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FATHER’S DAY – Third Sunday in June


On the third Sunday in June, Father’s Day honors the role fathers play in the family structure and society. The day recognizes not just fathers, but the father figures in our lives. These are the men we look up to who set solid examples for us and guide us throughout our lives.

Many families dedicate the day to their fathers and grandfathers. Whether they are first-time fathers just learning to change a diaper, or experienced fathers offering sage advice, the day celebrates everything a father is. Fathers from family to family play a variety of roles. They may be a caregiver, provider, or advisor. Some fathers are the strong, silent types. And yet others tell us stories for days. Fathers teach, guiding small hands as they hammer a nail or sail a kite.

We only look up to our fathers for so long. At some point, we begin to see things a little differently. But that’s not when we stop looking up to them. It’s at that point, we turn and look forward together.  


Celebrate your father. Explore his favorite hobbies or encourage him to share a story or two. Play a game or take him to one. Enjoy your time with your father and celebrate him. Share images of you with your father on social media and be sure to use #FathersDay too!

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After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observances began to appear around the United States and world. However, the road to this national observance was not an easy one.

First Recorded Father’s Day

The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster in West Virginia. The disaster killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December of 1907. Grace Golden Clayton suggested a day honoring all those fathers to her pastor, Robert Thomas Webb. On July 5th, 1908, the community gathered in honor of the men lost in the mining accident. The assembled at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Other Claims to Father’s Day

In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city. The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June), as many clergymen needed more time to prepare.

Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915. Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday. The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.” Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.

Presidential Intervention

After a visit to Spokane, WA in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make the day official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observance would become too commercialized. Once again, a president nearly intervened, but President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924.

Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observance. In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers, for the commercial promotion of the observance. Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.

It wasn’t until 1966, that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June. The holiday wasn’t made an annual event until President Richard Nixon signed into law, making it a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.

SUMMER BEGINS – Longest Day of the Year


On the longest day of the year, Summer Begins in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also known as the Summer Solstice, which happens either on June 20th, 21st, or 22nd. It all depends on the time zone in which you live.

With the Summer Solstice, the astronomical calendar marks the first day of summer as the Earth’s axis is pointed toward the sun. It’s rays more directly impact the Northern Hemisphere giving us more daylight and more warmth. It’s a time when plants grow rapidly and animals are more active. That includes humans.

Many schools are out of session during the summer which gives families the opportunity to take vacations. Even those without children take time to explore the outdoors through camping, hiking, and biking. Community pools open, inviting everyone to cool off on hot summer days. The beaches are open, too. Water adventures in the form of kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and fishing entice us to the rivers and lakes.

Gardners and farmers spend time cultivating their bounty and watching the skies for foul weather. And speaking of fouls – baseball, softball, and soccer teams take the field with cheering fans in every color of the rainbow.

There’s so much to do during the summer, we try to pack it all in over weekends and short breaks. But it never seems to be enough time. Before we know it, summer is over. Though, it’s only just begun.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SummerBegins

There are so many ways to enjoy the beginning of summer! Whether you spend the day hiking, reading a good book on the beach or grilling some burgers, the important thing is that you celebrate summer. Spend some time outside in the fresh air. Take a long walk and visit a local park.

How will you celebrate? First stop – summer clothes, and let us know by using #SummerBegins to share on social media.


Since ancient times, the summer solstice has been marked on calendars with celebrations honoring the sun and as a way to mark the seasons.



International Nystagmus Awareness Day on June 20th brings attention to a condition that can cause severe vision problems among other concerns. The day aims to bring tools, resources, and opportunities for education to the forefront.

Depending on the type of nystagmus, treatments, and symptoms vary. Approximately 1 in 1000 babies are born with nystagmus, but adults are affected by it, too.

Nystagmus presents as drifting or wobbly eyes with two basic types of nystagmus:

  • Jerk nystagmus – As the name suggests, the eyes jerk quickly in one direction and are then followed by slow movements in the opposite direction.
  • Pendular nystagmus – The eyes move with equal speed in either direction.

