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June 2013 Special Days

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Hurricane Season Begins – The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. How much do you know about hurricanes? For lots of information, visit National Geographic. Explain How Hurricanes Are Named and read a list of the Retired Hurricane Names. Review a list of Past Hurricane Names and look at the list of 2013 Hurricane Names. See if any of your residents are listed. Read the poem Hurricane Floyd. Serve some non-alcoholic hurricanes today.
Clothesline Week Begins (International) – During Clothesline Week, the public is encouraged to save energy by hanging clothes on a line to dry instead of using an electric dryer. It is celebrated annually the first week of June, Saturday to Saturday. Reminisce about the days before clothes dryers. String up some clotheslines (not too high). Divide your group into teams. Give each team a basket of clothes and some clothespins. See which team can pin all the clothes to the clothesline first.
Fishing and Boating Week BeginsNational Fishing and Boating Week (June 1–9) is sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Try solving the Mixed-Up Boating and the Come Sail Away with Me puzzles. There is also the Boats Categories puzzle and the Sail Away crossword puzzle. See Gone Fishin' Day (June 30) for some great "fishy" ideas. (FYI: National Fishing Week in Canada is held July 6–14, 2013.)
Superman Turns 75! – On June 1, 1938, Ohio teenagers Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel wowed the comic book world with a new kind of hero. Superman, a refugee with super powers from the planet Krypton, appeared in the June issue of Action Comics (issues probably hit the newsstands in late May 1938). The first edition sold for 10 cents. (A first edition recently sold for a record $1 million!) The first story was 13 pages long. Take one of these Superman Quizzes and plan lots of "super" activities today.
Morgan Freeman's Birthday – Actor Morgan Freeman was born on this day in 1937. Watch one of his films such as Driving Miss Daisy or The Bucket List. Try solving the Morgan Freeman puzzle today.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Day – It is the 87th birth anniversary of Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962), aka Norma Jeane Baker. Plan a discussion about Marilyn's life. Share these Fast Facts. Feature Marilyn Monroe films this month. Try to solve this Marilyn Monroe word search puzzle.
Pen Pal Day – June 1 is Pen Pal Day worldwide. It is a day to encourage letter writing. Great friendships are often created through letters. Contact other communities and see if you can arrange a "Pen Pal Program." How many PEN words do you hapPEN to know? (PENcil, PENguin, PENdant, oPEN, damPEN, etc.) (FYI: See Ballpoint Pen Day [June 10] for some other "pen" ideas this month.)
Flip a Coin Day – Rumor has it that Julius Caesar invented the coin flip as a method for making decisions. Of course, he always called "heads" because his own head was on the Roman coin. Caesar's coin flip settled legal cases, property disputes, and marriage matters. Fill a basket with small gifts. Then, walk around all day flipping the coin and asking people to choose "heads or tails" for a prize. Or, see this month's games page and play a game of Coin Toss Lottery.
Kentucky and Tennessee Day – On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became our 15th state. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Plan a birthday party for these two states. Share some Tennessee Facts and Kentucky Facts today. Or, play a guessing game with the facts. Read a fact and ask the group to guess if it pertains to Kentucky or Tennessee.
National Trails DayNational Trails Day celebrates trails and the volunteers who maintain them. The first Saturday of every June, more than 2,000 trail organizations host events. Take an "imaginary hike" during exercise class. At the end of the class, enjoy some Terrific Trail Mix.
Croquet DayThe Wicket World of Croquet is held today. Forty teams, all wearing their croquet whites, play competitive Victorian croquet at the President Benjamin Harrison Home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Plan a Victorian tea party and play croquet or lawn tennis.


National Garden Week Begins – Sponsored by National Garden Clubs. Plant something today. Take a trip to a garden shop. List flowers and/or vegetables that begin with every letter of the alphabet.
Day of the Rice God – Annual festival observed on the first Sunday in June in Japan. This centuries-old rural folk ritual was revived in the 1930s and is celebrated with colorful costumes, parades, music, dancing, and prayers to the rice god. Go to Free Rice and answer some trivia questions. For every correct answer, the site will donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to end hunger.
"You're a Grand Old Flag" Day – On this day in 1906, "You're a Grand Old Flag" (by George M. Cohan) was trademark registered. Try to solve this Grand Old Flag puzzle. Also, see our Flag Day page for the music and lyrics.
Velveeta Day – On this day in 1928, Kraft's Velveeta Cheese was invented (according to Today in Science History). The cheese was packaged in a tinfoil-lined wooden box. Its special cooking properties quickly caught on. When melted, it was as smooth as velvet (hence its name) and it would never curdle when heated. Try to solve this A-Mazing Cheese maze or Cheese It word search. Make Easy Cheesy Ranch Bread in your bread machine. How many words beginning with the letter V can you name?
Rocky Road Day – In 1929, after the stock market crash, Dreyer Ice Cream's founder, William Dreyer, calmed his Black Thursday nerves by creating the original rocky road ice cream. Mixing chunky almonds, mini marshmallows, and milk chocolate ice cream, he created a flavor of ice cream "to give folks something to smile about in the midst of the Great Depression." It instantly became an American favorite and its fame soon spread to the rest of the world. Did you know that in Australia, people add jam to their rocky road ice cream? And in the United Kingdom, people add cherries and raisins? No matter where or how you are eating your rocky road ice cream, enjoy some today.
Radio Day – On June 2, 1896, the first radio patent was issued to Guglielmo Marconi. Check out the History of the Radio for information to share. Also, check out the Old Time Radio Shows from Activity Basket.


