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Daily Video for June 19 – Sports Firsts!


FIrst REcorded Baseball Game & First NASCAR Race

On June 19, 1848, the first recorded baseball game under Alexander Cartwright’s rules (those that would be most recognizable to those used today) is played in Hoboken, NJ.  Amateur teams played and the New York Base Ball CLub defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1 with Cartwright himself umpiring.

Exactly 101 years later, on June 19, 1949, the first NASCAR stock race is held at the Charlotte Speedway.  Tracing its origins to Prohibition and the modification of cars by bootleggers to outrun police, after alcohol was legalized again, these drivers still kept up racing, but this time in competition with each other.  In 1947, seeing a lack of formal rules, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing is established, and formal races are held, with the first “strictly stock” race, the format most commonly held today, is run with Jim Roper winning.

A Brief History of Baseball:


A Brief History of NASCAR:


Daily Art (6/12/20) – Baseball Players Practicing, Thomas Eakins

Daily Artwork — “Baseball Players Practicing, Thomas Eakins, 1875”

Use the images posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of an artwork critique.

1875 — Baseball Players Practicing.  Oil paint on canvas. Realism style. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916). The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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Daily Video for June 12 – Baseball Hall of Fame Opens



On June 12, 1939, the first class of baseball players is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Elected in 1936, prior to the Hall’s opening ceremonies the first players inducted included legends Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson.

Largely established in the hopes of attracting tourists to the Depression ravaged town of Cooperstown, New York, the Baseball Hall of Fame was established there under the erroneous claim that Civil War hero General Abner Doubleday invented the game there at a field adjacent to the current Hall of Fame building.

As of 2020, 333 people have been elected to the Hall, mostly former major league players, but also including Negro League players, executives, umpires, baseball pioneers, and managers.  A separate wing also includes baseball writers and broadcasters.

Induction ceremonies are now held in July during “Hall of Fame Weekend”, which also includes a 7-inning game featuring players from each of the 30 current teams and Hall of Fame players.  This year’s ceremony has been canceled, however, due to COVID-19 and the inductees will have their ceremony with the class of 2021 next year.

Learn more about the history of the Hall of Fame:


The first induction ceremony:


Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (5/13/20) – Bush and the Babe

Photo — “Babe Ruth and George Bush, 1946”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

Ninety years ago laboratory equipment and safety standards were a little more relaxed than today!

A photograph of Hall of Famer and baseball icon George Herman “Babe” Ruth and future President (and Yale baseball team captain) George Herbert Walker Bush at Yale University in 1946.

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TODAY IS APRIL 22, 2020!

APRIL 22, 2020

Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day — Call them Administrative Professionals, Administrative Assistants, or Secretaries… we all know who’s really running the show!

Earth Day — Since 1970, celebrating the wonder that is our one and only home and striving to keep her safe!

National Jellybean Day — The favorite of President Ronald Reagan, today is the day to celebrate all those little nuggets of sugary goodness.  Just be careful with the “any flavor beans“!



VLADIMIR LENIN (1870-1924) — Russian revolutionary and political theorist.  Founder of Soviet Union.
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (1904-1967) — American physicist.  Director of the Los Alamos Lab & head of the “Manhattan Project” during World War II.
GLEN CAMPBELL  (1936-2017) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and TV personality.



1864 – Congress passes the Coinage Act, requiring the motto “In God We Trust” to be printed or minted on all US currency.
1876 – The first National League baseball game is played at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.  The Boston Red Caps defeat the Athletics 6-5.  This game marks the beginning of MLB.
1889 – The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 begins at noon where thousands race to claim land in the Oklahoma Territory. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are founded with a population of 10,000 each.
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TODAY IS APRIL 20, 2020!

APRIL 20, 2020

Today is:

National Cheddar Fries Day — Take those taters and drown them in cheesy love — whether it be melted shreds or the plastic lava — put cheese on em!

National Look Alike Day — It doesn’t need to be an identical twin!  Today you might be able to find your doppelganger somewhere in the world.

