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August begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Cancer and ends in the constellation of Leo.
This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar, which started in March about 750 BC under Romulus. It was renamed in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, fell in this month.
In Brazil, folk superstition associates bad luck to August, with the proverb "Agosto, o mês do desgosto" or "mês do cachorro louco" ("August, the month of misfortune" or "month of crazy dog") being often heard. This may come from the sinister memories of the St. Bartholomew's day (August 24), which is particularly dreaded in the Northeast of the country. August 24 is also, in the tradition of Candomblé, the day of Eshu, one of the most malevolent deities. Some unfortunate political events took place in August, like the suicide of the then President Getúlio Vargas. 
August is also the name of a Japanese visual novel company.
 Other names
In Irish, August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, from the god Lugh. August 1 (Lá Lúnasa in the Irish Calendar) is still regarded as the first day of Autumn. The first Monday in August is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.
In Finnish, the month is called elokuu, meaning "month of reaping".
 Events in August
- In the pagan wheel of the year August begins at or near Lughnasadh in the northern hemisphere and Imbolc in the southern hemisphere.
- Some of Ireland's most famous battles have been fought in this month. They include: the Second Battle of Athenry (1316); the battle of Knockdoe (1504); the Battle of the Yellow Ford (1596); the First Battle of Curlew Pass (1599); the Battle of Dungans Hill (1647); the Battle of Castlebar (1798), and the Battle of the Bogside (1969).
- On the sixth of August 1806 Emperor Francis II of the Holy Roman Empire lays down the Roman Imperial Crown and renounces all claims on this throne.
- In the UK, August is generally when academic exam results are published, including GCSEs and A-Levels as well as other exams. Also, scholars and school workers such as teachers, have a holiday or non-contact time, and there are two bank holidays (UK). It is typically when people go on holiday.
- August 6 National Salvadoran-American Day in the United States.
- In 1945 the end of the Second World War was brought about following the August 6 bombing of Hiroshima and August 9 bombing of Nagasaki in the first and only use of nuclear weapons against people. Emperor Hirohito declared Japan's unconditional surrender on August 15.
- August 9, 1965 Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia and became independent.
- August 14, 1947 Pakistan became independent (included East Bengal region as a whole).
- August 15, 1945 Korea became independent.
- August 15, 1947 Bharat became independent and adopted the name India.
- August 19, 1945 Vietnam The August Revolution succeeded.
- August 21, 1983 Philippine senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. was assassinated as he was descending the tarmac of the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport). His death is regarded as the catalyst of the EDSA Revolution of 1986
- August 25, 1825 Uruguay became independent from Brazil.
 Monthlong events in August
- National Psoriasis Awareness Month
- Women's Small Business Month
- In many European countries, August is the holiday month for most workers.
- The Philippines celebrates August as the Buwan ng Wika ("Language Month").
 Weeklong events in August
- During August 13 to August 19, Philippines's schools and theaters celebrate the National Week of the Filipino Language (in Filipino, "Linggo ng Wika").
- The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held the first full week in August each year.
 Moving daily events in August
- the Philippines celebrates National Heroes Day in commemoration of the First Cry of the Philippine Revolution on August 23, 1896.
- August begins on the same day of the week as February in a leap year.
- August's flower is the gladiolus or poppy.
- August's birthstone is the peridot, sardonyx, or sapphire.
- August in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to February in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
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