Mighty Casey Has Struck Out Day – The famous baseball ballad "Casey at the Bat" was printed in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner on this day in 1888. Appearing anonymously, it was written by Ernest L. Thayer. Read "Casey at the Bat" today. Just for fun, rewrite the last two stanzas and give it a happier ending. (FYI: Ernest L. Thayer was born on August 14—another "Casey" day.)
Can You Repeat That? Day – It's National Repeat Day. It's National Repeat Day. It's National Repeat Day. Whenever you learn something new today, repeat it three times. Studies show that information needs to be repeated three times for the content to really "sink in." Ask people to learn a new word and then use it in three different sentences.
A Purrrr-fect DayMake catnip toys and donate them to your local shelter this month. Here Kitty, Kitty. See Garfield's birthday (June 19) for another "purrr-fect" idea this month.
Bernard Schwartz Day – Do you know who he was? Actor Tony Curtis was born as Bernard Schwartz on this day in 1925. The Bronx native's film career spanned over 60 years with more than 100 films. His most well known role was in Some Like it Hot. Other films include The Defiant Ones and Operation Petticoat. He and his first wife, Janet Leigh, were the parents of actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Watch one of his films and name some other celebrity families today.
"The Greatest Show on Earth" Day – P.T. Barnum's circus began its first tour of the United States on this day in 1835. Reminisce about going to the circus while you enjoy a box of Barnum's Animal Crackers. Watch the classic film The Greatest Show on Earth.
Leave the Office Early Day – How many Activity Directors can do that?


Croissant Day – On this day in 1970, Libby Childress of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, won the 43rd National Spelling Bee when she correctly spelled the word "croissant." Plan a spelling activity and serve croissants.
Old Maid's Day – Always celebrated on June 4, Old Maid's Day originated in 1946. However, it doesn't get much attention anymore. Did you know that there are now more unmarried women than married women in the United States? Discuss the changing roles of women. Play a game of Old Maid today.
A Cheesy Day – Supposedly, on this day in 1070, Roquefort cheese was accidentally created by a lovesick shepherd in a cave near Roquefort, France. Read all about it. "Roquefort should be eaten on one's knees," said Grimod de la Reynicre (1758–1838). Plan a "Wine and Cheese" activity. Try to find all of the words in this Cheese It word search puzzle. (FYI: We also celebrate Velveeta Day [June 2] this month.)
Shopping Cart Day – On this day in 1937, the first shopping carts were introduced at the Humpty Dumpty supermarket in Oklahoma City. Invented by store owner Sylvan Goldman, with the aid of mechanic Fred Young, the first shopping cart was made out of a wooden folding chair. Wheels were placed on the bottom of the legs and the seat was replaced with a metal basket. Plan a shopping trip today.
Formicarium Fun Day – Say what? It’s just a fancy word for ant farm. They became very popular in the 1950s, and they are still sold today. Just for fun, show the film Antz today.


Weather Prophecies Day – Predict the weather for tomorrow. Old folklore—"If it rains on the 5th of June, the blackberries will be small and full of seeds." What does The Old Farmers Almanac have to say? See Weather Watchers' Wednesday (June 12) and Cuckoo Warning Day (June 21) for more. Try solving some Weather Ladders puzzles today. Make a rain gauge on our Men's Programs page this month.
World Environment DayWorld Environment Day is sponsored by the United Nations. Contact a local environmental group and see how you can get involved.
Tailor Fit Day – National Tailors' Day honors tailors across the United States. It is held annually on the first Wednesday in June. This day is "tailor" made for a discussion about fashions. Bring in some fashion magazines and discuss the latest trends.
"Up, Up and Away" Day – The first public demonstration of a hot-air balloon flight took place in Annonay, France, on June 5, 1783. The co-inventors were brothers Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier. Soar to new heights today. Share some History of Ballooning. Watch the movie Up today. Make these Papier-Mache Hot Air Balloons today.
RFK Assassination Anniversary – On this day in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Sirhan Sirhan shot and killed Kennedy after Kennedy won the California and South Dakota primary elections for the democratic nomination for president. Reminisce about Bobby Kennedy and the Kennedy family today. Discuss the Kennedy family curse. What do you believe?


Get Your Kicks on 6/6 – Today's date is 6/6. Cruise down memory lane with a Route 66 event today. Rolla, Missouri, celebrates with car shows, crafts, entertainment, and food. Listen to the song today. For even more, check out our special Route 66 Activity Kit from Activity Basket. It includes a free supplementary activity DVD, which contains a printable Route 66 word search, a printable trivia quiz, and a classic Route 66 edition of Front Porch Travels with printable pictures to pass out.
Ups and Downs Day or Yo-Yo Day – Yo-Yo Day was established on June 6 in honor of the birthday of Donald F. Duncan, Sr., maker of the Duncan Yo-Yo. Visit the History of the Yo-Yo and the Yo-Yo Net for information. Also, the National Yo-Yo Museum has some great pictures. Learn How Yo-Yos Work and some Easy Yo-Yo Tricks.
Drive-In Movie Day – Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. opened the first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933. Pass the popcorn! Check out the History of the Drive-In Theater. Plan a "Drive-in Movie Day" indoors. Paint a large cardboard box to look like the front end of a car. Add a speaker. Put a concession stand in one corner of the room and serve popcorn, drinks, and hot dogs. Plan an intermission time. Reminisce about going to a drive-in theater. Ask who has been to a drive-in theater. Did they like it? Why or why not? What movie did they see?
20/20 Premiere 35 Years Ago – The hourly news magazine 20/20 premiered on this day in 1978. ABC developed the show to compete with the CBS show 60 Minutes. Its original hosts, Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes, were cut after the first show and replaced by Hugh Downs. Barbara Walters became coanchor in 1984. How much do you know about Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters? Do you think shows like 20/20 and 60 Minutes provide good programming?


Beau Brummell DayGeorge Bryan (Beau) Brummell was born on this day in 1778. He established the "dandy" style of men wearing understated, but fitted, beautifully cut clothes, adorned with an elaborately knotted cravat. He is credited with introducing and establishing as fashion the modern man's suit, worn with a tie. Have a men's fashion show today and ask the men to "tie one on." See our Father's Day page and make eyeglass or cell phone cases out of old ties.
Donut (or Doughnut) Day – Annually on the first Friday and/or Saturday in June. Donut Day was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression and to honor the work of WWI Salvation Army Doughnut Girls. (Check out the original Salvation Army recipe.) Time to Make Some Doughnuts. Plan a "Dunkin' & Discussin' Donuts" activity this month. Make these Light and Fluffy Glazed Doughnuts, Quick & Easy Donuts or try these other Doughnut Recipes. Also, many American donut shops offer free donuts on this day. Before you dig in, share Doughnuts: A Definitive History. See our Father's Day page and plan a "Donuts & Dads Discussion" this month.
Banana Split Day – Wilmington, Ohio, hosts the 19th annual Banana Split Festival today and tomorrow. It's a festival celebrating Wilmington as the birthplace of the banana split. In 1907, restaurant owner Ernest Hazard wanted to attract students from Wilmington College during the slow days of winter. He staged an employee contest to come up with a new ice cream dish. When none of his workers were up to the task, he split a banana lengthwise, threw it into an elongated dish, and created his own dessert. Just to be fair, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, also claims to be the birthplace of the banana split. Make banana splits today or try these Banana Split Brownies.
Boone Day – On June 7, 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first saw the forests and woodlands of present-day Kentucky. The Kentucky Historical Society celebrates "Boone Day" every June 7. Share these Daniel Boone Quotes and find all of the words in this Daniel Boone puzzle today.
The $64,000 Question PremiereThe $64,000 Question, the first of the big money quiz shows, premiered on this day in 1955. It was a summer replacement show, which became immensely popular. It was so popular that Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made a parody of the show. Use this month’s Trivia to play your own games today.
Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Have a scoop or two today.


