June 6, 1944, is known most commonly by the term D-Day. It refers to the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France staging one of the pivotal attacks against Germany during World War II.
World War II museums, memorials, and ceremonies will be honoring the American, British and Canadian forces who landed along the 50 mile stretch of beaches that day 74 years ago.
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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.
The attack included more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft and landed more than 156,000 troops in Normandy. There are estimates of approximately 4,000 Allied casualties that day alone.
NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY
National Higher Education Day is observed annually on June 6th.
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 graduating with a degree. National Higher Education Day 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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. Use #NationalHigherEducationDay. We would also like to encourage you to donate to a scholarship program today!
National Higher Education Day was submitted in February 2015 by Izamar Olaguez and Marcie Hronis. The national spokesperson is Tamera Allard.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Higher Education Day to be observed annually on June 6th.
NATIONAL EYEWEAR DAY
On June 6 we can see clearly and look good doing it. It’s National Eyewear Day.
Spectacles have been around for about seven centuries, but early versions were only worn by monks and scholars. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press in 1452 and an increase in literacy that the demand for eyewear grew as well.
Eyewear today not only improves our vision, but it also protects it while adding elements of style and personality. Imagine John Lennon without his iconic round frames. Would Maverick be Top Gun without his aviators? No one would recognize Harry Caray without his trademark face-covering frames. Eyewear can define, outline and punctuate a personality. It can also be a little covert. Who is Clark Kent without his frames after all? Though many may have tried, no one wore the dark tortoise shells better than Audrey Hepburn.
Clearly, eyewear plays a significant role in our lives. From improving vision and protection to providing a variety of style options, it certainly is something to celebrate on National Eyewear Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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HISTORYNational Eyewear Day was submitted by Zyloware Eyewear in 2016 and approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar. Zyloware Eyewear was founded in 1923 by Joseph Shyer. Zyloware Eyewear has been family-owned and operated for 93 years and prides itself on quality, service and customer satisfaction.
NATIONAL YO-YO DAY
Every year on June 6 we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day. This day celebrates this historic toy. It 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.
The yo-yo is an object that consists 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. This is called “yo-yoing.”
It is believed that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece. There is a Greek vase painting, from 500 BC, that shows a boy playing with a yo-yo.
Pedro Flores immigrated to the United States as a young boy. He built a business from a toy he played with in the Philippines called a bandalore. He called it the Flores Yo-yo and between 1928 and 1932 the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company operated in Santa Barbara, California. He later sold his companies to Donald F. Duncan.
The yo-yo was made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan, Sr. manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. The name “Yo-Yo” was first registered as a trademark in 1932.
- In 1999, the Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
- The National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico, California.
- Yo-yoing is a term often used to describe a person fluctuating between two difficult decisions.
- Rare, vintage and retro yo-yos can entice collectors to spend hundreds of dollars.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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Founded in 1990 in Arcade, NY by Daniel Volk, National Yo-Yo Day celebrates the yo-yo on June 6, 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. In conjunction with National Yo-Yo Day, the Hummingbird Toy Company produced the first of several Smothers Brothers brand yo-yos.
NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY
National Drive-In Movie Day is observed annually on June 6th. Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. of Camden, New Jersey was the creator of the drive-in theater. Hollingshead’s drive-in opened in New Jersey on June 6, 1933.
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. In the late 1950s there were 4,000 drive-ins across 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. It covered over 29 acres and could park 2,500 vehicles. The drive-in 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.
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
Get a carload of friends and head to the drive-in. It’s movie time! Use #DriveInMovieDay to post on social media.
National Drive-In Movie Day, honors the opening day of the first drive-in. The creator of this day is unknown.
NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY
National Gardening Exercise Day is observed each year on June 6 and encourages us to maximize the benefits we reap from gardening by adding some stretches and a few extra steps or squats.
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!
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!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Pull those weeds, plant some seeds and get your muscles moving! Your garden will look great, and you will feel fantastic, too! Show us how you celebrate by using #GardeningExerciseDay on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Gardening Exercise Day.
NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY
National Applesauce Cake Day is observed annually on June 6th. This food holiday is a day to enjoy a delicious piece (or two) of the moist and tasty applesauce cake.
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
Following are some applesauce cake recipes for you.
Use #ApplesauceCakeDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Applesauce Cake Day.
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