The Month of July: History, Holidays and Famous Personalities

Know more about the month of July’s history, holidays and odd holidays/events, personalities, birthstones and flowers.

July

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July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It has 31 days. It is a mid-summer month in the Northern Hemisphere, mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. In the old Roman calendar that began with March, July was the fifth month and was called Quintilis (from Latin of fifth). The birth month of Julius Caesar, it was renamed in his honor after his murder in 44 B.C.

Events:

  • July 1, 1863 – Beginning of 3 day battle of Gettysburg
  • July 1, 1867 – Dominion Day: Dominion of Canada established
  • July 4, 1776 – Independence Day: Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence
  • July 4, 1863 – Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant
  • July 5, 1865 – Salvation Army founded by William Booth
  • July 14, 1789 – Bastille Day: storming of Paris Bastille
  • July 16, 1945 – First Atomic Bomb exploded at Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • July 21, 1588 – English Fleet attacked Spanish Armada
  • July 23, 1847 – Mormons reached Great Salt Lake City
  • July 25, 1952 – Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth
  • July 31, 1498 – Columbus discovered Trinidad

Birthstone or Gemstone: Ruby

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The Ruby, the birthstone of July, is a gem stone that is one of the 4 precious stones together with sapphire, emerald and diamond.

Flowers: Larkspur & Water Lily


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Water Lilies live in freshwater areas in temperate and tropical climates around the world. They are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface.

Famous personalities born on this month:

July 2, 1986 – Lindsay Lohan, actress

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July 3, 1962 – Tom Cruise, actor

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July 4, 1872 – Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President

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July 6, 1946 – George W. Bush, 43rd US President

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July 7, 1988 – Michelle Kwan, figure skater

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July 9, 1956 – Tom Hanks, actor

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July 10, 1980 – Jessica Simpson, singer

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July 11, 1767 – John Quincy Adams, 6th US President

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July 12, 100 B.C. – Julius Caesar, Roman dictator

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July 13, 1942 – Harrison Ford, actor

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July 14, 1913 – Gerard R. Ford, 38th US President

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July 15, 1607 – Rembrandt, artist

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July 18, 1811 – William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist

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July 20, 1919 – Sir Edmund Hilary, Mt. Everest climber

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July 24, 1763 – Simon Bolivar, South American liberator

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July 24, 1969 – Jennifer Lopez, actress/singer

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July 26, 1964 – Sandra Bullock, actress

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July 30, 1863 – Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company founder and father of modern assembly lines

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July 31, 1965 – J.K. Rowling, author

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Odd Holidays

July 10 – International Town Criers day

July 16 – National Ice Cream Day (a.k.a. Sundae Sunday)

July 22 – Rat-catchers Day

July 24 – National Drive-Thru Day

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