Discover Fun Facts About June

Discover Amazing Fun Facts About June

June is a month full of excitement and fun! Here are some amazing facts about this month that you may not have known before. For instance, did you know that June is the official start to summer vacation?

Or did you know that June is named after the Roman goddess Juno? She was the wife of Jupiter and the queen of the gods. There are many other interesting things about this month, which I’ll share with you in today’s blog post! So read on to learn some amazing fun facts about June.

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Discover Amazing Fun Facts About June

Unlike other blogs with facts and trivia about the calendar month of June, Made You Smile Back takes it to a whole new level of digging for amazing fun facts that many are now aware of. For instance, did you know that there’s actually a National Holiday for T-Shirts?! 

We all know that June is the sixth month of the year, right? But before Julius Caesar, June was actually the 4th month of the calendar year. We shall also dive in and discover some famous folks who were born this month, including Johnny Depp and Donald Trump and so many more and take a closer look at other less than known designated holidays for June as well.

So stay tuned and read on for more riveting information about June!

The Origin of the Month of June!

First, let’s find out how did the month of June come about.

The calendar year had only ten months under Julius Caesar. In 46 BC, he extended the year by adding two more months, making June the sixth month.

The origin of the name June is uncertain, but it is most likely named after the Roman goddess Juno. She was the wife of Jupiter and the queen of the gods.

Another theory suggests that it may be derived from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones,” as it is the month when younger members of society were traditionally married.

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An even 3rd possibility is suggested that the month was named after Lucius Junius Brutus, the founder of the Roman Republic.

Regardless, in general, most people associate the month of June with jubilant celebrations of marriage, love, and childbirth!  And of course, we mustn’t forget Father’s Day, always celebrated each year on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Let’s take a closer look at other important days of June to celebrate.

Important Days of June to Celebrate

  • Father’s Day: This holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries around the world. It is a day to show appreciation for all that our fathers do for us.
  • World Environment Day: This international event takes place on June fifth and is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of protecting our environment
  • International Day of Yoga: This holiday falls on June 21st and is a day to promote the practice of yoga and its benefits for physical and mental health.
  • Summer Solstice: The longest day of the year occurs on June 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also the first day of summer!
  • Flag Day: This holiday is celebrated on June 14th in the United States. It is a day to show pride in our country and to wave the American flag.
  • Additional designated National days in June are National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), National Running Day (June 1st), and National Flip Flop Day (June 29th).
  • Midsummer Day falls on June 24, marking the traditional halfway point between planting and harvesting in the growing season.
  • June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada). This holiday is meant to remind Canadians of the contributions of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Other June Fun Days of Note

  • June 1 is Say Something Nice Day
  • June 1 is World Milk Day 
  • June 3 is Chimborazo Day
  • June 3 is National Egg Day 
  • June 4 is National Donut Day 
  • June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day
  • June 7 is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • June 8 is Upsy Daisy Day
  • June 10 is National Iced Tea Day
  • June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day
  • June 21 is National T-Shirt Day
  • June 21 is National Smoothie Day
  • June 22 is National Onion Rings Day
  • June 27 is National Sunglasses Day
  • June 30 is Asteroid Day

Famous Birthdays – June 1st – 15th

In this list you shall see a variety of celebrities; from former Presidents to well-known Sports Figures and even people of note like The Dalai Lama or King George V of England.  So! Who shares your birthday in June?  

June 1, 1926 – Andy Griffith, actor

June 1, 1926 – Marilyn Monroe, actress

June 1, 1937 – Morgan Freeman, actor, movie “Driving Miss Daisy”

June 2, 1731 – Martha Washington, the very first First Lady of the United States

June 3, 1865 – King George V, of England

June 3, 1967 – Anderson Cooper, journalist and author

June 4, 1738 – King George III, king of England during the American Revolution

June 4, 1975 – Angelina Jolie, actress

June 5, 1956 – Kenny G, musician

June 6, 1935 – The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader

June 6, 1956 – Bjorn Borg, tennis champion

June 7, 1917 – Dean Martin, singer, actor, produce

June 7, 1952 – Liam Neeson, actor

June 7, 1958 – “Prince”, singer

June 8, 1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, architect

June 8, 1925 – Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States

June 8, 1929 – Jerry Stiller, comedian, actor

June 9, 1961 – Michael J. Fox, actor, “Back to the Future”

June 9, 1963 – Johnny Depp, actor, “Pirates of the Caribbean”

June 10, 1922 – Judy Garland, singer, actress “The Wizard of Oz”

June 11, 1910 – Jacques Cousteau, undersea explorer, writer, filmmaker

June 11, 1913 – Vince Lombardi, football coach

June 11, 1956 – Joe Montana, NFL quarterback

June 12, 1915 – David Rockefeller, banker

June 12, 1924 – George H. W. Bush, 41st U.S. President (1989-1993)

June 13, 1953 – Tim Allen, comedian, movie and television actor

June 13, 1893 – Dorothy L. Sayers, mystery writer

June 14, 1946 – Donald Trump, 45th U.S. President, real estate tycoon

June 14, 1969 – Steffi Graf, tennis champion

June 15, 1932 – Mario Cuomo, NY governor

June 15, 1963 – Helen Hunt, actress (Los Angeles, CA

Famous Birthdays – June 16th – 30th

June 16, 1829 – Geronimo, Native American Apache leader

June 16, 1890 – Stan Laurel, comedian, “Laurel & Hardy” duo

June 17, 1946 – Barry Manilow, singer and songwriter

June 17, 1980 – Venus Williams, tennis player

June 18, 1942 – Roger Ebert, film critic, “Siskel & Ebert”

June 18, 1942 – Paul McCartney, singer, songwriter, musician, “The Beatles”

June 19, 1897 – Moe Howard, comedian, actor, “Moe” of the “Three Stooges”

June 19, 1902 – Guy Lombardo, bandleader

June 19, 1903 – Lou Gehrig, baseball player

June 20, 1946 – Bob Vila, TV handyman show

June 20, 1967 – Nicole Kidman, actress

June 21, 1912 – Mary McCarthy, novelist

June 21, 1921 – Jane Russell, actress

June 21, 1925 – Maureen Stapleton, actress

June 22, 1936 – Kris Kristofferson, singer, actor

June 22, 1949 – Meryl Streep, Oscar-winning actress

June 22, 1964 – Dan Brown , author, The DaVinci Code

June 23, 1929 – June Carter Cash, country singer

June 23, 1953 – Tim Allen, Comedian and Actor

June 24, 1895 – Jack Dempsey, boxing champion

June 24, 1946 – Ellison Onizuka, astronaut, died in the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion

June 25, 1903– George Orwell, novelist

June 25, 1930 – Clint Eastwood, actor

June 26, 1892 – Pearl S. Buck, novelist

June 26, 1993 – Ariana Grande, actress, singer

June 27, 1880 – Helen Keller, blind author, lecturer

June 27, 1930 – H. Ross Perot, entrepreneur, presidential candidate

June 28, 1491 – Henry VIII, King of England

June 28, 1971 – Elon Musk, was born in South Africa and is an eccentric billionaire entrepreneur.

June 29, 1941 – Stokely Carmichael, militant civil rights activist

June 29, 1944 – Gary Busey, actor

June 30, 1966 – Mike Tyson, boxing champion

June 30, 1985 – Michael Phelps, American Olympic multiple gold medalist in swimming

Discover More Amazing Fun Facts About June

  • June is considered a lucky month for weddings.
  • June’s full Moon, the Full Strawberry Moon, occurs on Tuesday, June 14. It reaches peak illumination at 7:52 A.M. (EDT) that morning. The reason why it is called the ‘Strawberry Moon’ is because according to this Farmers’ Almanac, as the full moon in June and the last full moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes called this the strawberry moon.
  • Only June has its first day of the week on the same weekday as any other month.
  • The northern hemisphere officially begins summer on June 21 and is the longest day of daylight.
  • Whereas in the southern hemisphere winter officially begins on June 21 and is the shortest day of daylight.

June’s Astrological Zodiac Signs

Those born between June 1st thru the 20th are born under the Zodiac sign known as Gemini.

Those born between June 21st thru the end of June 30th are born under the Zodiac sign known as Cancer.

Please reference the attached chart showing the personality traits and strengths of each.

June’s Three Birthstones

According to the American Gem’s Society, June is only one of two months that have three birthstones associated with a calendar month.  Those lucky enough to be born in this jubilant month have their pick of pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.

  1. Pearl – Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures, known as mollusks of the sea.
  2. Alexandrite – A relatively modern gemstone, alexandrite is considered rare and mostly found in Russia.  The alexandrite is known for its ‘changing colors’ depending on the type of light is shone on it.
  3. Moonstone – The third birthstone of June, the moonstone, was named by Roman naturalist Pliny, who observed that the moonstone’s gleaming quality changed with the moon’s phases.

If it was me and I was blessed to be born in this summer month of June, I wouldn’t just pick one birthstone. No, for sure I would have all three as beautiful individual cocktail rings… just saying!

June’s Birth Animal, Plant and Flower

In wrapping up, I present these three additional amazing fun facts of June:

  • June’s Birth Animal is the horse, known to be energetic and cheerful.
  • June’s Plant is the honeysuckle flowering shrub.  It is known for the pleasant aroma of fresh floral perfume.
  • June’s Celebrated Flower is the queen of all flowers – the rose. Roses usually bloom in the ‘sixth month’ and is often given as a sign of affection and love.

Favorite June Quotes & Sayings

Be sure to check out these personal favorite June quotes and sayings.  What is your ‘fav?’

“June is the gateway to summer.”

Jean Hersey

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

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“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.”

James Dent

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“It is better to be a young June bug than an old bird of paradise.”

Mark Twain

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“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”

Wallace Stevens

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“In summer, the song sings itself.”

William Carlos Williams

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“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”

Al Bernstein

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“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”

Wallace Stevens

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“If a June night can talk, it probably would boast that it invented ‘romance’!”

Bem Williams

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“Happy June!  May this month bring you sunny days, lots of laughter and love!”

Beth Elkassih

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In Summary…

What’s your favorite fun fact about June? Share Below!  In this blog article about discovering amazing facts about June, we covered how it got named, designated holidays, birthdays of famous people, June historical events, miscellaneous facts and even some inspiring quotes!

Made You Smile Back hope you enjoyed reading and discovering all about this wonderful month of June! Did we miss any that you know of? 

If so, please share them with us in the comment section below.


For additional reading, be sure to check out these four blog articles for amazing fun facts about February, March, April & May:

Eight Reasons Why February is So Special”

“Amazing Fun Facts About March”

“Whimsical Sayings About April”

“Amazing Fun Facts About May You Will Love”

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