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Facts, Figures, & Folklore About the Month of July

Did you know that the month of July is named for Julius Ceasar?

The Roman Senate named the month 'Julius' in honor of the Roman Emperor. Ceasar was born in July in the year 100 B.C.E. While July is the seventh month on the Gregorian calendar, it was considered the fifth month of the Roman calendar. Before being named Julius, July was called 'Quintilis' by the Romans, which means 'fifth'.

Did you know that the birthstone for the month of July is the ruby?

Rubies are naturally red, varying from light pink to dark maroon, and often with a purplish cast. Rubies have long since been associated with love and passion, making the ruby a universally popular gemstone -- even for those without July birthdays.

Did you know that those of you with July birthdays share your special month with the late Princess Diana (July 1)?

Also actor Tom Cruise (July 3), the 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge (July 4), the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush (July 6), former Beattles drummer Ringo Starr (July 7), actor Tom Hanks (July 9), novelist Ernest Hemingway (July 21), female pilot Amelia Earhart (July 24), actress Sandra Bullock (July 26), and former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis (July 28)?

Did you know that on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved?

Also on July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart (born July 24) and her airplane were lost in Pacific Ocean. Other famous historical events in July include Astronaut Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969; the invention of the ice cream cone during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis on July 23, 1904; and the first telephone conversation, which occurred between New York and San Francisco on July 29, 1914.

Did you know that on the first Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the US had consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George III?

At the time, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in those 13 colonies. This 4th of July, there will more than 304 million people in the United States.

Did you know that July is the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere?

Average temperatures are in the 90s across most of the United States. In the Southern Hemisphere, July is the height of the winter season.

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