When you think about the month of June, do thoughts of Father's Day and summer vacations come to mind? There is a lot more to June than deciding what gift to get your father or where to go for your summer vacation. There are other holidays during the month, many famous people celebrate their birthday in June, and many historic events took place during the sixth month of the year.
Read on to learn some trivial facts about June.
June is named after the Roman goddess Juno. The month of June is a popular month for weddings, perhaps because Juno was the goddess of marriage.
In ancient Rome, June was the fourth month of the year. When the
Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the sixth month of the year.
It is one of the four months with thirty days.
The traditional birthstone for June is the pearl. It is a symbol of
purity and is the only gem that comes from living sea creatures.
Alexandrite is an alternate birthstone for June. This unique gemstone
changes color depending on the lighting conditions. It is greenish brown
in color when exposed to daylight and fluorescent light, but changes to
a purple reddish hue by incandescent or candlelight. It is a symbol of
joy and good fortune.
Another alternate birthstone for June is
moonstone. It is considered a sacred stone in India. Moonstone varies in
color from clear to bluish white or peach. It is a symbol of health and
The flower for the month of June is the rose. Roses are a symbol of love and appreciation. They are also known as the flower of passion.
Roses come in a wide variety of colors. Each color has a different
meaning. Red roses symbolize love, white roses symbolize innocence and
purity, and light pink roses are a symbol of admiration or sympathy.
Gemini and Cancer are the astrological signs for June. Birthdays from
June 1st through the 20th fall under the sign of Gemini. June 21st
through the 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Cancer.
June Holidays and Observances
Father's Day is the most well known holiday that takes place in June. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th each year. It is the anniversary of the United States flag which dates back to 1777.
In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs and summer
begins. This takes place on June 21st, 22nd or 23rd, depending on the
For a list of daily observances in June go to:
Historic Events in June
Many major events happened during the sixth month of the year. Here are four historical events that took place in June.
Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity on June 15, 1752.
Continental Congress adopted the United States flag known as the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recognized by Congress on June 22, 1942.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950.
There are over a dozen monthly observances during the month of June. Some of them are listed below.
Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
Aphasia Awareness Month
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
Scleroderma Awareness Month
To see more monthly observances in June go to: http://www.butlerwebs.com/holidays/june.htm
Famous People Born in June
Many famous people were born in June. Here are just a few of them.
One president: George H.W. Bush
Several actors and actresses: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, Johnny Depp,
Michael J. Fox, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Toby Maquire, Marilyn
Monroe, and Meryl Streep
Singers/Musicians: Paul McCartney and Lionel Ritchie
Athletes: Joe Montana, Michael Phelps and Venus Williams
You can find a complete listing of famous people born in June at: http://www.saidwhat.co.uk/quotes/month/6