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June 1, 2021 - NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY – WORLD REEF AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY – NATIONAL OLIVE DAY - NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY – NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY – NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY – NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY

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JUNE 1, 2021 | NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY | WORLD REEF AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY | NATIONAL OLIVE DAY | NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY | NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY | NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY | NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY

NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY – June 1

NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY

On National Say Something Nice Day we have an opportunity to make June 1st extra pleasant for everyone.

The purpose of this holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world. Hopefully, the practice of saying something nice today will continue into all tomorrows.

When we were young, many of us often heard, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” One of the many reasons our parents taught us that is because once we say those words, we can’t take them back, no matter how true we think they might be. We all know someone whose true nature is kinder than most. Perhaps we even wish we could emulate them more than we do.

Do they pay compliments or do they follow this old saying? Perhaps a little of both. But there are a few other lessons we can learn from generally nice people. It’s more than saying nice things to others. They genuinely listen to others and tend to put others first. When they pay a compliment, it isn’t usually practiced. Their sincerity is felt by the receiver.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SaySomethingNiceDay

Think about the nicest person you know. Take a cue from them and put one of their better qualities into practice. Say something nice to or about someone. Bring a smile to someone’s face for the sheer joy of seeing them smile. Seek no reward other than knowing that someone’s day is better because a nice word was said.

Use #SaySomethingNiceDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY HISTORY

Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, South Carolina proclaimed June 1st as Say Something Nice Day in 2006 in recognition of the communication efforts of specialist Dr. Mitch Carnell, founder of the day. Carnell is also the author of Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter at Work. The South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery joined with Carnell to establish the day.

WORLD REEF AWARENESS DAY – June 1

WORLD REEF AWARENESS DAY

World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st serves as a call to action for consumers, businesses and organizations to reflect on the delicate ecosystem of our ocean’s coral reefs. The day brings together the general public, influencers and opinion leaders to create active change through education and engagement.

Coral reefs are living communities of colonial organisms made of individual polyps that excrete a bone-like skeleton. This skeleton forms large rock-like structures that are homes for thousands of organisms.

The health of a reef tells us a lot about the health of an ocean. Many fish and ocean animals rely on the protection of the healthy, living reef for spawning season. The reef also provides more than protection; it supplies a rich, thriving food chain, too. From plankton and algae to the largest sea creatures, the reef ecosystem is a significant life support system.

Benefits of a Healthy Reef

The benefits of a healthy reef ecosystem go far beyond the ocean. Coral reefs are:

  • essential to the plant and fish life
  • contribute to a lively fishing industry
  • protect beaches and coastlines from erosion
  • act as the oceans filter
  • provide life-saving medicines and
  • possibly the one animal on the planet capable of consuming plastic

In recent years, our most productive reefs have been in decline due to coral bleaching. For example, the Great Barrier Reef decreased by 40 percent. It’s even worse along the Florida Keys and Caribbean. Their decline is between 85 and 99 percent! According to Dr. Craig Downs, Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Lab, about 90 percent of the reefs in the Caribbean have disappeared since 1980.

Causes of Die-Off

What causes coral reefs to die off?

  • Rising sea temperatures
  • Industrial pollution, plastic pollution, sewage
  • Chemical sunscreens and
  • Unmanaged, high-density tourism all threaten coral reefs.

One easy step we can take to protect these precious resources is by wearing non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen

According to Dr. Craig Downs, “When ingredients are uncoated and nano-size (less than 100 nanometers in diameter), they can enter the cells of invertebrates and fish and cause tissue damage, stressing all these marine organisms. Your best bet is to go for non-nano zinc oxide larger than 150 nanometers. At that point, the acute toxicity drops off, and the impact to ecosystems is mitigated.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldReefDay

On World Reef Day, educate yourself and spread awareness about how we can make simple choices today to save our reefs for tomorrow. While you explore the importance of reefs, share your discoveries, too! When you head to the beach, use reef-safe sunscreen. Another easy way to protect the reefs is by reducing or eliminating single-use plastic from your lifestyle. And finally, spread awareness about the importance of the reef eco-system. Join the campaign using these World Reef Day tools:

  • Join the viral social campaign by posting the World Reef Day tile and suggested caption. Download the World Reef Day toolkit to get started.
  • Use #WorldReefDay to share on social media
  • For more information, visit www.worldreefday.org

World Reef Day 2019 from Raw Elements USA on Vimeo.

