June 22

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1832 – J.I. Howe patented the pin machine.

1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.

1874 – Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.

1909 – The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.

1939 – The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, NY.

1942 – V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.

1944 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.

1946 – Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.

1959 – Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1964 – The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, “Tropic of Cancer”, could not be banned.

1969 – The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH catches fire, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

1970 – President Richard Nixon signed the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18.

1973 – Skylab astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.

1974 – In Chicago, IL the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) Skydeck opened.

1978 – James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.

1981 – Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon six months earlier.

1982 – Pete Rose got hit number 3,772, passing Hank Aaron for second place on the all-time list.

1988 – The movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” debuted in theaters.

1992 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.

1993 – Former First Lady Pat Nixon dies at age 81.

1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal’s parole.

1998 – The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ.

1999 – Robert Downey Jr. was sentenced to six weeks in a rehab center for failing a routine drug test.

1999 – The Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.

2002 – The Disney animated feature “Lilo and Stitch” opened in theaters nationwide.

2004 – More than 500 thousand copies of Bill Clinton’s autobiography, “My Life”, sold in its first day, surpassing the nonfiction sales record set by his wife Hillary Clinton’s book, “Living History”.

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, ending it’s 74-year run as a photography icon.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Kris Kristofferson 1936 – Singer, actor

Barry Serafin 1941 – Journalist (TV’s “ABC World News”)

Michael Lerner 1941 – Actor (“Barton Fink”)

Brit Hume 1943 – Journalist

David L. Lander 1947 – Actor (Played Squiggy on TV’s “Lavern and Shirley”)

Todd Rungren 1948 – Musician

Alan Osmond 1949 – Singer (“The Osmonds”)

Larry Junstrom 1949 – Musician (.38 Special)

Meryl Streep 1949 – Actress (“Sophie’s Choice”, “Iron Lady”, “Kramer vs. Kramer”

Lindsay Wagner 1949 – Actress (TV’s “The Bionic Woman”)

Graham Greene 1952 – Actor (“Dances with Wolves”, “Thunderheart”, “Maverick”, “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, “The Green Mile”, “Skins”, “Transamerica”, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “Casino Jack”, “Winter’s Tale”, “The Shack”)

Cyndi Lauper 1953 – Singer (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”)

Chris Lemmon 1954 – Actor (“Airport ’77”, “That’s Life!”, “Dad”)

Garry Gary Beers 1957 – Musician (INXS)

Bruce Campbell 1958 – Actor (“Evil Dead” franchise, “”Within the Woods”, TV’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead”)

Tracy Pollan 1960 – Actress (TV’s “Family Ties”)

Amy Brenneman 1964 – Actress (TV’s “The Leftovers”, “Private Practice”, “Judging Amy”, “NYPD Blue”)

Dan Brown 1964 – Author (“The Da Vinci Code”)

Paula Irvine 1968 – Actress (“Phantasm II”, TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Growing Pains”, “Santa Barbara”)

Mary Lynn Rajskub 1971 – Actress (TV’s “24”)

Carson Daly 1973 – TV personality (TV’s “The Today Show”, “The Voice”, “Later”, “TRL”)

Donald Faison 1974 – Actor (TV’s “Scrubs”, “Clueless”, “Felicity”, “The Exes”)

 

TODAY IS:

Chocolate Éclair Day

Onion Rings Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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