Little Bits of History

06 June Topics

June 1: And Now – The News – In 1980, Ted Turner began broadcasting with CNN.
Breathing – In 1974, the Heimlich Maneuver was published.
Not Hops Scotch – In 1495, Friar John Cor was listed as possessing ingredients to make Scotch.
Unlucky Ship – In 1813, James Lawrence took command of the USS Chesapeake.
Boston Martyr – In 1660, Mary Dyer was hanged.
Lost at River – in 1926, the PS Washington Irving sank.
1999 – American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed.

June 2: Erotica or Pornography? – In 1740, an author was born.
Wedding Bells – In 1886, President Cleveland married.
All Work; All Play – In 1925, Lou Gehrig was put in as first baseman.
Ground Ball – In 1763, Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French.
Multiple Bombs – In 1919, the Galleanists set off eight bombs.
Portland Rum Riot – In 1855, there were riots in Portland, Maine.
1953 – Queen Elizabeth II was crowned.

June 3: No Joy in Mudville – In 1888, Thayer’s poem was first published.
Whoops – In 1969, two ships collide during a sea exercise.
Ode to Billie Joe – In 1953, Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.
ROTC – In 1916, the National Defense Act of 1916 was passed.
Midnight Ride of Not Paul Revere – In 1781, Jack Jouett, Jr. took to the saddle.
Wedding Bells – In 1937, Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII of England wed.
1940 –  The Madagascar Plan is recommended.

June 4: Consumerism’s Helper – In 1937, Sylvan Goldman got creative and boosted sales.
Congratulations – In 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.
Bravery – In 1989, Tank Man faced a row of Chinese tanks.
Rogers Family – In 1989, three bodies were found floating in Tampa Bay.
Vaseline – In 1872, Vaseline was patented.
Up, Up and Away – In 1784, the first woman to ride in a balloon went aloft.
1855 USS Supply headed out to pick up camels.

June 5: Simon Legree is Exposed – In 1851, Uncle Tom’s Cabin began to see print.
World War II – In 1941, Chongqing was bombed killing thousands.
Bobby – In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot.
Hound Dog – In 1956, Elvis performed on The Milton Berle Show.
Location, Location, Location – In 1817, the PS Frontenac was launched.
Pillow Talk – In 1963, John Profumo resigned.
1964 – The DSV Alvin was commissioned.

June 6: Not the Village People – In 1844, the YMCA was founded.
Novarupta – In 1912, the largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century began.
Camden, New Jersey – In 1933, the first drive-in theater opened.
Maxwell Got Smart – In 1925, Maxwell Motor Company reorganized.
Whipping Through the Windy City – In 1892, the ‘L’ trains of Chicago began service.
Close Call – In 1822, Alexis St. Martin was shot.
1944 – D-Day.

June 7: A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama – In 1914, the Panama Canal was found to work.
It’s My Body – In 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut was decided.
Treaty of Tordesillas – In 1494, this treaty was signed, parceling out the New World.
Lee, but not Robert E. – In 1776, the Lee Resolution was presented to the Second Continental Congress.
Carrie Nation – In 1899, the temperance devotee entered a saloon.
Port Royal Destroyed – In 1692, Jamaica was hit by an earthquake.
1929 – The Lateran Treaty was ratified

June 8: We All Scream for Ice Cream – In 1786, the first advertisement for commercially made ice cream was published.
Uncle Miltie – In 1948, Texaco Star Theater debuted.
Newspeak – In 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 was published.
They did what? – In 1959, mail was delivered by missile.
A New Cult – In 1794, the celebration of the Supreme Being began in France.
Viking Raid – In 793, the Vikings raided Lindisfarne.
1906 – The Antiquities Act became law.

June 9: Freedom of Religion – In 1628, Thomas Morton was exiled for his religious beliefs.
The Mail Didn’t Go Through – In 1772, the HMS Gaspée was run aground.
Road Trip – In 1909, the first woman to drive across the US began her journey.
Whoops – In 1873, the Alexandra Palace burned to the ground.
Jake Lingle – In 1930, the newspaperman/gangster died.
And the Rains Came – In 1972, it rained in Rapid City, South Dakota.
1311 The Maestà, or Maestà of Duccio was installed.

June 10: Friends of Bill – In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was formed.
US Naval Academy – In 1854, the first class graduated from USNA.
Oxford v. Cambridge –  In 1829, the first Boat Race between the two schools took place.
Teenager Sees Reds – In 1944, Joe Nuxhall went pro.
Equal Pay – In 1960, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law.
Wobbly Bridge – In 2000, the Millennium Bridge in London opened.
1596 – Bear Island was discovered.

