Monthly Archives: June 2011

What Happened – June 21

It was on this day in 2004 that Mike Melvill piloted an experimental craft into outer space.  Launched from a base in the Mojave Desert, SpaceShipOne was the first privately owned vehicle to do so. The company that developed the program and the … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 20

It was on this day in 1943 that two men started fighting in Detroit over a remark made to a woman. One was black, one was white and racial tensions were already high in the city. The fight quickly turned … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 19

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of … Continue reading

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Whiter Shade of Blinding Light

For those who have been wondering…..nope, there usually is no rhyme nor reason for the songs that get picked for the Saturday Nite Party. Well, no reason other than I like ’em. So with that in mind,  here ya go:   … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 18

“Free trade and sailors’ rights!” It was on this day in 1812 that the US declared war on another country for the first time. The British had been at war with France for several years, and the English Parliament had ordered a boycott on … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 17

Calling it “public enemy number one“, it was on this day in 1971 that President Nixon declared the War on Drugs.  The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act had been passed the year before, and Nixon intended to implement it in force. Marijuana was the main … Continue reading

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Penguin Pictures

At first glance, it is difficult to see what this picture actually is…. ..but what you’re looking at is a penguin colony located at South Georgia, an island near the Falklands. The brown ones are baby chicks, being huddled together to … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 16

It was on this day in 1967 that three days of music began at the Monterey Pop Festival. Considered to be the first large-scale rock&roll festival, it was held on a county fairground in Northern California that had previously had folk, blues … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 15

It was on this day in 1667 that the physician for King Louis XIV of France performed the first human blood transfusion. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys used the blood of a sheep and gave it to a 15 year old boy. After seeing that the boy survived, the doctor performed … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 14

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”   It was on this day in 1777 that Congress adopted … Continue reading

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