19 August 2016

August Fun Facts

August is watching you from the side of the road.

Fun Facts about August

respected and impressive.
"she was in august company"
Synonyms: distinguished, respected, eminent, venerable, hallowed, illustrious, prestigious, renowned, celebrated, honored, acclaimed, esteemed, exalted; great, important, lofty, noble; imposing, impressive, awe-inspiring, stately, grand, dignified.
"our august guests"

From the Latin augustus ‘consecrated, venerable

Or you know it by its common form:
noun: August 
The eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer.
Named after Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor.

Did you know that today is National Aviation Day?
National Aviation Day is observed each year on August 19th.  
This day is dedicated by Presidential Proclamation to those who helped pioneer aviation in the United States.

Established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, this holiday was issued a presidential proclamation designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day. 

It is also National Aviation Week – August 15-21

And finally, it's National Coffee Month. I'm down with that. In fact I think I'll have another cup of java to celebrate.

50 Years Ago 
Sixty-one years after Hawaii's annexation by the United States, President Eisenhower proclaims it the 50th state, August 21, 1959. 
100 Years Ago
In August 1909, one hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln goes into circulation—on the penny. It is the first time a portrait appears on a regular issue U.S. coin. 

August Birthstone - Peridot
Peridot is an olivine, one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow to olive to brownish-green. The most valued color is a dark olive-green.
Olivine in general is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rather rare. This is due to the mineral's chemical instability on the Earth's surface.

Dog Days of Summer
The Old Farmer's Almanac explains that "the phrase 'Dog Days' conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer," coinciding with the heliacal rising of Sirius, the dog star, in the constellation Canis Major.

Homer, in the Iliad, references the association of 'Orion's dog' (Sirius) with oncoming heat, fevers and evil, in describing the approach of Achilles toward Troy:

Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion's Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.

And with that bit of poetry, I bid you a happy remainder of your August days. May they be less sultry.


Kathleen Cassen Mickelson said...

As someone who has an August birthday, I love this particular list of tidbits about August! And I kind of like it sultry....

Constance Brewer said...

Funny, the dog days of August look like Corgis!
I like it warm in the day and cool at night. Guess it's fall for me.