June 11: Epicurean Feast – In 1939, the US President served the King of England hot dogs.
Limelight – In 1892, a new filming industry opened in Australia.
Great Barrier Reef v. Endeavour – In 1770, Captain Cook ran aground.
Wedded Bliss – In 1509, King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
Purging the Russian Army – In 1937, eight Soviet Union officers were executed.
Trojan Horse – In 1184 BC – Troy was sacked.
1776 – The Committee of Five convened.

June 12: If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit – In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered.
Medgar Evers – In 1963, this Civil Rights leader was assassinated.
Son of Sam – In 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced.
Wedded Bliss Redux – In 1967, Loving v. Virginia was decided.
National Sport – In 1939, Cooperstown opened the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Brzeżany Massacre – In 1943, Jews were killed in Brzeżany.
1987 – Reagan asks for the Berlin Wall to fall.

June 13: You Have the Right – In 1966, the US Supreme Court decided Miranda v Arizona.
Diamonds Are Forever – In 1955, the Mir Mine was discovered.
Hic, Pause, Hic – In 1922, Charles Osborne got a case of hiccups.
Crushed – In 1881, the USS Jeanette sunk in the polar ice.
Mysterious Ludwig II of Bavaria – In 1886, Ludwig died.
Unhappy Unbirthday – In 1981, the Queen’s Trooping the Colour went wrong.
1381 – The Savoy Palace was destroyed.

June 14: Which is Witch – In 1648, the first “witch” was hanged in Salem.
Early Computing – In 1822, Charles Babbage presented a paper on computing.
Maize – In 1789, Bourbon was first produced.
First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight – In 1919, Alcock and Brown made it to Europe.
Auschwitz – In 1940, the prison camp opened.
Before GUI or WYSIWYG – In 1951, UNIVAC was dedicated.
1966 – The Catholic Church abolished its list of banned books.

June 15: King “Soft-sword” John “Signs” on the Dotted Line – In 1215, King John of England signed the Magna Carta.
Not Spock – In 1844, vulcanization was patented.
Protect Your Eyes – In 763 BC, the first total solar eclipse was recorded.
Go Fly a Kite! – In 1753, Franklin experimented with electricity, maybe.
Life Saving – In 1667, the first blood transfusion was given.
World’s Most Famous Ball – In 1815, the Duchess of Richmond hosted a party.
1878 – Muybridge proved how a horse runs.

June 16: Red v. White – In 1487, the Battle of Stoke Field was fought ending the Wars of the Roses.
Education – In 1976, the Soweto Uprising took place.
Psycho – In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller was released.
Children’s Party – In 1883, the Victoria Hall Disaster left 183 children dead.
Lincoln’s House Divided Speech – In 1858, Lincoln gave his famous speech.
Defenseless – In 1944, George Stinney, Jr. was executed.
1904 – Leopold Bloom shared his day.

June 17: Indian Princess – In 1631, Arjumand Banu Begum died while giving birth to her fourteenth child.
Nicole and Ron – In 1994, OJ Simpson was arrested.
Smoot-Hawley Act – In 1930, this tariff act was signed into law.
Breed’s Hill? – In 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought.
Statue of Liberty – In 1885, the statue arrived, in pieces, in New York.
Ready for College – In 1901, the first SAT tests were given.
1462 – The Night Attack took place at Târgovişte.

June 18: Mental Institutions and Being Governor – In 1959, Governor Earl Long was committed to a mental institution.
Taxi! – In 1923, the first Checker Cab rolled off the assembly line.
One Woman – No Vote – In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was found guilty of trying to vote.
What Was Up There? – In 1178, five monks observed an astronomical phenomenon.
Appeal – In 1940, Charles de Gaulle asked the world for help.
Sally Rides – In 1983, Sally Ride was the first American woman to go into space.
1972 –  British European Airways Flight 548 crashed.

June 19: NASCAR – In 1949, NASCAR began.
Julius and Ethel – In 1953, the Rosenbergs were executed.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – In 1939, Lou Gehrig’s illness was named.
Emancipation Proclamation, a Bit Late – In 1865, the people of Galveston were informed of the proclamation.
Dad’s Day – In 1910, the first Father’s Day was celebrated.
Ecology the French Way – In 1857, the French passed a new law.
1913 – The Natives Land Act was given Royal Assent.

June 20: Lizzie Borden Took an Axe – In 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murder.
Fort William – In 1756, the fort was attacked and 146 prisoners taken – the Black Hole of Calcutta.
Communication is Key – In 1963, a hot line was set up between the US and USSR.
Great Seal of the United States – In 1782, the Great Seal design was adopted.
Toasting Ed – In 1948, Ed Sullivan came to the small screen.
Tragedy in Nicaragua – In 1979, William Stewart was killed.
1631: The Sack of Baltimore took place.

