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Thursday Trivia: Famous namesakes

What famous figures gave their names to the months of July and August?

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Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar.

The Roman Senate named the month of July for Julius Caesar in honor of his reforming of the Roman calendar. Later, after Julius Caesar's grand-nephew Augustus became emperor of Rome, the Senate decided to bestow his name on the month in which he had won his battles with Marc Antony -- Sextillis, the sixth month of the Roman year, became August.

The Senate added a day to August so that Julius and Augustus Caesar would be honored with months of equal length. To accommodate that, they took a day from February, shortening it from 29 to 28 days.

Source:InfoPlease

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM


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