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June 21st

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The U.S. Constitution

The Constitution

1788...The U.S. Constitution is ratified by New Hampshire. It is the required 9th state. Rhode Island will be the last state to ratify the Constitution.

1892...Lot Smith, a leading Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) militia officer defending the Saints against the intrusion of the U.S. military, is killed by Navajo Indians.

June 22nd

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

1775...The Continental Congress issues 2 million dollars in bills of credit, thus creating Continental Currency.

1937...Joe Lewis wins the World Heavyweight Boxing title when he knocks out Jim Braddock in the 8th round.

1944...President Roosevelt signs the G.I.Bill. The president is concerned that the country might fall into another big depression after the war. It is hoped that the G.I. Bill will keep that from happening. The G.I.Bill provides financial aid to Veterans returning from WWII. Veterans receive help with the cost of attending college and buying a home. The Bill turns out to be a boon for both those who use it and the economy for over 30 years. The G.I. Bill, part of President Roosevelt's social agenda, continues to this day, and is a great resource for those who serve in the military.

June 23rd

Nik Walenda crossing the Grand Canyon

Nik Wallenda

1902...The name Mercedes is registered as a luxury car brand name by German auto maker Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG).

1992...The "Teflon Don" Mafia Boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison based on testimony of his colleague "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.

2013...Nik Wallenda, a 34-year old aerialist, becomes the first person to walk a wire across a narrow section of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Roswell, New Mexico UFO sightings

Suspected UFO

1948...The Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin. It will become a diplomatic blunder.

1966...The U.S. Senate votes 76-0 for a National Motor Vehicle Safety Act requiring seat belts on all cars.

1997...The U.S. Air Force releases a 231-page report dismissing long standing claims from 1947 of an Alien Space Craft crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

June 25th

June 25th

George Custer

1876...U.S. Army Troops, led by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, lose a battle with Native Americans, led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

1942...Eisenhower takes charge of the U.S. Troops in Europe.

1950...The Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces from North Korea cross into South Korea.

2009...The "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, dies at age 50 after receiving a bad combination of drugs from his doctor.

June 26th

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

1541...The governor of Peru and conqueror of the Incas, Francisco Pizzaro, is assassinated.

1948...Operation Berlin Airlift begins, as the U.S. begins airlifting food and supplies to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades the city.

1956...The Federal Highway Act is approved. Thirty billion dollars is allocated for the construction of interstate highways.

1959...The St. Lawrence Seaway opens. This makes possible transportation from the Atlantic Ocean to all of the Great Lakes.

June 27th

The Prophet Joseph Smith

The Prophet Joseph Smith

1844...The Prophet Joseph Smith, the leader and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother Hyrum are killed when a mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois.

1950...President Truman sends U.S.Troops to Korea to help them fight the invasion of Communist North Korea into their country.

1976...Ebola breaks out in Sudan. The Ebola virus begins spreading throughout the region.

June 28th

Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie

Archduke Ferdinand and Sophie

1519...Charles I of Spain is elected the Holy Roman Emperor.

1914...Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist while making an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

1919...Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles. This officially ends WWI.

June 29th



1613...Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in England burns down. The Globe theater is built for Shakespeare’s company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men. On this day there is a performance of Henry VIII. During the performance a canon is set off. The thatched roof of the theater catches fire, and the structure burns to the ground. It will be rebuilt during Shakespeare’s life, but later it is closed by the Puritans and sectioned off for housing.

1958...Pele helps Brazil win its first World Cup by defeating host nation Sweden 5-2.

1995...The largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the earth is created when the American Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Space Station Mir.

June 30th

Gone with the Wind

1859...French daredevil Jean-Francois Gravelet, know as Blondin, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1936...The novel Gone with the Wind is published. It will become one of the best selling novels of all time and a blockbuster movie in 1939.

1953...At the General Motors Plant in Flint, Michigan, production begins on the Corvette sports car.

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