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."
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Born 1730: Josiah Wedgwood (potter)
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Born 1817: Henry David Thoreau (writer)
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Born 1895: Buckminster Fuller (engineer and architect who developed the geodesic dome)
1912: Queen Elizabeth first feature-length film shown in the United States
Born 1937: Bill Cosby (comedian & actor)
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Born 1951: Cheryl Ladd (actress)
1957: Dwight Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter
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1979: The island nation of Kiribati declared independence
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