June was originally the fourth month of the calendar, and it had twenty-nine days. Its Latin name was Junius. However, Julius Caesar modified the calendar and made June the sixth month. He also added one day. June may have been named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. The month’s name may also have its roots in the Latin word juniores, meaning “young people.” June’s flower is the rose, and its birthstones are the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.
National Dairy Month reminds children of the importance of milk and milk products. Children can learn more at: National Dairy Month.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month stresses the nutritional value of these foods.Children can read some GREAT FACTS about fruits and vegetables at: Fruits and Veggies.
National Little League Week begins the second Monday in June. It has been recognized by Presidential Proclamation since 1959. This year National Little League Week starts June 13.
Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. Mrs. John B. Dodd proposed the idea of Father’s Day in 1910. President Calvin Coolidge approved of the holiday in 1924, but it did not become an official Presidential Proclamation until 1966. Public Law 92-278 made it an official holiday in 1972. This year Father’s Day is June 19.
First Day of Summer usually occurs June 20 or June 21. This year summer starts on June 21.