Belmont Stakes – Giddy up! The last jewel in the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the Belmont Stakes, is held today. Have a "Just Horsin' Around Party."
World Oceans Day – Check out World Oceans Day for more. Also, play a game of OCEAN Bingo today.
Betty Picnic Day – Annually the second Saturday in June—celebrating all the Betty's of the world. If you know a Betty, plan a picnic for her today.
An All Wright Day – Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867. Discuss Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and homes and see if there are any in your state. If so, see them firsthand.
Upsy-Daisy Day – According to the cheerful folks behind this celebration, today is a day for everyone to get up gloriously, gratefully, and gleefully. Is it upsy-daisy or oops-a-daisy? No matter, plan a "Daisy Party" and sing "Daisy Bell" ("Bicycle Built for Two") today.
Kill a Stain Day – In celebration of Fabric Care Month. Discuss household stain removers and how to get out common stains. For example, will milk really get rid of ink stains? What did we ever do before Shout? Check out the Good Housekeeping Stain Busters page for more information.
Big Bloom Day – On this day in 1937, a 12-foot calla lily bloom could be seen at the New York Botanical Garden. It was the largest bloom ever recorded. Take a trip to your local garden shop today and pick out the largest blooms. Make an Origami Calla Lily.


Children's Sunday – Traditionally, the second Sunday in June is observed as Children's Sunday in many Christian churches. Invite children to a special "Children's Chapel" program today. Ask residents to read children's Bible stories.
Canadian Rivers DayCanadian Rivers Day is celebrated the second Sunday in June. Watch the movie A River Runs Through It today. How many rivers of the world can you name?
Donald Duck's BirthdayDonald Fauntleroy Duck was "born" on June 9, 1934, when he appeared in the cartoon The Wise Little Hen. How much do you know about this famous duck? Check out the Donald Duck family tree and the Donald Duck trivia. Play "Duck Pond" today. (Float rubber ducks in a large container of water. On the bottom of one, put "Donald." Have each player choose a duck. The one who chooses the duck with "Donald" written on the bottom wins. Give "ducky" prizes—like a box of "quackers.") Invite some children to visit and try Counting Duck, Duck, Goose. Also, learn how to draw Donald Duck or a Donald Duck profile today.
Anything Goes Day – Also known as Cole Porter Day. Composer Cole Porter, named after his parents, Kate Cole and Sam Porter, was born on June 9, 1891, in Peru, Indiana. Porter's songs were featured in many Broadway shows—"Anything Goes," "Can-Can," "Begin the Beguine," and "I've Got You Under My Skin," just to list a few. Sing some Cole Porter favorites today, such as "It's De-lovely," "Night and Day," and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy." (How appropriate for Father's Day Month.)
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day – Celebrate with Simple Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie or one of these other recipes.


Judy Garland's Birthday – Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland) was born on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Learn more about Judy Garland and show one of her movies today. Don't forget to pass out some "gumm."
Candy Man Day – "The Candy Man," by Sammy Davis Jr., hit the top of the music charts on this day in 1972. Listen to the song today in celebration of Candy Month. Also, try to solve this "sweet" Candy Slogans matching puzzle.
Ballpoint Pen Turns 70! – The ballpoint pen was patented on this day in 1943. Gather up different ink pens and ask your group to select the ones they think are best. Make Polymer Clay Pens or Blooming Flower Pens. Discuss if the pen is mightier than the sword. See Pen Pal Day (June 1) for more.
Iced Tea Time Day – Celebrated during Iced Tea Month. Plan an "Iced Tea Time." Serve Peachy Iced Tea or one of these iced tea recipes.
First Mint Day – On June 10, 1652, in defiance of English colonial law, John Hull, a silversmith, established the first mint in America. The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull. Sort coins today. Ask everyone to bring in their pennies and see if you can find the oldest minted penny. Do you have a penny for each of the last 25 years?


Underwater Adventures DayJacques Cousteau, French explorer of the oceans, filmmaker, and author was born on this day in 1910. Read aloud from one of his books: The Ocean World or Undersea Discoveries of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Show one of the two Academy Award-winning films produced by Jacques Cousteau: The Silent World (1956) or World Without Sun (1966).
King Kamehameha DayKamehameha Day is a public holiday in Hawaii, honoring Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii. Plan a Hawaiian party today. Write all of your guests' names in Hawaiian. Serve Hawaiian Cookie Balls.
Gene Wilder Day – Actor Gene Wilder was born on this day in 1933. Watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Another "sweet" movie to show might be E.T. because today is also...
E.T. Premiere Day – The box office hit E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial premiered on this day in 1982. Do you know that Mars, Inc. (maker of M&Ms) passed up the opportunity for product placement in the film only to have their competitor, Hershey's Reese's Pieces, end up forever linked with everybody's favorite extra-terrestrial? This was one of the most successful movie tie-ins ever. In the movie, the shy little alien is lured out of his hiding place by Reese's Pieces. Sales of the bite-sized candy skyrocketed two weeks after the film was released. Follow the Reese's trail and show the movie today. Conduct a survey and see if people prefer Reese's Pieces or M&Ms. See our games page and play a The M&Ms Game.
First Triple Crown Winner Day – After winning the Belmont Stakes, Sir Barton was the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 1919. It was also the first time that the Belmont Stakes was included in horse racing's trio of events. Only 10 horses have accomplished this a
mazing feat since then. Can you name the Triple Crown winners? Watch Secretariat. Reminisce about horse racing and share some of these funny horse names today.
Vince Lombardi's 100th Birth Anniversary – Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi was born on this day in 1913. As coach of the Green Bay Packers, he won five NFL titles and two Super Bowls in nine years. Lombardi is generally regarded as one of the greatest coaches in pro football history. He never had a losing season as head coach in the NFL. Consequently, the NFL Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.Read some of his quotes about football and life in general. Learn more about Vince Lombardi and chat about the Lombardi rules.
Corn on the Cob Day – Sounds like a good reason to serve some corn on the cob.


