Hook your child’s interest by putting historical events in the context of your seasonal surroundings.
What do Elvis’s song “Hound Dog,” skateboarding, the Heimlich Maneuver, and a stony meteorite in Wisconsin have in common? They all have something to do with the month of June.
June has been known as the season of the unicorn, perhaps for the unicorn’s association with youth and innocence. The name June may come from the Latin juniores meaning “younger ones,” or June may have come from the Greek Juno (Roman Hera), the goddess of marriage. June is known for a great number of weddings.
June, the sixth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, is among the four months of the year with only 30 days. I’ve always remembered this by reciting the following rhyme that I learned as a young child.
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November.
That’s how my children remember it, too, because it works.
Holidays and Observances in June
As it turns out, June is a good time to study the flags and symbols of several countries. Plus, it’s the month of solstice.
- June 6 – Flag Day, Sweden
- June 11 – Kamehameha Day, Hawaii, U.S.
- June 14 – Flag Day, U.S.
- June 15 – Flag Day, Denmark
- June 16 – Bloomsday, Ireland (a worldwide celebration of Ulyssesby James Joyce)
- June 17 – Father’s Day(3rd Sunday in June)
- June 20 – Flag Day, Argentina
- June 20-21 – Solstice
- June 21 – Go Skateboarding Day
- June 26 – Flag Day, Romania
Historical Events in June
- June 1, 987 – Hugh Capet was elected King of France.
- June 19, 1269 – King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver.
- June 30, 1520 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fought their way out of Tenochtitlan.
- June 1, 1533 – Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England.
- June 22, 1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.
- June 16, 1816 – Lord Byron read Fantasmagorianato four house guests at the Villa Diodati – Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. Byron challenged each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein, John Polidori writing The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.
- June 22, 1839 – Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot were assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.
- June 16, 1911 – A 772-gram stony meteorite struck the earth near Kilbourn, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
- June 11, 1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gave the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the U.S.
- June 6, 1944 – D-Day
- June 5, 1956 – Elvis Presley introduced his new single, “Hound Dog,” on The Milton Berle Show.
- June 1,1974 – The Heimlich Maneuver for rescuing choking victims was published in the Emergency Medicine
June has much history to offer from royal matters to medical, musical, and literary.