On this day
Is it a bird…?
Is it a plane…? Well, we all know by now that it’s an amazing flying man from the planet Krypton – and it was on June 1st, 1938, that Superman made his debut in Action Comics issue one, the creation of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.
Japan experienced a tragic disaster.
June 1st marks a tragic event in Japan’s modern history – as on this day in 1965, an explosion in the Yamano coal mine, based in Fukuoka, resulted in the deaths of 236 people working below.
Rhodesia changed its name for good.
June 1st marks a huge moment in independence for the former nation of Rhodesia, as the country marked the end of a century of white rule in 1979 – and officially changed its name to how we know it today, Zimbabwe.
This is CNN.
CNN, the first-ever 24-hour news network – was first launched on June 1st, 1980. It seems like it’s been around for longer – but that’s just the always-on information effect!
Sweden curtailed more nuclear energy.
Sticking to their amazing commitments to cut back on nuclear power, Sweden took the effort on June 1st, 2005, to officially close down its Barseback 2 reactor. This was the latest in a series of no-nuclear moves since votes to close down this type of power nationwide passed in 1980. The country's largely moved towards renewable energy since.
Special Days Falling on June 1stAs it happens, there’s more than a few things you can mark today with, even if you’re already celebrating a birthday or anniversary! It’s time to look into how to save people from choking, how to protect our marine life, and to try an olive or two.
World Reef Awareness Day
This special day was set up in 2019 to help draw attention from all over the globe to the plight of our gorgeous underwater reef systems. Coral remains under serious threat of extinction – which will have a devastating effect on millions of marine beasties the world over. Approximately one quarter of all marine species live on reefs!
National Heimlich Maneuver Day
While we hope you'll never have to use it, the Heimlich Maneuver can be a life-saving first aid move that could prevent a fatal choking hazard. If you spot someone choking, the maneuver requires you to stand behind them and clasp your hands around them, just above the navel. You should then thrust upwards into the abdomen, hopefully releasing the lodged object. Today's a great day to find out more.
National Olive Day
Green, black, however you like them – olives are tasty and handy to snack on no matter where you are in the world. Believe it or not, they’re actually fruits – and have common family links in mangoes, peaches, and plums! Today’s the day to give them a try!