ON THIS DAY: June 9, 2018

June 9th is

Donald Duck Day *

International Archives Day *

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

World APS Day *

Writers’ Rights Day *


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Åland – Självstyreisedagen
(Self-Governing Day)

Canada – Kitchener ON:
Ever After Music Festival

Germany – Münster:
Docklands Festival

Netherlands – Delft:
Ohm Festival

Spain – La Rioja: Dia de la Rioja
(Community Day)

Uganda – National Heroes’ Day

United Kingdom – London:
Trooping the Colour (Queen’s Birthday)


On This Day in HISTORY

68 – Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

1310 – Duccio’s Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, is unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy

1456 – 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1549 – The Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England

1650 – The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.

1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe

1790 – The first book is copyrighted under the Constitution, “Philadelphia Spelling Book”

1802 – U.S. Academy at West Point founded

1815 – End of the Congress of Vienna: After they defeat Napoleon, Austria, Russia, Great Britain and Russia meet in Vienna and re-draw the national boundaries of Europe

1822 – Paul Henderson born in Scotland, American horticulturalist and author;  Gardening for Pleasure

1836 – Elizabeth Garrett Anderson born, first woman to complete medical qualifying exams and first woman physician in Great Britain (1870). After an 1859 lecture by Elizabeth Blackwell on “Medicine as a Profession for Ladies,” entered training as a surgical nurse – the only woman in the class, she was banned from full participation in the operating room. Rejected by medical schools, finally admitted for private study for an apothecary license, fought to take the exam and get a license. Society of Apothecaries then amended their regulations so no more women could be licensed. Opened a dispensary in London for women and children in 1866; she studied French so she could apply for a medical degree at the Sorbonne in Paris, which had just begun to accept women as medical students, and earned her degree in 1870; by 1872, the dispensary expanded into the New Hospital for Women and Children, specializing in treating gynaecological conditions; in 1874, she and Dr. Sophia Jex-Blake co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women, the first teaching hospital in Britain to offer courses to women

1837 – Anne Isabella Thackeray born, later Lady Ritchie, English writer; her novel Mrs. Dymond contains the earliest English-language use of the proverb “give a man a fish and your feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life”

1843 – Bertha von Suttner born, Austrian novelist and pacifist; published Die Waffen nieder! (Down with Weapons!) in 1889; first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1905)

1860 – First U.S. “dime novel” is published: Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, by Mrs Ann Stevens

1861 – Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke begins serving in the Civil War as a Union hospital nurse and administrator (1861-1865), working in a total of nineteen battles, establishing 300 field hospitals; after the war, she is a tireless advocate for veterans, becoming a lawyer to help them and their families with legal problems, including getting their pensions

1865 – Carl A. Nielson born, considered Denmark’s most notable composer; also violinist and conductor

1868 – First meeting of the University of California Board of Regents

1870 – In Washington DC, President Grant meets with Sioux Chief Red Cloud

1891 – Cole Porter born, American lyricist and composer

1896 – Catherine Shouse born, philanthropist and political activist, benefactor of Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts

1898 – China leases Hong Kong’s new territories to the United Kingdom for 99 years

1903 – Marcia Davenport born, American author, biographer, music critic and commentator on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts; noted for the saga, The Valley of Decision, and her memoir, Too Strong for Fantasy

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the U.S., in a Maxwell 30; travels 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days

1915 – Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns after a disagreement over President Wilson’s tough stand against Germany for the sinking of the Lusitania

1921 – Phyllis Wallace born, economist, first African-American woman full professor at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, pioneer in the study of sex and race discrimination in the workplace

1924 – Jelly Roll Morton records “Jelly-Roll Blues”

1931 – Nandini Satpathy born, Indian politician and Odia language author; a leader in the national youth movement in college, she was severely injured in 1951 when police charged the students during a protest, and was jailed with many others; in 1962, she was elected to the upper house of India’s Parliament, and served two terms; appointed as Minister of Information and Broadcasting in 1966; became Chief Minister of Odisha (1972-1976); accused in 1977 of corruption, but her attorney argued several points concerning the manner of the investigation that led to strengthening the rights of the accused, including the right to an attorney, the right for a woman to be questioned at home with relatives present, and only to be brought to the police station if formally arrested, and the right for women to be searched only by women; over the next 18 years, Satpathy won all of the cases against her

1931 – Phoebe Burnett Snetsinger born, birder and amateur ornithologist. After receiving a “terminal cancer” diagnosis, she became famous for her birding life list of 8,398 species (out of about 10,000 in the world) before her death, a world record for the time, often traveling to remote areas, some in politically unstable countries. Her copious field notes included distinctive subspecies. She is killed in 1999, not by cancer, but when the vehicle overturned while she is traveling in Madagascar. Her memoir,  Birding on Borrowed Time, is published posthumously (2003)

1934 – Donald Duck makes his cartoon debut in Wise Little Hen (see also 1984)

1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” (withholding) U.S. income tax deductions authorized

1948 – The International Council on Archives becomes part of UNESCO (see 2004)

1949 – Georgia Neese Clark confirmed as the first woman U.S. Treasurer

1949 – Kiran Bedi born, Indian politician and activist, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry since 2016; the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (1972-2007), rose from police officer to the first woman appointed as a UN civilian police advisor (2003-2005) to her retirement as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development; founder of India Vision Foundation (IVF) which advocates for police and prison reform, empowerment of women, and community development; a key leader of the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement

1954 – Elizabeth May born in America, leader of the Green Party of Canada, and first Green Party candidate to be elected as a Member of Parliament, for Saanich-Gulf Islands, incumbent since 2011; environmental activist, author, lawyer and politician; Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (1989-2006)

1954 – Army counsel Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” during Senate-Army hearings

1956 – Patricia Cornwell born, American crime fiction author; known for her Dr. Kay Scarpetta series

1958 – “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley hits #1

1958 – HRM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport

1961 – Aaron Sorkin born, American screenwriter, playwright, producer and director; creator of the television series The West Wing (1999-2006)

1962 – Tony Bennett makes his first appearance at Carnegie Hall

1967 –  Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

1969 – Warren Burger confirmed as US Chief Justice

1970 – Harry A Blackmun is sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

1973 – Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown with a victory at the Belmont Stakes, leading the field by a record 31 lengths

1975 – UK House of Commons is broadcast live by radio for first time

1977 – Silver jubilee of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

1978 – A Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21 still existing) sells for $2.4 million in London

1978 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from the LDS priesthood

1983 – Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election

1984 – Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with “Time After Time”

1984 – Donald Duck Day *  – Donald Duck’s 50th birthday is celebrated at Disneyland

1986 – The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts

1992 – Writers’ Rights Day is inaugurated

1997 – British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires

1999 – Kosovo War: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty

2004 – International Congress in Vienna suggests a UN International Archives Day * which is proclaimed in 2005

2007 – The first World APS Day * sponsored by the APS Foundation of America; Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) an autoimmune disease which increases the chance of developing blood clots; Primary Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome is singular version of APS; Secondary Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome is complicated by its connection to other illnesses, especially Lupus; Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a very rare complication characterized by multiple small blood clots in key organs: heart, lungs, nervous system, and kidneys

2011 – World’s first artificial organ transplant, an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells

2013 – Edward Snowden makes his identity public as the leaker of NSA documents

2014 – Actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox becomes the first transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME magazine

2016 – World Health Organization advises delaying pregnancy in areas affected by the  Zika virus


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 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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