On this day

Marilyn Monroe's birthday image
1st June

Marilyn Monroe's birthday

Marilyn Monroe has so much more of a ring to it than Norma Jeane Mortenson, the name this screen superstar and model was born this day in 1926.

Republic Day in Italy image
2nd June

Republic Day in Italy

Folk in Italy have the day off work today, to celebrate their country's national day, the Festival of the Republic, or Festa della Repubblica.

Anniversary of the first American spacewalk image
3rd June

Anniversary of the first American spacewalk

On this day in 1965, in the midst of the Cold War, astronaut Ed White struck a blow for the West over Communism, by becoming the first American to walk

National Cognac Day image
4th June

National Cognac Day

Our friends in America have designated today National Cognac Day. Hoorah! But why? No one seems to know. But no matter, it's as good a reason as any to

World Environment Day image
5th June

World Environment Day

With the amount of environmental action in the news, climate change now mainstream science, and many of the world's best minds focused on how to solve

D-Day was this day image
6th June

D-Day was this day

There are times when ordinary people do extraordinary things, and the D-Day Landings were one of those times. On this day in 1944, Allied soldiers - ordinary

We remember Dorothy Parker image
7th June

We remember Dorothy Parker

I wish I could drink like a lady, I can take one or two at the most, After three I'm under the table, After four I'm under the host...

World Oceans Day image
8th June

World Oceans Day

Oceans cover over 70% of the earth's surface, and 95% of the ocean remains unexplored. We know less about what lives deep in the ocean than we do about

Mallory & Irvine disappeared this day image
9th June

Mallory & Irvine disappeared this day

In 1923, George Mallory wrote, “The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’

The Biro's birthday image
10th June

The Biro's birthday

Back in the days of print magazines and mail by post, there was a company of lawyers whose role was to write to magazines that had inadvertently used the

The day of the Trojan Horse image
11th June

The day of the Trojan Horse

According to calculations by Eratosthenes, a Greek scholar from the third century BC, on this day in 1184 BC Troy was sacked and burned by revenging Greeks.

International Cachaça Day image
12th June

International Cachaça Day

Today is both Dia dos Namorados (Brazil's answer to Valentine's Day) and International Cachaça Day, so the perfect occasion to acquaint yourself with

Sewing Machine Day image
13th June

Sewing Machine Day

They're kind of mundane so we don't think about them much but the sewing machine is one of man's greatest inventions and without one you probably wouldn't

National Bourbon Day image
14th June

National Bourbon Day

In America, today is celebrated as National Bourbon Day. And as the whiskey is widely exported so this celebration has travelled and is now celebrated

Smile Power Day image
15th June

Smile Power Day

It's not just humans that smile – most mammals do, too, and scientists have suggested that the smile is a way of expressing harmlessness to predators.

Rollercoaster's birthday image
16th June

Rollercoaster's birthday

Back in 1884, a new form of entertainment took off on this day at New York's Coney Island – the roller coaster.

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York image
17th June

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York

This day in 1885, the Statue of Liberty appeared in New York City's harbour for the first time, on board a French naval frigate. For her transatlantic

Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo image
18th June

Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

On this day in 1815, an allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington (and a Prussian general named Von Blücher) defeated Napoleon's armies

Martini Day, Crockett's birthday and Juneteenth image
19th June

Martini Day, Crockett's birthday and Juneteenth

Whether, like James Bond, you like your martini shaken not stirred, or not, as today is Martini Day you now have the perfect excuse to enjoy one.

The longest day (or nearly is) image
20th June

The longest day (or nearly is)

Came around quickly, didn't it? The longest day of the year, either 20th, 21st or 22nd June depending on the year, the day with the most hours of sunlight.

Greenland National Day image
21st June

Greenland National Day

Also known as Ullortuneq, meaning the longest day, Greenlanders chose today as their national day precisely because it is the longest and lightest day

Windrush Day image
22nd June

Windrush Day

Today marks the arrival of migrants from Caribbean islands aboard the Empire Windrush, dropping anchor at Tilbury Docks in Essex, England, and releasing

The Olympic Games were founded this day image
23rd June

The Olympic Games were founded this day

What a great legacy 1894 has left us, because it was on this day in that year that the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris, on the initiative

Fête Nationale du Québec image
24th June

Fête Nationale du Québec

Quebec National Holiday in Montreal and other areas of French Canada takes place on the same day as the feast day of the Nativity of St John the Baptist,

Catfish Day image
25th June

Catfish Day

Catfish Day? Who ever knew there was one, and why there even is one... but it does give us the perfect excuse to make our variation on a famous punch recipe,

Toothbrush's birthday image
26th June

Toothbrush's birthday

On this day in 1498, the Ming dynasty Emperor Hongzhi invented the toothbrush.

International Pineapple Day image
27th June

International Pineapple Day

Oranges have their own day on 24th March, while bananas are honoured on 19th April, so it's only fitting the pineapple is also celebrated – particularly

Saxophone's birthday image
28th June

Saxophone's birthday

It may surprise you to know that the saxophone does have a very precise birthday and that it's today. In 1846, Adolphe Sax patented this new musical instrument.

San Francisco's birthday image
29th June

San Francisco's birthday

People have lived on the site of San Francisco since at least 3000 BC and there were Native American villages on the bay when the first Spanish explorers

Mai Tai Day & Tower Bridge's birthday image
30th June

Mai Tai Day & Tower Bridge's birthday

The Mai Tai is a truly great cocktail and its origins have been contested in court. Even when Mai Tai Day should be celebrated is disputed. Thankfully