some things never change
Today is the 6th day of the 24th week, the 15th day of the 6th month, the 166th day of 2018 [with only 192 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Eid-Al-Fitr -- first full day
- Fly a Kite Day
- Global Wind Day
- Justice for Janitors Day
- Magna Carta Day
- National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
- National Electricity Day
- National Flip Flop Day
- National Kiss a Wookiee Day
- National Lobster Day
- National Smile Power Day
- National Take Back the Lunch Break Day
- Native American Citizenship Day
- Nature Photography Day
- Prune Day
- Work@Home Father's Day
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Worldwide Day of Giving
- And the earliest day on which Father's Day can fall, while June 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Sunday in June
763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
1215 – King John of England puts his seal to Magna Carta.
1300 – The city of Bilbao [in northern Spain] is founded.
1502 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.
1520 – Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in Exsurge Domine.
1648 – Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
1670 – The first stone of Fort Ricasoli is laid down in Malta.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
1846 – U.S. President James Polk signs the Oregon Treaty (Treaty of Washington), declaring the 49th parallel and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the boundary between Oregon and British America; Queen Victoria signs the Treaty two days later. The treaty was a compromise - the British claimed Oregon and the Americans claimed all of the west coast up to the southern limit of the Russian territory of Alaska - 54/40 - the slogan 'Fifty-four forty or fight' was a Democratic Party slogan in the 1844 election.
1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.81 km2) around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
1878 – Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.
1916 – United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
1919 – British Army Captain John Alcock and Royal Flying Corps Lt. Arthur Brown make a nose-down landing in a peat bog in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
in their Vickers Vimy bomber, a two-motor biplane, completing the first nonstop transatlantic flight in 16 hours, 20 minutes; they win the £10,000 prize offered by the London Daily Mail, and are both awarded knighthoods.
1923 - Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
1969 - The variety show "Hee Haw" premiered on CBS.
1985 – Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man (later judged insane) who throws sulfuric acid on the canvas and cuts it twice with a knife.
1994 – Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations.
2007 - Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show "The Price Is Right."
2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
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