Category: June 30

  • WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE |June 30 – July 6

    WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE | June 30 – July 6

    Each year during the week of June 30 through July 6, we honor those men and women who lost their lives battling wildland fires.

    #WildlandFirefighterWeekOfRemembrance

    Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. Every year they respond to tens of thousands of wildland fires. These American heroes run toward danger to protect human life and precious forests and wildlands. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance honors those wildland firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Crews and organizations make every effort to protect those who protect us, but our heroes sometimes fall.

    Heroic Devastation

    On July 6, 1994, a fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado claimed the lives of 14 firefighters. Wildland fires additionally claimed 35 firefighters. In 2013, a wildfire at Yarnell Hill, Arizona, claimed the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. These two devastating examples demonstrate the power wildfires hold and the loss they leave behind. The two pivotal events in wildland fire history also mark the beginning and end of the Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance.

    Wildland firefighters put themselves at risk every time they step near a wildfire. The bravery it takes to leave their families behind to protect the lives of others is monumental. Unfortunately, not all wildland firefighters make it home. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance is a reminder for all of us to remember those who were unable to return home to their families.

    Dedication and Determination

    The sacrifice of a firefighter is not just the task of confronting disaster. It takes a lot of hard, rigorous training to become a firefighter. Each firefighter must enroll and successfully complete fire school training, which is essentially a boot camp for a firefighter. While they are trained to fight fires, firefighters often work 24-hour shifts, provide medical care, instructing children on fire safety and doing much more than fighting fires.

    Protecting human life is one piece of the puzzle for a wildland firefighter. These hardworking men and women also protect the planet we live in and its valuable resources. Wildland fires tend to destroy everything in their paths, including vegetation, wildlife, and trees. So far in 2022, more than 4 million acres of ecosystems have been burned in the U.S. alone.

    Ecosystem Destruction

    The ecosystems wildfires destroy can be severely transformed after a fire. Since important vegetation that composes an ecosystem is burned, erosion can occur. This erosion affects the soil, as well as the vegetation that grows in this ecosystem. A once biodiverse ecosystem can become the complete opposite of that after a wildfire. Weak plants and trees that survive a fire face exposure to other threats such as fungus and disease. Problems can continue, even long after the fire is treated.

    The survival of the animals that inhabit these ecosystems are also threatened. Not only can they lose their homes, but they also lose their main sources for food. Many different species are threatened by wildfires. Wild animals have a keen sense of smell, often smelling a fire and fleeing from the area. However, when a wildfire destroys entire forest and land areas, the animals relocate to places fit their needs for survival. Many times, animals roam into neighboring towns and cities forging for food or because their sense of loss causes confusion.

    The amount of damage wildland wildfires cause to both humans, animals and nature is devastating. However, the numbers and statistics would be much higher if it weren’t for the brave firefighters that risk their lives to put them out.

    #NationalWildlandFirefighterDay

    July 2 honors the personnel who coordinate their efforts to protect the nation’s wildlands. It’s also a day to remember the sacrifice made each time a firefighter steps into a wildland fire.

    Which agencies comprise of the nation’s wildland fire community and partners at the National Interagency Fire Center?

    Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness

    How do I PREPARE FOR A WILDFIRE and RECREATE RESPONSIBLY?

    • Create defensible space around your home.
    • Harden your home and make it more fire resistant.
    • Create a emergency supply kit.
    • Create wildfire action plan.
    • Report unattended fire by calling 911, especially if conditions are right.
    • Remember to extinguish fire pits and campfires before leaving a campsite.
    • Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car because the spark can start a fire, especially if you are in a dry area.
    • Make sure caution is practiced when using flammable liquids.
    • Have a fire extinguisher available.
    • Honor local burning bans, enforcements, etc.
    • Stay alert to local warnings when traveling through where a wildfire or smoke is present.

