Fun Facts about August

olivia-hutcherson-768723-unsplashOften referred to as the “dog days of summer,” the month of August doesn’t get its nickname from the pooches. The moniker comes from the star Sirius. In ancient Roman times, the dog star rose as the same time as the sunrise during August. Following are more cool and quirky tidbits about August.

  • August was named in honor of Augustus Caesar, nephew of Julius Caesar. Just like the month named after his uncle, July, Augustus wanted his month to have 31 days.
  • Although August currently is the eighth month in Gregorian calendar, it was previously name Sextilis and was the sixth month in the Roman calendar.
  • August’s birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx. Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones and ranges from olive to lime green with a brownish tint. Sardonyx boasts white and brown bands. Some even believe the gem has mystical powers including eliminating negative thinking.
  • The flower is the poppy or gladiolus meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family. The gladiolus was discovered in Africa in the 17th to 18th centuries and was first used as food.
  • The zodiac signs for the month are Leo the lion until August 22nd and Virgo the virgin from the 23rd on.  
  • The Anglo-Saxons called August “weod monath” which means weed month due to the rapid growth of weeds and other plants this time of year.
  • In 1963, Martin Luther King, American civil rights campaigner, gave his famous “I have a dream speech” on the 28th of August.
  • August in the northern hemisphere mirrors February in the southern hemisphere.
  • A few famous birthdays in August include: Madonna, Barack Obama, Herman Melville, Mila Kunis, Hulk Hogan, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Cameron Diaz and Ben Affleck.
  • Some say that those born in August might love sandwiches more than the average person. After all, August is National Sandwich Month.
  • August is month for monumental events such as the invention of the photograph by Thomas Edison on august 12, 1877. The first ever atom bomb used for warfare descended on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.