Thursday, August 14, 2008

TRIVIA FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

I’ve been searching for trivia about the month of August and for the other months also. I have been curious why these months are named by their names.

August-eighth month of the year. Because it was the sixth month in the Roman year, which begins with March, it was originally named Sextilis (from Latin sextus,”sixth”). It was given its present name in honor of the emperor Augustus, for several of the most fortunate events of his life occurred during this month. To make it equal to the fifth month, the name of which had been changed from Quintilis to Julius in honor of Julius Caesar, a day was taken from the month of February and added to August.


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