World Red Rose Day – Learn the Language of Roses. Discuss how many roses you should give to send a particular message.
Weather Watchers' Wednesday – So, "weather" you like it or not, start a "Weather Watchers' Club" this month. Organize a group of residents to record the temperature and post it on the bulletin board each morning. See our Signs page for a special weather sign. Try to solve the Today's Forecast crossword or Weather Ladders puzzle. Make a rain gauge on our Men's Programs page this month.
Good & Plenty DayGood & Plenty was trademark registered on this day in 1928 (although it was first made in 1893). They are those brightly colored, candy-coated, licorice candies. Do you remember the "Choo Choo Charlie" commercials on black-and-white TV in the 1950s? Do you have "good" ideas and "plenty" of activities planned for today? Discuss Candy by Decades. How about trying to solve the Candy Quiz or the Candy Slogans puzzles?
"Holy Cow!" Day – Baseball's first perfect game was played on this day in 1880. Lee Richmond, pitcher of the Worcester Ruby Legs (National League), didn't allow a single opposing player of the Cleveland Indians to reach first base. The score of that first perfect game was 1-0. Legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray would probably have said, "Holy Cow!" if he were calling the game. (It was one of his signatures, in addition to singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.) Share some other Harry Caray quotes today. (You might want to censor some of them.)
Happy Birthday, President Bush! – Former President George Herbert Walker Bush turns 89 years old today. He enlisted into the Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served until World War II ended. He graduated from Yale University and then entered the oil business. Bush entered politics in the 1960s and served two terms as vice-President under Ronald Reagan. He then became the 41st president of the United States in 1988. His son, George W. Bush, later became the 43rd president of the United States. As a tribute, plan a "Presidents Discussion" and talk about other presidents. Did you know that President George H. W. Bush is the only U. S. president born in June?
Anne Frank's Birth Anniversary – Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on this day in 1929. She was an intelligent, funny, and charming young girl. Celebrate her life by reading from her diary. Go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum site where you will find a remarkable exhibit. Also, can you decode the Anne Frank Code Message?
PB Cookie Day – Though peanut butter has been around since the time of the Aztecs, peanut butter cookies did not become an American favorite until the early 1900s. In 1916, George Washington Carver began to promote the peanut and its many uses. He even published three peanut butter cookie recipes in his research bulletin entitled "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption." However, it wasn't until 1932 that the iconic waffle-like fork marks were added to peanut butter cookies. A Schenectady, New York, newspaper published the cookie recipe that called for adding the fork marks. Today, those marks are universally found on peanut butter cookies. Make a batch of Peanut Butter Cookie Bars or other Peanut Butter Cookies and enjoy them on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.
National Jerky Day – Celebrate National Jerky Day with some Tasty Art.


Nursing Assistants Day – It is also the beginning of Nursing Assistants Week (June 13–20), sponsored by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants. The theme this year is "Nursing Assistants: New Roles, New Goals." Honor your nursing assistants with a special recognition luncheon or tea. Have residents make survival kits for the nursing assistants. Also, here is a special poster you can display during the week.
It's Kitchen Klutzes Day! – A day to prepare any recipe that contains no more than four ingredients (not including water, salt, and pepper). It must be easy enough to prepare, even for the truly inept. Plan a "Kitchen Klutz Contest" and ask staff and families to participate. See our Foods & Cooking page for some easy recipes this month.
William Butler Yeats DayWilliam Butler Yeats (1865–1939), Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, was born on this day. Yeats received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Read some of his poems today.
Roller Coaster Day–- America's first roller coaster opened on this day in 1884 in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Built and later patented by LaMarcus Thompson, the "Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway" had two 600-foot tracks that descended 50 feet. The cars traveled six miles per hour. Riders paid five cents for a ride. Discuss the History of the Roller Coaster and other amusement park rides today.
U.S. Open Golf Championship – Competition for the U.S. Open Golf Championship begins today. The final round is on June 16. Take the U.S. Open Quiz and plan a "Tee Par-tee."


Flag Day – Today is Flag Day. See our special Flag Day page for programming ideas. FYI: National Flag Week is June 9–15, 2013.
Duct Tape Days Begin – This three-day event in Avon, Ohio, celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts, and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the Duct Tape Capital of the World. From sculptures and fashion, to games and a parade, everything at the festival revolves around duct tape. A perfect celebration for Father's Day weekend, the festival also includes a national "Duct Tape Dad of the Year" contest. Did you know that you can make a Duct Tape Wallet for Dad? Try some of these other Ducktivities. Do you know the difference between duct tape and duck tape?
Alois Alzheimer's Birth Anniversary – The German psychiatrist and pathologist Alois Alzheimer was born on this day in 1864 in Marktbreit, Germany. In 1907, an article by Alzheimer appeared in Allgemeine Zeitschrift fur Psychiatrie, first describing the disease that was named for him. Learn more about the disease today from the Alzheimer's Association. See our Alzheimer's page for special programming every month.
Sand Something Day – On this day in 1834, the first U.S. patent for sandpaper was issued to Isaac Fisher, Jr. of Springfield, VT. Sand something today. Start a "Sandman Club" for Men's Month.
Notable Quotable Day – On this day in 1820, John Bartlett was born. Bartlett, a writer and publisher, loved quotations and trivia. He published his first book of quotations in 1855. Since then, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations has been revised and re-printed many times. It is the most widely distributed collection of quotations. In honor of Bartlett, plan a “Who Said That?” program. Use famous quotations and participants must guess who said them. See our Daily Chronicles for a quote to post every day.
Strawberry Shortcake Day – Strawberry shortcake is believed to have been created in the 1840s, when a recipe for strawberry cake first appeared in Eliza Leslie’s Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-Book. This recipe is similar to the one we use today, although the icing is now replaced with whipped cream and the cake is less dense. Leslie writes, "These are delicious and beautiful cakes if properly made. The strawberries, not being cooked, will retain all their natural flavor." Try one of these recipes.


