Full Thunder Moon
Traditionally, we have called July's full Moon the "Full Buck Moon." This name comes from our Native American and Colonial past when the Moon was used to track the seasons. Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time.
July's Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
Since July of 2015 has TWO full Moons, we'll designate the Full Buck Moon to the first full Moon (July 1) and the Full Thunder Moon to the second full Moon (July 31).
In popular culture, many people now refer to the second full Moon of the month as a "Blue Moon."
Dog Days Begin
1608: Quebec City founded by Samuel de Champlain
Born 1731: Samuel Huntington (signer of the Declaration of Independence)
Born 1738: John Singleton Copley (painter)
1819: The first savings bank in America (Bank of Savings) opened in N.Y.C.
Born 1870: Richard Bedford Bennett (11th Prime Minister of Canada)
Born 1878: George M. Cohan (composer)
Born 1883: Franz Kafka (novelist)
1890: Idaho became the 43rd state to enter the Union
1922: Fruit Garden and Home magazine was published. The publication changed its name two years later to Better Homes and Gardens
Born 1927: Ken Russell (film director)
Born 1930: Pete Fountain (jazz musician)
Born 1935: Harrison Schmitt (geologist, astronaut, politician)
Born 1937: Tom Stoppard (writer)
Born 1947: Betty Buckley (actress)
Born 1953: Frank Daryl Tanana (baseball player)
Born 1962: Thomas Gibson (actor)
Born 1962: Tom Cruise (actor)
Born 1964: Yeardley Smith (actress)
1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited segregation in public places
Born 1969: Kevin Hearn (musician)
Died 1971: Jim Morrison (musician)
Died 1986: Rudy Vallee (musician & actor)
1988: The USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane over the Persian Gulf, believing it to be a hostile fighter. All 290 civilians aboard were killed
Died 1989: Jim Backus (actor)
2008: Singer Kylie Minogue received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace
Died 2012: Andy Griffith (actor)