JUNE 6, 2017 | D-DAY | NATIONAL YO-YO DAY | NATIONAL DRIVE-IN DAY | NATIONAL EYEWEAR DAY | NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY | NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY | NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY
June 6, 1944, is known most commonly by the term D-Day. It refers to the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy, France staging one of the pivotal attacks against Germany during World War II.
World War II museums, memorials, and ceremonies will be honoring the American, British and Canadian forces who landed along the 50 mile stretch of beaches that day 72 years ago.
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The landing of troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, known around the world as D-Day, was given the name Operation Overlord. Leading up to the attack, plans of deception were carried out to mislead Germany.
The attack included more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 aircraft and landed more than 156,000 troops in Normandy. There are estimates of approximately 4,000 Allied casualties that day alone.
NATIONAL YO-YO DAY
Every year on June 6 we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day. This day celebrates this historic toy. It is the perfect day to get out your yo-yo’s and try your hand at The Sleeper, Walk the Dog, Shooting the Moon, Around the World or Hop the Fence.
The yo-yo is an object that consists of an axle connected to two disks and a length of string looped around the axle. It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back again. This is called “yo-yoing”.
It is believed that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece. There is a Greek vase painting, from 500 BC, that shows a boy playing with a yo-yo. The yo-yo was made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan, Sr. manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. The name “Yo-Yo” was first registered as a trademark in 1932.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Yo-Yo Day.
NATIONAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE DAY
National Drive-In Movie Day is observed annually on June 6th. Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. of Camden, New Jersey was the creator of the drive-in theater. Hollingshead’s drive-in opened in New Jersey on June 6, 1933.
At this first drive-in theater, the screen was 40 feet by 50 feet and there were 400 car slots. The advertising slogan used was, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” An Adolphe Meniou film, Wife Beware, was the first film shown. The idea caught on quickly and drive-ins began to pop up in other areas. In the late 1950s there were 4,000 drive-ins across the United States.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Drive-In Movie Day.
NATIONAL EYEWEAR DAY
On June 6 we can see clearly and look good doing it. It’s National Eyewear Day.
Spectacles have been around for about seven centuries, but early versions were only worn by monks and scholars. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press in 1452 and an increase in literacy that the demand for eyewear grew as well.
Eyewear today not only improves our vision, but it also protects it while adding elements of style and personality. Imagine John Lennon without his iconic round frames. Would Maverick be Top Gun without his aviators? No one would recognize Harry Caray without his trademark face-covering frames. Eyewear can define, outline and punctuate a personality. It can also be a little covert. Who is Clark Kent without his frames after all? Though many may have tried, no one wore the dark tortoise shells better than Audrey Hepburn.
Clearly, eyewear plays a significant role in our lives. From improving vision and protection to providing a variety of style options, it certainly is something to celebrate on National Eyewear Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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National Eyewear Day was submitted by Zyloware Eyewear in 2016 and approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar. Zyloware Eyewear was founded in 1923 by Joseph Shyer. Zyloware Eyewear has been family-owned and operated for 93 years and prides itself on quality, service and customer satisfaction.
NATIONAL GARDENING EXERCISE DAY
National Gardening Exercise Day is observed each year on June 6 and encourages us to maximize the benefits we reap from gardening by adding some stretches and a few extra steps or squats.
Gardening on its own is therapeutic, builds muscles and burns calories. Some of the gardening activities that are excellent for working your muscles and for burning calories include: weeding, digging, spading, planting, pruning, mowing, raking, and walking.
Many of us do not realize the amount of good exercise that we can get while working outside in the garden. It involves a lot of walking back and forth as well as bending up and down along with other things. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine are also an added benefit. Incorporating stretching into a gardening routine may help to prevent injury, much like it does for any athletic endeavor. Adding those squats will contribute to building or maintaining muscle and extra steps may make gardening more aerobic if it increases the heart rate.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Gardening Exercise Day.
NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION DAY
National Higher Education Day is observed annually on June 6th.
Exponential costs of higher education have turned a college degree into something of a luxury for many Americans. Many students must rely on financial aid and scholarships. Guiding and motivating future college students through the process of applying for funding will help increase their chances of attending college and graduating with a degree. National Higher Education Day is designed to educate and inspire college students. For more information about higher education, available funding and scholarship opportunities, please visit izamarolaguez.com
It is my desire to have a National Higher Education Day to educate and promote the many different ways students can fund their education. By having a National Day I will be able to inspire students of all ages to never give up on their dream of receiving a higher education degree! Izamar Olaguez, founder of National Higher Education Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate by advocating for higher education on your social media sites. Post photos about what level of education you have received and what future academic goals you have. Advocate for any funding opportunities. Donate to a scholarship program. Use #HigherEducationDay.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Higher Education Day.
NATIONAL APPLESAUCE CAKE DAY
National Applesauce Cake Day is observed annually on June 6th. This food holiday is a day to enjoy a delicious piece (or two) of the moist and tasty applesauce cake.
In any cake recipe, applesauce may be substituted for the butter or oil for a healthier alternative. It is also said that one-half cup of applesauce may be substituted for one egg in some baking recipes for those who have egg allergies.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Following are some applesauce cake recipes for you.
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Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Applesauce Cake Day.
About National Day Calendar
Founded in 2013 in the historic town of Mandan, North Dakota, National Day Calendar began as a kernel of curiosity that exploded into a growing collection of ways to Celebrate. Every Day, founder Marlo Anderson and his team seek out all the daily, weekly and monthly observations and celebrations to keep you up to date and informed. Through daily updates, social media, mobile applications and much more, National Day Calendar helps you #CelebrateEveryDay!