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Calendar for June 21st, 2014

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer. In 2015, the solstice is on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice). In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky. Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.

Every Year

  • National Aboriginal Day (Canada)

  • In Sweden, people celebrate the Summer Solstice by eating the first strawberries of the season

  • 1370s

  • Died 1377: King Edward III of England

  • 1760s

  • 1768: John Archer became first to receive Bachelor of Medicine degree in U.S.

  • 1780s

  • 1788: New Hampshire ratified the Constitution and was admitted as the 9th state

  • 1830s

  • 1834: Cyrus H. McCormick was awarded a U.S. patent for a reaper

  • 1890s

  • 1893: The ferris wheel debuted at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago

  • 1900s

  • Born 1905: Jean-Paul Sartre (writer & philosopher)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1921: Jane Russell (actress)

  • Born 1921: Judy Holliday (actress)

  • Born 1925: Maureen Stapleton (actress)

  • 1940s

  • 1940: Richard M. Nixon married Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan

  • 1940: France surrendered to Germany (WW II)

  • 1950s

  • 1955: Sesquicentennial U.S. postage stamp "The Old Man of the Mountains" debuted

  • 1960s

  • 1961: The original Walt Disney movie The Parent Trap debuted

  • 1964: Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect baseball game

  • Born 1964: Doug Savant (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1982: Prince William of Wales (oldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana)

  • 1984: The first amendment to Canada's Constitution Act of 1982, which guaranteed the constitutional rights of Indians and Inuits, took effect

  • 2000s

  • Died 2001: Carroll O'Connor (actor)

  • 2004: SpaceShipOne left the Earth behind and made its indelible entry in the history books as the first private spacecraft to carry humans into space

  • 2005: A 25-foot-tall, 17.5-ton treat of frozen Snapple juice melted, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid

  • Died 2008: Kermit Love (costume designer)

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