The Week of May 27th to June 1 - History

The Week of May 27th to June 1 - History


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This week continued to be a week that Israelis looked northward, as the ongoing war in Syria continued to become ever more complicated. On one hand, the war seems to be turning into a stalemate– for the moment. Assad has stopped his slow loss of land– by the sreaming of Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon to his side. On the other hand, that support has clearly transformed the war in Syria from a civil war to a war between Sunni and Shiites, spreading throughout the Middle East. In the past week 1,000 people have died in fighting between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq. Fighting has been going on sporadically in Lebanon between the two groups, with rockets fired at a Hezbollah neighborhood of Beirut. Israelis continue to worry about the war spreading over to us– in one way or another. The continued stream of announcements heralding the possible delivery of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles has added to the tension. This week, Assad stated he has already received some of these missiles (a statement that seems patently false.) Israel’s Defense Minister, Bogi Ya’alon warned that we would know what to do if the missiles were in fact delivered; while the head of the Air Force warned we could suddenly find ourselves in a war. The one clearly unambiguous decision was to find a way to distribute gas masks to the rest of the Israeli population. That move, a distinct result of seeing the Syrian regime using chemical weapons on its own population, and watching the Obama administration’s attempts to wiggle out of their explicit declaration that the use of chemical weapons was “a red line”. Now that Assad has gotten away with using chemical weapons on his own people, nothing other than the threat of a massive Israeli response will keep him from using it on us.

Domestically, this week the major story was the Peri Commission and the deliberation on its proposed law– hoped to bring additional Charedim into the army. As one Israeli commentator wrote this morning, calling the suggested Commission report “a method to equalize the burden” is a misnomer. At this moment, thanks to the Supreme Court decision to cancel the Tal law, there is equal burden­ and every Charedi 18 year old needs to report to be inducted. Of course, the army does not need to draft anyone it does not want to draft. The new law will exempt Charedi 18 year olds for 4 years, and only then will they be required to reach certain levels of draft. Although Charedi kids will not be compelled to go into the army until the age of 21– and not age 18 like those of the rest of us. In addition, 1,800 Charedi students will be exempted every year. The big argument on this issue focused on was whether there would be criminal sanctions against those who do not obey the obligatory draft. In the end, it was decided that five years from now criminal sanctions would be applied to any draft dodgers. Does this mean that any more Charedim will be drafted in the interim? The answer to that question remains open. The “Equality of the Burden of Service law” still has to pass a vote in the full government, and then, receive a majority vote in the Knesset. Then, the law needs to be implemented. The Charedim have warned that they will never comply. We will see.

However, on some other fronts, the Charedim have clearly lost out. First, a change in the housing regulations will no longer favor those who have been married longest, and instead will favor those families in which both parents work, as well as those families whose members have served in the IDF. This is a clear change from the policies in effect when the Charedim controlled the Housing Ministry. It was also decided last week to extend Daylight Savings Time to the end of October– as is done in Europe. Without the Charedim in government, there will clearly be additional changes on the horizon.

Last night, the V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) went up one percent– Thus, increasing the most regressive tax. There have been demonstrations throughout Israel. The other major issue has been whether and how much gas Israel should export. Many say that the export of gas will only enrich the exporters and hurt the economy in the long run. Those against exporting gas believe that as much of the newly discovered gas should be used domestically, and that the domestic economy should learn to use more natural gas. Those in favor of great export (including of course the owners of the gas wells) say that only if we export the gas will be able to attract additional investors. Of course, we need a sense of how much gas really exists off our coasts, before we can really assess the best answer to the question of how much gas we should export.


1998 : A concert at Althorp where Princess Diana is buried raises substantial sums for the Princess Diana memorial fund, stars performing at the concert include Chris de Burgh, David Hasselhoff, Jasper Carrott, Jimmy Ruffin, Julian Lloyd Webber, The Royal Academy of Music and Sir Cliff Richard.

1929 : New Immigration laws come into place next week with an increased number of immigrants from England and Ireland but decreases from many other countries in Latin America and Mexico where many of the quotas are already used up for the year.


On This Day in History, 27 июнь

The attack, which marked the beginning of the Ten-Day War, followed Slovenia's declaration of independence. It was the first of the Yugoslav Wars, a number of ethnic conflicts leading to the break-up of Yugoslavia and resulting in at least 140,000 deaths.