Clay Day – In celebration of Clay Week (second week in June), start a pottery class today. You can purchase oven-bake clay at many craft stores, and it is fun and easy to use. Try some polymer clay projects, such as these clay bracelets. In addition, make non-hardening clay or try one of these clay recipes this month. Since it is also Candy Month, make candy modeling clay, and then mold something sweet. You can make your own clay with simple, everyday materials. Mix one part flour with two parts oatmeal and one part water. Mold the shapes you want, wait for your clay to dry, and paint. It's a simple way to work with clay.
Worldwide Day of Giving – It is a day for volunteering.
World Juggling Day – Annually the Saturday closest to June 17. Celebrate World Juggling Day by learning All About Juggling. Then, Learn How to Juggle and discuss the History of Juggling.
Nature Photography Day – To celebrate Nature Photography Day, pass out disposable cameras and spend time outdoors taking pictures. Once the film is developed, display pictures for all to see. Plan a "Nature Photo "contest and vote on best picture. Check out these nature photographs.
Hee Haw Day – The popular TV comedy variety show Hee Haw premiered on this day in 1969. It also happens to be...
Smile Power Day – See our Humor page for something that will put a smile on your face today.


Father's Day – Annually the third Sunday in June. See our special Father's Day page for more.
Sun Tea Sunday – In celebration of Iced Tea Month. To make sun tea, place nine tea bags in a clean one-gallon jar. Fill the jar with cold water. Cap the jar loosely and place in hot sunshine for three to four hours to brew. Remove tea bags. Add ice and sweeten to taste with sugar, fruit juice, or sweetener.
Boardwalk Day – The Atlantic City Boardwalk opened to foot traffic on this day in 1870. Did you know they built the boardwalk so people could enjoy the beach without getting sand between their toes and tracking it into the hotels and onto the trains? Make Sand Painted Vases today. See Steel Pier Anniversary Day (June 18) for more about Atlantic City.
Got Milk? Day – Ask everyone to drink some milk and make a milk mustache. Take plenty of pictures. Put the pictures in frames and post them on your bulletin board. Ask everyone to "mooove" over for a different kind of bingo game with the DAIRY cards from Activity Basket. Can you solve the Got Milk? or Dairy Days puzzles? Talk about other catchy advertisement slogans. How many can you remember?
National Fudge Day – Make a batch of your favorite fudge today. Follow it up with...
Celebrate Sea Turtles Day – On this day in 1909, Archie Fairley Carr was born. He was an American biologist who was recognized as the foremost authority on turtles, especially sea turtles. Share some Turtle Trivia and make some Turtle Candy or Turtle Pudding Pie today. (FYI: Turtle Month and World Turtle Day are celebrated in May.)
Ladies' Day Initiated in Baseball – The New York Giants hosted the first Ladies' Day baseball game on this day in 1883. Both escorted and unescorted ladies were admitted to the game free. Plan a ladies' luncheon with a baseball theme today. Show A League of Their Own.


Milkman Day – Do you remember when the milkman used to deliver milk right to your door and it used to come in a bottle? Those bottles are worth a lot of money today. Discuss the history of the milkman. (FYI: January 11 is National Milk Bottle Day, the day in 1878 when milk was first delivered in bottles.) Share this milkman joke, if appropriate.
Fiddling Around Day – The largest fiddling event in the world takes place in Weiser, Idaho. The old-time fiddlers' contest and festival takes place annually the third full week in June. Do you have any fiddle players? Have them fiddle around today. Plan an exercise program and call it "Fit as a Fiddle."
Video Game Day – On this day in 1980, Atari's Asteroids and Lunar Lander were registered for copyright. They were the first two video games to be registered. Play some video games today with your residents. How about some Wii games? Ask some visiting children to demonstrate.
International Violin Day – Celebrate Igor Stravinsky's birth anniversary (1882–1971) with a violin performance today.
Apple Strudel Day – Celebrate Apple Strudel Day with this Easy Apple Strudel recipe.


Steel Pier Opening Anniversary – On this day in 1898, the world famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City opened. The nine and a half mile pier was called "Showplace of the Nation" because of the many acts that performed there—Bob Hope, Benny Goodman, Mae West, and Frank Sinatra, among others. The high-diving horse act was also a regular in the 1930s. Read about the history of the Steel Pier. In celebration, plan a "Boardwalk Party." Set up boardwalk games, serve cotton candy and ice cream, and watch the movie Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken about a high-diving horse.
The Proof Is in the Pudding Day – In celebration of Pudding Month, make Homemade Pudding today. Make several flavors and judge the favorite. Have a taste test and see who can tell instant pudding from cooked pudding. What is Hasty Pudding? Make this Chocolate Pudding Cake or Applesauce Pudding Cake today. Yum! Since we are celebrating Weather Month, make Pudding in a Cloud.
Happy Meal Day – The first McDonald's Happy Meal went on sale in June 1979. The Happy Meal made headlines recently when McDonald's began including healthier options (apple slices, fewer French fries, and milk). What do you think of McDonald’s attempt to make the children’s meal more nutritious? A toy is typically included in each meal. Serve box lunches today and put a small gift (such as a pen, notepad, etc.) inside. Enjoy the meals at a park because today is...
International Picnic Day – Plan a picnic today. (FYI: Picnic Month is celebrated in July.) Try to solve the Family Picnic Detective.
Splurge Day – Today is the day to go out and do something indulgent. If you could splurge on something you really wanted, what would it be? If you were to splurge on a party for your residents, what would you do?