The condition also has 5 classifications of diagnoses. One of those is congenital nystagmus which physicians diagnose primarily in infancy or childhood. However, acquired nystagmus can be caused by illness or side effects of prescribed or misused medications. Of the two, congenital nystagmus is more prevalent.

Those with nystagmus face a variety of challenges. The condition may cause severe vision problems causing them to be legally blind. Because the eye movements set them apart from others, they often face self-image and social issues. The day aims to alleviate some of these concerns by increasing awareness and erasing the stigma.

While no cure exists, treatments include contact lenses, glasses, medication, and even surgical interventions. As with many conditions, early intervention is important. A physician will determine the type and cause of nystagmus and determine the best approach to treatment.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NystagmusAwarenessDay

Learn how to live with nystagmus, its treatments, and find support. You can also participate in a campaign to help raise awareness.

Organizations like the Nystagmus Network offer many resources and tools, too. Use #NystagmusAwarenessDay to share your journey and find out more.


The Nystagmus Network sponsors International Nystagmus Awareness Day to promote worldwide support, fund research, and raise awareness for the eye condition.

Other vision focused observances on the calendar include:



On the first day of summer, National Seashell Day reminds us to put our toes in the sand and admire the beauty of seashells.

Shellers get ready to shellebrate and start shelling! To those not in the know, shellers are beachcombers who collect seashells by scouring the beaches for the gems left behind by snails and mollusks. National Seashell Day is here to tell you all about it and make sure you check out your local beaches during the prime shelling season.

For a sheller, the true tulip or lettered olive is almost more mesmerizing than the ocean sunset. Or maybe it’s the hunt for the rare or the unique specimen. These jewels of the sandy beaches, the king’s crown conch, the apple murex, or even a pear whelk dazzle beachcombers. Their names are as musical and colorful as your adventure will be, so grab your bucket and head out around sunrise or sunset. Seashells are waiting for you!

Tips for Shellers:

  • Never collect live shells. When in doubt, always put them gently back in the water.
  • Check local ordinances. Only take a small number. Shells are part of the ecosystem helping to preserve and create the beaches we enjoy visiting.
  • The best time for shelling is one hour before and one hour after low tide.
  • Follow the high tide shell line where the largest waves stop.
  • Watch for full and new moons. They have a higher gravitation pull on the tide and reveal more seashells.
  • Storms churn up the ocean floor sending more shells to the surface and the shore for collection.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSeashellDay

Make your way to your favorite beach to collect your treasures or schedule a shoreside vacation to start your seashell collection. Share your seashell collections and beachcombing tips by using #NationalSeashellDay on social media.


The Beaches of Ft. Myers & Sanibel founded National Seashell Day on the first day of summer in 2016 to celebrate seashells and the extraordinary shelling found in Southwest Florida.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Seashell Day to be observed annually in 2017.



On June 20th enjoy a cool, frothy ice cream soda to celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day!

There are many claims to the invention of this delicious treat. One such claim was made by a Mr. Robert McCay Green. According to Green, he created the beverage in 1874 in Philadelphia when he ran out of ice for his shaved ice treats. Once he began substituting ice cream, he had a hit on his hands. Green even included in his will that his gravestone read, “Here lies the originator of the ice cream soda.”

Philip Mohr of Elizabeth, New Jersey would mix soda water with ice cream to make the drink colder. His practice took place as early as 1862 beating out Mr. Green’s claim.

Advertisements in an 1862 Newport Daily News for Sheld’s celebrating Ice Cream Soda encourage customers to “Try It, Try It, Try It, It.”  By the looks of it, it was something new at the time.

Whenever the ice cream soda was invented, it was certainly a winning combination. For generations, we have been enjoying these creamy carbonated desserts at pharmacies and soda fountains across the country.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIceCreamSodaDay

One of the best ways to celebrate the day is by enjoying your favorite ice cream soda flavor with a friend. It all starts with these wonderful Ice Cream Soda Glasses as you experiment with sodas, ice cream, and have a taste-off. What kinds of flavors do you think go best together? Let us know by using #NationalIceCreamSodaDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this soda day. However, we do enjoy hearing from you!

