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  1. 6/25/17

    1788 Virginia became the 10th state in the Union. 1950 Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War. 1951 The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC. 1991 Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war. 1997 Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau died. 2009 Michael Jackson, lifelong musician, pop singer, and superstar, dies at age 50. ******************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA********************************************* 1876...........................Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. Custer fought in the Civil War at the first battle of Bull Run , distinguished himself as a member of General McClellan's staff in the Peninsular campaign, and was made a brigadier general of volunteers in June, 1863. The youngest general in the Union army, Custer ably led a cavalry brigade in the Gettysburg campaign. He fought in Virginia in the great cavalry battle at Yellow Tavern and in General Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley campaign. Made a divisional commander in Oct., 1864, he defeated (Oct. 9) Gen. Thomas L. Rosser at Woodstock. After dispersing the remnants of Gen. Jubal A. Early's command at Waynesboro on Mar. 2, 1865, he was in the advance in pursuit of Lee's army beyond Richmond. Custer received the Confederate flag of truce, was present at the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, and was promoted major general of volunteers. His record (he had also been brevetted a major general in the regular army), considering his youth, was one of the most spectacular of the war.
  2. 6/25/17

    Nationality American Birth Date 25th June, 1956 AD Sun Sign Cancer Height 1.93 m Born in New York City father Pierre Bourdain mother Gladys Spouses/Partners Nancy Putkoski (m.1980–2000), Ottavia Busia (m.2007–present) Net worth $16 million as of Sep 21, 2016 education Englewood School for Boys, Vassar College, Culinary Institute of America Known to most Americans as the author of the bestseller, ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly’, Anthony Bourdain is more than a famous chef-cum-author. He became a household name with the success of the book which led to offers to host television programs. In the travel and food show ‘A Cook’s Tour’, aired on Food Network, he traveled to several exotic locations all over the world in search of the perfect meal. The popularity of this show, in turn, resulted in the ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ show on the Discovery Traveling and Living Channel. He has also served as a judge on the cookery competition reality show, ‘Top Chef’ on several seasons, once judging the episode on exotic ingredients like alligator, abaloe and eel. The world famous chef is nothing like other celebrity chefs who are well-dressed, cheerful and polite - on the contrary, he is blunt and liberal in his usage of offensive language. He is a big time drinker and smoker and unabashedly candid about his past addiction to cocaine, heroin and cannabis. The bold cook has also courted controversy by openly criticizing celebrity chefs like Paula Deen, Sandra Lee and Alice Waters. He is also notorious for his negative comments on vegetarianism and veganism. Trivia He was once addicted to heroin, cocaine and LSD. He appeared in a cameo in one episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in 2011. He is said to have eaten a whole cobra once.
  3. 6/24/17

    1509 Henry VIII was crowned king of England. 1647 Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body. 1675 King Philip's War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement. 1908 The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J. 1947 Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence the term "flying saucers" was born. 1948 The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year. 2011 New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. 2012 Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, died at a Galapagos National Park, making the subspecies extinct. ****************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA*********************************** 1997.........................The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies. Roswell rŏz´wĕl [key], city (1990 pop. 44,654), seat of Chaves co., SE N.Mex., near the Pecos River settled 1869 as a trading post, inc. 1903. It is the trade, marketing, and rail center of an irrigated farm area. Foods and beverages, fireworks, clothing, pipes, concrete, and motor vehicles are manufactured. The city grew rapidly after the discovery (1891) of artesian wells, with the coming (1894) of the railroad, and with the later discovery of oil. Since the late 1940s the area has become a magnet for believers in UFOs, who maintain that extraterrestrials crashed there and the U.S. government covered it up the presence nearby of a secret Air Force test site undoubtedly fueled the rumors. A 1997 Air Force report attempted to show that the sightings had earthly causes. Nearby are Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lincoln National Forest, and the ranch of John S. Chisum , the 19th-century cattleman.
  4. 6/24/17

    Nationality American Birth Date 24th June, 1895 AD Sun Sign Cancer Born in Manassa father Hiram Dempsey mother Mary Celia siblings Bernie Dempsey, Johnny Dempsey Spouses/Partners Deanna Piatelli (m. 1943–1983), Hannah Williams (m. 1933–1943), Estelle Taylor (m. 1925–1930), Maxine Gates (m. 1916–1919) children Barbara Dempsey, Joan Hannah Dempsey, Barbara Dempsey religion Mormon Died on 31 May 1983 AD place of death New York City City, States, Provinces & Districts Colorado The great boxing icon Jack Dempsey who held the World Heavyweight Championship title from 1919 to 1926 was a boxer famous for his aggression, powerful punches, and amazing speed. Counted amongst the Top 100 Greatest Punchers for all time, Dempsey is one of the most popular boxers ever in history. This boxing champion was born as William Harrison Dempsey and discovered his talent for fighting as a youngster. During his initial years he used to box under the pseudonym ‘Kid Blackie’ before adopting the name ‘Jack Dempsey’ as a tribute to his idol, the 19th century boxing champion Jack “Nonpareli” Dempsey. He started boxing as a means to earn money as a teenager. Confident of his powerful build and strength, he challenged people to fight him at saloons. He won most of these fights and decided to train as a boxer. Soon he gained the reputation for being a powerful puncher who could knock out his opponents within seconds. His moment of crowing glory occurred when he beat the boxing giant Jess Willard to win the heavyweight title—this victory earned him the epithet ‘Manassa Mauler’, a name which inspired fear in the minds of his opponents for years to come. He was inducted into the Boxing hall of Fame in 1951. Trivia This boxing champion was also known as 'The Manassa Mauler'
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    My Halloween costume....Hershey bar.
  6. 6/23/17

