Can you believe we’re already into the sixth month of the year? Summer is upon us, school is out, and many families take vacations. Let’s learn a little more about the month of June.
June is one of my favorite months. In the northern hemisphere, it is the time of summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. In the early Roman calendar, June was the fourth month and had only twenty-nine days. Julius Caesar added an additional day when he reformed the calendar. The month got its name from the Roman goddess Juno.
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” ~Al Bernstein
- The birthstone for June is the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
- Rose is the flower
- June is National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, and National Adopt a Cat Month (I already have three cats, so I’ll pass on the that one.)
- On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the United States flag. We now celebrate Flag Day each year on June 14.
- D-Day (the anniversary of the allied landings in Normandy in 1944) is June 6th.
- Father’s Day is the third Sunday of June (this year on the 21st).
- Some other special (or wacky) days are, Flip a Coin Day (1st), Hug your Cat Day (4th), National Doughnut Day (5th), Best Friends Day (8th), Iced Tea Day (10th) (I like that one!), National Park Day (23rd), and Take Your Dog to Work Day (26th).
- Seven states joined the Union in the month of June—New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia in 1788 by ratification of the constitution; Kentucky in 1792, Tennessee in 1796, Arkansas in 1836, and West Virginia in 1863 when it seceded from Virginia during the War Between the States). Hawaii was also organized as a territory in 1900, but didn’t become a state until 1959.
- The June full moon is known as the Full Strawberry Moon so named for the time to harvest strawberries. In Europe it was also referred to as the Rose Moon.
- Famous people born in June include former NFL quarterbacks Joe Montana and John Elway, singer Paul McCartney, guitarist Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Prince William, actors Liam Neeson and Gary Busey, poet and playwright W. B. Yeats, and author Pearl Buck.
Do you have special plans for the summer? What is one of your favorite vacations? Please share in the comments.