Holidays Calendar for June 1, 2023

Madaraka Day is a public holiday in Kenya celebrated on June 1. It commemorates the day Kenya was granted internal self-rule in 1963. Madaraka Day is considered to be the national day of the Republic of Kenya.

President's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Palau celebrated on June 1. It honors the country's President who is both head of state and head of the executive branch of the government.

Samoa celebrates its Independence Day on June 1. Interestingly, the country’s independence was proclaimed on January 1, but it was decided to move the celebration to June 1 because it coincided with New Year’s Day, which is also a public holiday in Samoa.

Pancasila Day is an Indonesian observance held on June 1 each year. It commemorates Sukarno's speech known as “The Birth of the Pancasila”, which he presented on June 1, 1945.

Youth Day is a public holiday in the African state of Cape Verde. Celebrated on June 1 every year, it was introduced to emphasize the contribution of young people to the development of the country, as well as to highlight the challenges they have to face on a daily basis. The date of the holiday was chosen to coincide with the International Day for Protection of Children.

Many historic counties of England have a holiday that celebrates their cultural heritage. Some of these county days are the feast days of patron saints of particular counties. For example, Dorset Day coincides with the observance of the feast day of Saint Wite, which occurs on June 1.

Biray Festival (Pistang Biray) is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine municipality of Belison observed on June 1 every year. It honors the Blessed Virgin Mary and concludes the annual Flores de Mayo celebration.

Children's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world to honor children and raise awareness of children's rights. Different countries celebrate it on different days. In many states, it is observed on June 1 as International Day for Protection of Children.

World Milk Day is an observance that has been held on June 1 since 2001. It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate all aspects of milk as a global food.

World Reef Day, sometimes referred to as World Reef Awareness Day, is observed annually on June 1. It was founded to raise awareness about the delicate ecosystem of coral reefs and the dangers they face because of human activity.

World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day is observed annually on June 1. It was created to educate the general public about narcissistic abuse, support and empower abuse survivors, and prevent others from ever experiencing this kind of abuse.

World Outlander Day is observed annually on June 1. It was created to celebrate a historical fantasy franchise created by the American author Diana Gabaldon and highlight its impact on millions of fans around the world.

National Maritime Day (Día de la Marina) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on June 1 each year. It is a civic holiday, which means it is observed nationwide, but employees are not entitled to a paid day off.

Drug Control Agency Employees Day is an official professional observance in Tajikistan celebrated on June 1. It was created to highlight the role of the Drug Control Agency under the President of Tajikistan in combating illicit drug trafficking.

Gawai Dayak (Dayak Day or Dayak Festival) is an annual festival celebrated by the Dayak people in the Malaysian state of Sarawak and parts of Indonesia on May 31 and June 1. It was created to celebrate the culture of the native people of Borneo.

Victory Day is an official flag day in Tunisia observed on June 1 each year. It commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959. On this day, the Tunisian flag must be flown on all public buildings.

June 1 is National Hazelnut Cake Day. Although hazelnuts give any cake perfect nutty flavor, these nuts are underestimated.

June 1 is a perfect day to get your nails done because it is National Nail Polish Day. Observed annually since 2017, this amazing holiday celebrates an invention that has forever changed the beauty industry.

If you love olives, June 1 is a perfect day to treat yourself to a Greek salad, pizza with black olives or olive tapenade, or simply open a can of olives and snack on them throughout the day. Why? Because June 1 is National Olive Day!

If you love all things dinosaurs, you’re lucky because you can celebrate these amazing creatures twice a year: on the third Tuesday of May and on June 1. Both holidays are referred to as Dinosaur Day, National Dinosaur Day, and occasionally even as International Dinosaur Day.

Despite the emergence of social media and instant messengers that allow us to communicate with people from all over the world in real time, there are a lot of people who still love sending letters to friends from different countries via good old snail mail. If you’re one of those people, don’t forget to celebrate Pen Pal Day on June 1.

National Moonshine Day is celebrated annually on the first Thursday of June. It was created to recognize a drink with a long and rich history that is particularly associated with the Prohibition era in the United States.


Global Day of Parents is a United Nations observance held on June 1. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 and has been celebrated annually ever since.

Day Without Alcohol (Dzień bez Alkoholu) is an official observance in Poland celebrated on June 1. Like most other holidays and observances declared by statute or a resolution of Sejm, it is a working day unless falling on a weekend or coinciding with a public holiday, such as Pentecost or Corpus Christi.

