ON THIS DAY: June 29, 2017

June 29th is:

Almond Buttercrunch Day

Handshake Day

International Mud Day *

National Camera Day

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MORE! George E. Hale, Kazue Togasaki and Mikhail Baryshnikov, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

French Polynesia – Autonomy Day

India – Hartana: panchayat raj
(local by-elections)

Italy, Malta, Peru, Switzerland and
Vatican City – Feasts of  St. Peter & St. Paul

Spain – Haro, La Rioja: Battala dos Vinos
(St. Peter’s Day battle of the wines)

Seychelles – National Day

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On This Day in HISTORY

512 – A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland

1444 – George Castriot, known as Skanderbeg, an Albanian military commander, defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll

1504 – Jacques Cartier reaches Prince Edward Island in Canada

1613 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burns down



1748 – Giacomo Leopardi born, Italian poet, scholar and philosopher; noted for his lyrical poetry

1767 – British Parliament approves the Townshend Revenue Acts, imposing import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America

1818 – Pietro Angelo Secchi born, Italian Jesuit and astronomer; Director of the Observatory of the Roman College (later the Pontifical Gregorian University); pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, one of the first scientists to state authoritatively our Sun is a star; compiled data on over 10,000 binary stars, discovered three comets, and made maps and illustrations of his observations of the moon and Mars

1858 – George Goethals born, U.S. Army engineer, directed Panama Canal construction

1858 – Julia Lathrop born, American social reformer and activist, first woman to head a United States federal bureau as director of the United States Children’s Bureau



1868 – George Ellery Hale born, American astronomer; developed the Hale telescope, a
200-inch reflector at Palomar Observatory near San Diego; pioneer in solar physics, discovered magnetic fields in sunspots

1871 – Luisa Tetrazzini born, Italian coloratura soprano, very popular in Europe and America from 1890 through the 1920s



1880 – France annexes Tahiti

1886 – James VanDerZee born, African-American photographer, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance


James VanDerZee, potrait by Irving Penn


1888 – Professor Frederick Treves performs first appendectomy in England

1893 – Helen Hokinson born, American cartoonist; contributed 68 covers and over 1,800 cartoons to The New Yorker



1897 – Kazue Togasaki born, survivor of 1906 San Francisco earthquake, physician who pioneered a place in American medicine for women of Japanese ancestry, one of the few physicians ( general practitioner and obstetrician) allowed to practice medicine in the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II



1899 – Margaret Byrd Rawson born, educator and researcher, identified and treated reading disorders including dyslexia

1900 – Antoine Saint-Exupery born, French aviator and author; The Little Prince



1908 – Leroy Anderson born, American conductor, arranger and composer



1910 – Frank Loesser born, American composer, librettist and lyricist



1911 – Bernard Hermann born, American composer; noted for scores of many of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films



1917 – Lena Horne born, singer-actress, civil rights activist, first African American woman to sign long-term Hollywood contract, fought for contracts guaranteeing African Americans could attend her shows



1920 – Nicole Russell, Duchess of Bedford born, author and producer, one of the first female television producers in France

1929 – Oriana Fallaci born, Italian journalist and author, frequently covered war and revolution; her book Interview with History contains interviews with world leaders

1953 – The Federal Highway Act authorizes construction of 42,500 miles of freeway

1957 – Buddy Holly recorded “Peggy Sue”



1966 – Twenty women packed into Betty Friedan’s hotel room in Washington D.C. during the Conference of Commissions on the Status of Women. Friedan writes N.O.W. on a paper napkin, and they form the National Organization for Women, with an initial budget of $135

1968 – Pink Floyd releases their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets



1972 – U.S. Supreme Court rules in the case Furman v. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth  Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment

1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet

1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Le Pont de Trinquetaille” auctioned for $20.4 million



1992 – U.S. Supreme Court is divided in Planned Parenthood v Casey. It upholds part of Roe v Wade, but overturns its trimester framework which completely banned the states from regulating abortion in the first trimester, and limited regulations in the second trimester to those which would protect a woman’s health. They redraw the lines of increasing state interest, and weaken the 14th Amendment protection, replacing it with the “undue burden” standard: “An undue burden exists and therefore a provision of law is invalid if its purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.”  This has opened the flood gates of state regulations and legislation which have to be challenged one by one, burdening the federal courts, costing millions in states’ budget dollars to defend, and usually ending with a finding of unconstitutional against the states

1993 – Aerosmith releases “Cryin’”



1995 – Shuttle Atlantis and Mir space station form largest man-made orbiting satellite

2006 – U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hamdan v Rumsfeld that the Bush Administration plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates both U.S. and  international law

2007 –Apple’s iphone goes on sale for $599 – the price is lowered to $399 for the Christmas season

2009 – International Mud Day * is sponsored by the World Forum Foundation, launched in 1998, a non-profit which connects early childhood professionals around the world for an exchange of ideas at an annual World Forum on Early Care and Education, and now sponsors Global Leaders for Young Children, a program of training and financial support for promising educators to develop projects in their home countries



2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff receives a 150-year sentence for his fraudulent Ponzi scheme, estimated at $64.8 billion as of November 2008

2016 – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon’s ban on transgendered people serving in the U.S. armed forces
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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: June 29, 2017

  1. Antoine Saint-Exupery flew reconnaissance missions in a specially modified version of the P-38 Lightning fighter plane. The reconnaissance version was dubbed the F-4.

    He disappeared July 31, 1944 while on a mission. He took off from Corsica, and was never seen again. In September 1998, some fishermen off the coast from Marseilles, pulled up a silver bracelet bearing his name and that of his publisher.

    Divers went down and found the wreckage of a P-38. Parts bearing serial numbers were examined forensically, and a positive identification made. It was Saint-Exupery’s F-4. At least parts of the wreck have been recovered. No body was found, however, flesh and bone will eventually dissolve in salt water during 64 years.

    There is no indication that he was shot down. No German records of a confirmed kill at that time and place, and the wreckage did not appear to be shot up.

    Aviation experts believe he may have passed out due to hypoxia. If a P-38 goes into a power dive, it can go near supersonic and become uncontrollable, if it does not break up due to aerodynamic flutter first. If he passed out, then regained consciousness, he would not have been able to pull out of a dive.

    • Ron Stokes says:

      Amazing! Think of the odds of pulling up that bracelet. Most of us can’t get one of those plush animals out of the machine at Walmart.

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