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National Best Friends Day - June 8

NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS 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.

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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 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 BEST FRIENDS DAY HISTORY

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

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June 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1874

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

1937

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.

1949

Harvill Secker published George Orwell’s 1984.

1959

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 (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.