    SUPPORT & SHARE

    • Commiting to honoring fallen firefighters.
    • Supporting fire safety efforts in your area.
    • Supporting family and crew members who’ve lost a loved one.
    • Attending memorials in honor of fallen firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 6 Minutes for Safety Week of Remembrance.
    • Using #6MFS and #WeekOfRemembrance to join the conversation on social media.
    • Thanking a wildland firefighter you know.
    • Learning more about wildfires and wildland firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Interagency Fire Center website to learn about each role.
    • Training to be a wildfire firefighter.
    • Visiting the Wildland Firefighters Monument in Boise, ID.
    • Hosting a Wildland Firefighter Day BBQ.
    • Establishing a proclamation for the day.
    • Remember and honor all wildland firefighters during the Week of Remembrance, June 30 to July 6 and July 2, on National Wildland Firefighter Day.

    WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE HISTORY

    Following two devastating losses of wildland firefighter teams in 1994 and 2013, a movement grew to renew a commitment to the safety of wildland firefighters. In addition, the commitment was to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. In 2015, the wildland firefighter community began observing Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrances from June 30 to July 6 each year.

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PARLIAMENTARISM – June 30

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PARLIAMENTARISM

    Every year on June 30th, the International Day of Parliamentarism celebrates the fundamental principles of parliamentarism. The day also draws attention to how the parliamentary systems of government improve the lives of people around the world.

    A parliamentary democracy is one in which citizens elect representatives to a legislative parliament. It’s this legislative parliament that makes the necessary laws and decisions for the country. The goal of a parliament is to represent the people directly. Parliaments work to make sure that policies benefit all people. This includes those who are the most vulnerable. Other advantages of a parliamentary system include accountability, adaptability, and equal distribution of power.

    There are two categories of parliamentary systems – bicameral and unicameral. A bicameral parliamentary system consists of two chambers of parliament. A unicameral system has only one chamber.

    Some of the countries that have a parliamentary democracy include:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Denmark
    • India
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom

    The Icelandic Parliament, founded in 930, is the oldest parliament in the world. The head of this type of government is called the Prime Minister.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfParliamentarism

    Every year the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) holds webinars and events for parliamentarians to exchange good practices and identify avenues for action. On this day, the IPU also works to include more women and young Prime Ministers and to adapt to new technologies.

    To participate:

    • Learn more about parliamentary systems.
    • Understand the difference between all the systems of government.
    • Watch the video: It’s Your Vote: The Federal Parliamentary System.
    • Read about some of the most famous Prime Ministers in history, including Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, David Ben-Gurion, and Boris Yeltsin.

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

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PARLIAMENTARISM HISTORY

    In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly formed the International Day of Parliamentarism. They chose the date of June 30th to reflect the establishment of the IPU in 1889. The IPU is the global organization of parliaments. Today the IPU consist of 179 Member Parliaments. Their slogan is “For democracy. For everyone.” It is their vision to have a world where every voice counts.

     

  • INTERNATIONAL ASTEROID DAY – June 30

    ASTEROID DAY

    Every year on June 30th, International Asteroid Day raises public awareness about the hazards of an asteroid impact. It’s also a day to inform the public about crisis communication actions necessary in the event of a credible near-Earth object event.

    Considered minor planets, some asteroids even have a companion moon. These massive objects orbit the sun consisting of rock, metals, and other elements. The largest asteroids are over 300 miles in diameter. If they were to collide with Earth, the damage would be extensive.

    An asteroid collision would cause environmental impacts, such as shock waves, heat radiation, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The currently known asteroid count is 958,915. Most of these asteroids orbit the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists refer to this area as the asteroid belt. There are three classes of asteroids.

    Asteroid Classes

    The three classes of asteroids include:

    • C-type (chondrite) – This most common type of asteroid consists of clay and silicate rocks.
    • S-type (stony) – This asteroid consists of silicate rocks and nickel-iron.
    • M-type (metallic) – Nickel-iron composes these asteroids.

    Scientists closely monitor Near-earth asteroids. These asteroids come within 28 million miles of the Earth’s orbital distance. While this may seem like a long way away, you need to consider how fast asteroids travel. The average asteroid travels about 15.5 miles per second. That’s a rate of 930 miles per minute, which equals 55,800 miles per hour!