1986 The 1980s U.S. intervention in Nicaragua is declared illegal

The International Court of Justice condemned the U.S. paramilitary campaign to overthrow the left-wing Nicaraguan government. The social democratic Sandinistas had begun to redistribute the country's wealth and improve education.

1972 Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney found Atari, Inc.

The pioneering video game and home computer company produced arcade classics like the two-dimensional tennis simulator Pong. Especially in the 1970s and 1980s, its products had a large impact on the electronic entertainment industry.

1956 The film Moby Dick is premiered

John Huston's adaptation of Herman Melville's homonymous novel, while not having been a great box office success, is today considered an outstanding work, especially for its use of light and color.

1954 The world's first nuclear power plant is activated

The reactor at Obninsk in present-day Russia remained in operation for 48 years. Today, there are some 400 atomic power plants worldwide. The technology remains controversial, especially due to the unsolved long-term storage of the highly dangerous nuclear waste.

Births On This Day &ndash 27 июнь

1985 Svetlana Kuznetsova

1969 Viktor Petrenko

1886 Charlie Macartney

1869 Emma Goldman

Lithuanian/American activist, writer

1846 Charles Stewart Parnell

Irish politician, founder of the Irish Parliamentary Party

Deaths On This Day &ndash 27 июнь

2001 Jack Lemmon

American actor, singer, director

1999 Georgios Papadopoulos

Greek colonel, politician, 169th Prime Minister of Greece

1844 Joseph Smith

American religious leader, founder, leader of the Latter Day Saint movement


You Don&rsquot Have To Wait For The Big Barbecue Weekend

There Are Celebrations Every Day Of The Month!

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    and National Herb Week are the first week of the month. is the second week of the month**. is the third week. is the third Friday. and American Craft Beer Week are held the fourth week. Day is the fourth Thursday.
  • National Barbecue Day is on Memorial Day Monday.
  • May 1: International Sauvignon Blanc Day
  • May 1: National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • May 2: National Truffles Day ‡ ‡ †
  • May 2: World Tuna Day
  • May 3: National Chocolate Custard Day
  • May 3: National Raspberry Tart Day
  • May 4: National Homebrew Day
  • May 4: National Orange Juice Day
  • May 4: National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 5: National Hoagie Day*
  • May 6: National Beverage Day
  • May 6: National Crêpes Suzette Day
  • May 6: International No Diet Day
  • May 7: National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
  • May 8: National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • May 8: National Empanada Day
  • May 8: Have A Coke Day
  • May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day†
  • May 9: National Moscato Day
  • May 10: National Liver & Onions Day
  • May 10: National Shrimp Day
  • May 11: National Eat What You Want Day
  • May 12: National Nutty Fudge
    Day
  • May 13 National Apple Pie Day
  • May 13: National Fruit Cocktail
    Day
  • May 13: National Hummus Day
  • May 13: World Cocktail Day
  • May 14: National Buttermilk
    Biscuit Day
  • May 15: National Chocolate Chip
    Day ††† †
  • May 15: World Whiskey Day ****
  • May 16: National Coquilles Saint
    Jacques Day
  • May 16: National Mimosa Day
  • May 17: National Cherry Cobbler
    Day

May 10 is National Shrimp Day. We served these tasty crustaceans with LuLu&rsquos Saffron Aioli. Photo by Ryan Pike.

  • May 17: National Walnut Day
  • May 18: National Cheese Soufflé Day
  • May 19: National Devil&rsquos Food Cake Day
  • May 19: World Baking Day
  • May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day
  • May 20: National Pick Strawberries Day
  • May 21: National Strawberries and Cream Day
  • May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day
  • May 22: World Paloma Day
  • May 23: National Taffy Day
  • May 24: National Escargot Day
  • May 25: National Brown-Bag-It Day
  • May 25: National Wine Day
  • May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • May 26: National Cherry Dessert
    Day
  • May 27: National Grape Popsicle
    Day
  • May 28: National Brisket Day
  • May 28: National Hamburger Day**
  • May 29: National Coq Au Vin Day‡
  • May 30: National Mint Julep Day
  • May 31: National Macaroon Day

* May 5th is National Hoagie Day. November 4th is National Submarine Sandwich Day. And someone decided that we needed a National Eat A Hoagie Day on September 14th and Submarine-Hoagie-Grinder Day on October 9th.

