ON THIS DAY: June 10, 2018

June 10th is

Ballpoint Pen Day *

Black Cow Float Day

Herbs and Spices Day

Iced Tea Day

International Young Eagles Day *


MORE! Gustave Courbet, Sarah Grand and  Maurice Sendak, click



Bulgaria – Rhodopian Mountain:
Meadows in the Mountains Arts Fest

French Guiana –
Abolition of Slavery Day

Jordan – Army Day
(1916 Great Arab Revolt)

Portugal – Dia de Portugal e de Camöes
(National Day/ Luís de Camöes memorial)

Republic of the Congo –
Reconciliation Day

South Korea – Seoul: Ultra Korea Music Fest

United Kingdom – Manchester:
Parklife Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

671 – Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku. The instrument, which measures time and indicates hours, is placed in the capital of Ōtsu

1190 – Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem

1523 – Frederick I, styled King of Denmark, the Vends and the Goths, is elected King of Norway; he surrounds Copenhagen with his army because the city won’t recognize him as the successor to Denmark’s Christian II, who was forced by nobles unhappy with his attempts at domestic reforms, to abdicate

1540 – Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to English King Henry VIII, is arrested, under a bill of attainder (which did not need to specify any crime); he got an Earldom for his role in securing Henry’s betrothal to Anne of Cleves, but Henry is bitterly disappointed by Anne’s appearance; the wedding takes place because he can’t afford to offend his German allies, but he swears it’s never consummated; as the threatening French-Imperial alliance begins to fall apart, he presses Cromwell to rid him of his undesirable bride; Anne goes along with the annulment in exchange for a handsome income and a household in England, so Henry’ wrath turns on Cromwell, perhaps for “deceiving” him about Anne, but officially for selling export licenses illegally, granting passports and commissions without royal knowledge, and that his base, ignoble birth – certainly well-known by the King right from Cromwell’s first appointment –  means he has usurped power and misused royal trust

Portraits by Hans Holbein the Younger: Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves and Thomas Cromwell

1692 – Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries”.

1719 – The Jacobite-Spanish allied troops lose to the troops led by Scots Lord George Murray and William MacKenzie for the British government in the Battle of Glen Shiel

1720 – Mrs. Clements of Durham, Great Britain begins selling the first paste-style mustard

1793 – The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris; a year later, it becomes the first public zoological garden

1793 – Following arrests of Girondin leaders, the Jacobins gain control of the Committee of Public Safety, installing a revolutionary dictatorship, the de facto executive government of France during the Reign of Terror

1805 – Yusuf Karamanli signs a treaty ending the First Barbary War between Tripolitania and the United States

1819 – Gustave Courbet born, prominent French painter of the Realism movement

 La rencontre, ou Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, Gustave Courbet self-portrait on right

1822 – Lydia White Shattuck born, internationally known botanist, naturalist, and chemist, graduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary (1851); becomes a faculty member there until her retirement in 1888, just months before her death. Teaches  several science and math subjects: algebra, geometry, physiology, physics, and astronomy

1829 – The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place on the Thames in London

1835 – Rebecca Latimer Felton born, American reformer, writer, lecturer and the widow and unofficial campaign manager of William Harrell Felton, U.S. Congressman (D-GA 1875-1881); first woman in the U.S. Senate, but she was appointed and only served for one day, sworn in on November 21, 1922; at age 87 years, 9 months and 22 days, she was also the oldest freshman senator, and to date, still the only woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate; she was an advocate for prison reform, woman’s suffrage and educational modernization, but also a white supremacist, former slave owner, and spoke publicly in favor of lynching

1838 – Myall Creek massacre: Twenty-eight peaceful, unarmed Aboriginal Australians, mostly women, children and old men, are murdered by stockmen, a mix of convict laborers and former convicts; seven of the stockmen are executed for their crimes, but one is never tried, and the other four are let go; in only one previous case had a white killer of an Aborigine person been executed

1854 – The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduate

1854 – Sarah Grand, born Frances Bellenden Clarke, Irish feminist author whose novels and other writings promote the ideal of the ‘New Woman’ who wants an education and the ability to be self-supporting, who will not stay in an oppressive marriage; she writes about the double standard, condemning women for promiscuity which is tacitly accepted in men; as a student, she is expelled from the Royal Naval School in Twickenham for organizing protests against the Contagious Diseases Act, which persecutes prostitutes as infected women, and sole cause of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, subjecting them to inspection of their genitals and being locked in hospital wards

1865 – Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde premieres in Munich, Germany

1869 – Frozen Texas beef shipped by steamship to New Orleans, the first recorded shipping of frozen food over a long distance

1898 – U.S. Marines landing in Cuba during the Spanish-American War

1901 – Frederick Loewe born in Austria, American composer, partner with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on American musicals Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, and Camelot