I've Got a Secret Day – The popular game show I've Got a Secret debuted on this day on CBS-TV in 1952. Four celebrity panelists took a 30-second turn questioning and then guessing a contestant's secret. Play a modified version of the game today.
Happy 35th Birthday, Garfield! – America's favorite cartoon cat was "born" on this day in 1978. Talk about each of the Garfield Characters and discuss Garfield's Guide to the History of Cats. In addition, take the Garfield Quiz and Learn How to Draw Garfield today. Serve Garfield's favorite food, Lasagna, and watch the movie Garfield or one of the Garfield and Friends Series. If your group has access to a computer, visit the Garfield Arcade and play some online games.
Hershey's Holiday – Hershey's candy bar was trademark registered on this day in 1906. Make s'mores and discuss Hershey's history. If you have a sweet tooth, try Searching for Sweets and play The M&Ms Game. See Good & Plenty Day (June 12), Sucker Saturday (June 29) and Candy Land Day (June 26) for more.
Sauntering Day – A day to revive the lost art of Victorian sauntering and to discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking, and trotting. It was originated by the late W.T. Rabe of Michigan. Sauntering, according to Webster, is "walking, strolling about in an idle or leisurely manner." Start a "Sauntering Group" this month.
Juneteenth Day Juneteenth, or June 19th, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers finally arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Discuss Famous African-Americans today.


Recess at Work Day Recess at Work Day is celebrated the third Thursday in June. All employees should spend some time playing today. That means everyone – even the boss! Call it team building. Call it employee morale boosting. Just make sure you call it FUN. Can't come up with any creative ideas? Check out 10 Ways to Have Fun at Work.
Eat Your Vitamins Day – On this day in 1861, Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins was born. He discovered what we now call vitamins—essential nutrients needed to maintain good health. Check out the ABC's of Vitaminsfor important information.
Ice Cream Soda Day – Maybe you can get some vitamins with this Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Soda. Learn more about the ice cream sodas on Ice Cream Soda Day.
"Everything Is Coming Up Roses" Day – It is Rose Month. See if you can solve the A Rose Is a Rose fill-in-the-blank puzzle. Learn How to Draw a Rose or make Coffee Filter Roses today. Try Drying Roses or making Rose Potpourri. See Paper Roses Day (June 28) for more.

Great Seal of the U.S. Adopted – On this day in 1782, the eagle, olive branch, and 13 arrows were adopted as the Great Seal of the United States. The seal, designed by William Barton, demonstrates our desire for peace, but our willingness to defend with might. Plan an art class and try drawing the Great Seal today.

Happy Birthday, Olympia Dukakis! – Actress Olympia Dukakis was born on this day in 1934. She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Moonstruck.She is the cousin of Michael Dukakis, senator and former democratic presidential nominee.Watch Moonstruck or Steel Magnolias today. Since Dukakis is of Greek heritage, serve some baklava.


Spring Into Summer Day – Summer is here! The Summer Solstice occurs at 7:09 p.m. EDT. Print a special Summer Poster to display today. Solve the Mixed-Up Summer puzzle and play a game of bingo with special Summer Bingo Cards. Also, plan a "Summer Sing-along" and sing "In the Good Old Summertime" and "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer."
Cuckoo Warning Day – Old folklore: "It will be a wet summer if the sound of the cuckoo is heard today." Share other Weather Superstitions and Weather Folklore today. See Weather Watchers' Wednesday (June 12) for more.
National Aboriginal Day (Canada) – National Aboriginal Day is a time for Canadians to recognize the cultural diversity and remarkable contributions of the Inuit, Métis, and members of the First Nations. In cooperation with the National Aboriginal Organizations, the government of Canada set aside June 21, the day of the summer solstice, as the day to celebrate the accomplishments of Aboriginal people and their contribution to the building of the country.
Take Your Dog to Work Day – Held annually the first Friday after Father's Day. The day was created by Pet Sitters International in 1999. Ask staff to bring in their pets today. (Note: Be sure all visiting pets have updated shot records and are supervised at all times.)
World's Ugliest Dog Contest – The Ugliest Dog Contest winners will be announced today. Since you are already taking your dog to work, ask residents to vote for the cutest dog.
Peaches and Cream Day – Celebrate Peaches and Cream Day with one of these Peaches and Cream Dessert Recipes.
Go Skateboarding Day – Held annually on June 21, it is the official holiday of skateboarding. If you have a suggestion for celebrating the day, post it on the Activity Connection Facebook page.


Blue Butterfly Day – If you see a blue butterfly today, it will bring you luck. Plan a "Butterfly Bash." Decorate with pictures of butterflies and serve a Butterfly Cake. Just for fun, color butterflies. Try to solve the Twin Butterflies puzzle and make a Tissue Paper Butterfly. Put out some Butterfly Food to attract butterflies to your garden. Read "Blue-Butterfly Day," a short poem by Robert Frost. Make these cute Beaded Butterfly Pins today.
Great American Backyard Campout – The National Wildlife Federation encourages everyone to camp out on this day and, by doing this, to connect with nature. Sounds like a great idea to us! See our Parties page this month for a great party idea.
Meryl Streep's Birthday – She is 64 today. Can you believe it? Learn more about Meryl Streep. Watch Doubt, The Devil Wears Prada, The Bridges of Madison County, Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie's Choice, Julie & Julia, Mamma Mia!, or one of her many other movies. Plan a "Meryl Movie Marathon." Don’t forget to show The Iron Lady.
A Wilder DayBilly Wilder, born on this day in 1906, was a successful screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed such favorites as Sabrina, Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity, The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. Show one of his many movies today. Since Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, watch Some Like It Hot and The Seven Year Itch for a Wilder/Monroe tribute this month. (FYI: Gene Wilder was also born in June [June 11].)
Onion Ring Day – Celebrate Onion Ring Day with some Baked Onion Rings.


