Browsing: June 20

A Brief History On June 20, 1943, World War II came to the American heartland when a massive race related riot broke out in Detroit. An influx of 400,000+ people from the Southern US (many of which were African American) people to work in war related industries strained the housing market and competed for jobs and resources. The mostly White European population already living in Detroit chafed at the newcomers and the newcomers did not appreciate the cold reception. Before the riot was quelled by 6000 US Army troops, 34 people had died and well over 400 were injured. Over…

A Brief History On June 20, 1890, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, was first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.  This article provides a list of cultural references in Wilde’s novel. Digging Deeper Individual persons referred in the novel The number of each chapter of The Picture of Dorian Gray in which an individual person is referred is in parentheses alongside his or her name. The chapter numbers are specific to the revised edition of the novel, first published in April 1891. Fictitious (created by Oscar Wilde) Seventy-one fictional characters, named in the novel, are Oscar Wilde’s creations, and…

A Brief History On June 20, 1991, the German Bundestag moved the capital of the newly reunified Germany back to Berlin from Bonn.  For a variety of reasons, countries and states occasionally change their capital cities.  Here we list 10 of those incidents.  There is no significance to the order listed.  Can you think of other notable capital changes?  (There are a lot!) Digging Deeper 10.  Bonn-Berlin, Germany, 1991. When Germany was split after World War II into East and West Germany, each had their own capital, Bonn in the West and East Berlin in the East.  Upon reunification after the fall…

A Brief History On June 20, 2001, a Texas mother of 5, former high school valedictorian and swim team captain, decided she had to save her children from Satan.  Her solution to the “problem” was to drown all 5 of the unfortunate youngsters in the family bathtub. Digging Deeper Almost 37 years old at the time of the tragedy, Andrea Yates suffered from bulimia and depression as a teen despite her academic and athletic success.  Going to nursing school and getting a job as an RN, Yates seemed on course to have a decent life when she married in 1993. …

A Brief History On June 20, 1944, one of the greatest victories in the history of the United States Navy concluded, The Battle of the Philippine Sea, better known as The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.  A Turkey Shoot is a shooting competition where the turkeys or targets do not get to shoot back.  That is what US pilots compared this aerial battle to! Digging Deeper The Japanese had early in World War II enjoyed an edge over US Navy aircraft carriers by having better planes (longer range, a tad faster, and more maneuverable) and pilots with more training and experience. …