Category: June 05



    June 5 is a day to fight illegal fishing. It’s the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, or IUU fishing. IUU fishing occurs in virtually all bodies of water. It causes problems for varieties of fish struggling to survive. People who are trying to manage fisheries properly, and people who depend on fisheries for food and jobs are fighting illegal fishing.

    Every year, as much as 26 million tons of fish are taken illegally from the world’s seas. That adds up to about nearly $24-billion and jeopardizes the food source of many local populations.

    Fisheries provide a vital source of food, employment, recreation, trade, and economic well-being of people throughout the world. In a world of a growing population and persistent hunger, fish has emerged as an essential commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are severely compromised by illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities.

    Interpol and other police forces investigate illegal fishing because it is often part of a more significant problem. Other crimes associated with illegal fishing include human trafficking, drug trade, forced labor, and money laundering.

    Over-fishing and poaching of protected fishes have reportedly had a negative impact on many fish species. The United Nations uses this day to urges the international community to “effectively regulate harvesting and end over-fishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices.”


    Visit the website to learn more. To learn about IUU, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for more information.

    Use the social media tag #IUU to follow the subject and to share on social media.


    On 5 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to a resolution to fight fish poaching declaring June 5, 2018, as the first International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.




    June 5, every year is celebrated as World Environment Day or WED. The day is set aside to encourage awareness and action to protect the natural environment. It draws attention to environmental issues such as marine pollution, air pollution, deforestation, and wildlife crime such as poaching.

    Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, communities, governments, and celebrities adopt to advocate environmental causes.

    “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” – Ernest Hemingway
    “The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry
    “One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” – Leo Tolstoy


    One of the activities of the day in some countries is to play or sing the Earth “Anthem” penned by poet Abhay K to celebrate the day.

    Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl
    the most beautiful planet in the universe
    all the continents and the oceans
    united we stand as flora and fauna
    united we stand as species of one earth
    different cultures, beliefs and ways
    we are humans, the earth is our home
    all the people and the nations of the world
    all for one and one for all
    united we unfurl the blue flag.

    Visit the World Environment Day website. Go to to learn more about the day.

    Follow on social media with #WED, or #Worldenvironmentday to see what others are doing around the world to mark the day

    Plan a tree-planting day in your neighborhood.

    Organize a neighborhood cleanup.


    1972 was a significant year for creating a movement to sustain and protect the natural environment. That year, the United Nations, met in Sweden to rally the world to support environmental issues. Two years later, the first World Environment day was held in 1974.

    Even though WED celebrations have been held annually since 1974, in 1987 the idea for rotating the center of these activities through selecting different host countries began.




    When it comes to combining flavor and plant power, National Veggie Burger Day on June 5th proclaims it can be done!


    Packed with flavor, protein, and nutrients, veggie burgers show up at backyard barbecues, tailgate parties, and on the menus of high-class restaurants. Grill them, fry them or bake them. Layer all your favorite toppings like onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, and mustard between crusty roll or bun and take a big juicy bite. That’s one way to celebrate this flavorful day.

    Don’t hesitate to add your favorite side dishes, too. For example, grilled cauliflower or broccoli, a zucchini noodle salad, or roasted vegetable salad with quinoa. Other options include grilled corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. Round out the meal with a crisp, cool beverage to complement your veggie burger.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Veggie Burger Day

    Celebrate the day with a satisfying meal surrounded by sunshine and friendship. Give a veggie burger a taste. Have a veggie burger cook-off.  Invite your friends and family to grill up and stack up their favorite burger combos and share! Share your favorites using #VeggieBurgerDay on social media.


    Amy’s Kitchen founded National Veggie Burger Day in 2017 to encourage everyone to eat a veggie burger and celebrate the positive impact plant-based veggie burgers have on us and the planet.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed on June 5th, annually.

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    Every June 5th National Moonshine Day recognizes a beverage with a notorious record of blurring the lines of history and the law, turning ordinary men (and women) into criminals and common criminals into legends.


    Moonshine traditionally is an illegally distilled spirit. Mostly made from a corn mash, moonshine is a distilled whiskey that is typically produced by an individual illegally without a permit. Also known as white lightning, mountain dew, homebrew, hillbilly pop, rotgut, and too many more to list here.


    Distilling skills first came to the United States with the Scotch-Irish as they settled in Virginia.

