June is the 6th month of the year, and guess what, it has the summer solstice for the Northern hemisphere and the winter solstice for the Southern hemisphere, how crazy is that! The day with the longest period of daylight for one-half of the earth while the other half has the shortest, in the same month! It's actually not that crazy if you hear the "science" part of it. Continue on to find out more such amazing trivia & facts about June.
1. Named after…
The latin term for June is Junius. The Roman poet Ovid gives a couple of references to the etymology of June. He first says that it is named after the roman goddess of marriage and wife of Jupiter, Juno & that it comes from the Latin word iuniores which means "younger ones" after the month of May which means elder ones.
2. Birthstones are…
The people born in the month of June have the luxury of choice. They can choose from 3 gemstones: pearl, alexandrite and moonstone, according to their mood, budget or something that goes well with their dress.
3. The American Flag design was adopted!
On June 14, 1977, the Congress accepted the Stripes & Stars as the Flag of the United, and since then, this date is celebrated as Flag day all over the US.
4. Helen Keller Died!
At the age of 87 — the girl who defied disabilities such as deafness and blindness to become a world renown writer and lecturer, Helen Keller — died in her sleep on June 1, 1968.
5. Zodiac Signs
The Zodiac signs for June are:
- Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)
- Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)
6. Alexander the Great died!
Alexander the Great, the conqueror of the western world, died in early June, 323 BC. He is said to have succumbed to a fever that lasted 10 days!
7. Lightening = electricity was informally proved!
Somewhere in the middle of June ( probably the 15th) scientist Benjamin Franklin, with the help of his son William, is said to have conducted the kite experiment which gave the first evidence that lightning was in fact, electricity!
8. IBM was founded!
On June 16, 1911, The International Business Machines Corporation or in short IBM as it is famous today, was founded by Charles Ranlett Flint!
9. Slavery was first banned in the US
Slavery was officially abolished in the United States of America, on June 19, 1862, when the US Congress dismissed the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
10. Father's day
Father's day is observed all over the world on the 3rd Sunday of every June. This year (2017), it is on June 18. It is to honor the silent yet tough protector of the family, the father.
11. Michael Jackson died!
On June 25, 2009, pop star Michael Jackson died of intoxication due to prescription medicine at his ranch in the Holmby Hills, USA.
12. Mercedes-Benz was formed
June 28, 1926, saw the merger of two automobile companies that belonged to Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, into the one that we know and adore today, Mercedes-Benz.
13. Interesting traits of June borns
People who are born in the month of June are said to be sociable, talkative and quite humorous! They are also observed to be child-like, inquisitive and very intelligent.