On This Day, Video

Daily Video for June 11 – Jeanette Rankin Born



On June 11, 1880, Jeanette Rankin was born in what was then the Montana Territory.  At a young age, as the oldest of six children working side by side with her parents on the family ranch, she often noted that while women shared an equal amount of work, both in time and the intensity of the labor, with men, in politics they had no voice and she sought to change that.

She was elected twice to serve Montana as a US Representative as a Republican, first in 1916 (four years before women gained the right to vote nationwide) and again in 1940.  Her 1916 election marked the first time a woman was elected to a federal office, and while serving she proposed the articles that would eventually become the 19th Amendment, giving women the univeral right to vote in the US.

Also notable is that both of her terms happened to fall at the beginnings of both World War I and World War II.  She was one of 50 members of Congress to vote against the declaration of war in 1917, and the lone no vote against declaring war in World War II.

Learn more about Representative Rankin here:

Photo Prompt

Daily Photo (6/9/20) – Unlikely Allies, 1969

Photo — “Unlikely ALlies, 1969”

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

1969. “Black Panther Party and Young Patriots Organization.” Chicago, Illinois.

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Daily Video for June 8 – Bill of Rights Beginnings



On June 8, 1789, James Madison, then a Representative of Virginia’s 5th District, proposed 17 articles, or proposed amendments to the US Constitution.  These would be debated and passed by the House of Representatives, then shortened and combined into 12 and passed by the senate, then again by the House of Representatives in September of that year.

When sent to the states for ratification, articles three through 12 were passed, becoming the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.  Article two, which involved preventing Congress from increasing its compensation in its current term was passed in 1992, but the first article, specifying how Representatives are apportioned has not  yet been ratified, though it remains active and pending since there is no time limit set for the ratification of Constitutional Amendments.

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Daily Video for June 4 – Tienanmen Square Protests Suppressed


The Tienanmen Square Incident

On June 4, 1989, student protests on Tienanmen Square in Beijing China which began in April were broken up by the Chinese military in what is sometimes called the Tienanmen Square Incident, the June Fourth Incident, or the Tienanmen Square Massacre.

Reaching at one point over 1 million protesters strong, the Chinese students were calling for democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, due process, and greater accountability for the communist Chinese regime.  These protests ultimately led to the declaration of marital law, and on June 4, 1989, the Chinese military rolled into the square to break up the protesters, resulting in thousands dead and wounded, the leaders executed or exiled,  and a greater clamp down by the government on the freedoms given to the people, ending or reversing many reforms that were being made throughout the 1980s.

Check out these videos of the incident:

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On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 29, 2020!

MAY 29, 2020

Today is:

End of the Middle Ages Day

National Heat Awareness Day

Learn about Composting Day

 National Biscuit Day

  Paper Clip Day



PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799) — American attorney, politician, & orator.  Best known for his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.
BOB HOPE (1903-2003) — British-American actor and comedian best known for his stand-up routines and shows as part of the USO from WWII through the Gulf War.
JOHN F. KENNEDY  (1971-1963) — 35th President of the United States.
MELISSA ETHERIDGE (1961) — American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist.



1453 – The Byzantine capital of Constantinople falls to forces of the Ottoman Empire after a long siege.  This is seen as the end of the Middle Ages.
1790 – Rhode Island is the last of the original Thirteen Colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a US state.
1848 Wisconsin is admitted to the United States as the 30th state.
1953 – Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit  of Mount Everest.
2004 – The National World War II Memorial is dedicated on Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 26, 2020!

MAY 26, 2020

Today is:

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

National Paper Airplane Day

World Redhead Day

  World Dracula Day



AL JOLSON (1886-1950) — Lithuanian-American comedian and actor.  Best known for his lead role in the first “talkie”, The Jazz Singer.
DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965) — American photojournalist, best known for her Great Depression-era photos of struggling workers.
JOHN WAYNE  (1907-1979) — American actor, director, and producer.  Most well known for his roles in Westerns over 3 decades.
PETER CUSHING (1913-1994) — English actor best known for his roles in horror films and as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars.
STEVIE NICKS (1948) — American singer-songwriter.  Known for her career with the band Fleetwood Mac and solo work..
HANK WILLIAMS, JR.  (1949) — American country singer-songwriter known widely for his Monday Night Football themes.



1868 – The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ends with his acquittal by one vote.
1896 – Charles Dow first publishes the Dow Jones Industrial Average (“The Dow”)
1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula is first published.
1967 –The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heats Club Band album is released.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 22, 2020!