†There’s National Blondie Day on January 22nd. Blondie is another name for Butterscotch Blondie. Here’s the scoop.

‡Some sources list March 22 as National Coq Au Vin Day. It may be a locally declared holiday rather than national. We&rsquove double-listed it in March.

**May is National Hamburger Month. The second week in May is National Hamburger Week. May 28th is National Hamburger Day.

‡ ‡ There are two types of truffles. The original is the highly expensive fungus related to the mushroom. Chocolate truffles are named after them.

***This holiday celebrates the artisan cheeses made by American cheesemakers, not the processed product called American cheese. It was formerly held in October, but was changed to align with the arrival of spring cheeses.

**** International Whiskey Day is March 27th.

†††World Tuna Day was established to promote more sustainable fishing practices.

††† † National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is August 4th.

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Quotes and Sayings

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.
― Bern Williams

No price is set on the lavish summer June may be had by the poorest comer.
― James Russell Lowell

To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.
― Jean-Paul Sartre

June falls asleep upon her bier of flowers In vain are dewdrops sprinkled o’er her, In vain would fond winds fan her back to life, Her hours are numbered on the floral dial.
― Lucy Larcom

There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.
― Billy Connolly

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And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.
― James Russell Lowell

All June I bound the rose in sheaves, Now, rose by rose, I strip the leaves.
― Robert Browning

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses.
― Nathaniel Parker Willis

It is better to be a young June bug than an old bird of paradise.
― Mark Twain

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.
― Al Bernstein

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries no man can ignore all of them.
― Aldo Leopold

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly….
― Pablo Neruda


Significant Happenings in June in the World of Science and Invention

The following table outlines the dates of significant scientific events and inventor birthdays:

1826—Carl Bechstein, German piano manufacturer, who invented improvements to pianos

1866—Charles Davenport, American biologist who pioneered new standards of taxonomy

1907—Frank Whittle, English aviation inventor of a jet engine

1917—William Standish Knowles, American chemist who developed pharmaceutical compounds (Nobel Prize, 2001)

1957—Jeff Hawkins, American who invented the Palm Pilot and Treo

1906—2,u're a Grand Old Flag" by George M. Cohan was trademark registered

1857—James Gibbs patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1969—New York Rangers was trademark registered

1934—Dr. Frederick Banting, the coinventor of insulin, was knighted

1761—Henry Shrapnel, English inventor of shrapnel

1904—Charles Richard Drew, pioneer of blood plasma research

1947—John Dykstra, pioneer in the development of computers in filmmaking for special effects

1801—James Pennethorne, architect who designed Kennington Park and Victoria Park in London

1877—Heinrich Wieland, German chemist, who researched bile acids made the first synthesis of Adamsite and isolated the toxin alpha-amanitin, the principal active agent of one of the world's most poisonous mushrooms (Nobel Prize, 1927)

1910—Christopher Cockerell invented the Hovercraft

1718—Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker

1760—Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist who discovered yttrium

1819—John Couch Adams, English astronomer who codiscovered Neptune

1862—Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish ophthalmologist, who researched the refractive properties of the eye to focus images (astigmatism), and invented an improved ophthalmoscope and corrective lenses for use after removal of a cataract (Nobel Prize, 1911)

1907—Rudolf Peierls, physicist with a major role in Britain's nuclear program, who coauthored the Frisch-Peierls memorandum, the first paper on constructing an atomic bomb from a small amount of fissionable uranium-235

1915—Lancelot Ware founded Mensa

1944—Whitfield Diffie, American cryptographer, was a pioneer of public-key cryptography

1436—Johannes Muller, astronomer who invented astronomical tables

1850—Karl Ferdinand Braun, German scientist who invented the first oscilloscope, known as the Braun tube, and invented a form of wireless telegraphy (Nobel Prize, 1909)

1875—Walter Percy Chrysler, car manufacturer who founded Chrysler Corporation in 1925

1886—Paul Dudley White, heart specialist who was the father of preventive cardiology

1933—Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist who co-invented the scanning tunneling microscope in 1981, providing the first images of individual atoms on the surfaces of materials (Nobel Prize, 1986)

1946—"Eensie Weensie Spider" by Yola De Meglio was copyright registered

1953—The first color network telecast in compatible color was broadcast from a station in Boston

1502—Pope Gregory XIII invented the Gregorian calendar in 1582

1811—James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform, and successfully introduced chloroform into general medical use

