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Interesting Things About the Month of August

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

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The Month of August

August is the eighth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. August is one of seven months with 31 days. The other six months are January, March, May, July, October, and December.

August is the last month of summer when people usually go on vacation before their children go back to school after the summer break.

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August is a much calmer month compared with the other months of summer. June is a busy month with graduations, weddings, Juneteenth, and Father's Day. July is also a busy month with picnics, Fourth of July celebrations, political conventions, and family reunions.

So, what is significant about August? The summer is winding down with last-minute vacations and preparations for children to go back to school.

August is a nice break from the hot, sweltering days of July and the rainy days of June. The average temperature for August is 81.4 degrees. The average precipitation is 3 inches of rain. Since there are fewer rainy days, people are able to get more doses of natural Vitamin D from the sun that gives them strong bones, healthy teeth, and good hair. The sun also provides serotonin that makes people happier.

Things to Celebrate in August

August has no official holiday like July, the month that precedes it or like September, the month that follows it.

Gladiolus, Flower of August

Gladiolus, Flower of August

Flower of August

The birth flower of August is the gladiolus. a vertical-growing flower named from the Latin "gladius," meaning a sword. Gladiolus means "splendid beauty." It is a flower that means beauty, a strength of character, love, marriage, and family.

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August Birthstones

August has three birthstones.

  1. Peridot is olive green. It is one of the few gemstones that is made up of only one color.
  2. Sardonyx is lesser-known. It is a white- and brown-banded gemstone once believed to have mystical powers.
  3. Spinel

Zodiac Signs of August

Like most months, August has two zodiac signs.

Leo: from July 23 to August 22

Virgo: from August 23 to September 22

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Celebrities and Well-Known People Born in August

These are some of the celebrities who were born in August.

  • Tony Bennett: August 3, 1926
  • Martin Sheen: August 3, 1940
  • Tom Brady: August 3, 1977
  • Martha Stewart: August 3, 1941
  • Barack Obama: August 4, 1961
  • Jeff Gordon: August 4, 1971
  • Meghan Markle: August 4, 1981
  • Deion Sanders: August 9, 1967
  • Anna Kendrick: August 9, 1985
  • Kylie Jenner: August 10, 1997
  • Chris Hemsworth: August 11, 1983
  • Cara Delevingne: August 12, 1992
  • Halle Berry: August 14, 1966
  • Mila Kunis: August 14, 1983
  • Jennifer Lawrence: August 15, 1990
  • Joe Jonas: August 15, 1989
  • Madonna: August 16, 1958
  • Austin Butler: August 17, 1991
  • Bill Clinton: August 19, 1946
  • John Stamos: August 19, 1963
  • Demi Lovato: August 20, 1992
  • Kristin Wiig: August 22, 1973
  • Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958
  • Cameron Diaz: August 30, 1972

Presidents Born in August

Five Presidents of the United States were born in August.

  1. Barack Obama: August 4, 1961
  2. Herbert Hoover: August 10, 1874
  3. Bill Clinton: August 19, 1946
  4. Benjamin Harrison: August 20, 1833
  5. Lyndon Baines Johnson: August 27, 1908

President Who Died in August

Only one United States President died in August. That was Warren G. Harding who died August 2, 1923 of congestive heart failure.

This is quite a difference from July when seven presidents died. Three of them passed away on July 4. Two of them died on the same date.

August Observances

There are several monthly observances in August.

  • August 3: National Watermelon Day
  • August 5-11: National Smile Week
  • August 16: Singer Elvis Presley died in 1977.
  • August 28: Martin Luther King's I have a Dream speech was given in 1963.

'August Is a Wicked Month'

August is a Wicked Month is the fourth novel published by Edna O'Brien in 1965. O'Brien writes about a young attractive mother who is separated from her husband. She goes on vacation alone in August. She meets some unusual people and does some unusual things with them.

The month is considered "wicked" because the woman gets her needs and desires met through unconventional means. She is unable to deal with her life without having men in it. August turns out to be a tragic one for the main characters in the book.

August is a Wicked Month, like many of O'Brien's early books, was banned in several places because of its contents.

Some people use the phrase "August is a wicked month" to this day when speaking about the weather, fashion, politics, and other popular topics in the news.

Whatever you plan to do in August, may all your wishes come true and it will be a joyous time for you.

Comments

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 01, 2019:

Berry informative

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 06, 2018:

Dorena, yes, your birthday is something worth celebrating in August!

Dorena on August 06, 2018:

Wow Rev! I luv August, the only real holiday is my birthday on the 28th

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 02, 2018:

From the Heart, I am glad you enjoyed your birthday with the huge fireworks. I celebrated mine on July 23. There were no fireworks though. However, some were earlier on July 4th.

Shizette on August 02, 2018:

Informative article! I had no idea Barack Obama was a Leo too! I personally love August because my birthday kicked off the month. Also, since I live in Switzerland we get a public holiday as August 1st is the Swiss National Day - where there is a huge fireworks display down at Lake Geneva, very similar to the 4th of July festivities. Best birthday celebrations for me! ;)

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