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July

The Seventh Month of the Year

July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar. July was originally called Quintilis, which means fifth in Latin, because it was originally the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar.

When January and February were added to the calendar, with January being the first month, Quintilis became the seventh month. The Roman Senate changed the name Quintilis to July in honor of Julius Caesar whose birthday was July 12.

In the northern hemisphere, July is the hottest month of summer while in the southern hemisphere, it is coldest month of winter.

The birthstone of July is the ruby.

Rubies symbolize fire and passion and brings light to dark places in your life.

The flower of July is the larkspur. It has either blue, white, purple, lavender, or pink flowers. The larkspur symbolizes an open heart and ardent attachment.

Interesting facts about July:

  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
  • Two of the authors and signers of the Declaration of Independence and later Presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4, 1826.
  • Congress established Independence Day (the 4th of July) as a legal holiday in 1941.
  • On July 1, 1997, after ruling Hong Kong for 99 years, British rule came to an end.
  • On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstong became the first man to walk on the moon.
  • In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day.

The 12 months of the year:

  • January-February-March-April
  • May-June-July-August
  • September-October-November-December

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