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10 Interesting Facts About The Month Of August

10. August is the eighth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer. August derives its name from Augustus (Augustus Caesar).

9. On August 2, 1776 the official signing of the United State Declaration of Independence took place. Two years later in August 60 copies of the Constitution of the United States were delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

8. Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain on August 3, 1492.

7. IBM released the personal computer on August 12,1981.

6. Major League Baseball players went on strike in August of 1994 cancelling the 1994 World Series. Baseball didn't return for 232 days resulting in the abrupt end of Michael Jordan's baseball career and crushing the Montreal Expos franchise.

5. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the best-selling jazz recording of all time and still selling 5,000 copies a week, was released. Kind of Blue brought together seven now-legendary musicians in the prime of their careers: tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and of course, trumpeter Miles Davis.

4. Sports Illustrated issued their first publication in August of 1954. The cover would be re-used six other times in Sports Illustrated's history. Twice it was included in a collage of covers on the front page and four times it was the lead image, most recently in a photo mosaic for the Aug. 11, 2014 issue celebrating the magazine's 60th birthday.

3. Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London on August 20, 1858.

2. New Jersey law prohibits men from knitting during the fishing season August - September. Once upon a time, a small, rural New Jersey village had only one fisherman on whom the townspeople relied to reel in their favorite fish. After many years, the man grew tired of fishing and started to take up knitting as a hobby, which he learned by watching his mother in the evening. He began to spend all of his free time knitting fish-themed sweaters and quilts, eventually refusing to wake up early to catch fish. The townspeople had plenty of trendy nautical clothing before it was cool, but they began to starve without enough fish to feed their families. Soon enough, the government had to get involved, and made this law so that the fisherman would have nothing to do during fishing season but catch fish.

1.The first ever atom bomb that was used for warfare fell on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, making it one of the worst events in the world.

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