    According to scientists, an asteroid named Apophis will come exceptionally close to Earth in 2029. They expect the asteroid to be only 25,000 miles from Earth. Within this distance, Earth has most of its communication satellites. Gravity could cause this asteroid to leave its trajectory and collide with Earth in 2036. Because of asteroids and other near-earth objects, scientists believe we need to have a space system in place by 2040 that will protect our planet from a potential impact.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalAsteroidDay

    On the very first Asteroid Day, a petition called the 100XAsteroid Declaration was formed. Every year, people are encouraged to sign the petition that calls for increasing the asteroid discovery rate to 100,000 times a year within the next 10 years. You can participate in this day by signing the petition. You can also share this day on social media with #InternationalAsteroidDay.

    INTERNATIONAL ASTEROID DAY HISTORY

    Four people are credited for founding Asteroid Day. The co-founders include Dr. Brian May, an astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band QUEEN, Danica Remy, President of B612 Foundation, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, and filmmaker Grig Richters. June 30th commemorates the date of the Tunguska impact. On June 30th, 1908, a mysterious cosmic impact occurred in Siberia. In 2016, with support from the United Nations, the day became known as International Asteroid Day.

     

  • NATIONAL OOTD DAY – June 30

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    National OOTD Day - June 30

    NATIONAL OOTD DAY

    On June 30th, National OOTD Day gives us an opportunity to express ourselves and document our personal style by sharing our Outfit Of The Day.

    Fashion and self-expression both play a role in self-confidence. On June 30th, take a few extra minutes getting ready, select the perfect outfit that reflects your outstanding style, and put on the perfect smile before taking a selfie. Then let the world know just how much better your day is going to be when you have your OOTD!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOOTDDay

    When planning your wardrobe for the week, be sure to include National OOTD Day, too! While shopping isn’t required, it isn’t frowned upon either. That means you can shop your closet, your friend’s closet, or take a little shopping spree to celebrate the day, too. Either way, flex your fashion sense, your personality and have fun with the day. There is no pressure to be perfect – just be you. Follow these great tips to celebrate:

    • Create a uniform accentuating your favorite features to develop your personal style.
    • This will become your go-to style.
    • Add accessories, different colors, and textures.
    • Snap a selfie and be sure to smile!

     

    “When you have a great outfit on, your day is that much better, and in my opinion, you should honor that feeling with an OOTD! So, if you’re feeling your look, post that OOTD and celebrate what makes you feel good about yourself.”

    Use #nationalootdday to share your OOTD on social media.

    NATIONAL OOTD DAY HISTORY

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National OOTD Day to be observed annually in 2018.

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  • SOCIAL MEDIA DAY – June 30

    SOCIAL MEDIA DAY | June 30

    Social Media Day is observed annually on June 30th. In its short life, social media has redefined how people interact, communicate, and share with family, friends, and the world.

    #SocialMediaDay

    With the launch of Friendster in 2002 and MySpace in 2003, social media became mainstream. Then 2004 brought the founding of the king of social media, Facebook. Twitter encouraged us to be succinct by posting our thoughts with fewer than 140 characters. When we express ourselves better through imagery, Instagram, and Flickr offer all the sharing we can handle. And speaking of video, YouTube is the social place for everything from how-to to pop culture to what not to do with your fireworks on the 4th of July.

    Social media makes it possible to stay connected and informed about those important people in our lives. Reconnecting with classmates, past work associates, and more is also a valuable part of social media. It has also made it possible to connect with ancestors and find relatives you never even knew existed. Yes, the family tree has become a social media platform as well. MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, and many others all supply a social platform where distant family members potentially meet and build their family trees.  

    DID SOMEONE SAY FOOD

    The Internet has long loved food, and social media is no different. Pinterest, Tumblr, and WordPress share and socialize about the latest accessible and exciting food trends. This may be the most addicting part of social media. One moment a picture of a decadent, perfectly golden roast duck comes across your news feed. In an instant, the complete video detailing how to execute this delicacy in 17 easy steps is provided for you. One tweet later and you are off to the butcher. In a Snapchat -Instagram -Tumblr hour, you destroy your kitchen and end up with a Pinterest board titled “They Lied.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

    Post something on your favorite social media platform. Find a social media meetup in your area. Share your favorite meme or connect with someone you’ve not spoken to in ages. You can also discover new apps to satisfy your social media lifestyle. Check these out:

    • Signal
    • Valence
    • Elpha
    • Yubo
    • 23snaps
    • ReverbNation

    Use #SocialMediaDay when posting to share your favorites and remind others to celebrate.

