The Month of August

By | Aug 1, 2010

August is the 8th month of the Gregorian Calendar. The month was named after the Roman Emperor Augustus in the year 8 BC. Many of the events in his rise to power occurred in this month.

At the time the Month was named August it was practice for the months to alternate with 30 and 31 days. July named for Julius Caesar had 31, with the next month having 30. When the month was renamed for Augustus it was decided to also make this month one with 31 days so as for Augustus not to have a month with less days than Julius.

Other months have at one time been named after Roman Emperors, however only the Months of July and August still remain.

The month’s flower is the gladiolus or poppy with it’s birthstone being the peridot, sardonyx, or sapphire.

During the month of August in 1945, the United States used nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on the 6th and three days later at Nagasaki. Japan surrendered on the 15th.

August 15 also is the day the Korea became a county, also in 1945, and with India also becoming an independent country in 1947.


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