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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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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 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 15, 2020!

MAY 15, 2020

Today is:

Bring Flowers to Someone Day

Endangered Species Day

International Day of Families

 National Bike to Work Day

  National Pizza Party Day

  National Chocolate Chip Day

Straw Hat Day



L. FRANK BAUM (1856-1919) — American author most famous for his children’s series, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
MADELINE ALBRIGHT (1937) — Czech-American politician and diplomat.  First female Secretary of State (1997-2001)
JOHN SMOLTZ  (1967) — American Hall of Fame Baseball player. Only pitcher to record both 200 wins and 150 saves.
EMMITT SMITH (1969) — American Hall of Fame Football player.  As a running back, became the league’s all time rushing leader.



1718 – London lawyer, James Puckle, patents the world’s first machine gun, the Puckle Gun.
1730 – Robert Walpole becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1905 Las Vegas is founded when 110 acres of land is auctioned off and will later become its downtown.
1928 – Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut in the short cartoon, “Plane Crazy
1940 McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in San Bernandino, California — the beginning of the fast food giant’s history.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 13, 2020!

MAY 13, 2020

Today is:

Cough Drop Day

International Hummus Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

 National Apple Pie Day

  National Receptionists’ Day

  National Third Shift Worker Day

  Tulip Day



JOE LOUIS (1914-1981) — American heavyweight boxing world champion (1937-1949).  Most famous for his matches against German boxer Max Schmeling.
BEA ARTHUR (1922-2009) — American actress, comedian, and activist (Maude, Golden Girls)
STEVIE WONDER  (1950) — American singer-songwriter and record producer.
STEPHEN COLBERT (1961) — American comedian, actor, late night talk show host, and political pundit.



1880 – Thomas Edison performs his first tests on an electric railway, the precursor of modern subways and trolleys, in Menlo Park, NJ.
1940 – German forces cross the Meuse River, beginning the Nazi conquest of France.
1989 – Groups of students occupy Tienanmen Square in Beijing, China and begin hunger strikes to protest against the oppressive government.  There will eventually be more than 1 million protesters gathered there.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 12, 2020!

MAY 12, 2020

Today is:

International Nurses Day

Odometer Day

National Nutty Fudge Day

 Limerick Day



FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) — British social reformer and the founder of modern nursing.
KATHERINE HEPBURN (1907-2003) — American actress with a 60 year career in films and a record 4 Academy Awards for Best Lead Actress.
GEORGE CARLIN  (1937-2008) — American stand-up comedian and actor.  Most famous for his “Seven Dirty Words” routine.
VING RHAMES (1959) — American stage and film actor. (Mission: Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Lilo & Stitch)
EMILIO ESTEVEZ (1962) — American actor, son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen.  Best known for: The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, and The Outsiders
TONY HAWK  (1968) — American professional skateboarder, actor, and philanthropist.



1846 – The infamous Donner Party of settlers departs Independence, Missouri on their way to California.
1926 – The Italian airship Norge is the first vessel of any kind to fly over the North Pole
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 6, 2020!

MAY 6, 2020

Today is:

International No Diet Day

National Beverage Day

National Crêpe Suzette Day

 National Nurses Day

National School Nurses Day

  No Homework Day



SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) — Austrian neurologist, psychologist, and founder of psychoanalysis.
ROBERT PEARY (1856-1920) — American naval officer and explorer.  Claimed to have been the first to reach the geographic North Pole.
RUDOLPH VALENTINO  (1895-1926) — Italian silent film actor and one of the world’s first pop icons.  His sudden death caused a worldwide hysteria among his fans.
ORSON WELLES (1915-1985) — American actor, director, and writer.  Best known for his 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds and for the film Citizen Kane.
WILLIE MAYS (1931) — American Hall of Fame baseball player.  Considered one of the greatest players of all time.
GEORGE CLOONEY  (1961) — American actor, director,  producer, & filmmaker (ER, The Monuments Men, Oceans Eleven)



1889 – The Eiffel Tower officially opens to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
1915 Babe Ruth, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, hits his first major league home run.
1937 – The Hindenberg disaster – the German zeppelin catches fire and is destroyed in Lakehurst, NJ, killing 36.
1954Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 4, 2020!

MAY 4, 2020

Today is:

Anti-Bullying Day

International Firefighters Day

International Respect for Chickens Day

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Orange Juice Day

National Weather Observers Day

Star Wars Day



HORACE MANN (1796-1859) — American politician and reformer.  Known for his early proponent for public education in the US.
JULIA GARDINER TYLER (1820-1889) — Second wife of John Tyler and the 11th First Lady of the United States
AUDREY HEPBURN  (1929-1993) — British actress and humanitarian. (Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady)
RANDY TRAVIS (1959) — American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
ERIN ANDREWS (1978) — American sportscaster & TV personality
RORY McILROY  (1989) — Northern Irish professional golfer.  Currently ranked #1 in the world.



1626 – Dutch explorer, aboard the See Meeuw, lands in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island).
1776 Rhode Island is the first colony to renounce allegiance to, and declare independence from, King George III of England.
1886 The Haymarket Affair — A bomb is thrown at police trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago and police fire into the crowd. At least 8 are killed as a result of the violence.
1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.  It will be completed 10 years later.
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 29, 2020!

APRIL 29, 2020

Today is:

Denim Day

International Dance Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Stop Food Waste Day

World Stationary Day

Viral Video Day

Zipper Day



WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST (1863-1951) — American journalist and publisher known for his “yellow journalism”.
DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974) — American composer, jazz pianist, and big band leader.
WILLIE NELSON  (1933) — American country music artist, actor, and activist.
JERRY SEINFELD (1954) — American writer, comedian, actor, and producer (Seinfeld, Bee Movie)
MICHELLE PFEIFFER (1958) — American actress and producer (Dangerous Liaisons, Batman Returns)
UMA THURMAN (1970) — American actress and model (Pulp Fiction, Batman and Robin, Kill Bill)



1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve French forces at the Siege of Orleans.
1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States forces.
1953 – The first, still experimental, 3-D television broadcast is made, with Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV showing an episode of Space Patrol.
1992 – The first day of the LA Riots, ignited after the acquittal of police charges with using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.  They will continue for three days.
2015 – An MLB record low attendance, zero, is set when the Baltimore Orioles play the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium due to the Baltimore Riots.