June is the sixth month of the year, coming between May and July. It has 30 days. June is named for the Roman goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter. She is goddess of marriage. Because of this, getting married in June was thought to be lucky.
June never starts on the same day of the week as another month, but always ends on the same day of the week as March.
The Month[change | change source]
No other month in any year, common or leap year, starts on the same day of the week as June. June ends on the same day of the week as March every year, as March 31 and June 30 are exactly 13 weeks (91 days) apart.
In common years, June starts on the same day of the week as September and December, and ends on the same day of the week as September, both of the preceding year; in leap years, June starts on the same day of the week as April and July, and ends on the same day of the week as April and December, both of the preceding year.
June always starts on the same day of the week as February of the following year: if that year is a common year, June starts the same day of the week as March and November, and ends on the same day of the week as August and November, both of the following year; if that year is a leap year, June starts on the same day of the week as August and ends on the same day of the week as May, both of the following year.
The month of June has a solstice, and in this month the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere is turned towards the Sun, meaning that June 20 or June 21 is the Northern Summer Solstice and the Southern Winter Solstice. This means that this date would have the most daylight of any day in the Northern Hemisphere, and the least in the Southern Hemisphere. There are 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole and 24 hours of darkness at the South Pole. In each hemisphere, June is the seasonal equivalent of December in the other.
Events in June[change | change source]
- The solstice occurs around June 21, but it may occur on either the 20th or the 22nd. It is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.
- Midsummer is celebrated in Sweden on the third Friday in June.
- Father's Day is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday in June.
- Gay pride celebrations happen in many countries, in honour of the Stonewall riots.
- World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5.
- World Ocean Day is celebrated on June 8.
Trivia[change | change source]
- June is one of two months that never starts on the same day of the week as another month of the same year, the other being May.
- The months of June and July both start with the "Ju" letter combination in the English language, and in some languages have only one letter's difference between their names.
- June's flower is the Rose.
- Its birthstone is the pearl. The meaning for the birthstone pearl is health.
- The Zodiac signs for June are Gemini (May 21 – June 20) and Cancer (June 21 – July 21).
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