July is the seventh month and marks the beginning of the second half of the year. It is the warmest month for all the places in the Northern hemisphere, while it is the beginning of the cold and breezy days for the Southers hemisphere (closer to the equator). While for countries closer to the poles, it is observed to be the coldest month all year (Australia)! And it has the 4th of July of course! It's weird how July got its name, and what's weirder is that Australians celebrate Christmas in July! Let's get familiarized with facts about July.
1. Named after...
It was first called Quintilis before Rome came under Julius Caesar. When Caesar became the General of Rome, it was named after him, for it was the month that bore his birth.
2. Birthstone is...
The birthstone of people born this year is Ruby. It signifies contentment, as are the people born in July, with what they have!
3. The S.O.S. signal was adopted!
Although the morse code for distress, S. O. S., 3 dots, 3 dashes and 3 dots, was adopted in April 1905, it wasn't an internationally agreed upon code until July 1, 1908. This is considered to be the official adoption date for the distress signal!
4. Twitter was born!
Although Twitter was founded in March 2006, the creators of the micro-blogging site, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams decided to launch it on July 15, 2006!
5. Zodiac Signs
The Zodiac signs for July are:
- Cancer (June 21st - July 22nd)
- Leo (July 23rd - August 22nd)
6. Intel was founded!
July 18, 1968, saw the birth of technology giant Intel Corporation. It was started by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce; it is now the biggest & the highest valued manufacturer of semiconductor chips in the world.
7. Mario made his debut!
Although not his solo debut, our beloved plumber, Mario made his video game debut on July 9, 1981, through another huge hit Donkey Kong!
8. Dolly, the first cloned animal was born!
Dolly, the sheep, was the first mammal to be cloned from another animal's somatic cells. She was born on July 5, 1996, and apparently had 3 mothers. One gave the DNA, the next one gave the egg and the last one carried her!
9. Jim Morrison of Doors died!
Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, was found dead in his Paris apartment bathtub on July 3, 1971. The official report said that it was a heart-failure, but he was just 27 at the time!
10. Bugs Bunny debuted on TV!
On July 27, 1940, a cartoon series named A Wild Hare was released, which introduced to us to the words, "What's up, Doc?". These were the first words said to Elmer Fudd by our very own Bugs Bunny!
11. Constantine became the king of Rome
It is recorded in the history books that Constantine the Great became the emperor of Rome on July 25, 306 AD.
12. The first ever mission to the Moon was launched
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11, the spacecraft that carried out the first manned mission to the moon was launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin aboard. At 10:56 p.m. EDT, on July 17, Neil and Buzz took that giant leap on behalf of all mankind on the moon, & was transmitted live to millions watching it on their Tv sets on Earth.
13. Interesting traits of July borns
People who are born in this month are known be loving, caring and protective. They are also considered to very hard working and are also known to inspire others through their ardor. They also hide their emotions and deep thoughts within themselves and is next to impossible to decipher them, even with their loved ones!