Fun Facts About the Month of June

June, named after Juno -- the goddess of marriage -- is the sixth month of the year and one of four months in the year with a length of 30 days. June also boasts the longest daylight hours of the year.

Holidays include Flag Day and Father's Day. Summer officially kicks off on June 21, and the Summer Solstice falls on this month as well.

Did you know there's a June beetle? Named after the month of June, it's only seen in May and June in the U.S.

Gemini and Cancer are the two Zodiac signs that fall in the month of June, with the birthstones being Alexandrite, Moonstone, and Pearl.

Here are some noteworthy historic events that took place in the month of June:

  • June 3, 1539: De Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • June 20, 1782: Congress adopts the design for the Great Seal of the United States
  • June 20, 1793: Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin
  • June 15, 1844: Charles Goodyear is granted a patent for rubber vulcanization 
  • June 20, 1867: President Andrew Johnson announces the purchase of Alaska from Russia
  • June 16, 1903: The Ford Motor Company is founded
  • June 26, 1945: The United Nations Charter is signed by delegates from 50 nations in San Francisco
  • June 5, 1968: U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot by an assassin and dies the following day
Many famous historic figures were born in the month of June, including Confederate president Jefferson Davis; King George III, who relinquished control of the American colonies following Great Britain's defeat in the Revolutionary War; economists Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes; American architect Frank Lloyd Wright; and 41st U.S. President George Bush.

Here's to a magnificent month of June for all!

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