Hug Your Cat Day
Cats be affectionate creatures when they're not being all independent. These spirited pets deserve and extra hug, especially because it's Hug Your Cat Day. June is also Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month, according to the ASPCA, so if you don't have a cat of your own to hug, consider adopting one. The ASPCA also has kittens, so check with a location near you to see which ones are available to adopt.
Shopping Cart Debut
They can be found miles away from home. They've completely changed how we shop. They're a parent's best friend when shopping with a toddler.
The first shopping carts debuted on June 4, 1937, at the Humpty Dumpty supermarket in Oklahoma City. Sylvan Goldman is credited with creating the cart, a design inspired by the folding chair.
"Wheels were placed where the bottoms of the chair legs were. In place of the chair seat, Young and Goldman, stacked two metal baskets on top of each other. This cart could be stored by folding it up like a folding chair," according to Today in Science. Today we have shopping cart seat covers for kids, sanitizing wipes for the handles, and an addicting little game called Shopping Cart Hero.
Everything's better with cheese.
Look what it does for bread, macaroni, and pizza. The pilgrims in Plymouth, Mass., knew how to make cheese from both goat and cow milk, according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." Cheese-making, once an expected agricultural skill, is now only practiced by the most industrious homesteaders.
If you don't like cheese, you could celebrate Frozen Yogurt Day again. Some people love frozen yogurt so much they celebrate the holiday on Feb. 6 and on June 4. Check your local fro-yo shop for any freebies. Cowlicks Yogurt in Dunwoody, Ga., is offering $1 off frozen yogurt and toppings.
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
The United Nation observes the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression annually as a way to call attention to the urgent need to protect the rights of all children from abuse.
"On this solemn occasion, we need to recall the sacred duty, enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, to ensure that all children, without any exception whatsoever, enjoy special protection," Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar said.
Battle of Midway: 70th Anniversary
On June 4, we commemorate a significant battle in WWII's Pacific theater. In 1942, 70 years ago, American bombers held off a Japanese task force attempting to take Midway Island in the Central Pacific.
The Battle of Midway "represents the strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took the offensive," according to Naval History and Heritage.