Facts about June
According to the Georgian calendar, which is used over most of the world today, June is the sixth month. On the Roman calendar, it was considered the fourth month and had only 29 days. Julius Ceasar gave the month 30 days in 46 B.C., when he reformed the Roman calendar.
Spring ends and summer begins around June 20, 21, or 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the time that the flowers are beautiful. It is especially the month for roses. In the Southern hemisphere, winter begins during June, and it brings cold, rainy weather
to this part of the world.
|Flag Day is observed in the United States on June 14. It commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our flag. It then had only 13 stars, to match its 13 stripes.|
It's not an official national holiday, but in Pennsylvania, it is a legal holiday. The President has proclaimed a public flag day observance every year. It was first observed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the selection of the flag. President Harry S. Truman officially recognized June 14 as Flag Day by signing the National Flag Day Bill. My American Flag
| The Philippines' Independence Day is on June 12. |
|Sweden celebrates flag day, its national holiday, on June 6. |
| Finland's flag day is the Saturday closest to June 24.|
|The JUNE BUG also known as June beetle, is the name for several large beetles seen in the United States during May and June. They are usually seen at night, when the light attracts them.
June bugs eat the young leaves of trees and plants. They deposit their eggs in the ground. The young larvae bury themselves in the soil in the autumn and stay there two years. They then come out in May or June as adult beetles.
Gems for June are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
The rose is the flower for the month of June.
|IMPORTANT JUNE EVENTS
- Kentucky became the 15th state, June 1, 1792.
Tennessee became the 16th state, June 1, 1796.
John Randolph of Roanoke, American statesman, born June 2, 1773.
De Soto claimed Florida for Spain, June 3, 1539.
Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, born June 3, 1808.
Secretary of State George C. Marshall described the Marshall Plan, June 5, 1947.
U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy shot by an assassin June 5, 1968. Died the following day, 1968.
Nathan Hale, American patriot, born June 6, 1755.
YMCA organized in London, June 6, 1844.
Cole Porter, American composer, born June 9, 1893.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, born June 10, 1921.
George Bush, 41st President of the United States, born in Milton, Massachusetts, June 12, 1924.
Winfield Scott, American general, born June 13, 1786.
Continental Congress adopted the Flag of the United States, June 14, 1777.
Hawaii organized as a territory, June 14, 1900.
King John granted Magna Carta, June 15, 1215.
George Washington appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army, June 15, 1775.
Arkansas became the 25th state, June 15, 1836.
Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization, June 15, 1844.
Ford Motor Company founded, June 16, 1903.
Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet began exploring the Mississippi River, June 17, 1673.
Reclamation Act passed by Congress, June 17, 1902.
Charles Eames, American designer, born June 17, 1907.
John Hersey, American novelist, born June 17, 1914.
Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., touched off Watergate political scandal, June 17, 1972.
United States declared war on Great Britain, June 18, 1812.
Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States, June 20, 1782.
Eli Whitney applied for a patent on the cotton gin, June 20, 1793.
West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863.
President Andrew Johnson announced the purchase of Alaska from Russia, June 20, 1867.
Daniel Carter Beard, founder of Boy Scouts of America, born June 21, 1850.
New Hampshire ratified the Constitution, June 21, 1788.
Cyrus McCormick granted patent for reaper, June 21, 1834.
Rockwell Kent, American artist, born June 21, 1882.
Allied forces captured Okinawa during World War II, June 21, 1945.
American author Anne Morrow Lindbergh born June 22, 1906.
William Penn signed land treaty with Indians, June 23, 1683.
Taft-Hartley Act became law, June 23, 1947.
Chemist E. I. du Pont born June 24, 1771.
Sioux Indians massacred Little Bighorn, Montana, June 25, 1876.
Fair Labor Standards Act became law, June 25, 1938.
Virginia ratified the Constitution, June 25, 1788.
Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, born June 26 1892.
United Nations Charter signed by delegates from 50 nations at San Francisco, June 26, 1945.
American poet Paul L. Dunbar born June 27, 1872.
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author and lecturer, born June 27, 1880.
George W. Goethals, American engineer who built the Panama Canal, born June 29, 1858.
William James Mayo, American surgeon who helped establish the Mayo Foundation, born June 29, 1861.
George Ellery Hale, American astronomer, born June 29, 1868.
Federal Food and Drugs Act of the United States became law, June 30, 1906.
Then let us, one and all, be contented with our lot;
The June is here this morning, and the sun is shining hot;
Oh! let us fill our hearts up with the glory of the day,
And banish ev'ry doubt and care and sorrow far away.
Source: James Whitcomb Riley