Strawberry Moon Day – June's full moon is called "Strawberry Moon" because at this time of year the strawberry ripens. Try a Strawberry Moon Pie or make this Strawberry Moon Pie Shortcake.
Singing on the Mountain DayGrandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina, is the site of the 89th annual sing. The annual event features modern and traditional gospel music on the fourth Sunday in June. Sing "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and other gospel songs today.
Type It Day – The typewriter was patented on this day in 1868. How many of your residents can type? Demonstrate typing on a computer keyboard today.
Baby Boomers Recognition Day – Baby Boomers are those people born between 1946 and 1964. Type up a list of famous people – some Baby Boomers and some not. See if your group can identify all of the Baby Boomers in the list. (FYI: First Baby Boomer Day is celebrated in January and Boomer Bonus Day is in April.)
Pecan Sandies Day – If you love the buttery shortbread cookie with pecans, then this day is for you. Enjoy some Pecan Sandies, and while you are doing so, see how many words you can make out of the words "Pecan Sandies."
Pink Flamingo Day – Pink Flamingo Day was declared in 2007 by Dean Mazzaralla, the mayor of Leominster, Massachusetts. This was done to honor the work of Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic lawn flamingo. Learn more about the flamingo today. Discuss lawn decorations and statues. What looks good and what doesn't?


Saint Jean Baptiste Day (Canada) – All across Canada, French Canadians express their cultural pride and rich heritage through colorful parades and lively parties marking Saint Jean Baptiste Day. These festivities combine the ancient rites of the summer solstice (a period of light and hope) with the traditional celebration in honor of the Patron Saint of French Canadians, who was officially proclaimed as such by His Holiness Pope Pius X in 1908. Discover French culture today, even if you are not French.
Discovery Day in CanadaDiscovery Day is celebrated in Newfoundland and Labrador annually on the Monday closest to June 25. It commemorates John Cabot's arrival in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on June 24, 1497. Learn about Newfoundland and Labrador today. Since New Foundland and Labrador are breeds of dogs, see how many other dog breeds are named for their place of origin.
Please Take My Children to Work Day – Annually the last Monday in June, it is a day to celebrate and recognize the tough job that stay-at-home mothers do every day. Discuss the roles of mothers and how they have changed over the years.
Wimbledon Begins – The prestigious tennis tournament begins today. Watch a match or play a game of tennis. How about a game of table tennis today?
Celebration of the Senses DayCelebration of the Senses Day is celebrated annually during the week of Helen Keller's birthday (June 27). Stimulate all the senses during all your activities today. Include things to smell, taste, touch, hear, and see.
Flying Saucer Day – The first documented UFO sighting occurred on this day in 1947. A pilot, Kenneth Arnold, reported nine UFOs over Mount Rainier, Washington. He described them as being similar to saucers skipping across water, which inspired a newspaper reporter to name them "flying saucers." Ask people if they believe in extra-terrestrial life or life on other planets. Show the movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial today. (FYI: We also celebrate E.T. Premiere Day [June 11] this month.)
International Fairy Day – Today is a day for fairy collectors, believers, and artists to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of fairies. Fairies are of pagan origin and are known throughout Celtic cultures. It is believed that they are mythological creatures that possess magical powers. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in the Land of Eternal Youth. In J.M Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird, he claims that fairies originated from the laughter of an infant. When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and all of the pieces went skipping about in the form of fairies. To celebrate today, reconnect with your childhood and imagination and celebrate fairies.
Naked Bath Day – Is there any other way to take a bath? In Iceland, folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you will keep aging at bay for longer. If you believe this, you probably also believe in flying saucers and fairies. It's a very strange day.


Leon Day – Leon is "Noel" spelled backward. Celebrate that there are just six more months until Christmas. Ask people to start on their Christmas lists or make Christmas cards today.
Columnists' Day – A day to honor newspaper columnists. Celebrated annually on the fourth Tuesday in June. Read your favorite newspaper columns today. Invite a local columnist to visit and talk about his/her job. (FYI: April 18, the anniversary of the death of the great Ernie Pyle, is also celebrated as Columnists' Day.)
Virginia Day – Virginia became a state on this day in 1788. How much do you know about the Old Dominion State? Sing "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" today.
Froot Loops Day – It is the anniversary of Froot Loops, a popular breakfast cereal. Indulge in the "frooty" cereal today. What do you think of the "frooty milk" that's left in the bowl after eating the loops? Make Froot Loop Candy. Invite local children in and make Froot Loop rainbows.


Candy Land Day – On this day in 1951, a trademark was registered for a children's game. What was the game? It was Candy Land. Play a game with visiting children today. Try finding all of the words in the Candy Land word search puzzle.
Brush Your Teeth Day – The first bristle toothbrush was invented on this day in 1498. A Chinese emperor plucked the neck hairs of wild boars and hogs and inserted them into a bone, or bamboo handle. Invite a local dentist to demonstrate the best brushing techniques. Ask people to bring in their old toothbrushes and make Toothbrush Bracelets. Old toothbrushes are often used for other purposes, like cleaning the grout in your bathroom. Discuss uses for old toothbrushes. (FYI: Toothbrush Tuesday is celebrated in October.)
A Towering Day – The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, opened to the public on this day in 1976. It was the world's tallest free-standing structure for 31 years until the Burj Dubai (now called the Burj Khalifa) overtook it in 2007. It is still the tallest free-standing structure in North America. Discuss the CN Tower and have a stacking contest today. The winner gets a Sky Bar candy treat.
Bar Code Day – The first product with a bar code was scanned at a supermarket register in Troy, Ohio, on this day in 1974. It was a pack of Wrigley's gum. Pass out packs of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum for bingo prizes today.
Canoe Day – Celebrate Canoe Day by singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" in rounds.


Handshake Day – Annually the last Thursday in June. Did you know that handshakes have been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.? It was a gesture of peace, demonstrated by the fact that the hands held no weapons. Get a "grip" on activities today. Ask everyone to practice giving a good handshake. A good handshake is firm but not tight, grasping the person's whole hand. Smile and look at the person while you shake hands. (FYI: World Handshake Day is celebrated on June 21.)
Bomb Pop Day – Celebrated annually the last Thursday in June. The Bomb Pop, invented in 1955, is a six-finned summertime treat. Its red, white, and blue color makes it a favorite at patriotic celebrations. Plan a "Bomb Pop Party" with a patriotic theme today.
Summer Camp Memory Day – By now, most schools have closed for summer break, and many children are preparing to go to a summer camp. According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 10 million children attend camp every summer. It is equally popular in Canada. Reminisce about summer camps today. Make s'mores in the microwave, sing camp songs, solve the Camps Categories puzzle, and share these camp trends and facts today. See our Parties page this month for a great party idea.
"Happy Birthday to You," Mildred! – The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was composed by a schoolteacher, Mildred J. Hill, who was born on this date in 1859. Her younger sister, Patty Smith Hill, wrote the lyrics and they published the song in 1893. Where did the song come from? Challenge your group to come up with new words to go with the tune today. Alternatively, write birthday lyrics to another familiar tune. See our Birthday Kit page for our birthday lyrics to "By the Beautiful Sea."
Orange Blossom Day – The fragrant orange blossom is Florida's official flower. "The orange blossom is a tiny, enormously fragrant white flower that blooms before the orange, and its smell is every bit as sweet and satisfying as the juicy fruit that follows," according to Florida Facts. The flower lends its fragrance to perfumes, teas, and honey. Try one of these Orange Blossom Recipes.


