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June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, meteorological Summer begins on 20 June. In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological Winter begins on this date.  Follow our list below for some great reasons to celebrate this day.
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A milkshake is a sweet, cold beverage which is usually made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as fruit syrup or chocolate sauce. Outside the United States, the drink is sometimes called a thickshake or a thick milkshake or in New England, a frappe, to differentiate it from other less-viscous forms of flavored milk.​
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Holidays Around the World for this date:
 
  • Day of the National Flag (Argentina)
​The Day of the National Flag (in Spanish, Día de la Bandera Nacional) is the holiday dedicated to the Argentine flag and to the commemoration of its creator, Manuel Belgrano. It is celebrated on June 20, the anniversary of Belgrano's death in 1820. This date was designated in 1938. 

  • Earliest date for the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere, and its related observance:
  • Earliest day on which Day of the Finnish Flag can fall, while June 26 is the latest; celebrated on Saturday of Midsummer's Day (Finland)

  • International Surfing Day (June 21 during non-leap years)
International Surfing Day, held annually on or near the date of the summer solstice—usually June 21 (20 June on leap years)—is an unofficial, environmentally conscious sports-centered holiday that celebrates the sport of surfing and the surfing lifestyle and the sustainability of ocean resources. Contests and prizes are also part of the celebration with surfing related industries donating prizes such as surfboards and wetsuits. Another purpose of the celebration is to promote the popularity of surfing and to attract new participants.​

  • Litha / Midsummer celebrations in the northern hemisphere, Yule in the southern hemisphere. (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)
Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 21 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. Midsummer is especially important in the cultures of Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltics where it is the most celebrated holiday apart from Christmas and New Year's Eve.​

  • Festival in honor of Summanus (Roman Empire)
In ancient Roman religion, Summanus (Latin: Summānus) was the god of nocturnal thunder, as counterposed to Jupiter, the god of diurnal (daylight) thunder.[1] His precise nature was unclear even to Ovid.

  • Martyrs' Day (Eritrea)

  • West Virginia Day (West Virginia)
West Virginia Day is a holiday celebrated every June 20 in the American state of West Virginia. The day celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the state as a result of the secession of several northwestern counties of Virginia during the American Civil War.​

  • World Refugee Day (International)
World Refugee Day, observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.​

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  • Juggling Day (June 20)

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Happy Birthday!  Is it your Birthday Today?  See who shares your birthday.

  • ​Danny Aiello, Jr, Olympia Dukakis, John Goodman, Nicole Kidman, Frank Lampard, Martin Landau, Cyndi Lauper, John Mahoney, Anne Murray, Lionel Richie, Robert Rodriguez, Bob Vila, Abby Wambach, Brian Wilson
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Christian Feast Day:

  •   Adalbert, Archbishop of Magdeburg
  •   Florentina
  •   Margareta Ebner (Beatified)
  •   Pope Silverius
  •   June 20 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
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Events On This Day

  • 1214 – The University of Oxford receives its charter.
  • 1652 – Tarhoncu Ahmet Paşa is appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1685 – Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater.
  • 1782 – The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1787 – Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
  • 1789 – Deputies of the French Third Estate take the Tennis Court Oath.
  • 1819 – The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. It is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail.
  • 1837 – Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1840 – Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state.
  • 1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1887 – Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay.
  • 1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1948 – Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 1960 – The Mali Federation gains independence from France (it later splits into Mali and Senegal).
  • 1963 – The so-called "red telephone" is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1972 – Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
  • 1990 – Asteroid Eureka is discovered.
  • 1991 – The German Bundestag votes to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
  • 2003 – The WikiMedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.​

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External links:
BBC: On This Day - June 20
The New York Times: On This Day - June 20
On This Day in Canada - June 20

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