Fundays Calendar: June

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Clip Art for the month of June. Dixie Allan

June marks the beginning of summer and signals freedom for many students as they stream out of schools, ready for lazy days, outside activities, swimming, climbing and traveling. But, June also marks a month of special days to celebrate. Learn about holidays you never heard of, as well as important milestones to commemorate. From Dinosaur Day to I Love My Dentist Day -- an interesting holiday coming just one day after Donut Day -- there are plenty of ways for you and your family can celebrate the days of June.

Early Month

Aesop, the famed Greek fable-teller, is said to have been born on June 4, while "Sesame Street" character Oscar the Grouch was also born in early June. Also during the month -- on June 2 -- Guglielmo Marconi, after years of struggle, was granted a patent for his invention, the radio. The early part of June also marks the date of the first U.S. spacewalk in 1965, as well as the first hot air balloon ride. As you snack on donuts, eat cheese or bake gingerbread men, you'll find plenty of interesting days to celebrate and commemorate.

June 1

June 2

June 3

June 4

June 5

  • National Gingerbread Day
  • First hot air balloon flight
  • World Environment Day

June 6

  • National Yo-Yo Day
  • First roller coaster opened

June 7

  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • Daniel Boone Day

June 8

  • First indoor swimming pool built
  • Vacuum cleaner patented
  • National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

June 9

  • International Young Eagles Day

Mid-Month

Flag Day, an important commemoration of this enduring U.S. symbol of freedom and liberty, is celebrated during this part of the month; indeed, an entire National Flag Week begins on June 10. The late oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11. But, if you're in the mood to celebrate lighter fare, there's always National Peanut Butter Cookie Day or National Lobster Day. There's even a Pop Goes the Weasel Day celebrating the origination of the famous song.

June 10

  • National Flag Week
  • Maurice Sendak's birthday

June 11

  • Jacques Cousteau's birthday

June 12

  • National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 13

  • National Juggling Day
  • National Lobster Day

June 14

June 15

  • Power of a Smile Day
  • Fly a Kite Day

June 16

  • Fudge Day

June 17

June 18

June 19

Late Month

As June winds to close, you can observe Paul Bunyon Day, which celebrates the famed, mythical lumberjack, as well as the birthday of an equally famous real-life hero, Helen Keller. On National Meteor Day, "people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star," notes National Day Calendar, making June 30 a perfect day for you and your family to end the month by staying up late, going outside and gazing at the heavens.

June 20

  • West Virginia Admission Day

June 22

  • U.S. Department of Justice established

June 23

  • Typewriter invented

June 24

  • Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week

June 25

June 26

  • National Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Toothbrush invented

June 27

  • National Orange Blossom Day
  • Helen Keller's Birthday

June 28

June 29

  • Camera Day

June 30