WORLD REEF AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

Raw Elements founded World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st to inform the world about the importance of our reefs and how we can protect them.

On May 16, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World Reef Day to be observed on June 1st, annually.

For general inquiries, please email contact@rawelementsusa.com and for media inquiries, please contact danni@rawelementsusa.com

ABOUT RAW ELEMENTS

Raw Elements USA®, a certified-natural sunscreen company that has pioneered the reef-safe movement with their non-nano zinc oxide-based sunscreens, founded World Reef Awareness Day on June 1st in support of its focus on sustainability, responsibility and education.

Raw Elements created the day to inform the world about the importance of our reefs and how we can protect them. Through World Reef Day, Raw Elements launched its largest educational activity to date. The campaign is in line with its active awareness campaigns. These campaigns include partnerships Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaiian Airlines, Marriott and the Shore Hotel, their sponsorship of grassroots efforts of nonprofits and environmental groups, support of the Safe Sunscreen Coalition, as well as support for research and lobbying for the Sunscreen Ban Bill in Hawaii (which was signed into law in July 2018).

NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY – June 1

NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY

National Go Barefoot Day on June 1st gives us an opportunity to kick off your shoes and run barefoot through the cool grass! More importantly, it is a day to help support a charity that provides millions of underprivileged children all around the world with shoes

Donating gently used shoes does several things. First, and most importantly, it puts usable footwear on those who need it most. In many countries, shoes are hard to come by, especially good shoes that protect feet from rocks and harsh elements. Even if they have access to a pair of shoes, they may be handed down, worn or ill-fitting. And, they may only be able to wear them on special occasions.

Second, donating your shoes keeps them out of the landfill. And we all know the landfills have enough items filling them up at the moment. Divert those still usable, clean and good shoes to someone who will wear them to school and work. They will help the owners of those feet get an education and make a living. It’s amazing what a difference a pair of shoes can make.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GoBarefootDay

Now is a good time to clean out your closets and donate a pair or two of gently used shoes to a charitable organization in your area or see the following for information: Soles4Souls organization. Use #GoBarefootDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY HISTORY

Soles4Souls created National Go Barefoot Day after the 2004 Tsunami disaster to support those affected by the event. However, donations have continued to come in and over 56 million pairs of shoes have been donated worldwide since 2005.

NATIONAL OLIVE DAY - June 1

NATIONAL OLIVE DAY

National Olive Day on June 1st each year celebrates one of the world’s oldest fruits.  The olive is part of a traditional meze/tapas culinary experience that brings families and friends around the table rather than in the kitchen sharing time together. Another symbol we receive from this delicious fruit is the olive branch. As a symbol of peace, hope, love and friendship, it’s another excellent reason to celebrate the day and acknowledge the joy this little fruit provides.

Olives are used in many ways. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays and even use them as a garnish for many foods. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.

Around the world, approximately 500 different varieties of olives are cultivated. Their flavors range from sweet to bitter and also come in a range of colors and sizes, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOliveDay

Share your favorite types of olives. While you’re sharing, include recipes you enjoy, too. Take photos of your favorite way to eat olives and post them on social media using #NationalOliveDay.

NATIONAL OLIVE DAY HISTORY

Divina founded National Olive Day in 2015 as a way to share the culinary history and traditions of this amazing food.

In July of 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 1st, annually.

NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY – June 1

NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY

On June 1st each year, National Nail Polish Day primes us with every shade under the sun. Sandals and beaches mean manicures and pedicures, too.

From the French manicure to elaborate nail art, nail polish has come a long way since the bees’ wax and gum Arabic used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C. The celebration recognizes these durable lacquers and gels that last longer and provide variety.