1843—Susan Elizabeth Blow, American educator who invented kindergarten

1886—Henri Coanda, Romanian inventor and aviation scientist who designed early jet engines

1896—Robert Mulliken, American chemist and physicist, who was behind the early development of molecular orbital theory (Nobel Prize, 1966)

1925—Camille Flammarion, French astronomer and writer, was the first to suggest the names Triton and Amalthea for the moons of Neptune and Jupiter and published the magazine "L'Astronomie"

1625—Giovanni Cassini, French astronomer who discovered the moons of Saturn

1724 —John Smeaton, British engineer who invented the air pump for diving gear

1916—Francis Crick, British molecular biologist, physicist and neuroscientist, who co-discovered DNA structure and had a crucial role in research related to revealing the genetic code, and who also attempted to advance the scientific study of human consciousness with theoretical neurobiology (Nobel Prize, 1962)

1955—Tim Berners-Lee, computer pioneer who lead the development of the World Wide Web, HTML (used to create web pages), HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) and URLs (Universal Resource Locators)

1781—George Stephenson, English inventor of the first steam locomotive engine for railroads

1812—Hermann von Fehling, German chemist who invented Fehling's solution used for estimation of sugar

1812—Johann G. Galle, German astronomer who discovered Neptune

1875—Henry Dale, British physiologist who identified acetylcholine as a possible neurotransmitter (Nobel Prize, 1936)

1892—Helena Rubinstein, invented different cosmetics and founded the Helena Rubinstein Company

1900—Fred Waring, American inventor of the Waring Blender

1915—Les Paul, American inventor who invented the Les Paul electric guitar, sound-on-sound, the eight-track recorder, overdubbing, the electronic reverb effect and multitrack tape recording.

1706—John Dollond, English optician and inventor who was granted the first patent for an achromatic lens

1832—Nicolaus Otto, German automobile designer who invented an effective gas motor engine and the first practical four-stroke internal combustion engine, called the Otto Cycle Engine

1908—Ernst Chain, German chemist and bacteriologist who invented a manufacturing process for Penicillin G Procaine and made it available as medication (Nobel Prize, 1945)

1913—Wilbur Cohen was the first hired employee of the Social Security System

1842—Carl von Linde, German engineer and physicist who wrote the Linde-process

1867—Charles Fabry, scientist who discovered the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere

1886—David Steinman, American engineer and bridge designer who built the Hudson and Triborough bridges

1910—Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French oceanic explorer who invented diving gear

1843—David Gill, Scottish astronomer known for research on measuring astronomical distances, astrophotography, and geodesy

1851—Oliver Joseph Lodge, English radio pioneer who invented spark plugs

1773—Thomas Young, British philologist and physician who established the wave theory of light

1831—James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist who discovered the electromagnetic field

1854—Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor of the steam turbine

1938—Peter Michael, English electronic manufacturer and founder of Quantel, who invented hardware and software packages for video production, including UEI and Paintbox

1736—Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist who wrote Coulomb's Law and invented the torsion balance

1868—Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist and pathologist who invented the modern system of classification of blood groups (Nobel Prize, 1930)

1912—E. Cuyler Hammond, scientist who was the first to prove that smoking causes lung cancer

1925—David Bache, English car designer who invented the Land Rover and Series II Land Rover

1949—Bob Frankston, computer programmer and inventor of VisiCalc

1896—Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer who invented Peugeot automobiles

1899—Nelson Doubleday, American publisher who was the founder of Doubleday Books

1902—Barbara McClintock, American cytogeneticist, who lead in the development of maize cytogenetics (Nobel Prize 1983)

1902—George Gaylord Simpson, American paleontologist and expert on extinct mammals and their intercontinental migrations

1910—Richard Maling Barrer, chemist and the founding father of zeolite chemistry

1832—William Crookes, English chemist and physicist who invented the Crookes tube and discovered thallium

1867—John Robert Gregg, Irish inventor of shorthand

1870—George Cormack, inventor of Wheaties cereal

1907—Charles Eames, American furniture and industrial designer

1943—Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer who invented the light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient Voyager aircraft, the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling

1799—Prosper Meniere, French ear doctor who identified Meniere Syndrome

1799—William Lassell, astronomer who discovered the moons of Uranus and Neptune

1944—Paul Lansky, American electronic-music composer and a pioneer in the development of computer music languages for algorithmic composition

