18 Interesting Facts About September

September is the 9th month. The northern hemisphere's days become cooler and southern day's longer.

September is a month in the year which many look forward to, though it does also mean the end of summer!

September is the time to finish the year's harvest and celebrate its bounty.

September, the month with 30 days, is home to zodiac signs like Virgo (August 23 - September 22) and Libra (September 23 - October 22), having a long and interesting history.

Let's take a close look and break down some fun facts about September to fascinate you.


September's name comes from septem, Latin for "seven."
It was originally the seventh month of the ancient Roman calendar, and as such is was named Septem, which translates into "the seventh month".
It wasn't until 451 BC that the months of January and February were added to the calendar, making September the ninth month.

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September also used to only have 29 days.
Julius Caesar's reform of the Roman calendar in 46 BC the month now has an additional day!

September heralds the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere, with it officially commencing on the September equinox, which is usually between the 21st and the 23rd of the month.
In the southern hemisphere, it's the opposite of course, with spring starting on the September equinox.

September is a fiery month – in the Roman calendar, it is the seventh month and is also dedicated to Vulcan, Roman god of Fire.

September begins on the same day of the week of just one other month, December.

September is graced with having two different birth flowers. The two flowers are the vibrant aster and the beautiful yet resilient morning glory.
The significance of both flowers is actually very similar, with the aster being said to represent love, while the morning glory represents affection.

Sapphire is the September birthstone, a gem that symbolizes sincerity, truth and nobility.
Sapphires were once worn to protect the wearer from both poisoning and other evils.

September birthdays fall under the sign of Virgo or Libra.
If you were born before September 23rd, you're considered to be a Virgo. If you're born on the 23rd or later, you're a Libra.
Virgos are said to be analytical and hardworking people, while still being kind and loyal. Libras, on the other hand, value harmony and diplomacy, and are said to be both intelligent and kind.

The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite drink - barley brew. They also called it Haefest monath, or Harvest month.

In the US, September is National Happy Cat Month!
Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day (US) on September 13th
International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th
National Punctuation day (US) on September 24th.

Between September 2 and September 6, 1666, a massive inferno ripped through London, reducing much of the city center to a smoldering ruin.

On September 25, 1690, the first colonial newspaper in America, Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, was published.
The newspaper was to be rather short-lived, as the British were displeased with its contents and put a stop to it straight away.

In the year 1752, the British Empire skipped 11 days of September, between the 2nd and 14th.
This was actually due to another calendar change, although this time it was when the British Empire changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

September 17th is Constitution Day. America celebrates this day to commemorate when delegates came together in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the U.S. Constitution into law.

September 1, 1939, was a dark day for the world.
It was on this day that Hitler invaded Poland, consequentially beginning World War II.

At the age of just 24, "Rebel Without A Cause" star James Dean was killed in a tragic car accident outside of Cholame, California on September 30, 1955.

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.
Two of the planes were flown straight into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and another was crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers of the flight attempted to regain control of the plane from the terrorists.

In most countries in the northern hemisphere, September is when students begin a new year at school.

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