Welcome to August!
Some quick facts to keep you updated:
The eighth month of the year has 31 days.
The August birthstone is peridot. It’s a bright lime green in color and said to convey power to the wearer.
(Want to learn more about birthstones? Click here.)
The August birth flower is the gladiola. It symoolizes strength and integrity. If you've ever purchased these tall stalks from the florist or the grocery store, they often rise three feet tall or more and look striking in a floral arrangement.
The Zodiac Signs of August
People born between July 23-August 22 are Leos, while those born between August 23-September 22 are Virgos.
The zodiac sign for Leo is the Lion. The colors of this sign are yellow, orange and gold---similar to the animal itself (or at least in Disney films!).
Leos are one of the signs that have very distinct characteristics. Leos are likely to possess the following traits:
- Born leaders
- May be demanding
- Seek the spotlight
The zodiac sign for Virgo may be the ambitious virgin, sometimes known as the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Virgo's colors are yellow, beige and grey.
Virgos are likely to have the following characteristics:
- Critical of self and others
- Easily disappointed
Famous August Birthdays
Given the strong leadership skills and creativity that Leos possess, it’s no wonder there are so many famous individuals born in August.
Among the August birthdays are two living American Presidents and a long list of movie stars and musicians.
Living August Birthdays include:
August 4th-Barack Obama, former President of the United States
August 14th-Halle Berry, actress
August 14th- Steve Martin, comedian
August 15th-Ben Affleck, actor and producer
August 15th- Jennifer Lawrence, actress
August 16th-Madonna, singer
August 16th-Angela Bassett, actress
August 17th-Robert DeNiro
August 19th-Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
August Birthdays (deceased) include:
August 1, 1818 Maria Mitchell first female astronomer in the US
August 4, 1901 Louis Armstrong, musician
August 5, 1930 Neil Armstrong, astronaut
August 6, 1911 Lucille Ball, comedienne
August 13, 1860 Annie Oakley, sharpshooter
August 13, 1899 Alfred Hitchcock, movie director
August 15, 1912 Julia Child, chef
How to Use Famous Birthdays as Part of a Gift Idea
If you're searching for a gift for someone, you can use famous birthdays as a source of inspiration.
1. Take the person's birthdate
2. Find their "birthday twin"---someone who shares their same birthday.
3. Find a gift they would enjoy that is related to their birthday twin.
4. Include a note on the card explaining the connection
As an an example, let's say your uncle's birthday is August 4th. He's active in local politics and is the person who always takes the group photo at family reunions.
A gift inspired by his birthday twin, former President Barack Obama, would be a great choice. Among the selections, Pete Souza's book of photographs would be a perfect fit.
To provide context and make the gift even more special, you could include a card that reads,
"Many great people were born on August 4th---Barack Obama and you.
Thought this book would inspire many more great family photos.
While there are no major holidays in August, there are some less formal ones.
- August 2 International Beer Day
- August 4 Friendship Day
- August 9 Book Lover’s Day
- August 15 Relaxation Day
Famous Quotes about August
Today is the first of August.
It is hot, steamy and wet.
It is raining.
I am tempted to write a poem.
But I remember what it said on one rejection slip:
'After a heavy rainfall, poems titled 'Rain'
pour in from across the nation.'
the summer's last messenger of misery,
is a hollow actor.
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon;
to me those have always been
the two most beautiful words
in the English language.