Where the World Gathers to Celebrate Every 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.

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 #BestFriendsDay

Celebrate the day by letting your best friends know how much they mean to you! Far or near, send a note or invite them for a chat or dinner. Share a memory or two. Use #BestFriendsDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this friendship holiday. In the meantime, explore these other friendly holidays:

  • Friends Of Libraries Week
  • International Day Of Friendship
  • World Hello Day
  • Letter Conversations WeekNATIONAL UPSY DAISY DAY – June 8


    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 #UpsyDaisyDay

    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 #NameYourPoisonDay

    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.

    NATIONAL CALL YOUR DOCTOR DAY – Second Tuesday in June


    The important event on the calendar the Second Tuesday of June will take less time to complete than reading this article and slightly more important. National Call Your Doctor Day reminds young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam. 

    Making this day halfway through the year holds significance because so many women delay their routine care. Often placing the priorities of work, family members, or other obligations before their health, women overlook the simple phone call that may save their life.

    According to a 2015 survey by ZocDoc, 80 percent of Americans delay or forgo preventative care. The number increases to 93 percent when surveying Millennials.

    National Call Your Doctor Day is the easiest celebration on the calendar. It can set an example for other women, help establish a baseline for many health concerns later in life, and improve opportunities for identifying risk factors. By making the appointment and keeping it, you place a priority on staying healthy so you can continue to meet those important obligations in the future. It only takes a few minutes to commit to this one annual exam. You know people who have made more binding commitments in less time. This is one appointment you will want to keep and mark on the calendar again next year.

    There may be an even quicker way to make the appointment than picking up the phone when you have an established relationship with a physician. With many clinics, you can set up an appointment online, quickly and securely.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CallYourDoctorDay

    Call your doctor and make an appointment for a Well-Woman Exam. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by using #CallYourDoctorDay to share on social media.

    You can also check out these 7 Simple Ways To Improve Your Health, too. It will be a great read before your doctor’s appointment.


    Bright Pink, a women’s health non-profit, founded National Call Your Doctor Day on June 21, 2016, to encourage young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam.

    In 2017, The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on the second Tuesday in June, annually

June 8th Celebrated (and Not So 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.

Recipe of the Day

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



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 8th Celebrated (and Not So 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.

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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