August is named after Augustus, first Emperor of Rome who chose it as it was the month of his greatest triumphs. He died in August AD14.

Until 8BC, the Romans called August ‘Sextilis’ as it was the sixth month of their year.

The Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month) as it is the month when weeds grow most rapidly.

The birthstone in August is the peridot or sardonyx; Peridot is among the oldest known gemstones. It ranges from olive to lime green, sometimes with a brownish tinge. Sardonyx is a gem with white and brown bands and it is believed to have mystical powers: it eliminates negative thinking!

The flower for August is the gladiolus or poppy.

Twenty-two per cent of Norwegians named August were born in August.

Men are banned from knitting on Jersey during the fishing season from August to September.

Henry VI Part 1 and The Tempest are the only Shakespeare plays that mention August.

August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died.

On August 20, 1630, Lemonade was first served in Paris, France.

August 24th. On this day in A.D 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum.


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