June 9, 1891. Cole Porter published his first song, The Bobolink Waltz, at the age of 10. His career as a composer and lyricist for Broadway was launched in 1928 when five of his songs were used in the musical play Lets Do It. His prolific contributions to the Broadway stage include Fifty Million Frenchmen, Wake Up and Dream, The Gay Divorce, AnythingGoes, Leave It to Me, Du Barry Was a Lady, Something for the Boys, Kiss Me Kate, Can Can and Silk Stockings. Porter was born at Peru, IN, and died at Santa Monica, CA, Oct 15, 1964.
June 9, 1934. Donald Duck made his screen debut on this date with the release of The Wise Little Hen, a short film in the Disney series of Silly Symphonies.
June 9. A day to raise awareness of the importance of records and archives, in order to make it understood that records and archives provide the foundation for their rights and identity. Also a time to raise the public, private and public sectors awareness of the necessity of preserving archives for the long-term, and of providing access to them.
On June 10, 1935, the group Alcoholic’s Anonymous was foundedat Akron, Ohio when Dr. Robert Smith completed his first day of sobriety.
June 10, 1943. Hungarian Laszlo Biro patented the ballpoint pen, which he had been developing since the 1930s. He was living in Argentina, where he had gone to escape the Nazis. In many languages, the word forballpoint pen is biro.
June 10, 1895. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, winning it in 1940 for her role in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat and Saratoga, among others. She was born at Wichita, KS (some sources say 1889 or 1892), and died Oct 26, 1952, at Los Angeles, CA.
June 10, 1922. American actress and singer born Frances Gumm at Grand Rapids, MN. While Garland played in many films and toured widely as a singer, she is probably most remembered for her portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the now-classic The Wizard of Oz. Died June 22, 1969, at London, England.
June 10, 1928. Author and illustrator born at Brooklyn, NY. In a career spanning more than half a century, Sendak wrote and illustratedmany notable childrens books, including In the Night Kitchen, Kennys Window, and his most famous work, Where the Wild Things Are. Widely regarded as the first picture book artist to deal openly with the childrens emotions, Sendak received numerous awards for his work, notably the CaldecottMedal (1964), the Hans Christian Andersen Award (1970) and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (1983). He died May 8, 2012, at Danbury, CT.
Iced tea was supposedly populairzed” at the St. Louis World’s Fair starting on June 10
June 11th. Belmont Park, NY. 148th annual. Final race of the Triple Crown was inaugurated in 1867. Traditionally run on the fifth Saturday after Kentucky Derby (third Saturday after Preakness).
June 11th is the day to celebrate the great Summer food that iscorn on the cob.
The Trooping the Colour parade dates from 1805 during the reignof King George III.
June 11, 1913. Vincent Thomas Lombardi, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, born at New York, NY. Lombardi played football for Fordhams famed Seven Blocks of Granite line in the mid-1930s, became a teacher and began to coach high school football. He became offensive line coach at West Point in 1949 and moved to the New York Giants in 1954. Five years later, he was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers. His Packers won five NFL titles and two Super Bowls in nine years, and Lombardi was generally regarded as the greatest coach and the finest motivator in pro football history. He retired in 1968 but was lured back to coach the Washington Redskins a year later. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1971. Died at Washington, DC, Sept 3, 1970.
June 12, 1987. US President Ronald Reagan, standing at the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall, gave one of the most powerful speechesof his career when he challenged Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to give liberalization in the Eastern Bloc more than lip service: General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! The speech was audible to East Berliners, but East German police made a gathering crowd at the wall disperse. The State Department had sought to make thespeech more conciliatory, but Reagan and his speechwriter, Peter Robinson, refused. The wall was finally opened in 1989.
June 12, 1929. Born at Frankfurt, Germany. Anne Franks family moved to Amsterdam to escape the Nazis, but after Holland was invaded byGermany, they had to go into hiding. In 1942 Anne began to keep a diary. She died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. After the war, her father published her diary, on which a stage play and movie were later based.
June 12, 1967. The US Supreme Court decision in Loving v Virginia swept away all 16 remaining state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
Native Americans and early European settlers needed to store food for long periods of time; explorers of the West sought highly portable, satiating foods that required no refrigeration. Today, there are hundreds of differentjerky offerings. Meat snacks are the fourth-largest-grossing sector withinthe overall salty-snack category. Quality beef jerky is actually very leanand is naturally high in protein and low in fat, making it a better snackchoice. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Beef Council.
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day celebrates an American favorite treat which became popular in the 1930s
June 13, 1884. The worlds first roller coaster opened on thisday in 1884 at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. Built and later patented by LaMarcus Thompson, the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway boasted two parallel 600-foot tracks that descended from 50 feet. The cars traveled at six miles per hour. Riders paid five cents each for their rides. The roller coaster was a sensation, and soon amusement parks all over the US and the world featured them.
June 13, 1963. Civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers was active in seeking integration of schools and voter registration. He was assassinated by Byron de la Beckwith. The public outrage following his death was one of the factors that led President John F. Kennedy to propose a comprehensive civil rights law.
June 13, 1966. The US Supreme Court rendered a 5-4 decision inthe case of Miranda v Arizona, holding that the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution required warnings before valid statements could be taken by police. The decision has been described as providing basic legal protectionsto persons who might otherwise not be aware of their rights. Ernesto Miranda, the 23-year-old whose name became nationally known, was retried after the Miranda Decision, convicted and sent back to prison. Miranda was stabbed to death in a card game dispute at Phoenix, AZ, in 1976. A suspect in the killing was released by police after he had been read his Miranda rights. Police procedures now routinely require the reading of a prisoners constitutional (Miranda) rights before questioning.
A holiday in Australia (except for Western Australia), Belize, Cayman Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea on the second Monday in June. (In New Zealand and Tuvalu it is commemorated on the first Monday in June.)Celebrating Queen Elizabeth IIs official birthday, not the day she wasactually born (which is Apr 21).
Every summer, family reunions are so busy with games and activities that most of us forget the true purpose: to share the folklore, legends and myths that bind us together. Each participant should share at leastone good recollection (fact or fiction). Dont forget the hot dogs and lemonade.
Since 1916, June 14th has been designated as a day to honor the US flag. On June 14, 1777, John Adams introduced a resolution before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia outlining the format of the flag forthe United States.
June 14, 1904. Margaret Bourke was born at New York City. One of the original photojournalists, she developed her personal style while photographing the Krupp Iron Works in Germany and the Soviet Union during the first Five-Year Plan. Bourke-White was one of the four original staff photographers for Life magazine in 1936. The first woman attached to the US armed forces during WWII, she covered the Italian campaign, siege of Moscowand American soldiers crossing of the Rhine into Germany, and she shocked the world with her photographs of the concentration camps. Bourke-White photographed Mahatma Gandhi and covered the migration of millions of people after the Indian subcontinent was divided into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. She served as a war correspondent during the Korean War. Among her several books, the most famous was her collaboration with her second husband, novelist Erskine Caldwell, a study of rural poverty in the American South called You Have Seen Their Faces. She died Aug 27, 1971, at Stamford, CT.