List of Important Days in June
General Awareness section is one of the important section in any competitive exam. The static part of General Knowledge weighs more than 50% of the General Awareness section, therefore, one has to focus on its various sub-topics and Important Days is one such sub-topic. Have a look at the detailed list of Important Days in June. The list has been prepared keeping in mind the type of question that can be asked from this sub-topic.
1. World Milk Day: 1 June
- World Milk Day is observed every year on 1 June.
- Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the occasion.
- World Milk Day is the International Day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
- This day explains the importance of milk as a global food.
- World Milk Day was first observed in the year 2001.
- Theme 2019: “Drink milk: today and every day”
2. Telangana Foundation Day: 2 June
- Telangana Foundation Day is observed every year on 2 June.
- It came into existence officially as the 29th state of the country on 2 June 2014, seceding from Andhra Pradesh.
- But at present since the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, there are 28 states and 9 union territories in the country.
- K. Chandrasekhar Rao was elected the first Chief Minister of the state after the elections.
- Telangana is a state in southern India.
- Its capital is Hyderabad.
- The Current Governor of Telangana is Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister is K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
- Telangana has 17 seats in the Lok Sabha and 119 assembly seats.
3. World Bicycle Day: 3 June
- World Bicycle Day is observed every year on 3 June.
- World Bicycle Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018.
- The idea behind this is to recognize the health benefits from cycling.
- Also, the bicycle is a cheap, reliable, simple, clean and environmentally sustainable means of transport.
4. International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression: 4 June
- International Day of Innocent Child Victims of Aggression is observed every year on 4 June.
- United Nations has established this day on 19 August 1982.
- The main purpose of celebrating this day is to spread awareness about the pain and suffering faced by the victim children.
- This day is dedicated to recognizing the physical, mental and emotional abuse of children all over the world and bringing a smile to their face.
5. World Environment Day: 5 June
- World Environment Day is observed every year on 5 June.
- The day is approved by the United Nations to encourage awareness and action to protect our environment.
- The theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “celebrating biodiversity”, which is a concern that is both urgent and existential.
- World Environment Day was first observed in 1974.
- Theme 2019: “Air Pollution”
6. World Food Safety Day: 7 June
- World Food Safety Day is observed every year on 7 June.
- The day is celebrated to attract global attention to contribute to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture market access, tourism and sustainable development and preventing food risks.
- This year's theme is “Food safety, everyone's business”
- This year is the second World Food Safety Day.
- In 2019, the first World Food Safety Day was celebrated under the theme “The Future of Food Safety”.
7. World Oceans Day: 8 June
- World Oceans Day is celebrated every year on 8 June.
- The concept was originally proposed by Canada's International Center for Ocean Development at the UN’s Environment and Development, 1992 Earth Conference in Brazil.
- The theme of World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a sustainable ocean.”
- Theme 2019: “Gender and the Ocean”
8. Coral Triangle Day: 9 June
- Every year Coral Triangle Day is celebrated on 9 June.
- The purpose of celebrating this day is to conserve and raise awareness about the sea, especially about the Coral Triangle which is the world's marine biodiversity epicenter.
- The center consists of 6 countries in the Asia-Pacific region of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste Seas.
- The Coral Triangle is the epicenter of the world's marine biodiversity. It is one of the 3 mega ecological complexes on Earth. The other two mega ecological complexes are the Congo Basin and the Amazon Rainforest.
- About Corals:
- Corals are formed due to the secretion of calcium carbonate by the small, soft-bodied organisms called polyps.
- Coral polyp bodies are usually clear. The bright colors that characterize many corals are actually various types of algae growing in the polyp’s tissue, mainly zooxanthellae are present.
- Coral reefs are ridges in the sea formed due to the growth and accumulation of corals.
- Coral reefs are known as the “rainforests of the sea”.
- These reefs provide food and habitat for about 25 percent of the world’s fishes.
9. World Day against Child Labour: 12 June
- World Day Against Child Labour is celebrated every year on 12 June.
- World Day against child labour 2020 focuses on the impact of the crisis on child labor.
- This year, World Day is organized as a virtual campaign and is organized in association with the Global March against Child Labour and the International Partnership for Cooperation in Child Labour in Agriculture.
- Theme 2020: “COVID-19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever”
- The day was established in 2002 by the International Labour Organization.
- Theme 2019: “Children Shouldn’t Work in field, but in dreams”.
10. World Blood Donor Day: 14 June
- World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on 14 June.
- The purpose of celebrating this day is to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank the donors.
- The day marks the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner who discovered and classified the ABO blood groups.
- The day is an important occasion for all governments, national health officials, and the national blood services to provide adequate infrastructure to regularly increase blood collection from unpaid blood donors.
- This year the theme of this day is – “Safe blood saves lives”.
- The event was first organized in 2005 by a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
- Theme 2019: “Safe Blood for All”
11. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15 June
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed every year on 15 June.
- The objective of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to encourage the world to pay more attention to the wellbeing and adequate health care of older persons.
- Its theme this year is “Safeguard older persons during COVID-19 and beyond.”
- The day was launched on 15 June 2006 at the United Nations by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization.
12. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: 17 June
- The day is celebrated every year on 17 June to create awareness regarding the presence of desertification and drought and also to highlight the international efforts to combat desertification.
- In 1994, the UN General Assembly declared June 17 as the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought". The day is being observed since 1995.