1904 – Lin Huiyin born, also known as Phyllis Lin in the U.S., first modern woman Chinese architect, and also a well-regarded novelist, writer and poet; educated in England and the U.S., where she had to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts in 1924 because the School of Architecture didn’t admit women, she then took graduate courses in stage design at Yale. After returning to China, by 1928, she was co-founder and first faculty with her husband, architect Liang Sicheng, of the Architecture Department of Northeastern University in Shenyang. The University was forced to evacuate in 1931 when the Japanese invaded and took over its province. She and her husband then began doing surveys and restoration work on Beijing’s cultural heritage sites, but had to stop in 1937 and flee south before the invading Japanese. By 1940, Lin Huiyin was in exile with her husband and children in the old town of Lizhuang. While bedridden and suffering from tuberculosis, she was told in 1941 that her younger brother had been killed serving as a combat pilot. After 1949, they were both professors at Tsinghua University in Beijing; she was involved in the design of the Chinese national flag, the People’s Republic of China National Emblem, and the Monument to the People’s Heroes for Tiananmen Square, as well as the standardization of Beijing city planning. She died in 1955 of tuberculosis

1911 – Sir Terence Rattigan born, English playwright; known for Separate Tables, and Goodbye Mr. Chips

1916 – The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire was declared by Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca

1916 – Peride Celal born, Turkish novelist, short story and prose writer; worked in the Press Office of the Turkish Embassy in Bern Switzerland during WWII, and at the governmental press and publishing agency after her return to Turkey; she was awarded the 1991 Orhan Kemal Novel Prize for Kurtlar (Wolves)

Peride Celal, young and older

1924 – Eleven days after Socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti denounces the Fascists for committing fraud in the recent elections in a speech before the Italian Parliament, he is kidnapped and stabbed to death while attempting to escape. Five men, including Amerigo Dumin, a prominent member of the Fascist secret police, are arrested, but only three are convicted, and they are released under amnesty by King Victor Emmanuel III. In 1947, the case is re-opened, and three of the murderers are given life sentences

1925 – Nat Hentoff born, American historian, syndicated columnist, novelist, and music critic; columnist for The Village Voice (1958-2009) and for the Wall Street Journal, as well as a staff writer for The New Yorker; a civil libertarian (except for women of child-bearing age – he was anti-abortion rights) and outspoken defender of the freedom of the press; author of Free Speech for Me – But Not for Thee

1928 – Maurice Sendak born, American author-illustrator of children’s books; Where the Wild Things Are

1930 – Aranka Siegal born, Czech author, and Holocaust survivor; her children’s book Upon the Head of the Goat, a 1982 Newbery Honor Book, and ALA Notable Children’s Book, is a memoir of her childhood in Hungary before she was sent to Nazi concentration camps during WWII

1935 – Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, by him and Bill Wilson

1938 – Vasanti N. Bhat-Nayak born, Indian mathematician known for Combinatorics and Graph Theory; was head of the University of Mumbai department of mathematics

1940 – U.S President Franklin Roosevelt decides the night before not to give his prepared commencement speech at the University of Virginia when he learns that Italy has declared war on Great Britain and France, instead speaking of Mussolini, declaring “the hand that held the danger, has plunged it into the back of its neighbor.” The President said he had willing to broker peace between the Italians and the Allies, to keep Italy neutral in WWII to prevent the spread of war to the Mediterranean

1943 – Brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro patent the ballpoint pen – Ballpoint Pen Day *

1952 – Kage Baker born, American scifi and fantasy author; best known for her historial time travel Company series; The Women of Nell Gwynne’s won the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novella

1952 – DuPont trademarks Mylar ™

1953 – Eileen Cooper born, English contemporary painter and printmaker; elected to the Royal Academy in 2001; first woman elected as Keeper at the Royal Academy in 2011, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016

1953 – Christine St-Pierre born, French Canadian journalist and Quebec Liberal Party politician; current Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Acadie, since 2007; journalist for Radio-Canada (1976-2007); served as Minister of Culture, Communications and Status of Women (2007-2014); Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie since 2014

1954 – Moya Green born, Canadian business woman, CEO pf the UK’s Royal Mail postal service since 2010, the first woman and first non-Britain to hold the post; President and CEO of Canada Post (2005-2010)

1963 – U.S. Equal Pay Act is signed into law by President Kennedy: “To prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”

1964 – U.S. Senate breaks a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the bill’s passage

1965 – Susanne Albers born, German theoretical computer scientist and academic; recipient of the Otto Hahn Medal and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

1966 – Janis Joplin makes her first appearance with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom

1967 – The Six-Day War ends when Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire

1967 – Stevie Wonder releases “I Was Made to Love Her”

1972 – Radmilla Šekerinska born, Macedonian politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia (first in 2004 and then in 2006); she is the current Minister of Defence

1976 – Esther Ouwehand born, Dutch Partij voor de Dieren (PvdD – Party for the Animals) politician; current Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands since elected in 2006, when PvdD became the first party to gain seats in a national legislative body with a party platform primarily devoted to animal rights

1979 – Svetlana Zakharova born, Russian prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet, and an étoile (leading dancer) of the La Scala Theatre Ballet

1980 – The African National Congress in South Africa calls for the release of imprisoned leader Nelson Mandela, who would not leave prison for another 10 years

1992 – International Young Eagles Day * launches the Young Eagles program of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) – flights for kids offered at many events

1996 – Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without the participation of Sinn Féin

2002 – The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom

2003 – NASA’s Spirit rover launches, beginning the Mars Exploration Rover mission



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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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