Monday Holidays Day – On June 28, 1968, U.S. President L.B. Johnson approved a law that established Monday observances for Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. (Veterans Day later reverted to its November 11th observance.) Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is also a Monday holiday. Plan a "Monday Holidays Party." Decorate with things that are appropriate for all the Monday holidays.
Happy Birthday, Kathy Bates! – Actress Kathy Bates was born on this day in 1948. That would make her 65. We have selected Kathy as this month's Star of the Month. Be sure to solve the Kathy Bates puzzle today.
Richard Rodgers Birth Anniversary – Songwriter Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), along with partners Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart, wrote the music scores for many famous movies. Feature movies such as Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, and The King and I this month. Plan a Rodgers' sing-along with some of the songs from these movies. Check out About Richard Rodgers for more.
"Paper Roses" Day – The song "Paper Roses" first hit the charts on this day in 1960. Since it is Rose Month, make Paper Roses and play the song today. We also celebrate World Red Rose Day (June 12) and "Everything Is Coming Up Roses" Day (June 20) this month.
Paul Bunyan Day – Today we honor America's tallest folk hero, who hung out with a blue ox named Babe and wore a size XXXXXXXXXXL plaid shirt. To celebrate Paul Bunyan, retell his tall tales. Many folklorists have compiled collections of his tall tales. You can enjoy Paul Bunyan by Esther Shepherd, Paul Bunyan by Stephen Krensky, The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan by W.B. Laughead, and Legends of Paul Bunyan by Harold W. Felton.
Tapioca Day – Tapioca is a starch that comes from the root of the cassava plant. What else do you know about tapioca? Serve tapioca pudding snacks today.


Sucker Saturday – Celebrated the last Saturday of National Candy Month. Hand out suckers for game prizes today. Make name tags for everyone that say "I'm a sucker for a sucker." Attach Dum Dum Pops. Watch a video on making lollipops. If you are a "sucker" for a party, plan a lollipop-themed event.
Highway Day – Today marks the anniversary of the day the legislation was signed to begin one of the biggest engineering projects ever undertaken—the U.S. Interstate Highway System. Reminisce about traveling before the days of interstate highways. How much do you know about the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956? Check out these fascinating facts and interstate trivia. Sing some songs about travel such as "On the Road Again" and "King of the Road."
100th Edition of Tour de France – Today is the beginning of the most anticipated cycling event—the Tour de France. The first race was held in 1903. Since then, it has become a highly celebrated affair. Cyclists from around the world will participate in this multi-stage race over 23 days. Watch some of the festivities today. Map out the route and learn more about the city stages today. Plan a Tour de France party and serve cheese, French bread, and French pastries. Watch a travel video on France. Reminisce about bicycling.
iPhone, You Phone, We All Phone for iPhone Day – Apple released the highly anticipated iPhone on this day in 2007. It was named the "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine. Does anyone have one to pass around? What do you think of the iPhone and new technology?
Juicy Fruit DayJuicy Fruit, the oldest of the Wrigley chewing gums, was trademark registered on this day in 1915. (It was introduced in 1893.) Learn more about the History of Chewing Gum. Pass out packs of gum for bingo prizes today. The Taste That's Gonna Move You.
"Rock Around The Clock" Rocks to the Top of the Charts – “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Hailey and the Comets went to No. 1 on the music chart on this day in 1955. Many consider this song the first popular rock 'n' roll song. Plan a special party. Decorate with pictures of clocks, records, and juke boxes. Play "Rock Around the Clock" and other rock 'n' roll music. Serve Coca-Cola and dance the Twist. Play a game (“Rock & Roll”) with a rock and a die. Write the numbers 1 through 6 on a sheet of paper and ask players to place their rock on a number. Roll the die and if the number on die corresponds to number chosen, the player wins.


Leap Second Day – On this day in 1972, the world celebrated the first Leap Second Day. One second was added to the world's time in order to keep the super-accurate atomic clocks in step with the earth's rotation. Talk about time today. What is a nanosecond? (Just a second, let me think.) A nanosecond is one billionth of a second. Learn about other fractions of a second.
Happy Birthday, Corvette! – On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line at Chevrolet Plant #35 near Flint, Michigan. The sticker price was just over $3,000. Reminisce about the Chevrolet Corvette History and share some Corvette Trivia today. Find the prices of the latest Corvettes and other cars and play "Automobile Price is Right." The closest guesses win a prize (not a Corvette). In addition, take a trip to a local dealership to see the latest models.
Meteor Day – The word "meteor" refers to the visible streak of light produced by fallen debris from space – "meteoroids." We also call these beautiful sights "shooting stars" or "falling stars." Did you know that shooting stars are actually quite small? In fact, the average meteoroid is about the size of a pebble. Though many meteoroids enter the earth's atmosphere every day, few of them actually hit the earth. When they do, they are called "meteorites." Discuss the massive meteor that exploded over Russia in February. What are your thoughts? Make sure you look to the skies tonight. If you see a meteor, don't forget to make a wish. Happy Meteor Day!
Gone Fishin' Day – In celebration of Fishing Month and the anniversary of the establishment of the Fish and Wildlife Service (1940). Plan a "Gone Fishin' Party." Try unscrambling the Mixed-Up Fish, fitting all the words in the Gone Fishing puzzle, and matching the Fish Tales. Also, your bingo players will fall "hook, line, and sinker" for these special FISHY bingo cards. They are perfect for Fishing Month or anytime you feel a little "fishy" about bingo. Then finish the month with a Decorative Tropical Fish Drawing.