June – Sixth Month of the Year
The month of June reminds us, who lives in Northern Hemisphere, of summer, swimming, the clear skies and the warmth of the sun. The sixth month of the calendar is significant since places in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest days and the regions in the Southern Hemisphere the shortest days. Thus, this unique month serves as winter as well as summer in polar opposite ends of the world.
Many celebrations take place in the month of June, especially marriages. According to one etymology, June is named after the Roman goddess Juno who is the goddess of marriage and a married couple’s household. It is considered good luck to get married in this month.
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HISTORY OF JUNE
June is the sixth month of the year, according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The name of the month comes from the Roman goddess Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter and is also equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. Juno was the goddess of marriage. Another belief is that the month’s name comes from the Latin work iuniores which means “younger ones”. June is special because it has the longest day hours in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest night hours in the Southern Hemisphere. June and May are the only two months that doesn’t start on the same day of the week as any other month. June ends on the same day of the week as March every year.
June was originally the fourth month of the year in earlier versions of the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the fifth month with a length of 29 days following a calendar reform around 450 BCE. In the Julian calendar, June was given a length of 30 days again.
In ancient Rome, the period from mid-May through mid-June was considered inauspicious for marriage. Ovid says that he consulted the Flaminica Dialis, the high priestess of Jupiter, about setting a date for his daughter’s wedding, and was advised to wait till after June 15. Plutarch, however, implies that the entire month of June was more favorable for weddings than May.
Certain meteor showers take place in June. The Arietids takes place May 22 to July 2 each year, and peaks on June 7. The Beta Taurids June 5 to July 18. The June Bootids take place roughly between 26 June and 2 July each year.
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10 FACTS ABOUT JUNE
- June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, it has the shortest daylight hours of the year.
- June’s birthstone is the pearl, the Moonstone and the alexandrite. The June birth flower is the rose (rosa) and the honeysuckle (lonicera).
- In the United States, the name June skyrocketed in popularity in the early twentieth century. In 1925, it was the 39th most popular name for a baby girl, as favored as Sarah and Allison are today.
- The famous English tennis tournament Wimbledon is played during the month of June.
- In both common and leap years, no other month begins on the same day of the week as June.
- People with June birthdays are less likely to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder compared to those born in the winter, research reveals.
- There is a term called, June Bug, which is given to many large bugs found in the United States, during May and June.
- The people who are born in June fall under two zodiac signs; Gemini (till 21st) and Cancer (from 22nd).
- June is regarded as the National Iced Tea Month as well as the National Candy Month in the US.
- More Nobel Prize winners have been born in June than any other month
JUNE HOLIDAYS IN THE UNITED STATES
Father’s Day (the third Sunday in June)
Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to appreciate the big and strong contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries, as in the USA, greet this day on the third Sunday in June.
The idea of a special day to honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States. The first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton suggested her pastor to honor all those fathers while he was mourning the loss of her father in December 1907 when the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children.
There are some suggestions that the idea of Father’s Day may arise in pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the Sun as the father of the universe. As the Summer solstice occurs around the same time of year as Father’s Day, some people see a connection between those two.
This year in 2021 Father’s Day will be celebrated on June 20th 2021, Sunday.
This is a very special day to present our love and gratitude to our fathers, to be aware of the strength we receive from them. So, do not forget to put a special mark on your June calendar in advance not to miss it!
Flag Day (June 14th, Sunday)
Flag Day, also called National Flag Day, in the United States, a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.
Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher, in 1885 urged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” Then he wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper that suggested Americans to recognize this date as the day to celebrate the flag. In 1888 William T. Kerr of Pennsylvania founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania, an organization to which he dedicated his life.
Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day, and in 1949 the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, Pennsylvania celebrates the day as a state holiday. Each year the U.S. president delivers an address that proclaims the week of June 14 as National Flag Week, and all Americans are encouraged to fly U.S. flags during that week.
Summer Solstice (June 20th, Saturday)
Solstice comes from the Latin word “sol”, meaning Sun and “sistere”, meaning to come to a stop or stand still. On the day of the June solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position, as seen from the Earth. At that moment, its zenith does not move north or south as during most other days of the year, but it stands still at the Tropic of Cancer. It then reverses its direction and starts moving south again.
The opposite happens during the December solstice. Then, the Sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky – Tropic of Capricorn – stands still, and then reverses its direction towards the north.
Even though most people consider June 21 as the date of the Summer Solstice, it can happen anytime between June 20 and June 22. June 22 solstices are rare – the last June 22 solstice in UTC time took place in 1975 and there won’t be another one until 2203.
The June solstice holds a special place of celebration in many cultures. People around the world celebrate the day with feasts, picnics, dance, and music.
If you want to join this enthusiasm, do not forget to mark this day in advance on your blank June 2020 calendar!
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS IN JUNE
June 23, 1912 – Alan Turing who was a famous mathematician and World War II cryptanalyst, working for the British government was born in Maida Vale, London, England.
June 1, 1926 – Marilyn Monroe who was a famous and one of the foremost and biggest sex symbol of Hollywood was born in Los Angeles, California.
June 22, 1949 – Meryl Streep who is one of the most talented actors of the modern era was born in Summit, New Jersey.
June 28, 1971 – Elon Musk who is the famous entrepreneur, engineer-innovator known for his pro-environment inventions like the electricity powered sports car ‘Tesla Roadster’ was born in Pretoria, South Africa.
June 24, 1987 – Lionel Messi who is one of the modern soccer greats and captain of the Argentina national team was born in Rosario, Argentina.
JUNE IN HISTORY
Would you like to be informed about some of the major June events in history before you filled out your own June 2020 calendar template with events that are important to you?
June 27, 1859 – The song “Happy Birthday to You” was first sung.
June 17, 1885 – The Statute of Liberty arrive in New York City from France.
June 26, 1977 – Elvis Presley gives his last concert.
June 18, 1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman to go into space when she flew on the space shuttle Challenger.