The month of June marks the beginning of summer in areas of the Northern Hemisphere. June is a popular month for weddings and parties because of the mild temperatures and full-blooming foliage. Ancient Romans named June after Juno, the queen of the gods and patroness of marriage and weddings. But June is about much more than weddings, marking the end of the school year for many students and Father’s Day for dads across the country. In addition, June has played host to numerous historical events.
June 1, 1869: Thomas Edison obtains a patent for an electrographic voice recorder.
June 3, 1972: Sally Jan Priesand is ordained, becoming the first female rabbi in the United States.
June 6, 1944: ‘D-Day’ occurs in Europe during World War II.
June 10, 1922: Judy Garland is born as Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.
June 14, 1777: The Stars & Stripes is adopted as the American flag.
June 15, 1844: Charles Goodyear is granted a patent for vulcanized rubber.
June 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean when she flies from Newfoundland to Wales.
June 19, 1903: Lou Gehrig is born in New York City.
June 20, 1840: Samuel Morse is granted a patent for telegraphy signals.
June 24, 2010: Labor Party deputy Julia Gillard becomes Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
June 25, 1929: G.L. Pierce receives a patent for basketball.
June 27, 1967: Baltimore Orioles and NY Jets trademarks are registered.
June 28, 1894: Labor Day is established as a federal holiday.
June 30, 1936: ‘Gone With the Wind’ is published.