June 1st – ♪♪Barefootin’♪♪

June 1, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Junе іѕ the 6th mоnth оf the modern Georgian Calendar. In the рrе-Cаеѕаr Roman calendar, the mоnth of Junе had 29 dауѕ іnѕtеаd of 30. Whеn thе winter dауѕ wеrе gіvеn twо mоnthѕ аnd mоrе days were аddеd to thе саlеndаr, Junе was gіvеn an аddіtіоnаl day. 
In 46 BC, Julius Caesar modified the Roman Calendar by dividing the year into twelve months. By adding two months, the Julian calendar moved June to from the 4th month to its current position.  Thе month of June hаѕ 30 dауѕ іn total. The mоnth оf Junе, nаmеd аftеr thе Rоmаn gоddеѕѕ Junо, thе wife оf Juріtеr, іѕ thе ѕіxth mоnth оf thе year іn the Gregorian and Julіаn саlеndаrѕ. Juno wаѕ knоwn as thе patron оf mаrrіаgе and was responsible fоr thе wellbeing оf women. 

Good morning eschewers of footwear. Today is Thursday, June 1, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Go Barefoot Day 

If you like going barefoot, then today is your day. Embrace the beginning of summer 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 Nail Polish Day

National Nail Polish Day is a new holiday being celebrated for the first time this year. It was created by “essie”, a leader in nail care since 1981. It was registered with and accepted by, the National Day Calendar earlier this year for celebration on this date.
People have adorned their fingernails and toenails for thousands of years and National Nail Polish Day celebrates the wide variety of durable lacquers and gels available today. From a simple manicure to the more elaborate French manicure to the exotic nail art of today, manicures and pedicures have come a long way since the bees’ wax and gum used by the Chinese around 3,000 B.C.
Once reserved for the rich and powerful, today manicures are commonplace and available everywhere. Nail color now changes with the seasons, our styles and our moods. There is a shade or hue for every occasion. Vibrant reds, turquoise, and plum make summer nails shine during beach parties and weekend barbecues. The understated style of pale pinks and beiges or a subtle moss help us look workweek chic. For those elegant evenings or when we want to make a statement, nail polish adds gold, silver, and sparkle to even the most economic wardrobe.

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. Dare Day 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 Olive Day

National Olive Day is a relatively new holiday added to the National Day Calendar in 2015 and is observed annually on this date.
Olives are one of the world’s oldest fruits and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are a part of many cuisines worldwide and are also steeped in tradition. A staple of traditional meze/tapas culinary experiences they bring families and friends together around the table. Olives have a variety of uses. We find them in cocktails and loaves of bread. We eat them whole as snacks, use them as toppings, include them on relish trays, in salads, and even use them as a garnish for many foods. They are one of the most versatile foods we eat.
The olive branch is also a symbol of peace, hope, love, and friendship recognized throughout the world.
Celebrate National Olive Day by enjoying some delicious olives today.

National Hazelnut Cake Day 

What’s not to like about National Hazelnut Cake Day. It combines two popular foods: hazelnuts and cake. Hazelnut cake is a Norwegian treat and 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.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1774 – The British government ordered the Port of Boston closed.
  • In 1789 – The first United States Congressional Act on administering oaths became law.
  • In 1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state.
  • In 1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state.
  • In 1831 – British explorer James Clark Ross discovered the North Magnetic Pole. It is the location where the Earth’s magnetic field points directly downwards. It lies in the vicinity of the Geographic North Pole.
  • 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 1945 – The first group of Berlin women started clearing the rubble of World War II. In Germany, the Trümmerfrauen are a well-known symbol for a new beginning after the total desolation in the aftermath of the war, and for the Wirtschaftswunder, the rapid reconstruction of Germany’s economy through hard labor.
  • 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 1974 – The Heimlich maneuver was published for the first time. Henry Heimlich is credited with developing the technique using abdominal thrusts to stop choking.
  • In 1978 – The United States reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
  • In 1979 – Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) ended 90 years of white rule. The next year, the Republic of Zimbabwe achieved total sovereignty from the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • In 2009 – Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic. All 228 people on board died in the crash. It took two years to find and recover the wreckage from the ocean floor.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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