    SOCIAL MEDIA DAY HISTORY

    Social Media Day was founded in 2010 by Mashable.  

  • NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY – June 30

    NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY | JUNE 30

    On June 30th, National Meteor Watch Day encourages us to look to the stars to witness one of the night sky’s most thrilling sights. Also known as National Meteor Day, on a cloudless night, people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star. 

    #NationalMeteorWatchDay

    Daily millions of meteors enter the Earth’s atmosphere.

    National Meteor Watch Day – A Learning Opportunity

    When space debris, such as pieces of rock, enter the Earth’s atmosphere the friction causes the surrounding air to become scorching hot. This “shooting star” streaking through the sky surrounded by flaming hot air is a meteor.

    The majority of the meteoroids that cause meteors are only the size of a pebble.

    Meteors sometimes occur in showers. It’s an excellent time to plan for a meteor-watching party. Whether we catch a few stray falling stars or witness an entire meteor shower, this day calls for an evening with friends and family under the stars. Identify the constellations while waiting to make a wish or two. Sounds like a romantic night, as well.  

    Meteor, Meteoroid and Meteor Showers

    In the Northern Hemisphere, one of the most active meteor showers is the Perseids. Named after the constellation Perseus where the majority of the activity takes place, particles released by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle cause the meteors to shower down onto Earth. One of the most impressive meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseids put on dazzling displays. Some years, on a clear night with a new moon, skywatchers view more than one meteor per minute! The Perseids are active from mid-July to late August. 

    We usually observe meteors at night, and they are visible when they are about 34 to 70 miles above the Earth. When they come within 31-51 miles of the Earth, they often disintegrate. Their glow time is usually about a second.

    Despite the large number of meteors we see, a small percent of meteoroids hit the Earth’s atmosphere and then skip back into space. 

    Chemical Colors

    The chemical composition and the speed of the meteoroid will cause different hues to the light. Possible colors and elements producing them include:

    • Orange/yellow (sodium)
    • Yellow (iron)
    • Blue/green (copper)
    • Purple (potassium)
    • Red (silicate)

    A list of meteor shower dates, as well as a guide to successful watching, can be found on the EarthSky website.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY

    Plan your night with these 9 Steps to Great Night Sky Viewing. Gather some friends together, a blanket, and find a place far from the city lights on a cloudless night. Use #NationalMeteorWatchDay to share on social media.

    Educators and families, check out the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    HISTORY OF NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY

    Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Meteor Watch Day.

    June 30th Celebrated History

    1922

    Legendary fiddler, Alexander (Eck) Robertson joined Henry C. Gilliland to record the first commercial country music recordings. They recorded the instrumental songs “Arkansas Traveler” and “Turkey in the Straw.”

    1936

    Published by Macmillan Inc., Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel Gone with the Wind goes on sale.

    1972

    Scientists make the first leap second adjustment to the atomic clock.

    2019

    President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to visit North Korea.

    June 30th Celebrated Birthdays

    Elizabeth Timothy – 1702

    The colonial immigrant became the first female newspaper editor and publisher in America. After the death of her father, Timothy assumed his role in printing the South Carolina Gazette under contract with Benjamin Franklin.

    Lena Horne – 1917

    The award-winning singer, dancer and actress performed for audiences on stage and screen for more than 70 years.

    Mike Tyson – 1966

    Out of 58 fights, the American heavyweight boxer won 50. Of those, 44 were knockouts, earning him the nickname Iron Mike.

    Michael Phelps – 1985

    In 2008, the U.S. Olympic swimmer won his 11th career gold medal. Four years later at the London Summer Olympics, Phelps garnered a record of 8 medals. Over the course of his Olympic career, Phelps earned a whopping 28 medals.