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This is day 161 of 2015. There are 204 days remaining.
• Prince Philip (husband of Queen Elizabeth) is 94
• Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is 62
• Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is 56
• Gina Gershon is 53
• Jeanne Tripplehorn is 52
• Kate Flannery (The Office) is 51
• Elizabeth Hurley is 50
• DJ Qualls (Hustle and Flow) is 37
• Leelee Sobieski is 33
• Model Kate Upton is 23
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1682: The first tornado recorded by settlers in North America was sighted near New Haven, Connecticut.
• 1776: The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
• 1793: The first public zoo opened in Paris.
• 1793: Philadelphia ceased to be the capital of the United States when all federal government offices moved to Washington DC.
• 1902: Americus F. Callahan patented what he called the outlook or see-through envelope.
• 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.
• 1943: The Ball Point Pen was patented by Lasalo Biro of Budapest, Hungary.
• 1944: In baseball, 15-year old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league game.
• 1965: Subway owner Fred DeLuca opened his first sandwich shop.
• 1967: History’s first horse motel opened in Marshfield, Missouri.
• 1977: Apple Computer shipped its first Apple II personal computer.
• 1986: Nancy Lieberman-Cline became the first woman to play in a men’s pro basketball league, signing in Massachusetts with the Springfield Fame of the USBL.
• 1997: Doctors in Lecco, Italy, removed a 7-by-7 centimeter surgical gauze from the abdomen of a woman where it had been left 25 years earlier when she had a Caesarian section. Giuditta Consonni had complained for years of stomach pains; doctors finally found the problem.
• 2002: A man in Hanau, Germany, was charged with assaulting a police officer with his underpants. Arrested for traveling on a train without a ticket, the suspect was waiting the police station when he suddenly stripped and began hitting an officer repeatedly in the face with his underpants, which were listed in the charge as a weapon.
• 2006: In Wichita, Kansas, two unidentified guys walked into a grocery store and demanded money from the cashier. In a major flaw in their plan, one of them was an employee of the store and was recognized by the cashier. He compounded his problems by showing up for work the next day driving the same vehicle that was used in the heist.
2007: The final episode of The Sopranos aired on HBO.
• Ball Point Pen Day
• Iced Tea Day
• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)
• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)
• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)
350: Drive-in theaters in the U.S. In the 1950s there were more than 4,000.
China has now begun using drones to monitor the airwaves for signs of high-tech cheating by students on their college entrance exam. [If caught cheating, the student’s test result is immediately thrown out. [However, if the student is clever enough to beat the system, the government will immediately admit him to law school.]
An Arizona theme park devoted to the Flintstones, called Bedrock City, is on the market for $2 million. [The new owner will have to make a few upgrades. For example, the park has an old monorail that’s operated by your feet.]
Washington state broke ground on a wildlife bridge that would allow species such as bears and cougars to safely cross Interstate 90. [“Every time I wash my car a moose passes overhead!”]
A Mississippi school superintendent has dropped criminal charges against family members who cheered during a high school graduation ceremony. [The decision was met with great cheering.]
The male Prime Minister of India is in public relations trouble after he complimented the female Prime Minister of Bangladesh for standing up against terrorism “despite being a woman.” [She then kicked him right in his embassies.]
Alaskan fire crews are fighting two large wildfires. [Something always happens when the Palin’s have a barbeque.]
New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that it’s legal for a group of do-gooders named Robin Hooders to thwart the city by voluntarily putting coins in parking meters so people won’t be ticketed. [The court says that the group is protected by Constitutional amendment; however, the court did question whether the green tights are really necessary.]
A squirrel was blamed for a big power outage in the San Francisco Bay area. [Apparently, there was a defect with the squirrel’s new electric nut cracker.]
When astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti returns Thursday she will have set the record for the longest stay in space by a female. [Unless you count Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.]
A Washington Post finds that the 2016 presidential candidates aren’t as well liked as Darth Vader. [Well, he was a very sharp dresser who made great speeches.]
PEOPLE PREFER DARTH VADER, JAWS OVER ALL OF THE 2016 CANDIDATES _ The people have spoken, and they’d rather have a bloodthirsty shark, a terminator or a Sith Lord as president than any of the real people who are currently running. The Washington Post compared results from some political polls with an Internet survey looking at favorability of some of the most popular movie villains, and what they discovered is sad. It turns out that the shark from Jaws, The Terminator and Darth Vader are all more likable than the entire field 2016 candidates. The only real candidate to rank in positive territory is Bernie Sanders.
SMART OVEN STREAMS VIDEO OF YOUR DINNER _ A new oven is able to sense what you’re cooking and automatically determine how to cook it. The smart oven is equipped with WiFi, a high-definition video camera, and a built-in digital scale. It can identify certain foods using that camera, like a tray of cookies or a steak and automatically know how to cook them. And if you don’t trust the oven, you can keep an eye on how well the cookies are browning from inside the appliance, using the same camera that the oven uses to figure out what it’s cooking.
KID HAS A COMPLETE MELTDOWN AFTER STEPPING IN DOG POOP _ Stepping in dog poop is a bad experience, so you kinda feel for the little kid who “stars” in the viral video that blew up Tuesday. Mom and dad hear the kid screaming and, as they approach, find out he stepped in dog poop. To the little guy’s credit he knew what he needed: “I need papers towels!” It’s the funniest meltdown you’ll see this week. • VIDEO
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s the funniest meltdown your kid had?
TWO KILLED AS THEY PUSH SUICIDE BOMBER AWAY FROM CROWDED MOSQUE _ A suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia (Dammam) had intentions of killing hundreds inside a crowded mosque. The bomber, dressed in women’s clothing, was prepared to end his life and many others. However, a pair of brave bystanders realized he was up to no good and decided to take it upon themselves to save the lives of everyone else around them. The two men, reportedly the bomber’s cousins, noticed he was acting strange and grabbed him while escorting him away from the busy mosque. The bomber, set on his goal of destruction, detonated his bomb belt, killing himself and the two men.
THE WORLD IS COASTER CRAZY _ Ready to ride a roller coaster this summer? A couple dozen new coasters are open in the U.S. this year but China’s gone really coaster crazy with 50 new ones opening over the last year. 173 went up around the world in 2014 — more than any year on record.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What did you lose on a roller coaster… your phone? Your glasses?
SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTIVE IN HELPING YOUNG ADULTS QUIT SMOKING _ Social media is twice as likely to help young adults quit smoking as are more traditional methods. Researchers (University of Waterloo) compared the results three months after enrolling in the social media-based Break It Off campaign with those from a telephone-based smoker’s hotline. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 were found to be more successful at quitting when they used the social media and web tools than the phone program, with 32 percent who used Break It off quitting versus 14 percent who opted for the phone.
NUNS STUCK IN ELEVATOR DRINK URINE TO SURVIVE _ What can two nuns do if they’re stuck in an elevator alone, with no phones, no food, and no water? The answer is what you’d expect — they prayed. Of course. But they didn’t just need prayer to survive getting stuck in an elevator in Rome, Italy, where temperatures over the weekend skyrocketed to 100 degrees. They also needed pee. The nuns got into the elevator sometime Friday — right before an electrical power failure. The women, one from Ireland and one from New Zealand, had no cell phones, no food, no water, and cried for help, with no response. So they sat tight.
… A cleaning lady found the sisters on Monday. They were dehydrated. After they were found, they were taken to the hospital and given fluids. Luckily, the women drank enough of their own pee to get through the weekend.
BOMB THREAT CLEARS WHITE HOUSE PRESS ROOM _ A strange and scary moment for members of the White House press corps Tuesday: Secret Service hustled everybody out of Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s live daily briefing after someone phoned in a bomb threat. Reporters were allowed back in after the all-clear came about 30 minutes later. The threat was specific to the briefing room, and no other parts of the White House were evacuated.
EDWARD SNOWDEN MAKES RUSSIA’S “30 UNDER 30” HOT LIST _ Edward Snowden is once again making news. Snowden just showed up on a “30 Under 30” roundup of Moscow’s hottest 20-somethings currently in Russia. Snowden is actually 31.
eBAY ADDS A SELL FOR CHARITY OPTION _ As you do some house clearing by selling some stuff to eBay, you might want to consider making your charitable contributions at the same time. In the latest update of eBay’s app, you can now make a donation directly with the proceeds from your sold item. As you list your item, you can switch on the Sell for Charity option in the preferences. This leads you to a donation pane where you can pick a charity and designate the percentage of the asking price you want to donate. The feature, which is available only in the US and UK, is now on both iOS and Android apps.
102-YEAR-OLD COMPLETES THESIS BLOCKED BY NAZIS _ (UPDATE) Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport wasn’t allowed to defend her doctoral thesis in 1938 under the Nazis because she was part-Jewish. Nearly eight decades later, she became Germany’s oldest recipient of a doctorate at age 102 on Tuesday. The neonatologist, a specialist in caring for newborns, cleared the final hurdle last month by passing an oral exam. She received her doctorate in a ceremony Tuesday at the University of Hamburg.
LOST PIGEON AIRLIFTED FROM NORTH SEA OIL PLATFORM _ A lost pigeon which landed on a North Sea oil platform was flown back to land by helicopter. The exhausted bird was found on the platform about 160 miles off the coast of the United Kingdom.
GUYS: SANDALS OR NOT? _ You’re about to head out the door for the neighborhood barbecue. And of course you men will be wearing a pair of fashionable, cool and comfy sandals, right? Maybe you shouldn’t. 58% of women say guys shouldn’t wear sandals, citing long toe nails and lots of hair as turnoffs. One woman went as far as to say that “Too many guys have hobbit-looking feet: hairy with weird toenails.”
