Category: June 08



    Every year on the second Tuesday in June, World Pet Memorial Day offers a time for pet owners to remember the furry companions that have passed away. It’s also a day to do something kind for those who have recently lost their beloved pet.

    It’s no secret that people love their pets. And rightly so. These wonderful creatures provide companionship, emotional support, and lots of joy. Pets are also beneficial for one’s health. For example, those with pets have decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Additionally, pets provide increased opportunities for exercise.

    Not surprisingly, dogs and cats are the most popular pets in the world. According to recent stats, over 470 million dogs are kept as pets. There are also over 370 million pet cats. While some pet owners prefer either dogs or cats, some like to have both. No matter what kind of pet a person has, these animals quickly make their way into their owner’s heart. Because humans become so attached to their pets, it’s very difficult when they die. It can sometimes take several months to get over the death of a pet.

    During the time of mourning, pet owners might experience guilt, denial, and depression. Eventually, however, pet owners will feel acceptance and resolution. During this process, it’s important for pet owners to not let others tell them how to feel. It is also helpful to reach out to others that have lost pets and to seek professional help if necessary. Some pet owners hold a memorial service after they cross the Rainbow Bridge.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldPetMemorialDay

    On this day pet owners that have lost a furry friend are encouraged to take time to remember their pet. Other ways to participate include:

    • Create a memorial stone for your pet and place it in your garden or walkway.
    • Plant a tree or flower in memory of your pet.
    • Donate to your local humane society or animal rescue group in honor of your pet.
    • Gather photos of your pet and make a photo album.
    • Draw or paint a picture of your pet or have a picture painted by a local artist.
    • Get a tattoo in memory of your pet.

    If you are helping your child cope with the loss of a pet, you may want to read them The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr or I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm. You can also share a picture of your pet on social media with #WorldPetMemorialDay.


    Our team is still researching the origins of this important day for pet owners.

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    Every year on June 8th, World Brain Tumor Day raises awareness and educates people about brain tumors. The day also pays tribute to those affected by brain tumors.

    In the United States, over 700,000 people live with brain tumors. In just one year, 84,000 people in the country will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brain tumors are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous.) A malignant tumor is sometimes referred to as brain cancer. This type of cancer falls into the same category as central nervous system cancers. On a global scale, 330,000 children and adults worldwide were diagnosed with cancer of the central nervous system in one year. This number continues to rise along with the mortality rate for brain cancer.

    Because of the high mortality rate of brain cancer, it is vital to understand the symptoms. As with most cancers, early detection is key. The earlier a brain tumor is detected, the easier it is to treat. Common symptoms associated with a brain tumor include recurrent headaches, seizures, vision problems, memory loss, and paralysis of certain body parts. Doctors easily detect brain tumors with certain diagnostic tests, such as a CT scan or MRI.

    Grade Categorization

    Once a malignant brain tumor is detected, it is assigned a specific grade. Here are how these grades are categorized:

    • I: The least malignant type of tumor.
    • II: Slow-growing tumors that can spread to nearby tissue.
    • III: The cells actively reproduce abnormal cells, which grow onto nearby brain tissue.
    • IV: The most malignant type of brain tumor that grows rapidly.

    Treatment for malignant brain tumors often involves radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy. It may also be possible to remove the brain tumor or parts of it surgically. Sometimes a surgeon must remove even benign brain tumors if it is impairing the function of the brain.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldBrainTumorDay

    Health organizations and healthcare facilities around the world host a variety of events for World Brain Tumor Day. These events include educational seminars, conferences, and fundraisers. The day also focuses on those diagnosed with brain tumors. They are encouraged to share their stories as a way of helping others. People who have lost loved ones to a brain tumor also find ways to remember and honor them.

    To participate:

    • Reach out to someone who has lost someone to brain cancer or was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
    • Donate to an organization that funds research for brain tumors.
    • Educate yourself on the topic of brain tumors, symptoms, and treatment options.
    • Wear a grey ribbon to promote awareness of brain tumors and brain cancer.
    • Learn about famous people who have survived brain tumors, such as Jimmy Carter, Scott Hamilton, Sheryl Crow, and Michelle Stafford.

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


    The German Brain Tumour Association started World Brain Tumor Day in the year 2000.




    World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. It is an annual observation to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The ocean provides us with many resources and services including oxygen, climate regulation, food sources, medicine, and more

    The sea is important because it:

    • Provides food for people
    • Makes oxygen
    • Impacts weather everywhere
    • Purifies water that runs to the ocean, evaporates and falls as rain
    • Provides the basis for a large number of medicines


    On social media, use #WorldOceansDay to follow the day.

    Do an internet search of photographs to see diverse and beautiful ocean creatures. One place to visit is the National Geographic website.

    Since garbage, biota, and bacteria from local streams end up in the ocean, the next time you go a stream, river, lake or the ocean, clean up after yourself and join a local beach cleanup.


    The concept was initially proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada.

    At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the international discussions and to strengthen the voice of marine and coastal constituencies worldwide.

    World Oceans Day events are celebrated on 8 June, the closest weekend, the week, and the month of June. The day is marked in a variety of ways, including launching new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.

    The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has been helping lead conservation awareness and action efforts globally since 2016.




    Each year on June 8th, National Upsy Daisy Day is set aside to encourage you to face the day positively and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning.


