The First Day of Summer - June 21, 2013

by TOI Admin June 24, 2013

Did you know the first day of summer is known as the summer solstice? In the US it falls on either June 20 or June 21 each year, depending on when the sun is furthest nother of the equator. Since it is now officially Summer, below are more fun facts about the season from Park, Fly, Ride USA:

      1. The first day of summer is known as the summer solstice and in the US it falls on June 20 or June 21 each year, depending on when the sun is furthest north of the equator.
      2. People in the Southern Hemisphere have their longest day of summer in December.
      3. Solstice comes from two Latin words sol and sistere. Sol means sun; stitium is the verb which means to stand still.
      4. The first day of summer has been celebrated for centuries by people around the world.
      5. The names of the key summer months have Roman origins. June is named after Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter. Marc Antony named July after Julius Caesar and August was named after Caesar’s nephew, known as Augustus.
      6. Even though this is the longest day of the year, it’s not the hottest, due to something called seasonal temperature lag, which means that it takes a while for the oceans to let their stored summer solstice heat back into the air. That’s why it tends to be hotter in July or August than in June.
      7. One of the more annoying parts of summer are the mosquitoes, which have been around for 30 million years. It’s said they can find warm-blooded mammals from 100 feet away.
      8. Until the early 19th century there was no summer vacation. Depending on the location of schools breaks came either quarterly (town schools) or to coincide with planting and harvest seasons (rural schools).
      9. School summer vacations were invented by educator Horace Mann in 1840.
      10. Summer vacations in other parts of the world are much shorter than in the US.
      11. France’s Eiffel Tower can grow by more than 6 inches in summer due to the expansion of the iron on hot days.
      12. The oldest song sung as a round in English is about summer. It’s called Summer is Icumen In.
      13. The word honeymoon has associations with summer. The Pagans used that name for the first full moon in June because they drank fermented honey (mead) as part of summer wedding celebrations.
      14. July is the month where most ice cream is sold in the US. That’s why it’s National Ice Cream Month. Americans eat about 5.5 gallons of ice cream per year on average.
      15. Ice pops were invented by accident in 1905 by 11 year old Frank Epperson. He mixed soda and water and left the mixture out overnight with the stirring stick still in it. Since the temperature was low, the mixture froze. He patented the idea in 1924.
      16. Watermelon is not a fruit, but a vegetable.
      17. Many people enjoy throwing Frisbees in summer, but they were originally designed as pie plates in the 1870s. Students started throwing them in the 1940s.
      18. In ancient times, most people swam in the nude; laws about decent swimming attire were created progressively from the 17th century onwards.
      19. The first Summer Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens. Women were first allowed to compete in 1900.
      20. Summer camps in the US date back to the start of the 20t century. There are more than 12,000 camps in the US. Of these, 7,000 are resident camps.
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