Browsing: June 16

A Brief History On June 16, 2019, Americans celebrate the annual day devoted to giving dad across the country neckties and coffee cups, maybe even T-shirts, usually with some sort of “World’s Greatest Dad” themed logo emblazoned on the gift.  Today we take the opportunity to recognize 10 Great Fathers, both real and fictional.  In this case, we are not defining “Great” as particularly good or wonderful, but more along the lines of “famous.” Digging Deeper 1. Adam. The original Dad! (Unless you count “God the Father” if you are so inclined.)  Even this venerable first father could not keep…

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A Brief History On June 16, 1944 (exact date is unknown, said to be sometime in the Spring of 1944, so we chose this date), American Army Air Force pilot William Overstreet, Jr. was flying his North American P-51 Mustang in pursuit of a German Messerschmitt Bf-109 when the 2 fighter planes amazed onlookers on the ground by flying right under the lower arches of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The epic event has been caught on canvas by artist Len Krenzler, in his painting “Berlin Express Arrives in Paris” (2000). Digging Deeper Overstreet and his squadron mates had…

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A Brief History On Friday, June 16, 2017, the news hit the proverbial fan as the jury came to verdicts in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota cop that shot and killed Philando Castile while Castile’s girlfriend played the aftermath on live streaming video. Digging Deeper Castile, an African American man with an extensive history of traffic violations was stopped by Officer Yanez for a minor traffic violation. Passengers in the Castile car included his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4 year old daughter. Castile allegedly told Yanez that he (Castile) had a legally licensed pistol on his…

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A Brief History On June 16, 2010, Bhutan, a landlocked country in Asia and the smallest state located entirely within the Himalaya mountain range, became the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco. Digging Deeper Long before the enactment of the Tobacco Control Act of 2010, Bhutan’s government struggled against tobacco use.  In 1916, the first King of Bhutan Ugyen Wangchuck (r. 1907–1926) promulgated a ban on the “most filthy and noxious herb, called tobacco.” Just shy of a century later, 2010’s The Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan regulates tobacco and tobacco products, banning the cultivation, harvesting, production,…

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A Brief History This article presents a timeline of music history. Digging Deeper On January 1, 1773, the first use of the all familiar hymn, “Amazing Grace“, was performed at a church service in England. On March 31, 1923, the first U.S. dance marathon ended in New York City but began a strange fad with sometimes fatal consequences! On October 11, 1932, in the heart of Depression Era Tennessee, little Dorothy Marie Marsh, better known to Country Music fans as “Dottie” West, was born. On March 3, 1951, music history was made when the first song deemed to be “rock…

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