ANNE & SAMANTHA DAY – Day of Summer & Winter Solstice


Celebrated bi-annually on the summer solstice and the winter solstice, Anne and Samantha Day honors Anne Frank and Samantha Smith.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank moved generations with the words she recorded in her diary – the diary of a young Jewish girl. Born June 12, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany, on the cusp of one of the most significant upheavals in world history, she was the second daughter of Otto and Ruth Frank.

The Frank family fled Nazi Germany for the relative safety of Amsterdam, Netherlands, after Germany began its campaign in 1939 by attacking Poland. By 1942, the Netherlands would be occupied by the Nazis as well.

Weeks after receiving a red checkered diary for her 13th birthday, Anne’s family and the families of her father’s employees were forced into hiding. The year was 1942. Anne and her family survived in hiding in the empty space at the back of her father’s company building. It was here Anne wrote daily. Her diary became a place of solace when despair was overwhelming.

I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support. ~ Anne Frank

In August of 1944, betrayal split her family apart, separating the men from the women. The Germans forced the Franks into hard labor under brutal conditions in concentration camps. Her father would be the only family member to survive. He would later discover Anne’s diary left behind.

Samantha Smith

The daughter of an instructor of college literature and a social worker, Samantha Smith, was born June 29, 1972.

When she was ten years old, she sought to understand the Cold War between the United States and Russia by writing a letter to the Soviet leader, Yuri Andropov.

Dear Mr. Andropov,
My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you aren’t please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight.
Samantha Smith

While her letter was published in the Soviet newspaper, Pravda, she did not receive a response from Andropov. Not to be discouraged, she sent a letter to the Soviet Union’s Ambassador to the United States asking if there would be a response from Andropov.

A Reply

On April 26, 1983, she received a reply. Andropov addressed each of the young girl’s questions in a lengthy letter which included an invitation to visit the Soviet Union.

In America and in our country there are nuclear weapons — terrible weapons that can kill millions of people in an instant. But we do not want them to be ever used. That’s precisely why the Soviet Union solemnly declared throughout the entire world that never — never — will it use nuclear weapons first against any country. In general we propose to discontinue further production of them and to proceed to the abolition of all the stockpiles on Earth.  – Yuri Andropov

Samantha soon became known as “America’s Youngest Ambassador.” She traveled to the Soviet Union and wrote a book about her visit. She traveled the world participating in peacemaking activities and became an actress in the television series Lime Street.

Her young life was cut short at the age of 13 when the plane she was traveling in crashed on August 25, 1985.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AnneSamanthaDay

Learn more about these two young women. Read The Diary of a Young Girl or attend a theatre production. Another book to read is Samantha Smith’s Journey to the Soviet Union.

Send a letter supporting stamps honoring Anne Frank and Samantha Smith.

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
1735 North Lynn St., Suite 5013
Arlington, VA 22209-6432

Use #AnneSamanthaDay to post on social media.


Supporters for postage stamps honoring Ann Frank and Samantha Smith created Anne and Samantha Day.



Going beyond desk exercise, National Hike with a Geek Day on June 20th summons the techies, geeks, IT gurus, and gamers to push away the keyboard and strike out across the inviting landscapes of nature.

The day isn’t limited to the tech-savvy who speak in code. Nor is it just for emoticon-loving, web surfing fact finders. If you have ever texted your significant other from another room or checked to see if Alexa has the skill to restart the dryer, you probably fit the criteria for this celebration. Both as a way to unplug from technology and to re-engage with the people around them, #HikeWithAGeekDay calls to all those who can pronounce osmium correctly the first time, the number crunchers and every area of scientific study to refresh and stretch their horizons.

June 20th is also the summer solstice. It’s the perfect time to grab your nearest, dearest geek and plunge into the neighboring wilderness for some adventure.


Geeks beware! You’ll be cajoled, coaxed, and perhaps prodded by friends and loved ones. But, this is your day. Go, take the lead. When asked, surprise them by whipping out your hiking boots, map, and compass. Friends and family, don’t be surprised if your geeks have been waiting for just this moment all along. Visit for inspiration or motivation.

