What do Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Arnold Schwarzenegger and J.K. Rowling have in common? Hint: it’s all about the month of July.
A Little July Trivia
July is the seventh month of the year in the internationally-accepted Gregorian Calendar. At one time, July was known as “Augustus” in honor of Julius Caesar who was born in July.
Around here it’s my favourite month. Why? Because it’s my birthday month too and my older daughter has a birthday July 2. Of course, Canada Day is always July 1st and that’s one that I love as a Canadian. Canada Day launches the summer for me. School is done and so are exams so there’s cause to celebrate.
One of the first memorable days in July, Independence Day in the U.S., is commonly referred to as the 4th of July. Children may enjoy celebrating the day with 4th of July printables and activities. The U.S. is not the only country to celebrate its independence in July. In fact, many countries celebrate independence in the same month.
Independence Days in July
- July 1 – Independence Day, Somalia
- July 3 – Independence Day, Belarus
- July 5 – Independence Day, Venezuela
- July 9 – Independence Day, Argentina
- July 10 – Independence Day, Bahamas
- July 20 – Independence Day, Colombia
- July 21 – Independence Day, Belgium
- July 26 – Independence Day, Maldives
- July 28 – Independence Day, Peru
- July 30 – Independence Day, Vanuatu
The third week of July observes Captive Nations Week to raise awareness of oppressed nations under non-democratic governments.
Observances and Holidays in July
- Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month in the U.S. Of course it is!
- July 1 – Canada Day
- July 7 – “Make A Wish” Celebration, Japan
- July 11 – World Population Day
- July 14 – Bastille Day
- July 24 – Pioneer Day, Utah
- July 25 – Feast of St. James
Historical Events in July
- July 20, 356 BC – Birth of Alexander the Great
- July 13, 100 BC – Birth of Julius Caesar
- July 8, 1099 – First Crusade
- July 11, 1274 – Birth of Robert the Bruce, Scotland
- July 12, 1543 – Henry VIII married his 6th wife, Catherine Parr
- July 12, 1690 – Battle of the Boyne, Northern Ireland
- July 11, 1750 – Halifax, Nova Scotia was almost completely destroyed by fire
Memorable July Events of the 1800s
- July 11, 1801 – Jean Luis Pons made his first comet discovery
- July 5, 1814 – Battle of Chippawa, War of 1812
- July 1, 1837 – England and Wales established a system of civil registration (births, deaths, etc.)
- July 1, 1862 – Final battle of the Seven Days Campaign, American Civil War
- July 28, 1868 – 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution certified
Two Ridiculously Famous July Babies
- July 30, 1947 – Birth of Arnold Schwarzenegger
- July 31, 1965 – Birth of J.K. Rowling
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More July Events
- July 1, 1921 – Communist Party of China founded
- July 20, 1968 – First Special Olympics held
- July 20, 1976 – The American Viking 1 lander successfully landed on Mars
- July 5, 1996 – Dolly the Sheep became first mammal cloned from an adult cell
- July 30, 2003 – Last old-style VW Beetle rolled off assembly line in Mexico
My Favourite Month
It’s no secret that July is my favourite month. My daughter has a July birthday, and so do I! Imagine the births of all these well-known people, coupled with the holding of the first Special Olympics, and that last brand-new, old-style Volkswagen Beetle rolling off the line.
So much to celebrate about July.