it’s the 8th month
I cracked the code
October is the 10th month though
It was originally the 8th month but then Julius fucking Caesar decided to add in July and August after himself and his nephew Augustus
we should totally just stab caesar
Haha nice try, but the month names for September, October, November, and December made sense back when there were only ten months (Calendar of Romulus). When the Calendar of Numa came along, January and February were added so the whole calendar was closer to a year in length. You can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_calendar
Julius Caesar and Augustus just renamed Quintilis and Sextilis, respectively. There is, however, the theory on month lengths that explains why July and August both have 31 days — basically Augustus didn’t want his month to have fewer days than Julius’s.
Of course, none of this explains why January and February were added to the beginning of the year. So if anyone wants to offer that bit of info, that’d be great. :)
I think next year I’ll celebrate my birthday on the 21st of Sextilis.