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June Fun Facts and Trivia

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of the four months with a length of 30 days. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones,” as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for which the preceding month May may be named.

  • June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini.
  • However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, and ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer.
  • June is known for the large number of marriages that occur over the course of the month.
  • According to one etymology, June is named after Juno (Hera).
  • The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946.
  • Flag Days of Sweden (June 6), United States (June 14—see Flag Day in the United States), Denmark (June15), Argentina (June 20), and Romania (June 26).
  • Primož Trubar Day, on 8 June, a public holiday in Slovenia in commemoration of the birth of the founder of the Slovene literary language, who was according to some sources born on 8 June 1508 Kamehameha Day, on June 11, is a state holiday in Hawaii, US, honoring the first ruler of the one-time kingdom.
  • Feast of St. Anthony of Padua June 13 United Kingdom – Trooping the Colour (Military celebration of the monarch’s official birthday held in London on the second Saturday of June), Bloomsday in Ireland and worldwide for fans of James Joyce’s Ulysses is June 16, Youth Day in South Africa June 16, The Comrades in South Africa June 16.
  • The solstice called the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 20 June to 21 June (in UTC).
  • Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec) June 24.
  • Children’s Day celebrated in many eastern European countries including PortugalPoland, Slovakia, Romania as well as China and other countries throughout the world.
  • Caribbean-American Heritage Month (United States) Bike month in the Lower mainland in British ColumbiaCanada Independence day (June 17) in Iceland Fishermansday (first Sunday in June) celebrating the work of fishermen and those lost at sea.
  • The horoscope for June is Gemini (astrology) or Cancer (astrology).