    1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a ''Type-Writer.'' 1947 The Senate overrode President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act. 1969 Warren Burger was sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 1972 Richard Nixon and H. R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. Revelation of this conversation spurred on Nixon's 1974 resignation. 1992 Mobster John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison. 1995 Dr. Jonas Salk, the medical pioneer who developed the first polio vaccine, died. ********************************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA******************************* 2003..............................The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan's School of Law affirmative action policy. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in University Admissions In the most important affirmative action decision since the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court (5–4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School's policy, ruling that race can be one of many factors considered by colleges when selecting their students because it furthers "a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body." The Supreme Court, however, ruled (6-3) that the more formulaic approach of the University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions program, which uses a point system that rates students and awards additional points to minorities, had to be modified. The undergraduate program, unlike the law school's, does not provide the "individualized consideration" of applicants deemed necessary in previous Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action.
  7. 6/23/17

    Nationality American Birth Date 23rd June, 1948 AD Sun Sign Cancer Height 1.74 m Born in Pin Point, Georgia, U.S. father M.C. Thomas mother Leola Williams siblings Myers Spouse/Partner Virginia Lamp Thomas children Jamal Adeen Thomas religion Roman Catholicism Grouping of People African American Men, African Americans, Black Republicans City, States, Provinces & Districts Arkansas, Georgia Net worth $4.2 Million as of Jun 22, 2016 education Yale Law School, Yale University, College of the Holy Cross Clarence Thomas is one of the reputed names in the law circle in US. With the stepping down to Thurgood Marshal and appointment of him as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, he became the second African-American to serve the court. Interestingly, Thomas initially intended to become a priest and even enroled himself for priesthood. However, fate had something else in store for him and a string of political events leading to the assassination of martin Luther King Jr led him to re-think his decision. He graduate from yale University with a degree in law and commenced his career in law. Over the years, he held significant posts including an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri, later serving as the legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth and eventually taking up the chair of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. His most prominent post came in the form of Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before being nominated, confirmed, voted and finally appointed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Considered one of the most conservative members of the Court, his rendition of law has a textual approach that does not go well with fellow judges and people. Read further to know more about his life, career and approach of law. Trivia He is the second African-American to serve as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States after Thurgood Marshall.
  8. 6/22/17

    1815 Napoleon abdicated his throne for the second time after his defeat at Waterloo. 1870 The U.S. Justice Department was created. 1874 Dr. Andrew Still became the first to practice osteopathy. 1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. 1969 Singer-actress Judy Garland died. 1987 Actor-dancer-singer Fred Astaire died. 2011 Legendary Boston crime boss,James "Whitey" Bulger is found and arrested by federal authorities in Santa Monica, Calif. ***********************************************************************************DAILY EXTRA**************************************** 1943..................W.E.B. DuBois became the first black member of the National Institute of Letters. American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, honorary academy of notable American artists, writers, and composers. The National Institute of Arts and Letters, founded in 1898, served as the parent body for the American Academy of Arts and Letters, founded in 1904, until the two were amalgamated in 1976. Membership is limited to 250 native or naturalized U.S. citizens, of which 50 are elected to the Academy for notable achievements in art, literature, or music. The Academy-Institute also has an honorary membership of 75 foreign artists, writers, and composers to strengthen cultural ties with other countries. The Academy-Institute offers a number of prizes annually, including the Brunner Memorial Award in Architecture and the Gold Medal for excellence in the arts. The members of the Academy confer the Howells Medal, given every five years for a work of American fiction, and the Award of Merit Medal, given in five categories of the arts to a person not affiliated with the Academy. Located in New York City, it maintains a museum and a library (23,000 volumes), and holds exhibitions of works of art, manuscripts, books, and scores. It also purchases paintings by American artists for distribution to museums.
  9. 6/22/17

    Nationality American Birth Date 22nd June, 1903 AD Sun Sign Cancer Born in Indianapolis father John Wilson Dillinger mother Mary Ellen siblings Audrey Dillinger Spouse/Partner Beryl Hovious Died on 22 July 1934 AD place of death Chicago Cause of Death Assassination John Dillinger was a notorious American gangster who operated what was known as the Dillinger Gang or Terror Gang. His gang was accused of involvement in several major criminal activities including 24 bank robberies. Despite being a much feared criminal, he was not known to be a ruthless murderer and the only homicide charge against him was for the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. He operated during the Depression era and earned the reputation of being even more notorious than the other criminals like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde who operated during the same time period. Dillinger’s foray into the world of crime happened when he was a young man, barely out of his teens. Wild and unpredictable, he had dropped out of school and was unable to establish himself in any meaningful occupation. He took to planning robberies with his friends and within years established himself as one of the most notorious criminals in the Depression-era United States. He had been arrested and jailed many times, but nothing could keep him away from criminal activities. He met a tragic end at the young age of 31 when he was shot to death by the police as he was trying to escape from them. He was not even 21 when he married a teenager, Beryl Ethel Hovious, on April 12, 1924. He went to prison the same year and his marriage could not survive the separation for long. His wife divorced him in 1929. He was in a relationship with Mary Evelyn "Billie" Frechette in the early 1930s. John Dillinger went into hiding after the Merchant's National Bank robbery. The police desperately searched for him but to no avail. Eventually a woman named Anna Sage, also known as Ana Cumpănaş, contacted the police and informed them of his whereabouts. The police tracked him down and shot him dead on July 22, 1934. His body was displayed to the public at the Cook County morgue after his death and an estimated 15,000 people viewed the corpse.