MAY 22, 2020

Today is:

International Day for Biological Diversity

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day

National Maritime Day

 National Vanilla Pudding Day

  National Solitaire Day

  National Title Track Appreciation Day

  Sherlock Holmes Day



RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883) — German composer & conductor best known for his operas.
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) — British author.  Most famous as the creator of detective Sherlock Holmes.
HARVEY MILK (1930-1978) — American politician and LGBT activist.
MAX BROOKS (1972) — American author, screenwriter, & actor.  Best known for his zombie-related titles, like World War Z.
APOLO OHNO (1982) — American short track speed skater & Olympic champion.  Most decorated American Winter Olympian.



1804 – The Lewis & Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
1856 – South Carolina Senator Preston Brooks severely beats Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner with his cane on the floor of the US Senate for an anti-slavery speech Sumner made earlier.
1900 – The non-profit news cooperative, The Associated Press, is organized in New York City.
1964 – President Lyndon Baines Johnson launches his Great Society program.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 21, 2020!

MAY 21, 2020

Today is:

Hummus Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

National Memo Day

 National Notebook Day

  National Strawberries and Cream Day

  National Waiters and Waitresses Day



ALEXANDER POPE (1688-1744) — English poet & translator. Second-most quoted author in the English language, after Shakespeare.
HENRI ROUSSEAU (1844-1910) — French post-impressionist painter.
AL FRANKEN  (1951) — American comedian, actor, and former politician.
MR. T (1952) — American actor, professional wrestler, and TV personality (The A-Team, Rocky III, Mister T)
THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. (1972-1997) — American rapper.  Known for becoming embroiled in the mid 1990s, East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud.



1881 – The American Red Cross is founded in Washington DC by Clara Barton.
1927 Charles Lindbergh lands The Spirit of St. Louis  in Paris, completing the world’s first nonstop solo trans-Atlantic flight.
1932 Amelia Earhart is forced by bad weather to land her plane in Derry, Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1946 – Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated during a criticality incident while working on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos.
2005 – The world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
2017 – The Ringling Brothers and  Barnum & Bailey Circus holds its final performance.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 19, 2020!

MAY 19, 2020

Today is:

Boys and Girls Club Day

Dinosaur Day

National Devils Food Cake Day



HO CHI MINH (1890-1969) — Vietnamese politician and revolutionary.  First president of socialist Vietnam.
MALCOLM X (1925-1965) — American Muslim minister & civil  and human rights activist.
PETER MAYHEW  (1944-2019) — English-American actor.  Most famous for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars films and media from 1977-2015.
ANDRE THE GIANT (1946-1993) — French professional wrestler and actor. (The Princess Bride)
JODI PICOULT (1966) — American novelist (My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes)
SAM SMITH  (1992) — English singer-songwriter.



1743 – French physicist Jean-Pierre Christin first publishes his centigrade temperature scale, with 0 as the freezing point of water and 100 its boiling point (the reverse of that developed by Andres Celsius).
1921 – The US Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, placing for the first time limits on the number of immigrants allowed to enter the United States.
1963 – The New York Post Sunday Magazine publishes Martin Luther King, Jr’s “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail“, written on April 16, 1963.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 18, 2020!

MAY 18, 2020

Today is:

I Love Reese’s Day

International Museum Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day

 National Cheese Souffle Day

 Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day



MATTHEW BRADY (c1822-1896) — American photography pioneer.  Most famous for his presidential portraits and  Civil War photography.
NICHOLAS II of RUSSIA (1868-1918) — Last Tsar of the Russian Empire.  Forced to abdicate during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
FRANK CAPRA  (1897-1991) — Italian-American film director, winner of three Academy Awards. Best known for It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life.
POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II  (1920-2005) — Head of the Catholic Church from 1978-2005, the second longest reign in history.  Canonized as a saint in 2014.
GEORGE STRAIT (1952) — American country singer-songwriter, actor, and producer.  Dubbed the “King of Country”
TINA FEY  (1970) — American actress, comedian, author & producer (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)



1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America declaring slavery illegal.
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte is declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate, becoming Napoleon I.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln becomes the Republican Party’s nominee for President, over William Seward who will later become his Secretary of State.
1896 – The US Supreme Court rules in the Plessy v. Ferguson case that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is constitutional.
1980 Mount Saint Helens erupts in Washington State, killing 57 people and causing over $3 billion in damage.