1900—Michael Pupin granted a patent for long-distance telephony

1940—"Brenda Starr," the first cartoon strip by a woman, appeared in a Chicago newspaper

1623 —Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and physicist who invented an early calculator

1922—Aage Neals Bohr, Danish physicist who researched the atomic nucleus (Nobel Prize, 1975)

1876—Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist who was the first person to freeze helium gas into a solid

1891—Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian architect who designed the Nuove Struttura

1955—Tim Bray, Canadian inventor and software developer who wrote Bonnie, a Unix file system benchmarking tool Lark, the first XML Processor and APE, the Atom Protocol Exerciser

1954—The antacid Rolaids was trademark registered

1847—The donut was invented

1701—Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish architect who built Christiansborg Castle

1864—Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician who created a geometry of numbers, and who used geometrical methods to solve difficult problems in number theory, mathematical physics and the theory of relativity

1887—Julian S. Huxley, English biologist who was a proponent of natural selection, the first director of UNESCO, and a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund

1910—Konrad Zuse, German civil engineer and computer pioneer who invented the first freely programmable computer

1848—Antoine Joseph Sax, Belgian inventor of the saxophone

1894—Alfred Kinsey, entomologist and sexologist, who wrote the famous "Kinsey Report on American Sexuality"

1902—Howard Engstrom, American computer designer who promoted the use of the UNIVAC computer

1912—Alan Turing, mathematician and computer theory pioneer, who invented the Turing Machine

1943—Vinton Cerf, American inventor of internet protocol

1873—Mark Twain patented a scrapbook

1963—The first demonstration of a home video recorder took place at BBC Studios in London, England

1771—E.I. du Pont, French chemist and industrialist, who founded the gunpowder manufacturing company E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, now just called Du Pont

1883—Victor Francis Hess, American physicist who discovered cosmic rays (1936, Nobel Prize)

1888—Gerrit T. Rietveld, Dutch architect who built Juliana Hall and Sonsbeek Pavillion

1909—William Penney, British physicist who invented the first British atom bomb

1915—Fred Hoyle, cosmologist who proposed steady-state universe theory

1927—Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist who discovered the tau lepton (Nobel Prize, 1995)

1864—Walther Hermann Nernst, German physical chemist and physicist who is known for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity as embodied in the third law of thermodynamics, and for developing the Nernst equation (Nobel Prize, 1920)

1894—Hermann Oberth, German rocket scientist who invented the V2 rocket

1907—J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist who discovered the atomic nucleus (Nobel Prize, 1963)

1911—William Howard Stein, American biochemist who was known for his work on ribonuclease and for his contribution to the understanding of the connection between chemical structure and catalytic activity of the ribonuclease molecule (Nobel Prize, 1972)

1925—Robert Venturi, American modern architect who built the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, Wu Hall at Princeton and the Seattle Art Museum

1730—Charles Joseph Messier, astronomer who catalogued "M objects"

1824—William Thomson Kelvin, British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale

1898—Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer and manufacturer who invented the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane, the most important fighter in the German Luftwaffe

1902—William Lear, engineer and manufacturer, who invented jets and eight-track tape, and founded the Lear Jet company

1913—Maurice Wilkes invented the stored program concept for computers

1929—The first color television was demonstrated in New York City

1967—Baltimore Orioles and NY Jets trademarks were registered

1967—The name Kmart was trademark registered

1917—Raggedy Ann doll was invented

1956—First atomic reactor built for private research starts operations in Chicago

1824—Paul Broca, French brain surgeon, the first person to locate the speech center of the brain

1825—Richard ACE Erlenmeyer, German chemist, who invented the conical Erlenmeyer flask in 1961, discovered and synthesized several organic compounds, and formulated the Erlenmeyer rule

1906—Maria Goeppert Mayer, American atomic physicist, who proposed the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus (Nobel Prize, 1963)

1912—Carl F. von Weiszacker, German physicist, who performed nuclear research in Germany during WWII

1928—John Stewart Bell, Irish physicist who wrote Bell's Theorem

1858—George Washington Goethals, civil engineer who built the Panama Canal

1861—William James Mayo, American surgeon who started the Mayo Clinic

1911—Klaus Fuchs, German nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and was arrested for being a spy

1791—Felix Savart, French surgeon and physicist who formulated the Biot-Savart Law

1926—Paul Berg, American biochemist known for his contributions to research in nucleic acids


What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


LGBT Pride Month 2021: What to know about its history, events, parades

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in the United States every year in June.

