Category: June 06

  • RUSSIAN LANGUAGE DAY – June 6

    RUSSIAN LANGUAGE DAY

    Every year on June 6th, Russian Language Day celebrates the seventh most spoken language in the world. The day also honors Aleksandr Pushkin, a Russian poet who is considered the father of modern Russian literature.

    There are over 150 million native speakers of Russian in the world making it the most spoken language in Europe. There are also about 113 million non-native Russian speakers. Altogether, there are 267 million people in the world who speak Russian.

    Considered a Slavic language, Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Besides these countries, Russian is the primary language of former Soviet countries. These countries include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, and Tajikistan. There are also numerous Russian speakers in the United States, Israel, China, Poland, and Finland.

    Here are some other interesting facts about the Russian language:

    • The Russian alphabet has 33 letters.
    • There are only 500,000 words in the Russian language.
    • Of these 500,000 words only about 2,500 are used frequently.
    • Russian is called an “International Language of Space” and astronauts need to learn the language on the international space station.
    • The closest relatives to this language are Ukrainian and Belarusian.

    Russian is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Other official languages of the UN include Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #RussianLanguageDay

    On this day, Russian speaking regions, along with representatives from the Russian embassy, hold a variety of events and activities. Some of these events include museum exhibits, meetings, and lectures on the works of Aleksandr Pushkin. Fans of the famous writer gather together and read Pushkin’s poems and stories.

    To participate in this day:

    • Familiarize yourself with famous works by Aleksandr Pushkin including Eugene Onegin, Dubrovsky, The Captains’ Daughter, and The Queen of Spades.
    • Explore other Russian authors, such as Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Ivan Turgenev.
    • Make a commitment to learning the Russian language, or at least some popular Russian phrases.
    • Learn about Russian customs, traditions, and culture.

    Spread awareness for this day by sharing #RussianLanguageDay on social media.

    RUSSIAN LANGUAGE DAY HISTORY

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) founded Russian Language Day in 2010. Their goal is to celebrate multilingualism and promote equal use of the UN’s six official languages. UNESCO chose June 6th to commemorate Aleksandr Pushkin’s birthday. The famous Russian poet, playwright, and novelist was born on June 6th, 1799 in Moscow.

     

  • WORLD PEST DAY – June 6

    WORLD PEST DAY

    Every June 6 is World Pest Day or sometimes called World Pest Awareness Day. The day was created to raise awareness of how pest management helps preserve the quality of life for you and your loved ones.

    It’s estimated 900-million insects types can be pests. They fall into four different categories based on body types: 1. beetles; 2. flies; 3. moths and butterflies; and 4. ants, bees and wasps.

    People have been trying to get rid of pests for as far back as history can trace. Cave dwellers probably swatted mosquitoes or used smoke to ward off the bloodsuckers.

    As far back as 2500 BC, people used sulfur compounds to control mites and insects.

    In 1200 B.C., the Chinese deployed predatory ants against pests such as beetles and caterpillars.

    One of the first publicly advertised pest control companies was the 1690 company H. Tiffin and Son Ltd. in London. The company promoted rat and bed bug control using methods and chemical compounds they invented. Their trademark was “Bug Destroyers to Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

    Rats are one of the hardest pests to control. Methods to control rats vary from chemicals, plant extracts, prayers, chants, terrier dogs, and music. Ratsbane was one of the first chemicals used. Barbers sold it in the Middle Ages. Then it became a popular item sold by street vendors.

    Vermin exterminators eventually emigrated to the United States from about 1840 to 1930.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    At least once a quarter, have a professional pest controller treat your home property. It will help prevent pests from becoming a problem.

    You can use consumer products to control pests between professional treatments.

    Use sticky traps and live catch traps to monitor and catch pests.

    Follow on social media with #WorldPestDay to get ideas on pest control methods.

    HISTORY

    The inaugural World Pest Day ceremony was held at the Beijing Hotel on June 6th, 2017.

    World Pest Day was initiated by the Chinese Pest Control Association, and co-sponsored by the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers’ Association, the National Pest Management Association, and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations.

     

  • NATIONAL DAY OF SWEDEN – June 6

    NATIONAL DAY OF SWEDEN

    June 6 is National Day of Sweden or as it’s known to Swedes, “Sveriges Nationaldag.” It’s the day that Swedes celebrate their nationality. This is also when new Swedish citizens receive their certificate of citizenship and are welcomed by the king.

    You probably won’t find a lot of whooping and hollering, fireworks, or spectacular national events. The day is very laid back.

