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5 interesting facts about the month of June

June 5, 2018 GMT

Daylight zenith

June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, it has the shortest daylight hours of the year.

A pearl of a month

June’s birthstone is the pearl, the Moonstone and the alexandrite. The June birth flower is the rose (rosa) and the honeysuckle (lonicera).

Popular name

In 2009, June was the 662nd most popular name for girls in the USA.

An oddity

In both common and leap years, no other month begins on the same day of the week as June.

Unclear history

The Romans called June “Iunius” or Junius, but it is unclear whether this was after Juno, goddess of marriage, or whether May and June were named for the old and young: ‘maiores’ and ‘juniores’.