Holidays Calendar for June 8, 2019

The islanders of Norfolk Island annually celebrate Bounty Day on June 8. This holiday commemorates the arrival of Pitcairners to the island.

The King’s Official Birthday is celebrated as a public holiday in some Commonwealth realms and British Overseas Territories that have King Charles III as the reigning constitutional monarch. In Tuvalu and the Pitcairn Islands, it is celebrated on the second Saturday of June.


World Brain Tumor Day is observed on June 8 every year. The observance was created in 2000 by German Brain Tumor Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.).

World Gin Day is observed annually on the second Saturday of June. It was created to celebrate one of the world’s most popular distilled alcoholic beverages that is instantly recognizable due to its signature juniper flavor.


International Drink Chenin Day, also known as International Drink Chenin Blanc Day or simply Drink Chenin Day, is celebrated annually on the second weekend of June. It was created to celebrate a white wine grape variety that originated in France but is most widely associated with the South African wine industry.


Russian social workers celebrate their professional holiday annually on June 8. Social Workers’ Day was established by President of Russia Vladimir Putin on October 27, 2000.

Engineer's Day is celebrated by the Peruvian engineers every year on June 8. The architects also join to the celebration of this holiday, because these two professions are closely intertwined.

Dragonfly Day, sometimes referred to as National Dragonfly Day, is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June. It was created to celebrate fascinating insects that play an important role in ecosystems around the globe.


Slovenia annually celebrates Primož Trubar Day on June 8. This holiday commemorates life of Primož Trubar, the Protestant reformer and the author of the first printed book in Slovenian language.

June 8 is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. One of America's favorite treats deserves its own holiday.

National Best Friend Day, also known as National Best Friends Day, is celebrated on June 8. Just like many other “national” holidays, it is in fact unofficial. But don't let that stop you from telling your BFF how important and special they are.

Strawberry Cheesecake Day, sometimes referred to as National Strawberry Cheesecake Day, is observed annually on June 8. It celebrates the incredibly delicious combination of cheesecake and strawberries.

On the second Saturday in June, knitting enthusiasts can get together and enjoy each other's company, as it is World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP Day). The first knit in public event was organized in 2005 by Danielle Landes.


National Rosé Day is a fun unofficial holiday celebrated on the second Saturday of June. It was initiated by the rosé wine house Bodvár to promote this glorious summertime drink and celebrate all things pink.


June 8 is World Oceans Day. This day celebrates beauty and wealth of the oceans and it reminds everyone about their importance in life of the whole planet.

National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD) is observed every year on June 8. It was created to provide Caribbean Americans the resources they need to reduce the risk of HIV in their communities.

This Day in History

  • 2023 The original indictment with 37 felony counts against former US President Donald Trump related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents was filed in the federal district court in Miami.
  • 2018 Died: Anthony Bourdain, American chef, author and television personality, best known for his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and his culinary and adventure TV programs.
  • 2004 The first Venus Transit in more than a century took place. The previous transit occurred in 1882.
  • 1987 New Zealand established a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act passed by the Fourth Labour Government.
  • 1982 US President Ronald Reagan used the famous expression "ash heap of history" regarding the Soviet Union in a speech before the British House of Commons.
  • 1982 A Boeing 727-212 VASP Flight 168 en route from São Paulo to Fortaleza, Brazil, crashed into terrain while descending. 137 people on board died. This crash has the third-highest death toll of any aviation accident in Brazil.
  • 1977 Born: Kanye West (Ye), American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer. He is known for his contributions to progressive rap.
  • 1970 Died: Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic, best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority.
  • 1967 The US Navy technical research ship USS Liberty was accidentally attacked by an Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Navy motor torpedo boats during the Six-Day War. 34 people were killed and 171 wounded.
  • 1966 Born: Julianna Margulies, American actress and producer, best known for roles Carol Hathaway on ER, Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, and Laura Peterson on The Morning Show.
  • 1966 An F5 tornado devastated Topeka, Kansas, USA. 16 people were killed, hundreds more injured, thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. This was the first tornado to cause more than $100 million in damages.
  • 1965 Born: Frank Grillo, American actor. He is known for playing Brock Rumlow / Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sergeant Leo Barnes in The Purge franchise.
  • 1962 Born: Nick Rhodes, English keyboard player and producer, best known as the founding member of the new wave band Duran Duran.
  • 1955 Born: Tim Berners-Lee, English-American computer scientist and engineer best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • 1951 Born: Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer-songwriter whose major hits made her famous. Among her best known hits are "It's a Heartache", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Holding Out for a Hero", "Si demain".
  • 1949 George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published for the first time. This novel is widely regarded one of the best dystopian books.
  • 1947 Born: Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, geneticist, and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for his work revealing the genetic control of embryonic development.
  • 1940 Born: Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress, the daughter of Frank Sinatra, widely known for her hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
  • 1940 Operation Alphabet was completed during World War II. British, French and Polish troops were evacuated from Narvik, Norway.
  • 1936 Born: Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on phase transitions, illuminating the subtle essence of phenomena like melting ice and emerging magnetism.
  • 1930 9-year old King of Romania Michael I was demoted to crown prince by the parliament and replaced by his father Carol II. He was reinstated as King of Romania in 1940 at the age of 18.
  • 1924 Died: George Mallory, English lieutenant and mountaineer. He took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s.
  • 1916 Born: Francis Crick, English biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. He, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded a Nobel Prize for this discovery in 1962.
  • 1912 American film studio Universal Pictures was incorporated by Carl Laemmle.
  • 1889 Died: Gerard Manley Hopkins, English priest and poet, posthumously recognized as one the leading Victorian poets. He was known as an innovator for his experimental use of prosody and imagery in a period of largely traditional verse.
  • 1876 Died: George Sand (born Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), French author known for her romantic affairs with artists, including pianist Frédéric Chopin and writer Alfred de Musset.
  • 1845 Died: Andrew Jackson, American general, judge, and politician, the 7th President of the United States
  • 1831 Died: Sarah Siddons, English actress, the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century. She is most famous for her portrayal of the Shakespearean character Lady Macbeth.
  • 1810 Born: Robert Schumann, German composer and critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Due to hand injury, Schumann couldn't become a great pianist, so he had to focus on composing.
  • 1768 Died: Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German archaeologist and scholar who was the first to articulate the difference between Greek, Greco-Roman and Roman art.
  • 1671 Born: Tomaso Albinoni, Italian opera composer, mainly remembered today for his instrumental music, particularly Adagio in G minor. Most of his works were not published and were lost after his death.
  • 1628 Died: Rudolph Goclenius, German lexicographer and philosopher, inventor of the term "psychology". He is also known for his extensive contributions to ontology.
  • 1376 Died: Edward the Black Prince, the eldest son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault, the father of King Richard II of England.
  • 632 Died: Muhammad, Muslim prophet and messenger, viewed by the Muslims as the last prophet sent by God to mankind.