7 facts you didnt know about the month of august


Every day, week, and month of the year presents another  reason to celebrate some occasion or another. And as is so happens, August is one of the best month to indulge in pleasures like being happy, relaxing, walking around with very light clothes or having beach outings. Its summer in some places, schools are on holidays and a lot of workers take on their annual leave just in time to catch up with the fun of the month.

If this is the month that floats your boat here are 10 interesting facts about the 8 month that will blow your mind:

  • The Romans gave this month its name in 8BC, after the first Roman Emperor Augustus who ruled from 27BC until his death in AD14. Before then, the month had been known as Sextilis, as it was the sixth of ten months in the Roman Calendar, which began with March.
  • The Anglo-Saxon called August “Weodmonath” meaning “weed month”.
  • August was the 55th most common name given to a baby boy in Sweden in 2014.
  • Statistics show that 22 per cent of men named August in Sweden were born in the same month.
  • Henry VI Part 1 and The Tempest are the only plays by Shakespeare that mention the month of August.
  • In 2015, August is the only month beginning on a Saturday.
  • Many famous people were born in the 8 month. Here are just a few of them- Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Halle Berry, Sean Connery, Cameron Diaz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna and more.