Wednesday, August 1, 2007

First of the Month

This isn't a post of that classic Bone Thugz and Harmony song (although I am tempted to put the vid up...maybe I will...later). We are now three quaters of the way through 2007 and I am a couple months shy of finishing uni (YAY!). I was also born in August so I'm gonna be biased and post a random fact about the month. (this is also a classic example of me playing Gatekeeper here but what the heck)

August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. August begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar, which started in March about 750 BC under Romulus. It became the eighth month either when January and February were added to the beginning of the year by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC or when those two months were moved from the end to the beginning of the year by the decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers disagree). It was renamed in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, which fell in this month.

August originally had 29 days in the Roman Republican calendar, but two days were added to it by Julius Caesar beginning 45 BC giving it its modern total of 31 days. August's flower is the gladiolus or poppy, and its birthstone is the peridot, sardonyx, or sapphire.


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