There is a theory that the month of June was named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love, childbirth, and marriage. On the Gregorian calendar, there are lots of different holidays all over the world that are celebrated in June. It’s also in the same month that people living in the Southern Hemisphere start to experience the full effects of winter, while those in the Northern Hemisphere enjoy sunny summers. Keep reading to find out more interesting facts about the month of June.

1. June Was the 4th Month of the Year

Today, June is the 6th month of the year, but that hasn’t always been the case. Before the reign of Julius Ceasar, June was the 4th month on the calendar. After ascending power, he added two more months to the calendar. As a result, June was pushed from the 4th to the 6th month.

2. The Longest and Shortest Days Occur in June

On June 21st, people living in the southern hemisphere experience the shortest day of the year. Those living in the northern hemisphere experience the longest day.

3. Some Believe June was Named After Lucius Junius Brutus

There are many theories about where the name June came from. Besides the one where people believe it was coined by Juno, the Roman Goddess, there is another theory that June was named after Lucius Junius Brutus, the founder of the Roman Republic. During that era, June was called Quintilis. However, there is no solid proof that June was named after Junius.

4. Catholics Celebrate June as the Month of the Sacred Heart

During the month of June, Catholics celebrate several devotions dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The main celebration is usually on the Friday after the second Sunday of the month. It was first started in 1765 before Pope Leo XIII extended it to the whole Catholic Church.

5. June Marks the Beginning of Pride Month

As part of the attempts to promote awareness about the LGBTQ community, June is celebrated in the US as Pride Month. President Bill Clinton was the first to set precedence by declaring June as Gay and Lesbian month. However, President Obama was the first to officially declare June Pride Month in 2009.

6. June is the Most Popular Wedding Month

According to studies, most people think June is one of the best months to get married. This is understandable, considering the favorable weather and most honeymoon vacations are at their peak this month.

7. The Longest Sniper Kill was in June 2017

Using a rifle made by Accuracy International, an unknown Canadian sniper broke the record for the longest sniper kill with a 3,540m shot. This occurred during the Iraqi civil war. Recent news has emerged that this record was broken by a Ukrainian sniper who shot a Russian soldier from a 3.8 km distance in 2023.

8. Belgium Returned Patrice Lumumba’s Tooth to Congo in June 2022

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese politician and independence fighter who was executed, and his body dissolved in acid. His only remains were a gold-capped tooth, and was returned to Congo in June 2022. The tooth, which had been ferried to Belgium by a police officer, was returned by the current prime minister and was a gesture of “moral responsibility” on Belgium’s side.

9. Father’s Day is Usually Celebrated in June

Father’s day is celebrated every third Sunday of June in most parts of the world. On this day, families and friends take the initiative to honor fathers and the father figures in their lives.

10. June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Every June, we celebrate Men’s Health Awareness Month. This initiative aims to encourage men to seek early detection and treatment of various health conditions. Both men and boys are welcome to participate.

11. Many Celebrities are Born in June

There are a lot of famous people that were born in June. Examples include Morgan Freeman, Angeline Jolie, Heidi Klum, Wentworth Miller, and Anderson Cooper, among others.

12. People Born in June Can Either Be Cancers or Geminis

June babies fall into two Star Signs. If you were born before June 21st, then you are a Gemini. Those born after that are Cancers.

13. Deceased Comedian Ralphie May Named His Daughter April June May

After marrying Lahna Turner, Ralphie May had two kids; a daughter and a son. He called the daughter April June May and the son August James May.

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Last Update: May 31, 2024