June Is Bustin' Out All Over
Have you notices that there are not many holidays in June? There's Father's Day, of course, and maybe Flag Day, and traditionally graduation days and wedding days. But there's not a single chance to take a day off work. That's really a shame, too, because June brings us some beautiful weather, along with the first day of summer. Never fear. If you know where to look, there are exciting things going on every day of the month. Here are some June events you may not have noticed.
June 1, 1533: Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII of England. Talk about bad decisions!
June 2, 1928: Kraft Foods created Velveeta Cheese. Kitchens haven't been the same since.
June 3, 1946: The first bikini bathing suit was displayed in Paris. Actually, people weren't looking at the bikini.
June 4, 1984: Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA."
June 5, 1968: Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy.
June 6, 1944: D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, and all big league baseball games are cancelled to mark the event.
June 7, 1776: Richard Lee (VA) moves to adopt Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress, and Colonies change name to United States.
June 8, 1861: People of Tennessee vote to succeed from Union. Some of them still stand behind that vote.
June 9, 1588: Spanish Armada sails from Lisbon to England. A one-way trip for most of them!
June 10, 1752: Ben Franklin's kite is struck by lightning. What a shock!
June 11, 1964: Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party; they attend.
June 12, 1922: St. Louis Brown Hub Pruett strikes out Babe Ruth 3 straight times. Everybody has a bad day now and then.
June 13, 1991: A spectator is killed by lightning at U.S. Open Golf tournament. Did anyone yell "fore!"
June 14, 1777: Continental Congress adopts Stars and Stripes replacing Grand Union flag. Now some states celebrate Flag Day.
June 15, 1215: King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England. It didn't help him gain much popularity. Ask Robin Hood.
June 16, 1961: Dave Garroway is fired as "Today Show" host. He did NOT jump to another network for a higher salary.
June 17, 1775: Battle of Bunker Hill. (Actually it was Breed's Hill, but this is history, not geography.)
June 18, 1178: Five Canterbury monks report seeing an explosion on the moon (only known observation of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno). Nobody believed them.
June 19, 1964: Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes 73-27. Some folks miss hearing about it.
June 20, 1756: 146 British soldiers imprisoned in India's Black Hole of Calcutta. Most die.
June 21, 1633: Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, and detest" his heliocentric views. Some still believe the sun moves around the earth.
June 22, 1969: Cleveland's Cuyahoga River catches fire.
June 23, 1980: "David Letterman Show," debuts on NBC-TV daytime.
June 24, 1964: FTC rules health warning must appear on all cigarette packages. Some folks still haven't read it.
June 25, 1630: Fork introduced to American dining by Gov. Winthrop of Massachusetts. A set-back for finger food.
June 26, 1284: Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away. (He really did!)
June 27, 1915: Fort Yukon, Alaska, set a state record with a temperature of 100 degrees. Anyone want to talk global warming?
June 28, 1917: Raggedy Ann doll invented.
June 29, 1916: A Boeing aircraft flies for first time.
June 30, 1859: Charles Blondin is first to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Some people will do anything to make a list like this.