June 29 in Pop Culture History

29June 29

1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burned to the ground.

1889 – Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships voted to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest United States city in area and second largest in population.

1956 – The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.

1967 – Actress Jayne Mansfield died in car crash on Interstate 90, east of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1974 #1 Hit June 29, 1974 – July 5, 1974: Gordon LightfootSundown

1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.

1984 – Cannonball Run II, Conan the Destroyer and Bachelor Party were released in theaters

1988 – Coming To America debuted in theaters

1995 – STS-71 Mission; Atlantis Space Shuttle docked with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.

1998 – The Lifetime Movie Network made its debut.

2001 – A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Pootie Tang were released in theaters

2002 #1 Hit June 29, 2002 – August 16, 2002: NellyHot in Herre

2005 – War of the Worlds debuted in theaters

2007 – Ratatouille was released in theaters

2007 – Apple released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.

2011 – Transformers: Dark of the Moon debuted in theaters

2012 – Ted, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection and Magic Mike were released in theaters

2014 The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.

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June 28 in Pop Culture History

28June 28

1635 – Guadeloupe became a French colony.

1832 – The first American case of a cholera epidemic was reported in New York City.

1838 – Coronation of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

1846 – Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone.

1894 – Labor Day became an official US holiday.

1895 – The US Court of Private Land Claims rules James Reavis’ claim to Barony of Arizona is “wholly fictitious and fraudulent.”

1914 – World War One (orginally ‘The Great War’) began with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in Serajevo.

1926 – Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.

1964 – Malcolm X formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

1969 #1 Hit June 28, 1969 – July 11, 1969: Henry ManciniLove Theme from ‘Romeo And Juliet’

1969 – Stonewall Riots began in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.

1980 #1 Hit June 28, 1980 – July 18, 1980: Paul McCartneyComing Up (Live at Glasgow)

1985 – St. Elmo’s Fire and Pale Rider were rekleased in theaters

1991 – The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear debuted in theaters

1992 (Eathquakes) Landers, California, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

1996 – The Nutty Professor and Striptease were released in theaters

1997 – Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch, earning a disqualification.

2000 – The Patriot debuted in theaters

2002 – Hey Arnold! The Movie and Mr. Deeds were released in theaters

2003 #1 Hit June 28, 2003 – July 11, 2003: Clay AikenThis Is the Night

2006 – Superman Returns debuted in theaters

2007 – Burn Notice premiered on USA

2008 #1 Hit June 28, 2008 – July 4, 2008: ColdplayViva la Vida

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June 27 in Pop Culture History

27June 27

1556 – The thirteen Stratford Martyrs were burned at the stake near London for their Protestant beliefs.

1844 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Mormons, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.

1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe was completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

1949 – The first sci-fi TV show, Captain Video and His Video Rangers debuted. 1966 – ABC’s dark shadows premiered.

1960 #1 Hit June 27, 1960 – July 10, 1960: Connie FrancisEverybody’s Somebody’s Fool

1964 #1 Hit June 27, 1964 – July 3, 1964: Peter and GordonA World Without Love

1968 – Elvis Presley filmed his Comeback Special.

1970 #1 Hit June 27, 1970 – July 10, 1970: The Jackson 5The Love You Save

1976 – Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) was hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda.

1985 – US Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System.

1986 – Labyrinth and Running Scared were released in theaters

1987 #1 Hit June 27, 1987 – July 10, 1987: Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

1997 – Face/Off debuted in theaters

2003 – Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and 28 Days Later were released in theaters

2007 – Live Free or Die Hard debuted in theaters

2008 – WALL-E was released in theaters

2014 – Transformers: Age of Extinction debuted in theaters

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June 26 in Pop Culture History

26June 26

1498 – The bristle toothbrush was invented in China.

1797 – Charles Newbold was issued a patent (#X000177) for an improvement for the cast-iron plow

1807 – Lightning struck a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people.

1819 – The first US patent (#X003115) for a velocipede, a predecessor of the bicycle, was issued to William K. Clarkson Jr. of New York.

1870 – Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1906 – 1906 French Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix motor racing event was held. Ferenc Szisz, driving for the Renault team, won the two day event.

1926 – Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises novel was released.

1927 – The Cyclone roller coaster opened on Coney Island.

1934 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, which established credit unions in the US.

1936 – The first flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first working helicopter, in Berlin, Germany.

1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed, in San Francisco.

1948 – Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, was published in The New Yorker magazine.

