June 1, 2021

African-American Music Appreciation Month

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared June would be the month of black music. In 2009 President Barack Obama changed the name to African-American Music Appreciation Month to "honor the artists who, through this music, bring us together, show us a true reflection of ourselves, and inspire us to reach for the harmony that lies beyond our toughest struggles."

National Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced Tea Month. Iced tea can be brewed from loose tea, made from instant or bagged tea or purchased ready to drink in bottles and cans.

National Dairy Month

National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world.

National Soul Food Month

Soul Food Month celebrates the traditional dishes of the Southern United States and originated from the food prepared and consumed by African-Americans. This includes fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, cornbread, and breaded fried okra.

Gay Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

National Camping Month

Choose from over 50 national parks in the U.S. to celebrate National Camping Month.

International Children's Day

Children's day is recognized on various days in many countries around the world.

National Adopt a Cat Month

June 1 kicks off Adopt a Cat Month at the height of kitten season, when we see an increase in feline breeding. Thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. On this day, people are encouraged to get to know some of their adorable kitties waiting patiently for adoption.

National Hazelnut Cake Day

Global Day of Parents

The Global Day of Parents is observed on June 1 every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honors parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. In its resolution, the General Assembly also noted that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children and that children, for the full and harmonious development of their personality, should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

National Penpal Day

A pen pal is a person with whom one becomes friendly by exchanging letters through postal mail, especially someone in a foreign country whom one has never met.

National Say Something Nice Day

In 2006, City of North Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Keith Summey declared June 1 as Say Something Nice Day at a meeting of City Council. Mayor Summey took aim at the negative rhetoric that has invaded society and especially the workplace. He also emphasized how important effective civil communication is in building relationships.

National Heimlich Maneuver Day

Abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich Maneuver, is an emergency technique to help clear someone's airway. To perform the abdominal thrusts, follow these steps. If the person is sitting or standing, position yourself behind the person and reach your arms around his or her waist. Place your fist, thumb side in, just above the person's navel (belly button). Grasp the fist tightly with your other hand. Make quick, upward and inward thrusts with your fist. Visit NLM.NIH.gov for more information.

National Olive Day

National Olive Day is observed annually on June 1. The olive's fruit, also called the olive, is a core ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine.