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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

First typewriter, G.I. Bill of Rights, Yankees

This week in history


Which ones are real?...

June 19: 1464—Frances’ postal service is formed by King Louis XI, who immediately cancels Saturday deliveries. 1778—Washington’s soldiers depart Valley Forge. 1888—Sigmund Freud treats a man with a disorder that prevents him from remembering the difference between horizontal from vertical, latitude from longitude, stalagmites from stalactites, and whether to starve a cold or feed a fever. 1961—The Supreme Court strikes a requirement in Maryland’s constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God. Born: Lou Gehrig (1903). Died: Bobby “Jingle Bell Rock” Helms (1997). Juneteenth. Today’s Word: Tachydidaxy—quick teaching, instruction.

June 20: 1962—Paul McCartney is musically inspired after a young woman tells him she could dance with another even though he saw her standing there. 1963—As a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kremlin and the White House install the “red telephones.” Born to his wicked, wicked ways: Errol Flynn (1903). Died colorfully: LeRoy Neiman (2012). West Virginia Day. Today’s Word: Proctor—an experienced practitioner of admiralty and maritime law.

June 21: 1788—New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify the Constitution, which then goes into effect. 1904—The Boston Herald reports that Red Sox player Dougherty was traded “as a Yankee,” the first known reference of calling a New York baseball team member as a Yankee. New York formally adopts the nickname in 1913. (Born) Nothingness becomes Being: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905). Died: Leon Uris (2003). National Flip Flop Day. Today’s Word: Valorization—price fixing by a government.

June 22: 1847—On today’s date the doughnut is invented. 1944—FDR signs the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act a/k/a the “GI Bill of Rights.” 1970—President Nixon recognizes the right to vote for 18-year-olds when he signs the 26th Amendment. Born: U.S. Army Captain and pilot, Kris Kristofferson, who also writes and sings songs on the side (1936). Died: Maureen O’Sullivan (1998). National Onion Rings Day. Today’s Word: Ruritanian—possessing characteristics of an imaginary place of high romance.

June 23: 1775—Story and Humphreys advertises the first book printed in the U.S., Impenetrable Secret. It receives rave review by The New York Times Review of Books. 1868—Milwaukee’s Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule receive a patent for an invention called the “Type-Writer.” The machine was about 2’ square and about 6” high. It isn’t perfect; it only has capital letters, and the paper cannot be seen by the typist during key boarding. Born: Édouard Michelin (1859). Died: Ed McMahon (2009). National Pecan Sandy Day. Today’s Word: Egoism—the belief pursuit of self-interest is the highest good. See Politics; Trickle Down.

June 24: 1497—John Cabot claims eastern Canada for England under the mistaken idea it is Asia; he landed in Nova Scotia. 1854—Dear Liza tells Dear Henry if he tells her there’s a hole in his bucket one more time she will hit him with it. 1884—John Lynch becomes the first black elected chairman of the Republican convention. 2012—Greg Burke, a Fox News reporter, is picked by Pope Benedict XVI to be the communications adviser to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. Born: Mick Fleetwood (1942). Died: President Grover Cleveland (1908). Swim a Lap Day. Today’s Word: Paraproskokian—a witticism where an often used phrase has an unexpected ending. Example: Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

June 25: 1962—The Supreme Court rules the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools is unconstitutional. 1968—Bobby Bonds becomes the first baseball player to hit a grand-slam in his first professional league game. 1992—Billy Joel gets an honorary degree from his old high school. He had not graduated because he overslept and missed his Gym and English finals 25 years previous. Gym final?? LEON Day (marks the 6 month mark to Xmas). Born: Rose Cecil O’Neill, illustrator who created a cupid-like comic called Kewpie (1874). Died: Lester Maddox (2003). Log Cabin Day. Today’s Victorian Slang: Shake lurk—begging claiming to be a shipwrecked seaman.


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