Monday, June 22, 2009

22 June: Summer Means Death; Big Day For WWII

By The Associated Press 44 mins ago Today is Monday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2009. There are 192 days left in the year. From The Other World AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 22, 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa ended with an Allied victory; some 13,000 Americans and 90,000 Japanese soldiers, plus 130,000 civilians, were killed in the nearly three-month campaign. On this date: In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. In 1807, a British frigate, the HMS Leopard, attacked and boarded the American ship USS Chesapeake off the Virginia coast in search of Royal Navy deserters. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time. In 1868, Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union. [In return, we got Bill Clinton & Mike Huckabee. — Ed.] In 1870, the U.S. Department of Justice was created. In 1911, Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago. In 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.In 1940, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris. In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the "GI Bill of Rights." In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. attorney general to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.) In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton visited ethnic Albanian refugees at a refugee camp in Macedonia. The Supreme Court ruled the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to people with poor eyesight or other correctable conditions. [Take that, you four-eyed fucks! — Ed.] In 2002, syndicated advice columnist Ann Landers died at age 83. Five years ago: Islamic militants beheaded Kim Sun-il, a South Korean hostage who'd pleaded for his life in a heart-wrenching videotape; he was the third foreign hostage decapitated in the Middle East in little over a month. Mexican newspaper editor Francisco Ortiz Franco was shot to death in Tijuana. Former President Bill Clinton's memoir, "My Life," was officially released. Child poet Mattie Stepanek, a prominent voice for muscular dystrophy sufferers, died in Washington, D.C., at age 13. One year ago: Anthony Bologna and his sons, Michael and Matthew, were shot to death in a San Francisco intersection. (Police say the suspected gunman, Edwin Ramos, mistook the Bolognas for rival gang members; Ramos has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.) Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew from a presidential runoff against Robert Mugabe. Today's Birthdays: Actor Ralph Waite is 81. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 73. Actor Michael Lerner is 68. Fox News correspondent Brit Hume is 66. Singer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 65. Actor Andrew Rubin is 63. Actor David L. Lander is 62.As is singer-actor-screenwriter Howard "Eddie" Kaylan.Two funny Americans born on the same day. And singer-musician Todd Rundgren was born just a yr. later, making him 61.Actress Meryl Streep is 60. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 60. Singer Alan Osmond is 60. Actor Murphy Cross is 59. Actor Graham Greene is 57. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 56. Actor Chris Lemmon is 55. Rock musician Derek Forbes is 53. Actor Tim Russ is 53. Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 52. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 51. Rock musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) is 50. Actress Tracy Pollan is 49. Rock singer-musician Jimmy Somerville is 48. Author Dan Brown is 45. Rock singer-musician Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 45. Actress Amy Brenneman is 45. Rock singer Steven Page is 39. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is 38. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub is 38. TV personality Carson Daly is 36. Rock musician Chris Traynor is 36. Country musician Jimmy Wallace is 36. Actor Donald Faison is 35. Actress Alicia Goranson is 35. Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1959, the Swedish film "Wild Strawberries," written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, opened in New York. In 1968, the Jeff Beck group made its debut. Singer Rod Stewart was so shy he hid behind speakers for the first few songs. Forty years ago, in 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland died of a drug overdose in London. She was 47. In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon outside Lennon's New York apartment building. In 1987, actor-dancer Fred Astaire died at the age of 88. In 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
In 2000, comedian Dennis Miller was added as an announcer on "Monday Night Football." In 2001, Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack was in a serious motorcycle accident near Sacramento. In 2003, actor Adam Sandler married longtime girlfriend Jackie Titone. Last year, acerbic standup comedian and satirist George Carlin died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 71. Comedian Dody Goodman died in Englewood, N.J., at age 93. Thought for Today: "To understand is hard. Once one understands, action is easy." — Sun Yat-sen, Chinese statesman (1866-1925).

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