    Every day is a gift and if we remember that as we rise each morning, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, whatever the day may bring us. Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, and it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile.

    Give it a try. Be grateful and thankful for what you do have such as a bed to sleep in, food to eat, friends, and family. Try a smile and see how it feels. It may surprise you that it feels good on the inside also and how other people will smile back. You may just brighten up their day!  Upsy Daisy!

    HOW TO OBSERVE Upsy Daisy Day

    There are several ways to celebrate this fun holiday.

    • Leave an anonymous note encouraging someone to have a great day.
    • Make a donation to a food pantry or your favorite charity. It doesn’t matter if it’s large or small. Every little bit helps.
    • Give to yourself! Start a savings account or jar for a rainy day.
    • Call a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. Let them know you’ve been thinking about them. Take time to catch up with them.

    Use #UpsyDaisyDay to post on social media.


    Stephanie West Allen created National Upsy Daisy Day in 2003. Her desire in creating the celebration was to make humor, laughter, and a positive attitude part of the Upsy Daisy Day way. 



    National Name Your Poison Day on June 8th places a few options before you and challenges you to choose. In this case, the idiom can be a cautionary one or it could be your bartender’s way of asking you what you want to drink. 


    Daily National Republican in Washington, D.C. reported in its March 24, 1864 edition, “The latest fashion in Washington of asking a party what they will take to drink is – ‘Please nominate your poison, gentlemen.’” The story made its rounds to newspapers across the country and by 1867 writers attributed the colloquial term to folks in Indiana.

    While “nominate your poison” harkens back to the early days of the temperance movement, the phrase seems to have been used mostly to describe the action of ordering the drink. Even in 1914 as the mayor of New Bavaria, Ohio proposed a law requiring all drinkers to apply for drinking licenses, the phrase was popular. The phrase comes in many forms – pick, choose, or name – and of course nominate your poison.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Name Your Poison Day

    Have you ever had a choice to make where no option seemed to point to a good outcome? Which poison did you pick? Decisions, decisions. We all have to make them. Share your decision-making skills by using #NameYourPoisonDay to post on social media.


    Our research was unable to locate the creator and the origin of National Name Your Poison Day.



    On June 8th, honor your closest and dearest friend on Best Friends Day. The relationship between best friends is often fierce and can withstand distance, storms and silence. Whether we’ve known them all our lives or they are more recently acquired, best friends make tough times bearable, fun times memorable, and memorable times priceless. 


    When it comes to best friends, they run the gamut. They may be exactly like us or our complete opposite. According to a Pew Research poll, 98% of teens have one or more close friends. And 78% of them say they have one to five close friends. (Pew 2018) However, as we move into adulthood, our friendship-making ability changes, along with our priorities.

    When is International Day of Friendship?

    Whether our best friends are from childhood or later in life varies. But one thing is sure: best friends smooth over the rough edges in life and make the rest of it quite interesting.

    No matter how many best friends surround you, get together and celebrate the day!

    HOW TO OBSERVE Best Friends Day

    Celebrate the day by letting your best friends know how much they mean to you!

    • Far or near, send your best friend a note. 
    • Share a memory or two. 
    • Watch movies about best friends. We suggest Thelma and Louis, 9 to 5, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Joy Luck Club, The Shawshank Redemption, A League of Their Own, Wayne’s World, and Lord of the Rings.
    • Make a new best friend. You can have more than one, you know!
    • Invite your best friend(s) to dinner.

    Use #BestFriendsDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this friendship holiday.

    June 8th Celebrated History


    The Chiricahua Apache chief Cochise died on the Chiricahua reservation in Arizona. He led an Indian resistance in the mid-1800s.


    The New York Botanical Garden displayed the first bloom of the Sumatran Titan Arum in the United States. The giant flower smells like a rotting corpse, and its blooms are infrequent. After planting, it can take 7-10 years to achieve bloom and subsequent blooms may take just as long to develop.


    Harvill Secker published George Orwell’s 1984.


    The USS Barbero launched the first U.S. missile mail. The Regulus 1 winged missile launched off the Atlantic Coast and delivered 3,000 letters to the Mayport Auxiliary Naval Station located in Jacksonville, Florida. The delivery took 22 minutes.

    June 8th Celebrated Birthday

    Ida Saxton McKinley – 1847

    When Ida McKinley moved into the White House after William McKinley became the 25th President, she was extremely ill. She suffered from headaches and seizures that were not fully explained by the medical knowledge available at the time. Before the onset of her illness, though, Ida McKinley was a vivacious and energetic woman devoted to her family. As a first lady, she is among two sets of first ladies to share a birthday. The other set is Martha Dandridge Washington and Helen Louis Heron Taft.

    Frank Lloyd Wright – 1867

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary architecture spans the country from coast to coast. From residential to commercial design, Wright developed timeless and modern styles that captured the world’s imagination.

    Barbara Pierce Bush – 1925

    After eight years as Second Lady, Barbara Bush stepped into the role of the first lady in 1990. Besides sharing a birthday with another first lady, another unique quality of Mrs. Bush is that she is also the mother of another U.S. president – George W. Bush.

    Tim Berners-Lee – 1955

    In 1989 while working with CERN, the British scientist invented the world wide web.

    Chris Chavis – 1961

    The American professional wrestler competed under the name Tatanka with the World Wrestling Federation.