National Heimlich Maneuver Day is observed annually on June 1. It was established to educate people about a life-saving first aid technique that helps remove foreign objects from the airways to keep a person from choking.

June 1 is Intergenerational Day Canada. It is a celebration of bonds between generations that was created to bridge the gap between people of different ages and raise awareness of the power of intergenerational connections.

National Go Barefoot Day, also known as National Barefoot Day, is celebrated annually on June 1. This fun holiday encourages people to walk barefoot more but it was first and foremost created to support a charity that provides underprivileged children with shoes.


This Day in History

  • 2015 The river cruise ship MV Dongfang zhi Xing capsized during a thunderstorm in Jianli, Hubei Province while traveling on the Yangtze River. 442 people out of 454 on board died.
  • 2014 A bomb exploded at a football field in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria, killing at least 40 people and destroying a number of shops.
  • 2008 Died: Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer who is widely considered to be one of the greatest names in fashion history. He founded his brand in 1961.
  • 2001 A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Dolphinarium discotheque in Tel Aviv, killing 20 teenagers and one Israeli soldier.
  • 2001 Prince Dipendra, the heir to the throne of Nepal, killed nine members of the royal family and himself. The dead included King Birendra.
  • 1996 Born: Tom Holland, English actor who achieved international recognition playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films, beginning with Captain America: Civil War.
  • 1991 Born: Zazie Beetz, German-born American actress best known for her role in the FX dramedy series Atlanta and for playing Domino in Deadpool 2.
  • 1981 Born: Amy Schumer, American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. From 2013 to 2016, she was the creator, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer.
  • 1980 The Cable News Network (CNN) began broadcasting. At the time, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage.
  • 1979 Died: Werner Forssmann, German physician who was awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other scientists.
  • 1977 Born: Danielle Harris, American actress and film director best known for her roles in horror movies, including four films in the Halloween franchise.
  • 1974 Born: Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress. As of 2024, she has won 7 Grammy Awards.
  • 1973 Born: Heidi Klum, German-American model, television host, producer, and businesswoman. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel.
  • 1968 Died: Helen Keller, American writer, political activist, and lecturer. She is known as the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
  • 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the eighth studio album by the Beatles, was released. It was an immediate critical and commercial success.
  • 1952 Died: John Dewey, American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer known for his notable contributions to progressive education.
  • 1946 Born: Brian Cox, Scottish actor known for leading performances on stage and television. His accolades include two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
  • 1946 Died: Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician who presided over two successive wartime dictatorships during World War II.
  • 1940 Born: René Auberjonois, American actor best known for his roles as Clayton Endicott III on Benson and Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • 1939 The German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger made its first flight. It started flying operationally in August 1941.
  • 1937 Born: Morgan Freeman, American actor and film director who won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Edie Dupris in Million Dollar Baby.
  • 1935 Born: Norman Foster, renowned English architect. His best known works include 30 St Mary Axe and Wembley Stadium in London, and the Willis Building in Ipswich.
  • 1926 Born: Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, singer and writer. He won a Grammy Award and was a Tony Award nominee.
  • 1926 Born: Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson), American actress, singer, and model who became a major sex symbol during the 1950s and early 1960s.
  • 1917 Born: William Standish Knowles, American chemist who was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with two other scientists.
  • 1876 Died: Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet, journalist and national revolutionary. He is widely considered to be a symbolic historical figure and national hero.
  • 1868 Died: James Buchanan, American statesman and politician who served as the 15th President of the United States from 1857 to 1861.
  • 1864 Died: Hong Xiuquan, the leader of the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing Dynasty. In 1851, he established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom.
  • 1831 British navel officer and explorer James Clark Ross discovered the North Magnetic Pole. The South Magnetic Pole was found much later.
  • 1804 Born: Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer who is considered to be the fountainhead of Russian classical music. His best known work is the opera A Life for the Tsar.
  • 1796 Born: Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French military engineer and physicist who is often referred to as the "father of thermodynamics".
  • 1794 The naval battle known as the Glorious First of June was fought between Great Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1616 Died: Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan. He seized power in 1600 and was appointed as a shogun in 1603.
  • 1533 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned Queen consort of England. Three years later, she was executed for adultery, incest and treason.
  • 1495 Friar John Cor recorded the first known batch of Scotch whisky. John Cor was a Tironensian monk who served at the court of James IV.
  • 1434 Died: Władysław II Jagiełło, Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland. He is primarily remembered for converting Lithuania to Christianity.