    Though the celebrations throughout Sweden are subdued, an annual event takes place at Skansen, the open-air museum in Stockholm, where children present the Swedish King and Queen with flowers, then the flag is raised. The royal family attends celebrations, which include traditional folk dancing, flag making, history lectures, performances, and much more.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    Enjoy a traditional Swish meal: Swedish Meatballs.  They can be served in different ways and with various side dishes. An authentic tradition is to serve them with mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam, gravy, and pickled cucumbers

    Hoist light blue and bright yellow balloons, the colors of Sweden’s national flag.

    Follow on social media with the broad tag #sweden, or more precisely: #Sverigesnationaldag #nationaldayofsweden, or #swedenflagday.

    HISTORY

    Sweden National DayJune 6 is considered the day when Sweden was born because, in 1523 AD, Gustav Eriksson Vasa was elected king of Sweden on June 6 after he led an uprising to break the union between Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

    Before 1983, the day was celebrated as the Swedish Flag Day (Swedish: Svenska Flaggans Dag). At that time, the day was renamed the Swedish national day by the Riksdag.

    In 2005 it became an official Swedish public holiday, replacing Whit Monday. This change led to fewer days off from work (more working-days) as 6 June will periodically fall on the weekend, unlike Whit Monday, which was always celebrated on a Monday. This has, in turn, led to complaints from some Swedish labor unions.

     

  • D-Day – June 6

    D-Day | JUNE 6

    June 6, 1944, is known most commonly by the term D-Day and refers to the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France. Troops staged one of the most pivotal attacks against Germany during World War II.

    #DDay

    The codename Operation Overlord became known as the beginning of the end of World War II. Following the Battle of Normandy along a 50 mile stretch of beaches, including Utah and Omaha Beach, the attack became known as D-Day. While many explanations exist for the name, one reason may be due to the military countdown. The countdown designated the day and hour of the assault. D represented Day and H represented Hour in the military.

    The battle liberated Northern France. Britain, the United States and Canada sent more than 160,000 Allied troops under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower. The troops manned more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft the day of the initial landing.

    After nearly five years of war, D-Day represents a vital turn in the war. During World War II, much of the world faced tragedy and hardships. D-Day continues to be a significant point in the war.

    HOW TO OBSERVE D-Day

    On June 6th, World War II museums, memorials, and ceremonies honor the Allied forces who landed along the 50 mile stretch of beaches in 1944. Learn more about the Battle of Normandy by exploring World War II museums. You can read books about the Battle of Normandy or listen to a podcast such as:

    • D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose
    • The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
    • Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Battle for France by James Holland
    • Pegasus Bridge by Stephen E. Ambrose
    • The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw
    • History Extra Podcast

    Use #DDay to share on social media.

    D-DAY HISTORY

    The landing of troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, known around the world as D-Day, was given the name Operation Overlord. Leading up to the attack, plans of deception were carried out to mislead Germany.

     

    June 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1844

    A twenty-two-year-old George Williams founded the Young Men’s Christian Association in London, England.

    1933

    Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. of Camden, New Jersey created the first drive-in theater.

    1944

    Allied forces land on the beaches of Normandy, France during World War II.

    2004

    Phylicia Rashad’s performance in Loraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun earned her the Tony Award for Best Actress. She was the first African American to win the Best Actress category.

    June 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Nathan Hale – 1755

    In 1776, at the age of 21, Captain Nathan Hale volunteered to carry out a mission ordered by General George Washington. Hale was charged with gathering information on the British troops. When the British revealed the Patriot’s identity, they swiftly placed a noose around Hale’s neck. According to legend, Hale declared before being hung, “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”

    Sarah Parker Remond – 1826

    Born into freedom, the African-American abolitionist and suffragist spoke to audiences around the world. In 1853, a theatre owner denied Remond and two of her two companions entry to the Opera, and the police responded. Remond brought charges against Henry Palmer, the theatre operator, and C.P. Philbrick, the officer who responded. Judge Russell found for the plaintiff, ordering the theatre to “stand by their contract, and give to every ticket holder of whatever nation, color or condition, the place which he has brought.”

    David Scott – 1932

    The American astronaut flew several missions during the space race, including a 1971 Moon landing. During the mission on July 31, 1971, Scott drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle, becoming the first person to drive on the Moon.

    Phillip A. Sharp – 1944

    In 1993, American molecular biologist Phillip Sharpe and Richard J. Roberts shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Their study of DNA and split genes inspired new research into mRNA and evolutionary biology.

  • NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY – June 6

    NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY | JUNE 6

    National Higher Education Day on June 6th each year aims to prepare a path for more students toward a higher education degree.