    Temperance laws and prohibition legislation were passed in several states before the Civil War, but it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the temperance movement picked up steam. By the time the 18th Amendment was ratified early in 1919, over half the country was dry.

    Prohibition lasted 13 years. It created a demand for moonshine, unlike any that may have existed before. Moonshine became big business overnight.

    Modern Moonshine

    These days, moonshine in the legal sense has a following.  Small-batch distilleries are producing legal moonshine giving moonshiners a new name.  Bringing moonshine out of the woods and going up against other whiskeys for a place on the shelf.  Many are packaging their homebrews in canning jars, embracing their rich history while at the same time experimenting with flavor and branching out with food pairing similar to that of wine and beer.

    • Shepherd was Uncle Jesse’s CB handle on the Dukes of Hazzard. Sweet Tillie was the name of his Ford LTD/Galaxie in the first episode – his moonshine runner.
    • The X’s on the moonshine jugs symbol represents the number of times a batch was run through the still. If marked XXX, the moonshine is pure alcohol.
    • What do Esther Clark, Edna Giard, Stella Beloumant, Mary Wazeniak all have in common? They were all bootleggers. Bootlegging was an equal opportunity profession.
    • Lavinia Gilman was a bootlegger, too.  At 80 years old, she ran a 300 gallon still in Montana.  The judge suspected her son was the real culprit, though.
    • During prohibition, there were many ways to transport bootlegged moonshine.  Faking a funeral was a convenient ruse to move the product.  Out of respect for the dead, of course, those with the badge were reluctant to stop a funeral procession.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Moonshine Day

    Share your favorite whispered histories of the white lightning and the legendary people who made it and chased it. Drink responsibly and use #NationalMoonshineDay to share on social media.


    Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Moonshine Day.



    ‘Tis the season to celebrate National Gingerbread Day. While that may sound strange, on June 5th each year, gingerbread lovers across the country celebrate by sampling their favorite recipes and gingerbread treats. Whether in the form of bread, cakes, bars, biscuits, or cookies, they’re delicious any time of year.


    The term “gingerbread” originally referred to preserved ginger, later referring to a confection made up of honey and spices. 

    Gingerbread is a sweet food that typically uses honey or molasses rather than just sugar and is flavored with ginger. Gingerbread foods range from a soft, moist loaf cake to something closer to a ginger biscuit.

    It is believed that gingerbread was first brought to Europe in 992 by an Armenian monk. He lived there for seven years teaching gingerbread cooking to the French priests and Christians until his death in 999.

    Sources indicate that in 1444, Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion.

    In the 17th century, gingerbread biscuits were sold in monasteries, pharmacies and town square farmers markets. During the 18th century, gingerbread became widely available.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Gingerbread Day

    Break out your favorite gingerbread recipe. Another way to celebrate is by visiting your local bakery. Pick out a variety of gingerbread treats to share. Be sure to give your bakery a shout out, too! We even have a few recipes for you to try. It’s not just for cookies, you know. Here is our list of favorite ways to enjoy gingerbread.

    Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
    Gingerbread Pancakes with Fruit Topping
    Gingerbread-Cupcakes-Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

    Use #NationalGingerbreadDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this baked-good holiday. In the meantime, don’t forget these other gingerbread holidays:


    June 5th Celebrated History


    The Orient Express departs from Paris on its first regularly scheduled service.


    Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show and performs his new single, “Hound Dog.” His gyrations prove to be scandalous but propel him into Rock and Roll history.


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the first five cases of AIDS. At the time, the five patients located in Los Angeles, California, were reported as having a rare strain of pneumonia only found in those with weakened immune systems.

    June 5th Celebrated Birthdays

    Pancho Villa – 1878

    The Mexican revolutionary general became a notorious bandit who joined an uprising against Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz. In the U.S., he became known for his battles with U.S. troops and a 1916 attack on Columbus, New Mexico.

    Ruth Benedict – 1887

    The American anthropologist who studied Southwest Native American cultures is best known for interpreter ability.

    Bill Moyers – 1934

    The American Journalist served as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary. His career has spanned more than 55 years including commentating and hosting several television news shows and publishing
    numerous books.

    Ken Follett – 1949

    The Welsh author has published several thrillers and historical novels including The Pillars of the Earth.

    Richard Scarry – 1953

    The children’s author created a world of anthropomorphic characters who live in Busytown. From Lowly Worm to Miss Honey and Doctor Lion, Scarry’s stories took children on adventures and taught reading, colors, and manners along with many other things.