Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Today is World Sauntering Day, a day to discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking, and trotting.
Today is Emancipation Day in Texas, also called Juneteenth. Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in the Confederate States of America. It was not until June 19, 1865, after the war between the states ended that the word was announced in the Lone Star State.
1846: In the first organized pro baseball game, the New York Nine beat the Hoboken Knickerbockers 23 to 1. New York player H. Davis was fined six cents for swearing at the umpire.
1910: Father’s Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Washington.
1956: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis announce they are breaking up after doing 16 films together.
1988: Some 3,000 East Germans gather at the Berlin Wall to hear this performer on the other side of the Wall in West Berlin. (It was probably just as well that they couldn’t see him.) It was Michael Jackson