1961 #1 Hit June 26, 1961 – July 9, 1961: Gary U.S. BondsQuarter to Three

1963 – US President John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

1965 #1 Hit June 26, 1965 – July 9, 1965: The ByrdsMr. Tambourine Man

1974 – The Universal Product Code was scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

1977 – Elvis Presley performed the final concert of his life in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1987 – Spaceballs, Full Metal Jacket and Dragnet were released in theaters

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1998 – Doctor Dolittle and Buffalo ’66 debuted in theaters

2000 – The completion of a working draft reference DNA sequence of the human genome was announced at the White House by President Bill Clinton, and representatives from the Human Genome Project (HGP).

2009 – The Hurt Locker was released in theaters

2015 – Ted 2 debuted in theaters

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June 25 in Pop Culture History

25June 25

1867 – Barbed wire was patented (#66,182) by Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio.

1876 – Native American forces, led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, defeated the US Army troops lead by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

1910 – The US Congress passed the Mann Act, which prohibited interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes.”

1910 – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird premiered in Paris,

1914 – The Greal Salem Fire, Massachusettes

1944 – The final page of the comic strip Krazy Kat was published, months after the author, George Herriman died.

1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) was published.

1949 – The cartoon classic, Long-Haired Hare starring Bugs Bunny, was released in theaters.

1966 #1 Hit June 25, 1966 – July 8, 1966: The BeatlesPaperback Writer

1967 – The special Our World was the first live worldwide “via satellite” TV broadcast, transmitting to 30 countries via the BBC. The Beatles closed the show ith All You Need Is Love. Performers include Mick Jagger, opera singer Maria Callas, Vienna Boys’ Choir, Keith Richards, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Graham Nash, and others. The show lasted 2 and a half hours.

1977 #1 Hit June 25, 1977 – July 1, 1977: Marvin GayeGot to Give It Up (Part 1)

1978 – The rainbow flag, representing gay pride, was flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

1982 – Bladerunner and The Thing were released in theaters

1988 #1 Hit June 25, 1988 – July 1, 1988: Debbie GibsonFoolish Beat

1993 – Sleepless in Seattle and Dennis The Menace debuted in theaters

1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia killed 19 US servicemen.

2004 – The Notebook was released in theaters

2009 – Michael Jackson died after suffering from cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of drugs given to him by his personal doctor, Conrad Murray.

2010 – Grown Ups debuted in theaters

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June 24 in Pop Culture History

24June 24
1374 – An early morning, sudden outbreak of ‘St. John’s Dance’ caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.

1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England.

1873 – Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) received a patent (#140,245) for a self-pasting Scrapbook.

1916 – Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract (with Adolph Zukor/Paramount).

1938 – Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, landed near Chicora, in western Pennsylvania. A cow was reportedly injured.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold reported seeing the Mount Rainier UFO

1948 – Veteran Pilots Clartence Chiles and Charles Whitted, in Alabama, saw a cigashaped vehicle, with windows, flying beside them.

1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, aired on NBC, starring William Boyd.

1957 – Jack Parr became the host on The Tonight Show on NBC

1983 – Porky’s II: The Next Day, Yellowbeard and Twilight Zone: The Movie were released in theaters

1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit debuted in theaters

1989 #1 Hit June 24, 1989 – June 30, 1989: Richard MarxSatisfied

1997 – US Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing all of the claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

2000 #1 Hit June 24, 2000 – July 14, 2000: Enrique IglesiasBe With You

2004 – In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.

2005 – March of the Penguins, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, The Honeymooners and Bewitched were released in theaters

2008 – Wipeout premiered on ABC.

2009 – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen debuted in theaters

2011 – Cars 2 and Bad Teacher were released in theaters

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June 23 in Pop Culture History

23June 23

1683 – William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.

1860 – The United States Congress established the Government Printing Office.

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes received the patents (#79265 & #79868) for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.” He also invented the ‘QWERTY keyboard’ in 1873.

1894 – The International Olympic Committee was founded at the Sorbonne in Paris.

1926 – The College Board administered the first SAT exam.

1938 – The first ‘Oceanarium’ opened at Marineland in St. Augustine, Florida

1944 (Tornado) Shinnston, West Virginia

1951 #1 Hit June 23, 1951 – July 27, 1951: Nat King ColeToo Young

1953 – Frank J. Zamboni was issued a patent (#2,642,679) for his ice resurfacer.