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day — It’s sweet, it’s sugary, it’s pineapple-y — better yet, it’s upside down!  Load up the baking pan and have a slice!



HAROLD LLOYD (1893-1971) — American silent film comedian.
TITO PUENTE (1923-2000) — American drummer and songwriter. Best known for his mambo and Latin jazz compositions.
GEORGE TAKEI  (1937) — American actor, author, and activist.  Best known as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek.
ANDY SERKIS (1964) — English actor and director.  Best known  for his action capture roles of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Snoke in Star Wars.



1657 – The freedom to practice their religion openly is given to Jews in New Amsterdam, later New York City.
1898 – President McKinley signs the formal declaration of war from Congress, beginning the Spanish-American War.
1912 – Baseball is played for the first time  at Fenway Park, still home to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox beat the NY Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings..
1916 – The first National League baseball game is played at Chicago’s Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field).  The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.  The defunct Federal League played there from 1914-15.
1946 – The League of Nations  (formed after WWI) officially dissolves, yielding most of its power to the new United Nations.
1972 – The Apollo 16 lunar module lands on the surface of the moon with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
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TODAY IS APRIL 17, 2020!

APRIL 17, 2020

Today is:

National Cheeseball Day — Who doesn’t love these puffed grain balls covered in neon yellow cheese?

National Kickball Day — A playground classic for years.  Line up and pick your teams!  There’s nothing like the sound of the big rubber ball when it’s kicked.

International Haiku Poetry Day — Try writing your own 5-7-5 syllable poem:  Start a line with five.  Next one seven syllables.  Five more gives haiku.



ALEXANDER CARTWRIGHT (1820-1892) — American firefighter; considered to be the inventor of baseball.
J.P. MORGAN (1837-1913) — American banker and financier.  One of the figureheads of America’s “Gilded Age”
“ROWDY” RODDY PIPER  (1954-2015) — Canadian professional wrestler and actor.
SEAN BEAN (1959) — English actor (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Martian)
BOOMER ESIASON (1961) — American former football player (quarterback) and sports commentator.



1861 – Virginia’s secession convention votes in favor of secession, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.
1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes its highest one day total: 11,747 people.
1961– The Bay of Pigs Invasion begins with a group of CIA-backed Cuban exiles land on the island and attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
1970Apollo 13 returns to Earth after an in flight disaster nearly killed all aboard on their mission to the moon.
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APRIL 8, 2020

Today is:

Draw a Picture of a Bird Day — It doesn’t mater which bird you draw, but let your creative juices flow!

National All Is Ours Day — Meant to celebrate the beauty of nature and the world all around us, today reminds us that the whole world belongs to all and to get outside and appreciate those things available to everyone.

National Empanada Day — Little fried turnovers full of love and goodness!  Today why not try a new twist, or a traditional empanada, a staple in Latin and Mediterranean cooking, .

Zoo Lovers Day — For those who love being able to visit animal parks and see interesting and wonderful creatures from around the world.  While we can’t go there in person right now, why not try viewing remotely via your favorite zoo’s webcam?  Most animals are still out and about and keepers are still on duty.




MARY PICKFORD (1892-1979) — Canadian-American actress, director, & producer.  Co-founder of United Artists in 1919.
SONJA HENIE (1912-1969) — Norwegian-American figure skater & actress.  Most decorated female skater of all-time.
BETTY FORD  (1918-2011) — 40th First Lady of the United States.  Advocate for breast cancer awareness and addiction and substance abuse education through the Betty Ford Clinics.
RICHARD HATCH (1961) — American reality show contestant; first winner of Survivor.
BIZ MARKIE  (1964) — American rapper, producer, and actor.  Most famous for his sing, Just a Friend.




1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Greek island of Milos. It is now displayed in the Louvre in Paris, France.
1904 – Longacre Square in Manhattan (New York City) is renamed Times Square in honor of the New York Times.
1913 -The 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, allowing for the direct election of Senators, becomes law.  Before this, all senators were elected by the state legislatures.
1975 – Frank Robinson takes the helm of the Cleveland Indians in his first game, becoming Major League Baseball’s first African American manager.