Browsing: June 16

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…

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…

A Brief History On June 16, 2010, Bhutan, a landlocked country in Asia and the smallest state located entirely within the Himalaya mountain rang, 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, and…

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 March 21, 1952, disc jockey Alan Freed (inventor of the term “rock and roll”) and record store owner Leo Mintz staged the first rock concert in Cleveland, Ohio! On June 5, 1956, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, introduced what…

A Brief History On June 16, 2010, the nation of Bhutan became the first nation in the world to outlaw tobacco.  Growing and otherwise producing tobacco products and the sale of any tobacco product was outlawed.  Harsh penalties were put in place, but within a couple years things eased up a bit.  The actual use and possession of tobacco was not outlawed, just the production and sale.  The government was also mandated to provide anti-tobacco counseling and education.  Should the United States ban tobacco?  Should tobacco use be in your own home or property only?  How about banning smoking while…

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