The start of the Dog Days, when Sirius, the Dog Star, is in the ascendent [continues until around August 11th].
Supposed to be the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the warmest summer temperatures.
In the Southern Hemisphere, they typically occur in January and February, in the midst of the austral summer. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius in close proximity to the Sun was responsible for the hot weather.
Other dates are sometimes given for the Dog Days.
1883 – Franz Kafka born.
1940 – Fontella Bass, American soul singer, born.
1969 – Former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones died.
1971 – Jim Morrison died.
2009 – Death of John A. Keel, American fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies.