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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures, & Folklore About the Month of August


Did you know that the month of August is named for Augustus, Julius Ceasar's grandnephew?

After he defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra to became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate voted to name a month after him, just as they had named the month of July his great uncle. Not only was August named after him, but the Roman Senate decided to lengthen the month from 30 days to 31 days -- since Julius' month, July, also had 31 days.


Did you know that the birthstone for the month of August is the vibrant green Peridot?

Formed by volcanic activity, the Peridot is mined today in Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and Arizona. Considered a symbol of strenth and the promise of growth, the Peridot can be found in a variety of shades of green, from a light yellowish-green to a dark olive.


Did you know that those of you with August birthdays share your special month with the late Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia (August 1)?

As well as U.S. President Barack Obama (August 4), the first moon-walking astronaut Neil Armstrong (August 5), chef Julia Child (August 14), singer/superstar Madonna (August 16), basketball great Wilt Chamberlain (August 21), and groundbreaking educator Maria Montessori (August 31).


Did you know that on August 9, 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, officially bringing an end to World War II?

Other famous historical events to occur in August include:

  • The first Gulf War began on August 2, 1990
  • Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing U.S. troops to enter the Vietnam War on August 7, 1964
  • The Berlin Wall was erected on August 15, 1961
  • Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States on August 24, 1932
  • Lady Diana died in a car crash in Paris, on August 31, 1997


Did you know that August marks the culmination of tornado season in the United States?

The five-month period, beginning in March, sees the highest average number of twisters, although tornadoes can and do strike during any month of the year. While tornadoes occur anywhere worldwide, they are most prevalent in the United States and four times more likely to strike here than in Europe.




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