Sunday, June 21, 2009

No really - it is!

This year, Summer begins on June 21 at 1:45 AM in the northern hemisphere (which happens to be my favorite hemisphere, with the possible exception of the southern one). Summer is the period between the June solstice and the September equinox, and its broad appeal should therefore come as no surprise. Twenty-five percent of all winning lottery tickets are issued in summer.

Hope all of you fathers, stepfathers, fathers to be, mothers who are the fathers to their kids and fathers (but you don't know it) have a great Father's Day this weekend.

Today in History
June 21, 1877 -
The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants who were labor activists, are hanged at Carbon County Prison in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Author and Judge John P. Lavelle of Carbon County said of this, "The Molly Maguire trials were a surrender of state sovereignty.

A private corporation initiated the investigation through a private detective agency. A private police force arrested the alleged defenders, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them. The state provided only the courtroom and the gallows."

June 21, 1905-
It would have been the 104th birthday of Jean-Paul Sartre today.

But what the hell does he care, he's dead and it does mean anything anyway.

June 21, 1975 -
One of the all time great summer movies - Jaws opens on this date.

So remember, it's not safe to go back in the water or to take a shower.

June 21, 1977 -
The much under appreciated - New York, New York, directed by Martin Scorsese, was released on this date.

Do yourself a great favor and rent the restored DVD version.

June 21, 1982 -
Using an innovative Jodie Foster defense, John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Nobody is impressed by this verdict.

June 21, 1989 -
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning is indeed protected speech under the Constitution, prompting Congress to put forth an endless series of amendments to ban the activity.

And so it goes.

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