SOAKING UP THE LAST DAYS of SUMMER

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Anyone who doesn’t think August is one of the worst weather months across the cityscapes of the U.S. of A. with its hot temps and humidity is clearly one insanely lucky duck who has a place to crash in St. Moritz, Switzerland, or at least access to a rooftop pool.

August is known for many things, including the Dog Days of Summer (July 3 — August 11), National Watermelon Day (August 3), and National Smile Week (August 5 — 11). 

August is named for Caesar Augustus, founder and the first emperor of the Roman Empire, who was posthumously adopted by his maternal great-uncle Gaius Julius Caesar.

The month has two birthstones: peridot and sardonyx. Peridot is among the oldest known gemstones and is green in color. Sardonyx, which is lesser-known, is a white- and brown-banded gemstone once believed to have mystical powers

The official flower for August is the gladiolus. These vertical-growing flowers were named from the Latin “gladius,” meaning a sword.

OTHER HALLMARKS of AUGUST

Fans of Elvis Presley mourn each August 16th, the day the famed singer died in 1977.

On Aug. 24th in 79 A.D., the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the city of Pompeii and others.

On Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Gallery and not recovered for two years.

Although civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., is honored in January, when he was born, he is best known for his famed “I have a dream” speech, which was given on Aug. 28, 1963.

The month of August is often referred to as the “dog days of summer” but not because of pet pooches. It has to do with the star Sirius, also known as the dog star, which rose at the same time as sunrise during the month of August in ancient Roman times.




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