Every summer in the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community comes together for a monthlong celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride.

Here's everything you need to know about LGBT Pride Month.

What is LGBT Pride Month?

The month is meant to recognize the sweeping impact that LGBT individuals, advocates and allies have on history in the United States and around the globe, according to the Library of Congress

When is it?

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every year in June.

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the riots held by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969.

The so-called Stonewall riots were a "tipping point" for the gay liberation movement in the United States, according to the Library of Congress. The uproar also paved the way for the modern fight for LGBT rights.

Previous U.S. presidents have, on several occasions, officially declared June as LGBT Pride Month.

How do people celebrate LGBT Pride Month?

LGBT Pride Month events draw millions of participants from around the world each year. Typically, there are monthlong celebrations and in-person gatherings that take place across the nation, including pride parades, marches, parties, concerts, workshops and symposiums. Memorials are also often held for members of the LGBT community who have lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

The rainbow LGBT flag is prominently displayed throughout the month. Gilbert Baker, an American artist, gay rights activist and U.S. Army veteran, created the flag in 1978 as a new symbol for the gay and lesbian political movement at the suggestion of his friends and colleagues, including Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city supervisor and the first openly gay elected official in California. Milk was assassinated later that year.

According to Baker's website, the colors of the LGBT flag each have a meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony and violet for spirit.

Baker died at the age of 65 on March 31, 2017, though his rainbow flag remains an iconic, powerful symbol for LGBT pride.

This year's LGBT Pride Month will be celebrated differently due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after the virus canceled nearly every in-person event in 2020, many are back this year. All 50 U.S. states have started to lift stay-at-home orders and other restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus as vaccinations increase and cases decrease.

Still, some of the LGBT events will be a mixture of in-person and online events.


Saturday June 27, 1987

It was Saturday, under the sign of Cancer (see zodiac on June 27, 1987). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Ed Westwick and Javi Martínez. In that special week of June people in US were listening to I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston. In UK I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was in the top 5 hits. Dung fong tuk ying, directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, was one of the most viewed movie released in 1987 while Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow was one of the best selling book. If you liked videogames you were probably playing The Fool's Errand or The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

You can also have a look at the year 1987, at June 27 across the years or at June 1987 calendar.


Route 66 decertified, highway signs removed

After 59 years, the iconic Route 66 enters the realm of history on June 27, 1985, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials decertifies the road and votes to remove all its highway signs.

Measuring some 2,200 miles in its heyday, Route 66 stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, passing through eight states. According to a New York Times article about its decertification, most of Route 66 followed a path through the wilderness forged in 1857 by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Edward Beale at the head of a caravan of camels. Over the years, wagon trains and cattlemen eventually made way for trucks and passenger automobiles.

The idea of building a highway along this route surfaced in Oklahoma in the mid-1920s as a way to link the state to cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Highway Commissioner Cyrus S. Avery touted it as a way of diverting traffic from Kansas City, Missouri and Denver. In 1926, the highway earned its official designation as Route 66. 

The diagonal course of Route 66 linked hundreds of mostly rural communities to the cities along its route, allowing farmers to more easily transport grain and other types of produce for distribution. The highway was also a lifeline for the long-distance trucking industry, which by 1930 was competing with the railroad for dominance in the shipping market.

Route 66 was the scene of a mass westward migration during the 1930s, when more than 200,000 people traveled from the poverty-stricken Dust Bowl to California. John Steinbeck immortalized the highway, which he called the “Mother Road,” in his classic 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath.

Beginning in the 1950s, the building of a massive system of interstate highways made older roads increasingly obsolete, and by 1970, modern four-lane highways had bypassed nearly all sections of Route 66. In October 1984, Interstate-40 bypassed the last original stretch of Route 66 at Williams, Arizona, and the following year the road was decertified. According to the National Historic Route 66 Federation, drivers can still use 85 percent of the road, and Route 66 has become a destination for tourists from all over the world.

Often called the “Main Street of America,” Route 66 became a pop culture mainstay over the years, inspiring its own song (written in 1947 by Bobby Troup, “Route 66″ was later recorded by artists as varied as Nat “King” Cole, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones) as well as a 1960s television series. The historic highway was featured prominently in the hit animated film �rs” (2006).



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