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President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month on June 1, 2009. This proclamation highlights the contributions made by LGBT Americans in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to President Obama’s proclamation, President William J. Clinton issued a presidential proclamation on June 11, 1999, designating June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the birth of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement.

Caribbean American Heritage Month
National Caribbean American Heritage Month was first proclaimed in 2006 by President George W. Bush, to celebrate contributions of Caribbean Americans by enriching society and strengthening America. 2016 marks the eighth anniversary of the celebration of this heritage month. Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, spearheaded the campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month. The National Commemorative Committee hopes through this commemorative month to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity; founding father Alexander Hamilton and journalist Malcolm Gladwell are two Caribbean immigrants who helped shaped the American dream. Read more…


Read more on our Heritage Month Guide.

2. Granting of citizenship to American Indians (1924): United States

On this day, Congress extended the rights of citizenship to all American Indians born in the United States.

3. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950): African American

A pioneer in blood research, Dr. Drew introduced the use of plasma on the battlefield; organized the world's first mass blood bank project, Blood for Britain; and established the American Red Cross Blood Bank, of which he was the first director.

6. Ramadan (The Month of Fasting, first day of month-long fasting): Islamic

This begins the first day of the Islamic month of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim year. The fast of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and mandatory for every Muslim who has reached puberty except those who are ill, pregnant, or on a journey. During this month, Muslims who have reached puberty may take no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. Observant Muslims pray and read the Qur'an, and are encouraged to give generously to charity during the month of Ramadan. After sunset, Muslims break the fast with the evening meal called the iftar. Also, before inviting someone to lunch or hosting a meal during Ramadan, check to see whether your Muslim invitee is observing the fast for this period. Common greetings include Ramadan Mubarak, “Wishing you the blessings of Ramadan,” and “Congratulations on the arrival of Ramadan.”

12. Anne Frank (1929-1945): Jewish Dutch

This young girl hid with her family from the Nazis in a secret apartment during the occupation of the Netherlands. The hiding place was eventually discovered and the family deported to concentration camps, but Anne's diary, discovered and published after her death, became the most widely read of all personal accounts of the Holocaust.

19. Juneteenth: African American

This commemorates the emancipation of all slaves in Texas by the Union general Gordon Grange.

25. Battle of Little Bighorn (1876): American Indian

On this date at Little Bighorn River, General George A. Custer was killed and his command annihilated by combined forces of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. The determined resistance of the nomadic Plains tribes in the protection of their hunting grounds and way of life earned them a number of military victories before they were defeated by the stronger U.S. government forces.

27. Helen Keller (1880-1968): People with Disabilities

Left deaf and blind by illness at the age of 19 months, Helen Keller learned to speak and then to read and write Braille with the help of her remarkable teacher, Annie Sullivan. After graduating cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904, she devoted her life to writing and social activism, particularly in aid of people with one or both of her disabilities.

28. Stonewall Rebellion (1969): Gay, Lesbian

In the early morning of this day, New York City police entered a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village and began harassing and taunting the patrons with anti-gay comments. The patrons fought back in a protest that lasted for the next three days.


The entries for this calendar have been adapted from the Electronic Diversity Calendar (TM). Used with permission.

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