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July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, coming between June and August. It has 31 days. July was named after Julius Caesar. The month begins on the same day of the week as April every year and also January in leap years. The mid-way point of the year is either on July 2 or in the night of July 1-2.

The Month

July is named after Julius Caesar, who was born on 12 or 13 July

In each hemisphere, it is the seasonal equivalent of January in the other hemisphere. In the North, it is summer and in the South it is winter.

In the Northern Hemisphere, July is often the warmest month of the year, and major sporting events and music festivals are held around this time. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is a winter month, with the coldest-recorded temperature having been measured in Antarctica in this month.

July begins on the same day of the week as April in common years and also January in leap years. It ends on the same day of week as January in leap years, while in common years, no month ends on the same day of the week as July.

July's flower is the water lily[disambiguation needed]. Its birthstone is the ruby. The meaning for the birthstone ruby is contented mind. Astrological signs for July are Cancer (June 22 - July 23) and Leo (July 24 - August 22).

In the old Roman calendar, July was called Quintilis, meaning Fifth Month because, in the old calendar, the year began in March. Augustus later renamed it July in honour of Julius Caesar, whose birthday was in this month. Augustus later also named the following month, August, after himself.


Fixed Events

Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa
July 4 celebrations in Washington, DC

Moveable events

Selection of Historical Events

A stuffed exhibit of a Great Auk, which became extinct on July 3, 1844
Storming of the Bastille, start of the French Revolution
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon on July 20, 1969
Machu Picchu, Peru, which was "re-discovered" on July 24, 1911.


A summer beach in the Northern Hemisphere.
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