Use #HikeWithAGeekDay to share your adventure on social media. You can also explore these 12 Family-Friendly Hikes in the United States.

NATIONAL HIKE WITH A GEEK DAY HISTORY                                                                     

Hiking with Geeks, now known as Geek Adventures, founded National Hike with a Geek Day to give friends with geeks an opportunity to entice them outdoors into the fresh air where journies, human interactions, and exploration take place outside the virtual world. Mendel Kurland founded Hiking with Geeks in 2016 when he realized he had been skipping out on Mother Nature.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Hike with a Geek Day to be observed annually in 2017.



Each year on June 20th, National American Eagle Day honors our national symbol, raising awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle. The day also encourages the recovery of their natural environments while providing educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of The United States of America and appears on its Seal.

In the latter 20th century, the Bald Eagle hovered on the brink of extinction in the continental United States. Eventually, populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In June of 2007, as the species continued to thrive, the American Eagle was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

Eagle Habitat and Facts

The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. They nest near large bodies of open water where abundant food supplies and old-growth trees abound.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagles survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water. Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest was found in St. Petersburg, Florida. It measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep and weighed in at nearly 3 tons. 

These majestic raptors tally up quite a list of facts. A fully grown female Bald Eagle has a wingspan of 2 meters (7 feet) and weighs 3 to 7 kilograms (7 to 15 pounds). Male eagles are slightly smaller. They also mate for life and live between 20-30 years. As a power bird of prey, an eagle’s sharp sense of sight joins powerful muscles, piercing talons, and beak, making them primed for the hunt. 

Although the raptor is also known as the Bald Eagle, the name derives from an older meaning of “white-headed.” The bird isn’t bald at all. The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAmericanEagleDay

Join the celebration by learning more about the American Eagle. Whether you visit a nature preserve or learn about conservation, be sure to invite someone to join you. You can also learn about the American Eagle in other ways, too:

While you’re exploring, share your experiences by using #NationalAmericanEagleDay and post on social media.  


The American Eagle Foundation sponsors National American Eagle Day to raise awareness about the American Eagle, its habitats, and conservation efforts. For more information, visit



National Kouign Amann Day on June 20th each year celebrates a round crusty cake, made with a yeast-raised dough. Bakers create the cake by folding layers of butter and sugar inward, similar in fashion to a puff pastry or croissants but with fewer layers. They then slowly bake the resulting cake until the butter puffs up the dough creating the layered aspect of it and the sugar caramelizes.

Kouign amann is pronounced kween ah-mon.

The name comes from the Breton words for cake, kouign, and butter, amann. In Brittany, Kouign amann is a popular and traditional pastry. There it originated in 1860 when flour was scarce, but butter was abundant.

Now, if you like croissants and you like glazed donuts, you’ll love kouign amann. The flaky, buttery texture of the croissant meets the sweet sugary topping of a donut. But it’s not a cronut. It’s a kouign amann, and it’s been around much longer, too. Plus, it’s celebrated every June 20th.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKouignAmannDay

Buy a kouign amann to share with your family and friends. While you’re at it, pick up two! If you are feeling adventurous, try your hand at making your own. Like most pastries, kouign amann goes well with coffee, tea, and a side of friendship. As you’re celebrating, be sure to give your favorite bakery a shout out using #NationalKouignAmannDay on social media.


In 2015, b.patisserie created National Kouign Amann Day to share the buttery, delicious cake known as Kouign Amann with the world.

On June 18, 2015, the Registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed the celebration to be observed officially on June 20th, annually.



On June 20th each year, National Vanilla Milkshake Day celebrates the cold beverage made with vanilla ice cream, vanilla, and milk.

This frosty drink didn’t begin with those three ingredients, though. In 1885, the term “milkshake” showed up in print for the first time. The concoction of cream, eggs, and whiskey was often served with other alcoholic tonics such as lemonades and soda waters. 

