Why Is August Called August?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 posted by Martin
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August was named for Augustus, the nephew of Julius Caesar.  Originally, the calendar had only ten months, and August was the sixth month (there was no January of February). However, about 700 BC, its name was changed from Sextilis to August to honor the Roman emperor. It is one of the seven months with 31 days.

August is popular as a vacation month in the northern hemisphere because schools are closed during the early part of the month. It’s great for travel, swimming, hiking, rock climbing and creating engraved rocks. Back to school begins during late August, or after Labor Day in many school districts in the United States.

On the negative side, August is also right in the middle of the hurricane season on the US east coast.  Ocean cruises are riskier during August, September and October.  Famous August hurricanes include Carol during 1954, Diane during 1955, Camille during 1969, Andrew during 1992, Charley during 2004 and Katrina, the worst natural disaster ever experienced during 2005.  So if you are planning to be at sea during August, have the flexibility to change your plans if necessary.

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