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Facts about August

August is a hot month that is the perfect time to enjoy the beach.
August is a hot month that is the perfect time to enjoy the beach.
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August is the eighth month of the year. August has 31 days and its birthstone is the light/lime green peridot. People who are born between August 1st and 23rd fall under the zodiac sign Leo (the Lion) and those born between August 24th and 31st are considered to be Virgo (the Virgin).

August is a very sunny month which makes it an excellent time for solar powered objects.
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August is named for Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome who died in AD 14. Prior to his reign, the ancient Romans called August “Sextilis” since it was the sixth month of their year. Until this day, the name “August” or “Augustus” remains popular for boy’s names, especially in Norway.

In North America August is a very hot month. Scores of people flock to pools and beaches to escape the heat. Sales on ice cream, sun tan lotion, sun glasses and outdoor dishware are high around this time of year since cookouts, picnics and backyard barbeques are commonplace. Along with July, August is the month where temperatures can regularly reach into the 90s and even over 100 degrees. It is important to drink water to avoid dehydration or even heat stroke. August is also the month when plants grow the fastest due to the intense heat and humidity in the air. The poppy, which grows abundantly in August, is the official flower of this month.

Despite the often extreme heat, sports like baseball are played in August and every four years the Summer Olympic Games occurs in August. The photograph was also invented in the month of August and the first Lincoln Penny was issued in August of 1909. Many golf tournaments are also played throughout the month of August.

Although August is most known for its extremely hot weather, in the United States, August has many other distinctions. For instance, it is “National Family Fun Month,” National Peach Month,” “National Picnic Month,” “National Golf Month,” and “Romance Awareness Month.” It is also the month of Friendship Day and Women’s Equality Day.