By 1900, a milkshake often referred to “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrups.” In these frothy beverages, ice cream was nowhere to be found. However, a few years later in the early 1900s, people began asking for this new treat with a scoop of ice cream. By the 1930s, malt shops were serving milkshakes all over the United States.

Maybe you want to top off your vanilla milkshake with a little bit of whipped cream and a cherry on top!!

HOW TO OBSERVE #VanillaMilkshakeDay

Share a vanilla milkshake with someone. Whether you make one at home or go out to your favorite ice cream shop, a vanilla milkshake is a terrific pick-me-up. They’re also easy to make. With a few simple ingredients, you and the family can make your favorite milkshakes at home.  

Give these delicious recipes a try:

Vanilla Milkshake by Paula Deen – Food Network
Creamy Vanilla Milkshake

Use #VanillaMilkshakeDay to share on social media. 

Another delicious milkshake day takes place on July 26th. Don’t miss National Coffee Milkshake Day.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this sweet holiday. In the meantime, visit the International Page to see what other celebrations are going on around the world on June 20th.



National Turkey Lovers’ Day on the third Sunday in June each year demands we make room for turkey on the menu this summer.

With turkey being enjoyed more often in the spring and summer than ever before, it is the established year-round meat because of its versatility. Ground turkey, turkey tenderloin, turkey sausage, and turkey bacon are some of the more popular ways to enjoy this delicious meat. Summertime grilling includes turkey burgers, turkey drumsticks, turkey breast, and turkey hot dogs. Delis offer turkey sandwiches as a popular lunch choice, too. Turkey adds to the fast and fresh convenience for consumers who love the option for its healthy lean protein and tasty flavor.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TurkeyLoversDay

Enjoy your favorite form of turkey today. Invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and make some turkey burgers and turkey dogs. Host a turkey cookoff and challenge your friends to bring their best turkey recipes. Whether they grill, add it to salads or sandwiches, even soups, the results will be amazing! Make it an annual event and keep the flavors coming. Be sure to share the best by posting photos on social media using #TurkeyLoversDay or #NationalTurkeyLoversDay.


In April of 2016, the National Turkey Federation founded National Turkey Lovers’ Day to celebrate the flavor and recipes turkey offers.

Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2016 to be observed on the third Sunday in June, annually.

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June 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

A jury of 12 acquits Lizzie Borden of murdering her father and step-mother in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The Steven Spielberg-directed shark-tacular film Jaws opened in U.S. theatres. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss, the film follows their attempts to hunt a killer great white shark.


Starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, The Blues Brothers opens in theatres. Inspired by Saturday Night Live characters by the same name, follows the brothers’ efforts to save the orphanage they grew up in.


Jimmy Wales establishes the Wikipedia Foundation.

Recipe of the Day

Peach Ice Cream
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Serves 4

Peach Ice Cream


4 large, soft, ripe peaches; peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup peach juice
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


Place peaches, water and juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Cook covered until peaches are soft, stirring occasionally.

Transfer peaches and sauce to a non-reactive mixing bowl.

Mix in sugar and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree in blender or food processor until smooth.

Chill until cold.

Churn in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.

June 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Lloyd Hall – 1894

The American chemist was a pioneer in the food industry. He developed a process for preserving foods and preventing molds and bacteria using Ethylene Oxide. Interestingly, some fruits and vegetables give off Ethylene gas when they are ripening and another process uses that gas to help ripen green fruits such as bananas.

Pauline Kael – 1919

A movie critic for The New Yorker, Pauline Kael wrote honest, energetic reviews.

Minnie Spotted Wolf – 1924

In 1943, Minnie Spotted Wolf became the first full-blooded Native American woman to join the Marine Corps Women’s Reserves. She served four years and later returned home to a teaching career.

Lionel Richie – 1949

The American singer-songwriter began his career with the Commodores. As a solo artist, Richie gained more recognition with songs like “Hello,” “Stuck on You” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”

John Goodman – 1952

Best known for his role as Dan Conner in the American sitcom Roseanne, Goodman also built a reputation on the silver screen. The Big Lebowski, Monsters, Inc., and 10 Cloverfield Lane are just a few of his films.

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