No longer the status symbol it once was, nail color now changes with the seasons, our styles and our moods. And, there is also a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoise and plum make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges or a subtle moss helps us look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings or when we want to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver and sparkle to even the most economical wardrobe.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNailPolishDay

Join essie in celebrating the universal love of nail polish on National Nail Polish Day by sharing your manicures, favorite shades and personal #essielove story. Use #NationalNailPolishDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL NAIL POLISH DAY HISTORY

essie founded National Nail Polish Day on June 1st to celebrate the beginning of the nail-care season when everyone will be showing off their freshly painted nails! essie is the nail polish authority both at salons and in mass retailers.

About essie

The USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience. They do it with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere.  essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. The salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical name has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie is a leader in nail luxury, committed to high-quality standards with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professional. Since its introduction by Essie Weingarten, essie has delighted the color-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.

In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Nail Polish Day to be celebrated on June 1st, annually.

NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY – June 1

NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY

Each year on June 1st, National Heimlich Maneuver Day recognizes a life-saving technique. The Heimlich Maneuver uses abdominal thrusts to force air from the lungs. The forced air expels an object on which someone is choking. Dr. Henry J. Heimlich created this life-saving procedure in 1974.  “The Heimlich Maneuver” is also referred to as “Abdominal Thrusts.” The observance also kicks off National Safety Month, and the Heimlich Maneuver is just one of the many steps you can take this month.

According to the National Safety Council, in 2015, over 5,000 people died from choking. Since certified instructors teach the Heimlich Procedure, the American Red Cross and other organizations include the training as part of their first aid and CPR courses.

Being trained to administer the Heimlich Maneuver properly may save a life. Courses also teach you how to identify possible choking, how to offer assistance and correct administration of the procedure. There are also modified approaches for young children. Each person trained means the potential for a life saved. While first responders, law enforcement, nurses, physicians, those in elder and child care, and those in high-risk jobs are required to receive training, anyone can receive training. You may make the difference in someone’s life dining next to you or even someone you know. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #HeimlichManeuverDay

Register for a first aid class that teaches the Heimlich Maneuver. Already trained? Encourage someone you know to take a first aid class. You can also invite someone to join you or make it a family event.

The Red Cross offers babysitting courses as young as 11 years old and lifeguard courses as young as 15 years old. Imagine having the entire family prepared to respond in the event of an injury or when someone you love begins choking. Perhaps they never have to use it. Either way, isn’t it a skill worth celebrating?

Have you used the Heimlich Maneuver, or has it saved your life? Share your experiences using #HeimlichManeuverDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this life-saving event. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out these other safety observances in June:

  • Men’s Health Month
  • World Food Safety Day
  • CPR and AED Awareness Week
  • Men’s Health Week
  • Lightning Safety WeekNATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY – June 1

    NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY

    June 1st is a day to spend some time in the kitchen baking up a delicious hazelnut cake as you take part in National Hazelnut Cake Day.

    We call hazelnuts by a variety of names, including filberts, Pontic, and cobnuts. In North America, they are native to the Midwest, North and South Eastern United States and Canada.

    These sweet and buttery nuts complement a variety of recipes. That’s why they go so well in a cake all their own. They also combine well with chocolate making a delicious spread. Many hazelnut cake recipes include a hazelnut spread as a topping or in between layers. Hazelnut also enhances the flavor of coffee, bread, muffins, and puddings. And don’t forget ice cream. Hazelnuts make delicious ice cream that when combined with cake can turn out an amazing ice cream cake.

    Let your creativity flow during this baking holiday and bake something flavorful to share!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #HazelnutCakeDay

    Bake up your favorite hazelnut cake and savor the delicious reward. Serve it with iced coffee on a sunny patio or balcony. You can also make hazelnut cupcakes and deliver them to someone as a surprise. That’s a sure way to celebrate. We even have a recipe for you to enjoy.

    Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake

    Share your favorite hazelnut cake recipes using #HazelnutCakeDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL HAZELNUT CAKE DAY HISTORY 

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday. While we do, check out these other cake holidays in June:

    • Applesauce Cake Day
    • German Chocolate Cake Day
    • Strawberry Shortcake Day
    • Ice Cream Cake DayNATIONAL PEN PAL DAY – June 1

      NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY

      Observed each year on June 1st, National Pen Pal Day is a way to let your pen pals know how much they mean to you. The day is the perfect time to send special letters and gifts to your pen pals.

      A pen pal is someone with whom you correspond by writing letters, sharing personal events and many times have never even met. There are many benefits to having pen pals, too.

      • Pen pals offer us a broader view of the world.
      • We improve our writing skills.
      • Writing letters also give us a break from technology.
      • If your pen pal speaks another language, your correspondence expands each other’s language.
      • Having a pen pal promotes delayed gratification. Once we write a letter, we have to wait to hear back from our pen pal.

      Generations of letter writers have enjoyed having pen pals in their life. Some have been famous and others have created life-long friendships that began in childhood.

      HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPenPalDay

      While discovering a new pen pal these days might seem daunting but we found two websites that might help you along. Check out Postcrossing and Worldwide Snail Mail Pen Pals on Facebook if you’re looking for a pen pal. Share your memories of having a pen pal or your experiences with one now. Someone you meet in your travels can always become a pen pal, too. Use #NationalPenPalDay to post on social media.

      Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects to help you Celebrate Every Day!

      NATIONAL PEN PAL DAY HISTORY

      National Pen Pal Day was created by American pen-palist, Rosie Tholl, who has traveled around the world to meet some of her pen pals. She was also the co-coordinator of the Illinois Pen Pal Picnic Reunion and is co-founder and co-coordinator for Pen Pals United.


On Deck for June 2, 2021

National Days

June 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1813

“Don’t give up the ship.” ~Capt. James Lawrence

During a losing battle at sea aboard the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Captain Lawrence gave his final command before dying, “Don’t give up the ship.” The phrase became a popular naval battle cry.

1937

Amelia Earhart and Frank Noonan depart from Oakland, California on their doomed attempt at flying around the world.

1944

Mexico City bans the ancient custom of siestas at mid-day in an attempt to curb tire and gasoline shortages. Businesses that once closed from 1 pm – 3 pm were required to be open and allow a 30-minute lunch for workers.

1980

The first 24-hour news channel launches. Owned by cable magnate, Ted Turner, CNN (Cable News Network) broadcast for the first time.

Recipe of the Day

Braised Chicken and Celery

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep:  50 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients:

4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon coconut oil
8 celery stalks
4 medium new potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup white wine
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Instructions:

Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Coat chicken in flour. Shake off excess.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium to high heat.

Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cook approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Place chicken in a bowl and cover.

While chicken is cooking, prepare the celery.

Separate the pale, tender leaves and set aside for a garnish.

Cut celery stalks into 3-inch pieces.

After removing chicken, reduce heat to medium and add celery and potatoes.

Stir and cook for 5 minutes.

Pour in the wine and stir, deglazing the bottom of the pan.

When most of the liquid has evaporated, add the broth and mustard and stir well.

Add the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender – about 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan to a serving dish, leaving the sauce and drippings.

Over medium heat, cook the sauce for an additional 5 to 6 minutes until thickened.

Stir in yogurt and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour over chicken. Garnish with celery leaves and serve hot.

June 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Brigham Young – 1833

The American religious leader served as the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dr. Henry Faulds – 1843

In 1896, the Scottish doctor and missionary established the use of fingerprinting for Bengal criminal forms. Faulds developed a means of fingerprint classification. In 1880, his article in the Scientific Journal Nature explained how fingerprints serve as a means of personal identification, how to collect and record them.

Francis and Freelan Stanley – 1849

The inventive twin brothers are best known for the development of steam-powered cars. They successfully pitted their automobiles against gas-powered engines winning races across the country.

Frank Whittle – 1907

The British engineer and pilot developed jet-propelled aircraft. His pioneering innovations led to the first jet fighter in the RAF squadron.

Marilyn Monroe – 1926

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, the American model, actress, and singer became one of Hollywood’s leading performers. Her roles in dramas and comedies played to her sex symbol status. Some of her most noted films include Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch.

Andy Griffith – 1926

The American actor was best known for his wholesome role as Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He also starred in the mystery series Matlock.

Morgan Freeman – 1937

Morgan Freeman first started his acting career on the soap opera, Another World and the PBS children’s show, The Electric Company. His enduring career spans more than 45 years.

Colleen McCullough – 1937

Australian author is best known for her romance novel The Thorn Birds.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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