The ending of a year deserves imparting of interesting knowledge. For this year, we have some interesting numerical facts about the months of the year. Read on.
1. According to numerology, people born in January are ruled by the number 1. These people tend to be independent, analytical, and high-spirited.
2. In ancient Rome, February was the last month of the calendar year. Then it was changed and it became the 2nd month. At one point, it was shortened to just 23 or 24 days, before it was stretched to 27 days to occasionally realign the year with the seasons. It then became 28 days long with 29 days every leap year.
3. Another fun fact is that March was the 1st month in the Roman calendar. It started its year in March, spanning 10 months until December.
4. April has the greatest number of weird holidays in the year. There’s April Fool’s Day on April 1, National Burrito Day also on April 1, Piñata Day on April 18th, and World Penguin Day celebrated on April 25th.
5. May only got its name when the Middle Ages were on their way out. It was around the 15th Century AD that the month was renamed May from the Roman word Maius.
6. June possesses both the longest and shortest days of the year. If you are in the northern hemisphere, the longest day is June 21st. But, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, June 21st is the shortest day of the year.
7. July has a lot of firsts to its name. The first-ever Rabies vaccine was administered on July 6th, 1885. The first atomic bomb test was conducted in New Mexico on July 16th, 1945. If that’s not all, the first bikini debuted in Paris on July 5th, 1946.
8. In other strange turns, August is the month of sandwiches! The sandwich was invented in the August of 1762 when the Earl of Sandwich asked for 2 pieces of bread with meat inside them.
9. In the year 1752, the British Empire entirely skipped 11 days of the month between the 2nd and 14th of September! This happened due to yet another calendar change – from the Julian to the Gregorian.
10. If you call the northern hemisphere your home, then you’ll find yourself rewarded for staring up at the sky in October. The Draconid Meteor Shower containing a single comet can be seen between October 6th and 10th and it can only be seen in the northern hemisphere.
11. November’s name has remained unchanged since the ancient Roman calendar which was in use till 45 BC. The first Roman calendar only had 10 months, and November was the 9th month. When the Roman calendar was changed for the Julian calendar in 45 BC, 2 more months were added, yet November remained the 9th month and was never renamed.
12. December originally had just 30 days. This was according to the ancient Roman calendar. As the calendar was changed to the Julian calendar, it gained 1 day and became the 7th and last month of the year having 31 days.