June 21: Job Insecurity – In 1919, the Winnipeg Strike went horribly wrong.
Manchester Baby – In 1948, the world’s first stored program computer worked.
SpaceShipOne – In 2004, the first privately funded ship made it into space.
Long – In 1948, the first LP album was demonstrated.
Burnin’ Down the House – In 1734, Marie-Josèphe dite Angélique was executed.
Sidewalk Surfing – In 2004, the first Go Skateboarding Day was held.
1621 – The Old Town Square executions took place in Prague.

June 22: Deke – In 1844, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was founded.
No Fun – In 1918, the worst circus train wreck took place.
Burn, Baby, Burn – In 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire.
Sweden – In 1906, Sweden adopted a new/old national flag.
In the House – In 1633, Galileo was put under house arrest.
Summer Exercises – In 1893, the British Navy held summer exercises.
1944 – The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act was signed into law.

June 23: Mutiny on the Discovery – In 1611, Henry Hudson’s crew mutinied.
Clackity clack – In 1868, an improved typewriter was patented.
Lorena and John – In 1993, domestic violence made the world headlines.
Banff – In 1887, the Rocky Mountains Park Act of Canada was passed.
Iced – In 1953, Zamboni received a patent for an ice cleaner.
It’s a Tough Job – In 1917, Brick Owens got hit.
1960: The Pill is approved.

June 24: The Cynic – In 1842, Ambrose Bierce was born.
UFO – In 1947, Kenneth Arnold saw something strange in the sky.
Victory Parade – In 1945, a parade was held in Moscow.
Dance Fever – In 1374, St. John’s Dance broke out in Germany.
All Four Engines Cut Out – In 1982, a plane lost all four engines and managed to not crash.
Battle of Magh Rath – In 637, a battle was fought near Magh Rath.
1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England was founded.

June 25: Great Star of Africa – In 1905, The Cullinan diamond was discovered.
The End – In 1906, a bizarre love triangle ended badly.
Last Stand – In 1876, Custer was defeated at Little Bighorn.
Lady Doctor Elena – In 1678, Elena earned the first PhD awarded to a woman.
Treason – In 1960, Martin and Mitchell left the country.
Man Oh Man – In 1910, the Mann Act was passed.
1900 – Wang Yuanlu discovered the Dunhuang manuscripts.

June 26: Helicopters – In 1934, the FW-61 helicopter was flown for the first time.
Cyclone – In 1927, Coney Island opened a new ride.
Pied Piper – In 1284, a piper led 130 children out of Hamelin.
CN Tower – In 1976, the Ontario tower opened to the public.
Fast France – In 1906, the first Grand Prix race was held.
A Star (Searcher) is Born – In 1730. Charles Messier was born.
1974 – A Universal Product Code was first scanned.

June 27: The Oscar of the Children’s Library – In 1922, the Newbery Medal was first awarded.
Collinswood – In 1966, Dark Shadows premiered.
ATM – In 1867, the world’s first ATM was installed.
Helen Keller –  In 1880, Helen was born.
High Score – In 1899, the highest score in cricket was made by AEJ Collins.
Battle of Berne – In 1954, a contentious soccer game was played.
1971 – Fillmore East closed.

June 28: The Kelly Gang – In 1880, Ned Kelly was captured.
Going Home – In 2000, Elián González was sent back to Cuba.
Conformation Dog Show – In 1859, the first show was held.
Boxed In – In 1948, Dick Turpin won his boxing match.
Battle of Sullivan’s Island – In 1776, one of the first American victories of the Revolutionary War took place.
Stonewall – In 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by police.
1914 – Franz Ferdinand was killed.

June 29: I Love You Lighthouse – In 1860, the last stone to the I Love You lighthouse was placed.
Sound Recording – In 1888, a wax cylinder was used to record music.
Pygmy Mammoth – In 1994, the first near-complete pygmy mammoth fossil was found.
Globe Gone – In 1613, the London theater burned down.
Reaching Hawaii – In 1927, a nonstop flight from California to Hawaii was completed.
Greed – In 1995, the Sampoong Department Store collapsed.
1956 – The US passed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.

June 30: What Was That? – In 1908, the Tunguska event occurred.
Tight Rope – In 1859, Charles Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
Brilliant – In 1905, Einstein published a paper.
Monkeying Around – In 1860, an Oxford debate on evolution was held.
John Quelch – In 1704, the pirate died.
Only in White – In 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the production line.
1966 – The National Organization for Women was founded.

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