    #NationalHigherEducationDay

    Exponential costs of higher education and the United States opportunity gap have turned a college degree into something of a luxury for many Americans. Guiding and motivating future college students through the process of preparing for higher education will help increase their chances of graduating with a degree. The observance is designed to educate and inspire students. For more information, please visit nationalhighereducationday.org

    It is my desire to have a National Higher Education Day to educate and promote the many different ways students can fund their education. By having a National Day I will be able to inspire students of all ages to never give up on their dream of receiving a higher education degree!  Izamar Olaguez, founder of National Higher Education Day.

    • Expense – The cost of going to college continues to rise.
    • Indecision – Many students change their major multiple times during their college career.
    • Family – Commitments to family conflict with their educational goals.
    • Unprepared – The course work is more difficult than their current abilities have prepared them for.
    • Mental health – They don’t have solid coping skills for the stressors of academic life.

    The observance encourages students, educators, and families to tackle some of the issues of higher education head-on. By preparing students in all areas of their life, finding financial resources, addressing their educational goals, as well as focuses on their total health and well-being, students will look forward to a successful high educational career path.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Higher Education Day

    Celebrate by advocating for higher education on your social media sites. Post photos about what level of education you have received and what future academic goals you have. Advocate for any funding opportunities and developing tools for a solid higher education experience. Use #NationalHigherEducationDay. We would also like to encourage you to donate to a scholarship program today!

    NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY HISTORY

    In February of 2015, Izamar Olaguez and March Hronis founded National Higher Education Day to help prepare students for and increase their opportunities for higher education. The national spokesperson is Tamera Allard.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually on June 6th, annually

  • NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY – June 6

    NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY | JUNE 6

    Each year on June 6th, National Applesauce Cake Day recognizes a delicious and easy treat. This tasty applesauce cake offers an opportunity to share a slice (or two) of a cake that comes in a variety of recipes.

    #ApplesauceCakeDay

    When it comes to applesauce cake, mixing in spices, nuts or dried fruit makes this cake a crowd-pleaser, too. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are just a few spices to choose from. You might also like to add pecans or walnuts for some crunch. Raisins or chopped apples add a little extra natural sweetness and texture to this cake. Some bakers use homemade applesauce, but store-bought will do, too.

    In any cake recipe, applesauce may be substituted for the butter or oil for a healthier alternative. It is also said that one-half cup of applesauce may be substituted for one egg in some baking recipes for those who have egg allergies. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE Applesauce Cake Day

    Bake an applesauce cake to share. Don’t hesitate to try a new recipe or to share one of your favorites. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate. Wrap up a few slices and deliver them to your neighbor or bring them to work. We even have a few recipes for you to try.

    Applesauce Cake I
    Chocolate Applesauce Cake III
    Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cake
    Banana Applesauce Cake

    Use #ApplesauceCakeDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY HISTORY

    Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Applesauce Cake Day. However, there are plenty of other apple-themed days to celebrate:

  • NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY – June 6

    NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY | JUNE 6

    National Drive-In Movie Day on June 6th each year commemorates the day the first drive-in theater opened. Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. of Camden, New Jersey created the drive-in theater and he opened the first one on June 6, 1933.

    #DriveInMovieDay

    At this first drive-in theater, the screen was 40 feet by 50 feet and there were 400 car slots. The advertising slogan used was, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”  An Adolphe Meniou film, Wife Beware, was the first film shown. The idea caught on quickly and drive-ins began to pop up in other areas, too. By the late 1950s, approximately 4,000 drive-ins dotted the United States.

    According to thenewswheel.com, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio have the best opportunity for movie viewing under the stars. Copiague, Long Island, New York once was home to one of the largest drive-in theaters. The drive-in covered over 29 acres and could park 2,500 vehicles. It also hosted a full-service restaurant with rooftop seating, a trolley system to take children and adults to the playground, and a large indoor theater in case of bad weather.

    However, the invention of color television, VCRs, and video rentals along with the increase in land values and the widespread adoption of daylight saving time, led to a sharp decline in the drive-in popularity.

    For a comprehensive list of drive-in theaters still in operation today, visit driveinmovie.com for locations by state.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Drive-In Movie Day

    Get a carload of friends and head to the drive-in. It’s movie time! You can also explore drive-in movie history. Share your drive-in movie memories with us. What was your first drive-in movie? Do you remember? What was the last drive-in movie you saw? Give a shout out to the drive-in movie theaters near you, and use #DriveInMovieDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY HISTORY

    National Drive-In Movie Day, honors the opening day of the first drive-in. The creator of this day is unknown. However, check out these other great movie-themed celebrations on the calendar:

  • NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY – June 6

     

    Gardening Exercise Day | June 6
    Gardening Exercise Day | June 6

    NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY | JUNE 6

    National Gardening Exercise Day is observed each year on June 6th and encourages us to maximize the benefits we reap from gardening by adding some stretches and a few extra steps or squats.

