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Daily Video for June 26 – Berlin Airlift Begins


Breaking the Berlin Blockade

On June 26, 1948 planes began flying over Soviet-controlled East Germany and dropping supplies into the city of West Berlin in what became known as the Berlin Airlift.

After the partition of Germany and its capital city after World War II, the allied controlled portion of Berlin was completely enveloped within Soviet controlled (and communist) East Germany.  The Soviets had blocked all access into the city by land and rail two days before in an effort to choke the Allied forces out, becoming one of the first conflicts in what would become the Cold War.  The blockade was lifted on May 12, 1949, but British and American planes continued to fly supplies into West Berlin until September 30 of that year.

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Daily Video for June 2 – Elizabeth II Coronation


The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II is crowned queen of ” the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth.”  She assumed the thrown and began her rule on February 6 the previous year upon the death of her father, King George VI, but a formal coronation ceremony was not held for almost a year out of a tradition of allowing adequate time to pass for mourning the previous monarch.

As of this year, she has been on the throne longer than any British monarch, ruling for 68 years, passing the 63 years of her great-great grandmother, Victoria, in 2015.

Check out this video that is newsreel footage of the event, the first major international event to be televised:

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 28, 2020!

MAY 28, 2020

Today is:

International Hamburger Day

National Brisket Day



JIM THORPE (1887-1953) —  Native American athlete: Olympic goal medalist, professional football, baseball, and basketball player.
IAN FLEMING (1908-1964) — English naval intelligence officer and author.  Most famous for his creation of the character James Bond.
GLADYS KNIGHT  (1944) — American singer, songwriter, and actress.  Best known for her work with Gladys Knight and the Pips.



1830 – President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, denying Native Americans their land rights and forcibly relocating them, leading the Trail of Tears.
1937 – The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen is founded by the German government.
1999 – After a 22-year restoration, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, is put back on display in Milan, Italy.
On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 27, 2020!

MAY 27, 2020

Today is:

Cellophane Tape Day

National Grape Popsicle

Nothing to Fear Day

 Sunscreen Protection Day



WILD BILL HICKOK (1837-1876) — American West folk hero, lawman, gunfighter, and entertainer.
DASHIELL HAMMETT  (1895-1961) — American crime novelist & short story writer.  Best known for novels The Maltese Falcon The Thin Man.
RACHEL CARSON  (1907-1964) — American marine biologist, conservationist, and author.  Her book Silent Spring is credited with kicking off the modern environmentalist movement.
SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE (1922-2015) — English actor, best known for portraying villains in films.  He starred as Count Dracula many times, Saruman in Lord of the Rings, and Count Dooku in Star Wars.



1703 – Tsar Peter the Great of Russia founds the city of St. Petersburg.  It will be the Russian capital until the 1917 Revolution.
1927 – Ford Motor Company ceases production of its Model T after almost 20 years, retooling the factory to produce the new Model A.
1933 – Walt Disney releases it’s cartoon short The Three Little Pigs, featuring the hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”.
1937 – The Golden Gate Bridge in California opens to pedestrian traffic, linking the city of San Francisco and Marin County, CA.  Vehicles will be allowed to cross the next day.
1962 – The Centraila mine fire begins as the town’s landfill is burnt and underground dust from a vacant coal mine is ignited.  This will cause the town to be mostly abandoned by 1980 and is still burning underground.


On This Day

TODAY IS MAY 20, 2020!

MAY 20, 2020

Today is:

Flower Day

National Rescue Dog Day

Pick Strawberries Day

World Bee Day

  International Clinical Trials Day

  Weights and Measures Day



HONORÉ DE BALZAC (1799-1850) — French novelist and playwright.
JIMMY STEWART (1908-1997) — American actor and military officer (Brigadier General). Best known for: It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, Rear Window.
CHER  (1946) — American singer actress and TV personality (The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Moonstruck, Mask, The Witches of Eastwick)
DAN ABRAMS  (1966) — American web entrepreneur & TV host. Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News & host of Live PD.
BUSTA RHYMES (1972) — American rapper, record producer, and actor.
JACK GLEESON  (1992) — Irish actor best known as Joffrey Barathron on Game of Thrones.



325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, beginning the Catholic Church’s first ecumenical council.
1570 – Barbatian cartographer Abraham Otrelius publishes Theatrum Oribs Terrarum, the world’s first modern atlas.
1609 – Shakespeare’s sonnets are (allegedly illicitly) first published in London.
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis are awarded a patent for denim blue jeans with copper rivets.
1940 – The first prisoners arrive at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
1983 – The discovery of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS is first published in the journal Science.
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 14, 2020!

MAY 14, 2020

Today is:

Dance Like a Chicken Day

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day



GEORGE LUCAS (1944) — American filmmaker & entrepreneur.  Creator of Star Wars and co-creator of Indiana Jones.  Founder of LucasFilm.
EOIN COLFER (1965) — Irish author, best known for the Artemis Fowl series.
MARK ZUCKERBERG  (1984) — American computer programmer and entrepreneur.  Co-founder of Facebook.



1607Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, becoming the first permanent English settlement in North America.
1796 – English physician Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation. The disease will be officially deemed eradicated in 1980.
1804 – Wiliam Clark and the Corps of Discovery depart Camp Dubois, Illinois to meet Meriwether Lewis in St. Charles, Missouri, marking the beginning of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
1948 – Israel is declared an independent state and a provisional government is established.  It is immediately attacked by neighboring countries, igniting the Arab-Israeli War.
1973 – The United States’ first space station, Skylab, is launched.
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.