream into the shape of a cake. And they can add many different ingredients, too. Whether you like cookie crumbs, sponge cake, fudge, fruit, or caramel between the layers, they make delicious things happen. Then they take it a step further with the decorating. They begin by adding frosting, whipped cream, or icing. Just like baked cakes, ice cream cakes are decorated to fit any theme or celebration.

    Although the origin of the ice cream cake remains somewhat of a mystery, there’s no doubting this popular dessert combines two classics. Between the classic summer treat, ice cream, and the time-honored celebratory cake, the ice cream cake becomes one of culinary history’s favorite combinations.


    Order an ice cream cake from your favorite bakery or make your own to share with friends. Whether it’s for the baseball team or your favorite hairdresser, ice cream cakes come in all sizes to fit the celebration. And while you’re celebrating, be sure to give a shout out to your favorite ice cream cake maker, too. We would love to see photos of your creations and learn your favorite flavor combinations. Let us know by using #NationalIceCreamCakeDay to share on social media.


    The Jurado Family and Cupcakes for a Cause submitted National Ice Cream Cake Day in May of 2018.

    On June 22, 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed celebration to be observed on June 27th annually.




    Each year on June 27th, National PTSD Awareness Day recognizes the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those impacted by it.


    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The statistics alone are staggering, but can only tell a portion of the story. The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden, inseparable from the sufferer. It was once a condition that was attributed only to returning combat veterans, but more and more the condition is diagnosed in those who have experienced violent crime or lived through catastrophic events. According to PTSD United, 20% of adults in the United States who have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD.

    The observance not only strives to bring awareness to the public but to also educate and eliminate the stigma associated with PTSD. Many of those with PTSD don’t seek treatment. Sometimes they simply fear the labels attached to PTSD. However, with support and understanding, we may all better understand the signs and provide better care.

    • Trouble sleeping
    • Reliving memories of the event
    • Anxious or on edge
    • Avoidance of things or people who remind you of the event

    Over time, these signs may fade. However, if they don’t, seeking treatment is not only suggested but helpful to many who suffer from PTSD.


    Reach out to someone you know who struggles with PTSD. Let them know you care and are there to help. Learn more about PTSD at NIMH or Use #NationalPTSDAwarenessDay to share on social media.


    The United States Senate established PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 following then-Sen. Kent Conrad’s efforts to designate a day of awareness as a tribute to Army Staff Sgt. Joe Biel of the North Dakota National Guard. Biel suffered from PTSD and took his life in April 2007 after returning to North Dakota following his second tour of duty in the Iraq War.

    Biel’s birthday, June 27th, was chosen to mark PTSD Awareness Day and honor his memory.



    National Orange Blossom Day on June 27th each year encourages us to enjoy orange blossoms for their aesthetic beauty. Orange blossoms have been used in culinary dishes, desserts, and teas worldwide. They add a slight citrus flavor to any dish!


    Fragrant orange blossoms offer multiple health benefits, too. When prepared correctly, they make a delicious tea or orange blossom water. Some of the advantages may include improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and improved circulation.

    Not surprisingly, the orange blossom is Florida’s state flower. Not only do the flowers result in the sweet as sunshine orange fruit, but thanks to the pollinating bees, we also get to enjoy unique honey with a faintly orange flavor a delightful treat. The blossom’s scent also goes into making perfumes and other fragrances for the home.


    Catch a whiff of the orange blossom scent. Whether it’s the real thing or through a fragrance you love, the scent will brighten your day. Make an orange blossom tea or order a sweet dessert using orange blossoms. Use #NationalOrangeBlossomDay to share on social media.


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



    June 27th of each year recognizes National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), encouraging people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”


    In the United States, there are nearly 1.1 million people who live with HIV, and almost one in five do not know that they are infected. Getting the test is the first step to find out if you have HIV. The Centers for Disease Control recommends anyone between the age of 13 and 64 receive an HIV test as part of a routine physical. Those who are sexually active, the CDC recommends testing once per year and sometimes more frequently, depending on risk factors.

    Anyone who tests positive should know the steps to living a longer and healthier life with HIV and how to help stop the spread of HIV to others. These steps include getting medical care, HIV education, and taking the proper medications regularly. On National HIV Testing Day, testing sites around the country will be open, including mobile testing units.

    HIV Facts

    The observance also aims to increase education concerning HIV and testing. One crucial fact to know is when it comes to HIV, abstinence is the only way to prevent HIV. Other important facts to know:

    • Condom use reduces the risk of infection. Use a new condom every time you have sex.
    • Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV.
    • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) offers hope for couples in relationships where one partner has HIV, and the other doesn’t. Speak to your doctor about taking daily PrEP.
    • Don’t put off medical care. Even if you already know your HIV status, putting off needed care may compromise your health in unnecessary ways. If you or someone you know isn’t seeking help out of fear of violence or rejection, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
    • Medicine has come a long way, baby. If you’re pregnant with HIV, the risk of passing it to your baby is less than 0.1%, but it’s vital that you work with a healthcare professional. Don’t wait. 
    • HIV is spread through sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment. Never share needles. It increases your risk of infections.
    • Do you live with HIV? Take your medication as prescribed daily. It reduces your viral load and lowers the chance of transmitting HIV during sex to an HIV-negative partner.


    National HIV Testing Day calls for preventative care. Get tested. Visit a location near you and learn about preventing the spread of the virus. Be informed, protect yourself, and others. Other ways to participate include:

    • Learn more about prevention and risk factors.
    • Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education.
    • Find a clinic near you for testing.
    • Support research programs.
    • Visit to learn more about the event.
    • The offers information and links to services.
    • Visit the for a complete overview of the disease, research, and more.

    Use #NationalHIVTestingDay to share and follow on social media.


    The National Association of People with AIDS sponsors National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) to promote HIV testing and to help prevent the spread of the virus. The first NHTD was observed on June 27, 1995.