It's hard to believe that it's already July and that the 4th of July is Monday! Where has the year gone? So..... a new month has begun, so let’s welcome it in with a few July facts.
1. The month of July is named after Julius Caesar by a decision of the Roman Senate in 44BC as July was the month of his birth.
2. Before that, it had been known as Quintilis (fifth) as it was the fifth month in the old calendar.
3. Until the 18th century, the word July in English had the stress on the first syllable and rhymed with duly or truly.
4. Although six months have passed, July 1 is not the mid-point of the year. The exact halfway point comes at 1pm BST on July 3 in a non-leap year.
5. No month ends on the same day of the week as July unless it is a leap year, when January does so.
6. Julius is not now in the top 500 names given to newborn boys in the UK, though Julia is 79th for girls in England and Wales and 74th in Scotland. Julian comes 326th in England and Wales.
7. July’s birthstone is the ruby, which is said to symbolise contentment.
8. Seven US presidents have died in July, which is more than any other month.
9. “The English winter, ending in July, To recommence in August, now was done,” (Byron).
10. In all parts of the UK July is on average the warmest month of the year.
Good night Lovelies!