Monthly Archives: June 2011

What Happened – June 30

It was on this day in 1859 that Jean-François Gravelet (going by his stage name of “Charles Blondin”) became the first person to walk across the gorge at the bottom of Niagara Falls on a tightrope. About 5,000 people watched … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 29

It was on this day in 1956 that President Eisenhower signed a bill into law that created the United States Interstate Highway System. He had first envisioned a better highway system across America when, as an officer in the Army, he took … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 28

It was on this day that The War To End All Wars both started and ended. The Archduke of Austria and his wife were assassinated on the 28th of June in 1914. Due to various treaties and tempers of the time, … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 27

It was on this day in 1844 Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother were murdered while in a county jail in western Illinois. The Mormons had founded the town of Nauvoo about five years previously, after being driven out of Missouri. Smith, who was … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 26

IF it really happened, then it was on this day in 1284 that over a 100 children followed the Pied Piper out of town. According to legend the man was hired to rid Hamelin (Germany) of rats,  and did so by playing his … Continue reading

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Baker Mountain

I heard both of these songs earlier in the week, and they’ve been stuck in my head ever since. Good thing I like ’em both, eh?      

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What Happened – June 25

“Hurrah boys, we’ve got them! We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station.” It was on this day in 1867 that the men of the 7th Cavalry went riding on. Led by Col. George Custer, they were … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 24

It was on this day in 1374 that people started dancing in the streets of Aachen, Germany. Lots of people and lots of dancing. In what would become known as “St. John’s Dance“, the crowds screamed and sang loudly while flaying their bodies around … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 23

It was in this day in 1926 that the Scholastic Aptitude Test exam was given for the first time. Over 8,000 students wishing to get into college took the test at over 300 different locations. Made up of 315 questions … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 22

It was on this day in 1633 that Galileo said that the Earth was the center of the Universe. He didn’t actually believe this, but rather the Catholic Inquisition had found him guilty of heresy for teaching that the Earth revolved around the Sun and his recantation was part of … Continue reading

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