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In the northern hemisphere, many kids begin their school year in September. And September got to be called September because, until the Romans added the months of July (for Julius Caesar and August (for Augustus Caesar) to their ten-month calendar, this time of year was the seventh month and the word comes from the Roman […]


Chances of being born on February 29th? Supposedly, one in 1,461. Back when I was teaching, I had but one pupil with a leap day birthday. Now aged forty (or ten, depending), he’s still the only one I know. https://www.history.com/news/why-do-we-have-leap-year https://allthatsinteresting.com/leap-year-facts


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The last of the months the Romans named numerically was December, from decem, the Latin word for ten, and like September, October, and November, it kept its old name.    


The name September comes from the word septem, the Latin word for seven. That was because, on the old Roman calendar (the one that started with March), it was the seventh month. When January became the first month, this month became the ninth month, but the Romans neglected to change the name. Some emperors tried, […]


After the demise of Julius Caesar, his nephew and heir, Augustus, decided that if dear old uncle could have a month named after him, he could do likewise. (Vain lot, weren’t they?)  


July was once the fifth month on the Roman calendar, and was simply called Quintilis (fifth). It was later renamed Julius in honour of Julius Caesar.


Though March is now the third month in the Western calendar, it was originally the first because spring began at this time and the season that brought new life seemed a good time to start a new year. And the (then) first month of the new year got its name because, once spring rolled in, […]


Named for the Roman god, Janus, the month of January is the first month in the modern Gregorian calendar, and was also the first month of the Julian calendar it replaced. The ten-month calendar Romans used from 750 BC to 450 BC started in March and did not contain the month of January, but once […]


I sometimes come across information on other blogs and websites that I think are of historic interest, and when I do, I will share them so that you can share them with your kids. By now, everyone should be used to this year’s new calendars, but it’s interesting to check out how calendars used to […]

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