1960 – The US Food and Drug Administration declares Enovid to be the first officially approved combined oral contraceptive pill in the world.

1973 – A fire at a house in Hull, England which killd a six year old boy, was the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale.

1980 – The David Letterman Show debuted on NBC daytime. It was cancelled a few months later.

1982 – A record low temperature of -117ºF. was recorded at the South Pole.

1984 #1 Hit June 23, 1984 – July 6, 1984: Duran DuranThe Reflex

1989 – Batman and Honey I Shrunk The Kids were released in theaters

2000 – Gone in 60 Seconds, Me, Myself and Irene and Chicken Run debuted in theaters

2004 – Fahrenheit 9/11 and White Chicks were released in theaters

2012 #1 Hit June 23, 2012 – August 24, 2012: Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe

2013 – Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

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June 22 in Pop Culture History

22June 22

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe

1870 – US Congress created the United States Department of Justice.

1937 – Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title when he defeated Jim Braddock.

1942 – Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress.

1950 – The publication ‘Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television’ listed many suspected communists in American media, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw and Orson Welles.

1968 #1 Hit June 22, 1968 – July 19, 1968: Herb AlpertThis Guy’s in Love with You

1969 – Cleveland, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire.

1978 – Pluto’s Moon Charon was discovered by James W. Christy, at the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

1984 – Top Secret!, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Karate Kid and Rhinestone were released in theaters

1985 #1 Hit June 22, 1985 – July 5, 1985: Bryan AdamsHeaven

1990 – Robocop II debuted in theaters

2001 – The Fast and the Furious and Dr. Dolittle 2 were released in theaters

2005 – Herbie: Fully Loaded debuted in theaters

2007 – Evan Almighty and 1408 were released in theaters

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

2012 – Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter debuted in theaters

2013 #1 Hit June 22, 2013 – September 13, 2013: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and PharrellBlurred Lines

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June 21 in Pop Culture History

21June 21

1834 – Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent (#X008277) for his grain reaping machine.

1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, were hanged in Pennsylvania prisons, in Schuylkill County and Carbon County.

1893 – The first Ferris wheel premiered at Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, and could hold up to 2000 people on 36 cars, and was 264 feet tall.

1913 – The first successful parachute jump from an airplane by a woman was made by Georgia Broadwick, age 18, over Griffith Field, Los Angeles, California.

1940 – The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1948 – Columbia Records introduced the long-playing record album (33 1/3 revolutions per minute) in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York. The first was released in 1949 – ML 4001, Nathan Milstein performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto.

1952 #1 Hit June 21, 1952 – July 4, 1952: Al MartinoHere In My Heart

1975 #1 Hit June 21, 1975 – July 18, 1975: Captain & TennilleLove Will Keep Us Together

1985 – Cocoon and Return To Oz were released in theaters

1990 (Earthquake) Rudbar, Iran

1991 – The Rocketeer and Dying Young debuted in theaters

1996 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Eraser were released in theaters

2002 – Lilo and Stitch and Minority Report debuted in theaters

2006 – Pluto’s recently discovered moons were officially named Nix and Hydra.

2013 – Monsters University and World War Z were released in theaters



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June 20 in Pop Culture History – National Vanilla Milkshake Day

20June 20
June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

1214 – The University of Oxford received its Royal charter.

1782 – Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, with the Bald Eagle clutching both an olive branch and thirteen arrows.

1837 – Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne.

1840 – Samuel Morse received the patent (#1647) for the telegraph.

1893 – Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.

1945 – The United States Secretary of State approved the transfer of Wernher von Braun (and other Nazi rocket scientists) to America.

1948 – Toast of the Town, a variety series hosted by Ed Sullivan, premiered on CBS. It was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

1963 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a “hot line” communication system between the two nations.

1975 – Hollywood’s first major summer ‘must see’ blockbuster, Jaws, opened in theaters.

1981 #1 Hit June 20, 1981 – July 24, 1981: Stars on 45Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I’ll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You’re Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45

1986 – The Karate Kid Part II and Legal Eagles were released in theaters

1987 #1 Hit June 20, 1987 – June 26, 1987: Lisa Lisa and Cult JamHead to Toe

1992 #1 Hit June 20, 1992 – July 3, 1992: Mariah CareyI’ll Be There

1997 – My Best Friend’s Wedding and Batman And Robin debuted in theaters

2003 – From Justin to Kelly and Hulk were released in theaters

2008 – Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and The Love Guru debuted in theaters

2014 – Jersey Boys was released in theaters

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