    #GardeningExerciseDay

    Gardening on its own is therapeutic, builds muscles and burns calories. Some of the gardening activities that are excellent for working your muscles and for burning calories include weeding, digging, spading, planting, pruning, mowing, raking, and walking.

    Many of us do not realize the amount of healthy exercise that we can get while working outside in the garden. It involves a lot of walking back and forth as well as bending up and down along with other things. Being out in the fresh air and sunshine are also an added benefit. Incorporating stretching into a gardening routine may help to prevent injury, much like it does for any athletic endeavor.  Adding those squats will contribute to building or maintaining muscle, and extra steps may make gardening more aerobic if it increases the heart rate. Gardening and exercise are excellent stress relievers, too!

    HOW TO OBSERVE Gardening Exercise Day

    Pull those weeds, plant some seeds, and get your muscles moving! Your garden will look great, and you will feel fantastic, too!

    Other suggestions to get the most exercise out of your gardening:

    • Start slowly. Just like any new workout program, small steps.
    • Use the right and left hands equally.  When raking or shoveling, switch hands every 5-10 minutes to give each side a good workout.
    • Make sure to breathe. Deep, cleansing breaths bring oxygen to those working muscles.
    • Lift with your legs! When lifting, bend your knees. Don’t lift with your back.
    • Drink plenty of water.
    • Enjoy your garden. Visit it often!

    Gardening is a favorite hobby for several National Day Calendar staff. We want to share with you some of our favorite gardening items. Show us how you celebrate by using #GardeningExerciseDay on social media.

    If you’re looking for more reasons to garden, we found 9 Reasons Gardening Improves Our Lives.

    NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY HISTORY

    Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Gardening Exercise Day. However, there are many other gardening celebrations on the calendar:

  • NATIONAL YO-YO DAY – June 6

    NATIONAL YO-YO DAY | JUNE 6

    Every year on June 6th, we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day. The day celebrates the iconic stringed toy that generations have enjoyed. June 6th is the perfect day to get out your yo-yo’s and try your hand at The Sleeper, Walk the Dog, Shooting the Moon, Around the World or Hop the Fence.

    #NationalYoYoDay

    The yo-yo is an object consisting of an axle connected to two disks and a length of string looped around the axle. It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back again. The activity is called “yo-yoing.”

    It is believed the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece. A Greek vase painting from 500 BC displays a boy playing with a yo-yo.

    The Yo-Yo in the United States

    The yo-yo came to the United States through a young boy by the name of Pedro Flores. When he immigrated to the United States from the Philippines as a young boy, he recalled playing with a toy called a bandalore. The toy inspired Flores to create a business, and he called it the Flores Yo-yo. Between 1928 and 1932 the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company operated in Santa Barbara, California. Flores later sold his companies to Donald F. Duncan.

    Donald F. Duncan, Sr. made the yo-yo popular in America when he manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. He first trademarked the name “Yo-Yo” in 1932.

    • In 1999, the National Toy Hall of Fame elected the Duncan Yo-Yo into its halls at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
    • The National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico, California.
    • The term yo-yoing is also often used to describe a person fluctuating between two difficult decisions.
    • Collectors often spend hundreds of dollars on rare, vintage, and retro yo-yos.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Yo-Yo Day

    Test your yo-yoing skills by trying as many yo-yo tricks as possible. Do you know how to do the pinwheel or walk the dog? Other ways to celebrate the day include:

    • Picking up a new yo-yo.
    • Learning a new yo-yo trick.
    • Starting a yo-yo collection or adding to one you already have.
    • Posting photos of your yo-yo collection.
    • Teach someone how to do a complex yo-yo trick such as the Double or Nothing.
    • Host a yo-yo competition.

    Show us your best yo-yo tricks using #NationalYoYoDay by posting on social media.

    NATIONAL YO-YO DAY HISTORY

    Founded in 1990 in Arcade, NY by Daniel Volk, National Yo-Yo Day celebrates the yo-yo on June 6th, the date of Donald F. Duncan’s birth in 1892. Volk once worked for Duncan Toy Company as a talented yo-yo demonstrator from 1976-1978, touring the western part of the United States. As a result, Volk had the opportunity to impart some of his yo-yoing wisdom to two talented comedians. The Smothers Brothers later produced The Yo-Yo Man Instructional Video. Mr. Volk demonstrates right along with the comedians in the video, too. In conjunction with National Yo-Yo Day, the Hummingbird Toy Company produced the first of several Smothers Brothers brand yo-yos.