- More than 2 billion hectares of productive land is degraded and over 70% of natural ecosystems have been transformed.
- In 2007, the UN General Assembly declared 2010-2020 the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification.
- SDG 15: Life on Land- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
- Theme 2020: "Food, Feed, Fibre"
- Theme 2019: “25 Years- Let’s grow the future together”
13. Autistic Pride Day: 18 June
- Autistic Pride Day is celebrated every year on 18 June.
- The day is observed to create awareness about autism in people.
- According to data from the World Health Organization, one in 160 children is autistic.
- Autism is basically a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to interact and communicate. The disorder has a direct effect on a person's nervous system and affects the person's emotional, social, and physical health overall.
- The first Autistic Pride Day was celebrated in the year 2005 in Brazil.
14. World Sickle Cell Awareness Day: 19 June
- World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is held every year on 19 June.
- The day is celebrated to help increase public knowledge about sickle cell disease and to raise awareness about people and their families suffering from the disease.
- This day was first celebrated in the year 2008.
- On this day, a resolution was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, officially recognizing Sickle Cell Disease as a public health concern.
- According to the World Health Organization, the disease affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children.
- Sickle Cell Disease is a fatal blood disorder, a major cause of premature death in children under five years of age in various African countries.
15. World Refugee Day: 20 June
- World Refugee Day is observed on 20 June each year.
- The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the status of refugees worldwide.
- The theme of World Refugee Day this year is "Every Action Counts". It is focused on bringing change to make the world more inclusive.
- On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution concerning the status of refugees, and decided that June 20 would be marked as World Refugee Day.
- According to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, people who have fled their homes and countries for fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, are called refugees.
16. International Day of Yoga: 21 June
- Every year on 21 June, International Day of Yoga is observed to recognize the various benefits of Yoga and promote Yoga as the way of life.
- The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014, adopted the resolution to mark 21 June as the International Day of Yoga keeping in mind that the day is the longest Day in Northern Hemisphere and is significant for most of the people.
- Yoga is an ancient practice that not only deals with physical and mental health but also emotional and spiritual health.
- Yoga is a gift of India to the world.
- Yoga has been declared the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016.
- Theme 2020: "Yoga for Health- Yoga at Home"
- Theme 2019: "Yoga for Climate Action"
17. World Music Day: 21 June
- World Music Day or Fête de la Musique is celebrated every year on 21 June to provide free music to all.
- The day is observed to honour the musicians across the world and encourage them to showcase their work to people.
- On this day, free public concerts are organised in parks, streets, stations and other public places.
- The day was founded in 1982 by Jack Lang (France's Minister of Culture) and Maurice Fleuret ( French composer, radio producer and festival organiser).
- Music is a stress buster and helps one sleep better.
18. Olympic Day: 23 June
- Olympic Day was established in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894.
- The day is also celebrated to increase participation in sport regardless of age, gender or athletic ability, as well as being an opportunity to celebrate the Olympic values around the world.
- This year Olympians, athletes and fans all over the globe will come together to be active in the world’s largest 24-hour digital workout.
- This year the day will be celebrated under the theme #StayStrong #StayActive and #StayHealthy!
19. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June
- International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on 26 June to strengthen the actions and cooperation in achieving an international society free of drug abuse.
- On 7 December 1987, UNGA adopted a resolution to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
- This year, the day aims to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how better knowledge will boost international cooperation in dealing with its impact on health, governance and society.
- According to the latest World Drug Report, around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, which is 30% more than in 2009.
- Theme 2020: "Better Knowledge for Better Care"
20. International Day of the Tropics: 29 June
- International Day of the Tropics is celebrated every year on 29 June.
- The purpose of celebrating this day is to raise awareness of the specific challenges faced by tropical regions and the role of countries in tropical development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
- It is known that as a result of cooperation between twelve major tropical research institutes, State of the Tropics Report was launched on 29 June 2014.
- Marking the anniversary of the launch of this report, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2016, to celebrate 29 June as International Day of the Tropics.
- The region hosts around 80% of the world’s biodiversity.
- The Tropics host nearly 95% of the world’s mangrove forests by area and 99% of mangrove species.
- Tropics is the area of the Earth that lies mainly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
21. National Statistics Day: 29 June
- Every year 29 June is celebrated as National Statistics Day in India.
- This year, due to the global pandemic, Statistics Day was observed through video conferencing.
- This day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Prof. PC Mahalanobis to commemorate his invaluable contribution in establishing the National Statistical System.
- This year its theme is “Achieving SDG-3- Ensuring Healthy Living and SDG-5 Gender Equality.”
- The PC Mahalanobis National Statistics Award has also been instituted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on this occasion.
- The PC Mahalanobis National Statistics Award 2020 was conferred on Dr. Chakravarti Rangarajan, former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, for his outstanding contribution to the National Statistical System in India.
22. World Asteroid Day: 30 June
- World Asteroid Day is an annual global event celebrated every year.
- The purpose of celebrating World Asteroid Day is to raise public awareness of the asteroid impact threat and to inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken globally.
- It is held to commemorate the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on June 30, 1908, the most damaging known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history.
- In its resolution in December 2016, the United Nations declared 30 June as Asteroid Day to be observed globally every year.
- Asteroids – These are small rock-like structures that revolve around the Sun. These are found orbiting around the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.