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June 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning eschewers of footwear. Today is Wednesday, June 1st. The holidays for today are:

National Go Barefoot Day 

If you like going barefoot, then today is your day. Embrace the beginning of the summer season and participate in this shoe-free celebration. Go to the beach and walk barefoot in the sand, or go to a park and walk barefoot in the grass, or if your feet are aching after a long week, simply treat yourself to a pedicure.
The real purpose behind this quirky holiday is to encourage people to donate new and used shoes to the victims of natural disasters. National Go Barefoot Day was launched by a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls. Take a moment to do a little spring cleaning and give away the shoes you no longer need or, make a cash donation.
Author’s Note: Even as a child, I disliked going barefoot. Out in the sticks where I grew up, there were no sidewalks, and the shoulders of the roads were cluttered with a combination of broken beer bottles and sticker bushes, and the summertime 100+ degree temperatures made it even more unpleasant. And now, since I have diabetes, I never, ever go barefoot.

National Running Day

You’re a busy person. You have places to go, things to see and people to do. (Oops, I might have that last sentence confused). Anyway, why are you wasting time walking?
Every year on the first Wednesday of June, runners everywhere celebrate their love for this age-old sport. Running was the most important athletic event during the first Olympic games in 776 BC. A cook named Koroibos won the 200-yard “stadium race.” He was crowned with an olive wreath.
To celebrate, find out about the local Running Day events going on in your community. You could also change “happy hour” into “running hour” for the day, or pledge to yourself to include running as a part of your exercise regimen.

Flip a Coin Day 

Flip a Coin Day is for those who find it difficult to make even a minor decision. Many people find it difficult to make decisions. Flipping a coin is the easiest way to resolve a situation where the correct decision is unclear. The coin flip has been around for centuries. It is rumored that Julius Caesar often used a coin toss to make decisions. Perhaps this explains why the Roman failed. If you are faltering about whether or not to celebrate this holiday, perhaps you should flip a coin. Heads you celebrate, tails you don’t.

Dare Day 

Dare Day is a day to challenge someone to a do a dare and in turn, do a dare yourself. It is thought to have originated in Dare County, England where they celebrate Dare Day on the first Saturday in June. If you decide to celebrate Dare Day, keep your challenges within reason. For instance, don’t dare someone to juggle operating chain saws or to pluck a whisker from a live wolverine. Instead, dare someone to stop smoking for the day, or to finish an uncompleted home project. Have fun.
Author’s Note: This holiday has nothing to do with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, but you might consider making a donation anyway.

Heimlich Maneuver Day 

The Heimlich Maneuver was created in 1974 by Dr. Henry Heimlich. There is controversy still today about whether or not he is the actual inventor if the Abdominal Thrust (aka Heimlich maneuver). Current choking guidelines call for first using five sharp blows to the back to dislodge the object blocking the airway, then if that fails to work, then use five abdominal thrusts. These should only be used on conscious victims. Whether you chose to call it the Heimlich maneuver or abdominal thrusts, it is a good thing to know, and I recommend that you learn how to properly perform the procedure.
Author’s Note: According to Wikipedia, Henry Heimlich also promotes the very controversial and unproven practice of treating HIV by infecting the patient with malaria. Oh well, at least he got one thing right.

Say Something Nice Day

Say Something Nice Day means exactly that: say something nice to someone today.
Say Something Nice Day began in Charleston, South Carolina when the Mayors of North Charleston and Charleston came together with members of the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and the South Carolina Baptist Convention to create a day to be kind to the special people in our lives. It is also a holiday to remember and celebrate people, who provide us with a variety of services, such as bus drivers, healthcare workers and teachers, and to apologize for words spoken in frustration, anger or disappointment.
The aim of this holiday is to fight against unkindness, bullying and the lack of politeness that dominates society today. It is hoped that this one day of pleasantness will grow until people are nice to each other every day.

National Hazelnut Cake Day 

What’s not to like about this holiday. It combines two popular foods: hazelnuts and cake. Hazelnut cake is a cake that uses ground hazelnuts to replace some of the wheat flour, so it is even relatively healthy – for a cake. Enjoy some for dessert tonight. If you don’t have a recipe for Hazelnut Cake at hand, here is a Hazelnut Cake recipe that seems fairly simple to make.

Don’t Give Up the Ship Day

Global Day of Parents

International Children’s Day

National Tailors’ Day

New Year’s Resolution Recommitment Day

Oscar The Grouch Day

Stand For Children Day

Wear a Dress Day

World Milk Day

On this date:

  • In 1774 – The British government ordered the Port of Boston closed.
  • In 1789 – The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths became law.
  • In 1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state.
  • In 1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state.
  • In 1861 – The first skirmish of the Civil War took place at the Fairfax Court House, Virginia.
  • In 1869 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his electronic voting machine.
  • In 1877 – United States troops were authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
  • In 1935 – The Ingersoll-Waterbury Company reported that it had produced 2.5 million Mickey Mouse watches during its 2-year association with Disney.
  • In 1938 – Baseball helmets were worn for the first time.
  • In 1938 – Superman, the world’s first superhero, appeared in the first issue of Action Comics.
  • In 1939 – The Douglas DC-4 made its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York.
  • In 1944 – Siesta was abolished by the government of Mexico.
  • In 1954 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Linus’ security blanket made its debut.
  • In 1958 – Charles de Gaulle became the premier of France.
  • In 1961 – Radio listeners in New York, California, and Illinois were introduced to FM multiplex stereo broadcasting. A year later the FCC made this an industry standard for FM stations.
  • In 1963 – Democrat Governor George Wallace vowed to defy an injunction that ordered the integration of the University of Alabama.
  • In 1970 – Zimbabwe came into existence. It was formerly known as Rhodesia.
  • In 1978 – The United States reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
  • In 1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.
  • In 1998 – The FDA approved a urine-only test for the AIDS virus.
  • In 1998 – A $124 million suit was brought against Goodyear Tire & Rubber that alleged discrimination towards black workers.

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