By | Aug 1, 2009

August is considered the Dog Days of Summer and many people think that it’s because August is generally hot and muggy, which they are in the Northern Hemisphere. The Dog Days actually is related not to the weather, but to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

Regardless August is here. August is the 8th month of the current Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

The original Roman Calendar had this month as the sixth month and it was called Sextilis. The month was renamed in 8 BC for the Emperor Augustus. Several significant events in his rise to power occurred in this month including the fall of Alexandria.

Legend has it that the month also originally had 29 days, but it was lengthen to 31 by Augustus. This actually happened when Julius Ceasar reformed the Roman Calendar to the Julian Calendar in 46 BC.

In a normal calendar year no other month begins on the same day of the week as August, except in leap years when February and August would both have the same beginning week day.

August has a few things that occur annually in the month. Many schools system begins their school year for students in August so some call it the Back to School month. Also in August is the time for the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.


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