June is the 6th 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 begins on the same day of the week as any other month, but always ends on the same day of the week as March.
No other month in any year, common or leap year, begins on the same day of the week as June. June ends on the same day of the week as March every year, as each other's last days are 13 weeks (91 days) apart.
In common years, June starts on the same day of the week as September and December of the previous year, and in leap years, April and July of the previous year. In common years, June finishes on the same day of the week as September of the previous year, and in leap years, April and December of the previous year.
Every year, June starts on the same day of the week as February of the following year, as each other's first days are exactly 35 weeks (245 days) apart. In years immediately before common years, June starts on the same day of the week as March and November of the following year, and in years immediately before leap years, August of the following year. In years immediately before common years, June finishes on the same day of the week as August and November of the following year, and in years immediately before leap years, May of the following year.
June is one of two months to have a solstice (the other is December, its seasonal equivalent in both hemispheres), 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.
Events in June
- 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.
- June is one of two months that never begins on the same day of the week as any other months within any calendar year. (May is the other)
- June is the third of three months in a row, in the English language, that can also be a female given name. (April and May are the other two)
- 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).
- At the North Pole, the Sun does not set in June; at the South Pole, it does not rise.
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