Interesting facts about June

The month of June got its name in honor of the goddess Juno, the ancient Roman patroness of marriage and family. And in Russia this month was called "isok" or "worm". Our ancestors called the grasshoppers isok, in June these insects appeared in abundance, and the word "worm" meant "red", "crimson". Before the introduction of the new calendar in the country in 1700, June was not the sixth month of the year, but the tenth, since the onset of the new year until the end of the 17th century in Russia was celebrated not on January 1, but on September 1.

  1. June has the longest light days of the year, and this month is the day of the summer solstice, which is sometimes called the first day of summer. Many peoples celebrate this day solemnly, with folk games and dances. But, in the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true - winter begins there in June. For example, at the Vostok Antarctic station, the average temperature in June is minus 65 degrees Celsius.
  2. However, June frosts sometimes occur in the Northern Hemisphere. For example, in 1604 a heavy snowfall hit Moscow. The thickness of the snow cover reached the knee of an adult man. I had to harness the horses to the sleigh. All crops were killed, this caused a terrible famine. Documentary information about severe frosts in June 1430 in the German city of Outsburg has also been preserved. Crops and vineyards were completely frozen.
  3. International Children's Day is celebrated on the first day of June. This holiday was established in November 1949, and is regularly celebrated starting the following year. And the need for international standards for the protection of children was first voiced back in 1924 at a conference in Geneva.
  4. Interestingly, another law was passed in June to protect children. On June 13, 1920, the United States Postal Service was prohibited from sending children in parcels. Previously, it was allowed to deliver livestock weighing no more than 50 pounds by mail. Some Americans took advantage of this "loophole" by sending their children, for example, to rest with their grandparents. Since 1920, such unusual travel has been banned.
  5. Despite the fact that June is the first summer month, the table of Russian peasants at that time was rather meager, since the bread of last year's harvest was already coming to an end, and the new one was not yet ripe. The first greens from the garden came to the rescue. In Russia, they said about this time: "June is in the bins of the dun".
  6. In addition, the peasants had many signs associated with June, by which they tried to predict what the year would be - productive, or they would have to put their "teeth on the shelf". For example, abundant dew in the morning was thought to be a clear sign that the bread harvest would be good. And the many cones on the spruce foreshadowed an abundance of cucumbers.

    June 6 (new style) 1799 in Moscow in the family of Sergei Lvovich and Nadezhda Osipovna Pushkin, a son, Alexander, was born, who became a famous Russian poet. But, Alexander Sergeevich himself celebrated his birthday not in June, but on May 26, since the Gregorian calendar was adopted only in Soviet Russia in 1918. At the time of Pushkin, Russia lived according to the Julian calendar.

  7. It is known that Alexander Pushkin himself did not really like summer, which he openly admitted in his poem "Oh, the summer is red!". The reason for this attitude was "dust, and heat, and mosquitoes, and flies." Real inspiration came to the poet in autumn and winter. It was during these seasons that he worked with particular enthusiasm.
  8. On June 13, 1895, the first car races were held in France, the participants of which were to drive from Paris to Bordeaux and back. The total length of the distance was about 1, 200 kilometers. The winner of the competition is Emil Levassor, with an average speed of just over 24 kilometers per hour. After the finish, the champion proudly announced that in some sections he accelerated his Panhard-Levassor to a "fantastic" speed of 30 kilometers per hour.
  9. For the only time in its history, Russia has hosted the FIFA World Cup. The opening match of this grandiose sports event took place on June 14, 2018, the Russians at Luzhniki hosted the Saudi Arabian national team and won a convincing victory with a score of 5: 0. June is a great time for football, therefore, most of all matches of the world championships were held in this month.
  10. On May 24, 1945, preparations began in Moscow for the Victory Parade dedicated to the end of the Great Patriotic War. JV Stalin ordered to carry out all the preparatory work as soon as possible - one month. The organizers met exactly in the allotted time, the Parade itself was held on Red Square on June 24.
  11. June 30 is International Asteroid Day. The date of this holiday was not chosen by chance, on June 30, 1908, the famous Tunguska meteorite fell to the Earth. International Asteroid Day can be called a young holiday, it was established only a few years ago - in 2016. The initiator was the Association of Space Explorers with the aim of informing the inhabitants of the planet about the danger posed by asteroids.