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June First

June 1st:

The official start of the hurricane season.

1495 – Friar John Cor records the first known batch of Scotch whisky.
1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged in Boston, Massachusetts, for defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. She is considered by some to be the last religious martyr in what would become the United States.
1890 – The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns.
1967 – The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.
1980 – The Cable News Network (CNN) begins broadcasting.

1563 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman and spymaster (d. 1612)
1780 – Carl von Clausewitz, Prussian general (d. 1831)
1804 – Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (d. 1857)

For some reason, I didn’t make the list.


1 hipparchia { 06.01.19 at 8:57 pm }

I was surfing the net the other day and did a double take when I saw that trump’s birthday was the same as yours. fortunately, i did look again — so you DON’T have to share your birthday with the current resident of the white house (i like that one, I’m going to steal it) after all.

when i was double -checking that birthday thing i did notice that 3 of the last 4 presidents were born in 1946.

2 Bryan { 06.02.19 at 1:52 pm }

In the summer of 1946, so we all graduated from high school in 1964 having been taught from pretty much the same textbooks in very similar curriculums. We all had civics and American history & government, so we all learned how things are supposed to work. It’s a bit strange that only half of us remembered what we learned. Apparently the more money your parents had, the less you remember about civics and government.

3 Mustang Bobby { 06.03.19 at 2:15 am }

Sorry to have missed the party, but I’m knee-deep in prepping for my first-ever trip to Alaska later this week. I’m going to Valdez to participate in the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference hosted by Prince William Sound Community College. It’s a big deal in the theatre community; seven days of performances, playwriting, workshops, and just plain old playwright-bonding (and enjoying the local seafood). It looks like I’m going to win the prize for the farthest-traveled participant, too. It will take 10+ hours of flying time just to get to Anchorage, then another flight to Valdez. I’m taking my heavy sweater and sleep mask, too.

4 Bryan { 06.03.19 at 8:52 am }

It’s a good time to go before it gets erased by climate change. Beautiful country, too bad people don’t seem interested in preserving it.

5 hipparchia { 06.03.19 at 8:45 pm }

We all had civics and American history & government, so we all learned how things are supposed to work. It’s a bit strange that only half of us remembered what we learned.

maybe they were cutting class and listening to sgt pepper instead.

6 hipparchia { 06.03.19 at 8:48 pm }

I looked up the website for the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference — it looks like quite the bonanza, but I’d hate the airplane ride(s).

7 Bryan { 06.05.19 at 9:02 pm }

They were on summer break for their senior years at Yale and Wharton when Sgt Pepper was released. Bill Clinton was at Georgetown, and I was flying in Alaska from Fairbanks/Eielson AFB or Shemya AFS. Those things were covered in junior high and high school.

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