Summer is in full effect! It’s the perfect time to enjoy the sunny weather, host barbecues, eat tons of ice cream to cool down in the heat, and go on vacations with friends and family. Here’s to a month of freedom, independence and celebrations of country and culture! July is named after Roman dictator Julius Cesar (100. B.C. -44 B.C). Cesar developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today. This month holds so many special events and holidays. Here’s a glimpse of some of these awesome celebrations. In the first week of July, we celebrate both Canada Day, a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867, and of course, the emblematical 4th of July, Independence Day! On the fourth of July we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Don’t forget to raise the flag! On July 14, Bastille Day is also celebrated, commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution, based on the principles of equality, fraternity, and liberty. Another interesting celebration is held on July 29, which marks the Islamic New Year. This begins with the first sighting of the crescent Moon after the new Moon in the month of Muharram.
July is also known for its “just for fun” dates, like July 17(World Emojis Day,) July 23(National Day of the Cowboy,) or July 27(Take your Houseplants for a Walk Day.) The weather can also be interesting in the summer. This summer started off with warm to hot temperatures and isolated thunderstorms across most of the United States, except for cool and wet conditions over the Appalachians and Ohio Valley. However, over the rest of the summer, the United States kept maintained its record with another season of high heat. Astronomic events were also huge this month, as July 4th is the time of aphelion, the part of the year when Earth is the farthest from the sun. This year, it was 94,509,598 miles away from our brightest star!
Some historical events that took place in July are still relevant until this day. For example, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union memberships, and in voter registration. Additionally, in 1790, the U.S. Patent Office first opened its doors with a patent issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making pearlash and potash. The patent was signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Some of the events that took place in July of 2022 were groundbreaking steps into the right direction. On the 26th, The Agriculture Department and The Forest Service committed to planting about 1.2 billion trees across the United States over the next decade to counteract catastrophes, such as wildfires, that have resulted in the loss of forests. While there is still a lot more that the administration and people, in general, could be doing to protect the environment, the reforestation plan is a step in the right direction. In addition to other technology advances and science developments that have taken place this year, July brought us the best space images we’ve seen so far. We are now living in the golden age for space photos and you no longer need a fancy telescope to appreciate these incredible images on your own.
Birthdays of well-known individuals in June:
July 21, 1951- Actor and Comedian, Robin Williams:
Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. He was known for his improvisational skills and the wide variety of characters he created in the spur of the moment and portrayed on film. In dramas and comedies alike, he is regarded as one of the greatest comedians of all times. Some of Robin’s most famous works include Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Pat Adams and Jumanji.
July 1, 1961- Princess Diana:
Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales – the heir apparent to the British throne. She was also the mother of Princes William and Harry and she became one of the most world renowned celebrities of her day. Princess Diana tragically died on August 31, 1961 in a car accident following a paparazzi pursuit. Princess Di, as people called her, rapidly evolved into an icon of grace, elegance, and glamour. With charm and charisma, she used her celebrity status to aid numerous charitable causes.
July 10, 1856 – Nikola Tesla:
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He was also a pioneer in the discovery of radar technology, remote control, and the rotating magnetic field. He is most well-known for his contribution in AC electricity and for the Tesla coil.
July 18, 1918- Nelson Mandela:
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a south African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. He was infamously incarcerated at Robben Island Prison (1964-82).
July 6, 1946- Sylvester Stallone:
Sylvester Enzio Stallone is an American actor and filmmaker. In the beginning of his story, he was a struggling actor for numerous years. Upon arriving to New York City in 1969, and Hollywood, later in 1974, he won his first critical acclaim as an actor for his co-starring role as Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush. He also stared in the Rocky movies, an American sports multimedia franchise created by himself, which began with the eponymous 1976 film and has since become a cultural phenomenon, centered on the boxing career of Rocky Balboa.
July 6, 1907- Frida Kahlo:
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. She is best known for her uncompromising and brilliant paintings that incorporate the themes of self identity, the human body, and death. Although she denied the connection, she is often identified as a Surrealist.
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