August Birth Month Fun Facts and Gift Guide
In this article you'll find interesting facts about August and gift ideas for August birthdays.
Those born in the month of August are ruled by the Sun and the Moon and therefore are interesting and different. Their unique traits set them aside from the lot. The intelligence, magnetic character and stunning personality of August-born Leos and Virgos never fail to catch the attention of others.
August Birth Stone: Peridot
This green gem is often mistaken for an emerald, but it has its own hue and is just as pretty. This gemstone is formed deep inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. According to legend, when a peridot is combined with gold it takes on magical powers, and can even keep nightmares at bay.
August Birth Flower: Gladiolus / Poppy
The gladiolus brings remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. Poppy is also a popular August flower: red means pleasure, white means consolation, and yellow brings wishes of wealth and success.
Bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous, fire sign Leo is a natural leader of the Zodiac, ready to blaze a trail, vanquish injustice, and make a name for themselves along the way. Blessed with high self-esteem, Lions know that they possess enviable traits—and they're proud of them. They don't believe in false modesty and will be the first to praise themselves for a job well done. But Leo isn't self-aggrandizing or unwilling to roll up those sleeves and do the work: this sign knows that in order to be respected and admired, he or she needs to put in the effort worthy of a leader.
Leo fun fact:
"Leo is connected to the first of twelve labours of the Greek hero Hercules, in which he had to kill the notorious Nemean Lion. The Lion lived in a cave in Nemea and terrorised the people who lived there. There was no way to defeat him because of the impenetrable skin that could not be punctured by iron, bronze or stone. When Heracles found it, he tried to shoot it with arrows and they simply bounced of the lion’s skin. When the lion entered his cave to hide, Heracles started a search for it. He needed two months to find it in that cave and finally strangled it, using its own claws to get its skin. This skin was made into a cloak, worn as a trophy and a reminder of Heracles’ strength, as well as a cloak of protection that made him look even more fearsome."
Smart, sophisticated, and kind, Virgo gets the job done without complaining. Virgos are amazing friends, always there to lend a hand and also lend advice. Practical Virgos are incredibly adept at big picture thinking, and planning out their life, their vacations, and what they're going to do today isn't a drag it makes them feel in control and secure.
August Personality Traits
They tend to be strong, confident and organised. They make naturally strong leaders, because of their charisma and confidence. They are also fantastic friends and are very compassionate.
Did you know...
• August was named in honour of Augustus Caesar. It has 31 days because Augustus wanted as many days as Julius Caesar's month of July had.
• 1 August 1981- MTV network debuted on cable television, actually playing music videos 24 hours a day. The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" was the first video shown.
• The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8 August 1963.
Special dates in August:
- August 1: U.S. Air Force Day, National Girlfriends Day, National Mustard Day* (first Saturday), Respect for Parents Day, National Campfire Day* (first Saturday), National Mountain Climbing Day
- August 2: Dinosaurs Day, National Coloring Book Day, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, National Sisters Day* (first Sunday), American Family Day* (first Sunday)
- August 3: National Watermelon Day
- August 4: U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- August 5: Work Like a Dog Day, National Oyster Day
- August 6: National Root Beer Float Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, National Fresh Breath Day
- August 7: Sea Serpent Day, International Beer Day* (first Friday), National Lighthouse Day
- August 8: International Cat Day, National Bowling Day* (second Saturday)
- August 9: Book Lovers Day, National Women's Day
- August 10: Smithsonian Day, National Lazy Day, National Spoil Your Dog Day
- August 11: Play in the Sand Day, National Son and Daughter Day
- August 12: International Youth Day, National Middle Child Day
- August 13: International Left Handers Day
- August 14: National Financial Awareness Day
- August 15: National Failures Day, Chant at the Moon Day, International Homeless Animals' Day* (third Saturday), National Relaxation Day
- August 16: Tell a Joke Day, National Roller Coaster Day, National Rum Day
- August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
- August 18: Helium Discovery Day, Bad Poetry Day, National Couple's Day, National Fajita Day
- August 19: World Photography Day, Orville Wright's Birthday, National Aviation Day, National Potato Day, World Humanitarian Day
- August 20: Virtual Worlds Day, National Lemonade Day, National Radio Day
- August 21: Poet's Day
- August 22: International Tongue Twister Day, National Senior Citizens Day, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, National Tooth Fairy Day
- August 23: Ride the Wind Day, National Sponge Cake Day
- August 24: Strange Music Day, Vesuvius Day, National Waffle Day
- August 25: National Banana Split Day, National Whiskey Sour Day, National Kiss and Make Up Day
- August 26: National Dog Day, National Women's Equality Day, National Cherry Popsicle Day
- August 27: National Just Because Day
- August 28: National Red Wine Day, National Bow Tie Day
- August 29: Individual Rights Day, National Chop Suey Day
- August 30: National Beach Day, National Grief Awareness Day, National Toasted Marshmallow Day
- August 31: National Trail Mix Day, National Matchmaker Day
Famous August Birthdays
Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Halle Berry, Steve Martin, Jack Black, Taika Waititi, James Gunn, Louis Armstrong, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato & Luis Guzmán,
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