ON THIS DAY: June 12, 2017

June 12th is

Crowded Nest Awareness Day *

Peanut Butter Cookie Day *

Little League Girls Baseball Day *

Loving Day *

National Jerky Day *

National Red Rose Day

Orlando United Day *

International Falafel Day *

World Day Against Child Labor


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Islam – Nuzul Al-Quraan (Quaran Revelation Day)

Brazil – Dia dos Namorados
(Valentine’s Day)

Paraguay – Chaco Peace Day

Philippines – Independence Day

Russia – Russia Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1240 – At the instigation of Louis IX of France, an inter-faith debate, known as the Disputation of Paris, starts between a Christian monk and four rabbis. A commission of Christian theologians condemned the Talmud to be burned, and 24 carriage loads of Jewish manuscripts were set on fire in the streets of Paris. Louis IX, the debate’s sponsor, said only skilled clerks could conduct a disputation with Jews but that laymen should plunge a sword into those who speak ill of the Christ

1429 – The Loire Valley campaign: Joan d’Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city of Jargeau, used by the English as a staging area, and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau

1550 – The city of Helsinki, Finland (belonging to Sweden at the time) is founded by King Gustav I of Sweden

1665 – The English begin running New York, the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam

1802 – Harriet Martineau born, English sociologist and author, known as the first female sociologist and for the feminist perspective

1812 – Napoleon’s invasion of Russia begins

1827 –  Johanna Spyri, Swiss children’s book author; Heidi

1897 – Carl Elsener patents a penknife, now known as the Swiss Army Knife

1898 – Philippine nationalists declare their independence from Spain

1908 – Marina Semyonova born, Russian ballet dancer, first Soviet-trained prima ballerina, named a People’s Artist of the USSR

1912 – Eva Crane born, earned a doctorate in nuclear physics, but abandoned physics to become an expert on bees as a researcher, historian, archivist, editor and author; founder of the International Bee Research Association (1949)

1916 (date uncertain) – Peanut Butter Cookie Day * – the Aztecs and the Incas were making a paste of peanuts at least 3,500 years ago, but the modern version is claimed by several inventive types, including Dr. John Kellogg, and its popularity became assured by its appearance at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The Peanut Butter Cookie is even harder to track, but George Washington Carver became a much-sought-after speaker between 1916 and 1933. One of his most frequent topics: the many uses of the peanut

1921 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding urges every young man to attend military training camp

1922 – Margherita Hack born, Italian astrophysicist and author, administrator of the Trieste Astronomical Observatory, member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics

1923 – Harry Houdini escapes from a strait jacket while suspended upside down 40 feet in the air

1924 – Grete Dollitz born in Germany, American classical guitarist, educator, and radio host; author of story of her family’s experiences as immigrants

1929 – Brigid Brophy born, British author, critic, social reformer and animal rights activist; Hackenfeller’s Ape and Mozart the Dramatist

1929 – Anne Frank born, Dutch author and WWII Holocaust victim; The Diary of Anne Frank

1930 – Barbara Harris born, American minister and Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion

1932 – Mimi Coertse born, South African operatic soprano

1935 – U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana makes the longest speech in Senate history, speaking for 15 ½ hours

1935 – Ella Fitzgerald, age 17,  makes her first recordings: “Love and Kisses” and “I’ll Chase the Blues Away”

1935 – The Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay ends in a truce

1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated at Cooperstown, NY

1941 – In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration is signed, the first step towards the establishing the United Nations

1941 – Chick Corea born, American Jazz and Fusion composer and musician

1944 – Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announces he will support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan

1948 – The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act is signed into law allowing women to serve as regular members of the United States armed forces. Prior to this they could only serve during times of war

1950 – Little League Girls Baseball Day * – A girl plays an entire season with a team in New York, but then the Little League organization institutes a ban on girls Little League. The ban stays on the books until 1974, when the National Organization for Women (NOW) backs Maria Pepe in a discrimination lawsuit in which the New Jersey Superior Court decides that Little League must allow girls to try out.

1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is fatally shot in front of his Jackson MS home

1967 – Loving Day * – Mildred and Richard Loving are each sentenced to a year in prison for marrying each other, a violation of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924, because she is black and he is white. They bring suit, and the U.S. Supreme Court makes a unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia that the Virginia law is unconstitutional, ending all race-based restriction on marriage in the U.S.

1979 – Bryan Allen provides the man power to fly the Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel

1981 – The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford, premieres

1981 – USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) classifies ketchup and pickle relish as vegetables. Public protest and ridicule cause them to reverse the decision.

1982 – 75,000 people rally against nuclear weapons in New York’s Central Park

1999 – NATO peacekeeping forces enter Kosovo province in Yugoslavia

2005 – The first known Crowded Nest Awareness Day * is inspired by the Kathleen Shaputis book Crowded Nest Syndrome: Surviving the Return of Adult Children

2012 – National Jerky Day * is launched by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, but the dried meat has been around, made with various meats. Its name is believed to be derived from a Quechua word, ch’arki, but its use is wide-spread, especially in the Andes Mountains of South America, as a staple of travelers. Related to, but not the same as Pemmican, which includes other dried ingredients, like berries, which is a travel food of many North American tribes

2012 – The first International Falafel Day * is created, with a goal of  “connecting the world through Falafel”

2017 – The inaugural Orlando United Day * honoring the memory of the 49 victims killed and supporting the survivors of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. This is a coalition event of the One Orlando Alliance, Orlando’s LGBTQ+ ‘Acts of Love and Kindness’ movement, with the governments of the City of Orlando and Orange County of Florida


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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