FIREFIGHTER ATTENDS GRADUATION OF BABY RESCUED 17 YEARS AGO _ When Dawnielle Davidson crossed the stage at her high school graduation in Washington state (Wenatchee) on Saturday, the firefighter who saved her life 17 years earlier was there to cheer her on. Davidson was an infant when Mike Hughes, a retired firefighter, made front page news for rescuing the baby from her crib inside a burning home and delivered her to safety. Seven years later, Hughes was compelled to check in on Davidson via Facebook. The two have remained in contact ever since, and recently Davidson invited him to her graduation ceremony.
SERVICE DOGS FEATURED IN YEARBOOKS _ Service dogs at Blaine High School in Minnesota are receiving some special recognition. The dogs, Dakota and Carmel, who belong to two teachers, are featured in the yearbook under the staff section. One of the teachers is hearing impaired and uses the dog to help teach American sign language. The other teacher works in special education and brings her dog in to work with students.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CITY PAYING FOR PEOPLE TO USE TOILET_ The city of Ahmedabad, India is encouraging people to use public toilets rather than relieve themselves in the open. They will receive 1 rupee — about 1/5th of a penny — each time they use the toilet.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: REPORT OF PLANE CRASH ACTUALLY MONSTER TRUCK’S BATH TIME _ Ambulances, law enforcement officers and several emergency responders rushed to a property in southwest Missouri upon receiving a report of a possible plane crash. Instead, they found a man washing his jet-powered semi — named “Shockwave”. Owner Neal Darnell’s new neighbors called 911 after hearing the loud noise and seeing smoke over their tree line. Darnell said he recently raced the vehicle, which can reach 376 miles per hour, on a dirt course so it needed to be washed on Monday. To wash the 36,000-horsepower truck, Darnell has to use its jet engines, which causes a lot of noise and white smoke.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRAGGING BURGLAR POSTED SOCIAL MEDIA PICS _ A burglar was detained for breaking into and staying in unoccupied luxury homes in China. He was busted after he posted pictures of himself hanging out inside the homes.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GIVES BIRTH AT 85MPH _ In Thailand, a woman gave birth in the passenger seat of a Mercedes Benz which was doing 85 miles per hour to try to get her to hospital in time. Her husband was driving and her mother-in-law helped deliver the baby about 12 miles from the hospital.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN PEPPER SPRAYS FAST FOOD MANAGER OVER BURRITO DISPUTE _ A woman at a Los Angles taco restaurant got into a dispute about a burrito. Witnesses say the woman was cursing and acting aggressively when she complained to staff about her order. She then allegedly picked up a bowl filled with business cards and threw it at workers before heading to the parking lot. The manager followed the woman outside to jot down her license plate. That’s when witnesses say the woman began pepper spraying the manager. Some customers also got pepper-spray in their face.
THE BRIEFCASE (8p ET, CBS) — New
I CAN DO THAT (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
2015 CMT MUSIC AWARDS (8p ET, CMT) — Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow host this fan voted awards show. Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band, A Thousand Horses, Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae and RaeLynn are set to perform.
THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
BULLSEYE (9p ET, FOX) — New
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP (10p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, reality-TV star Tami Roman (Basketball Wives) and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings swap households.
CSI: CYBER (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
NEW ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ BOOK STOLEN A WEEK BEFORE RELEASE _ The launch of a new Fifty Shades Of Grey book from author EL James has been plunged into chaos after it was reported that the manuscript has been stolen just a week before it was due to be released. Grey, which was written by James and is due to hit shelves on June 18, is told from the point of view of Christian Grey, the title character from the original hit novel. But (according to the Daily Mail) a copy of the manuscript was found missing from Penguin Randomhouse, the publishers of the book, on Tuesday morning.
… Thieves are believed to have broken into the building and taken the pages, and it’s now worried that they will now try and release it onto the black market before the book’s release date, or that they’ll try and sell the work to the media.
FIRST HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 TRAILER IS OUT _ It’s Katniss versus the Capitol. The first official trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was released on Tuesday and it looks like the final installment of the films based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels is going to be a wild ride. But fans will have to wait until November 20 to see Part 2 in theaters. • VIDEO
AMY SCHUMER PHOTOBOMBS COUPLE’S ENGAGEMENT SHOOT _ Engaged couple Joseph Turnage and Brandon Moore were posing for engagement pictures recently in New York’s Central Park when notorious funnywoman Amy Schumer popped up while jogging and joined in on the photo-shoot fun. The photographer (Alisha Siegel) was in the middle of snapping photos of the soon-to-be-married duo on the east side of the park when she heard someone yell, “Oh my God! Are you taking engagement photos? Let me get in one!” At first the photographer didn’t recognize Amy. She took off her sunglasses, a photo was taken, and then Amy said, “You guys know I’m like reeeeeeal famous.” Then it hit everyone that it was Amy Schumer. The photog says the Comedy Central star was “beyond friendly” and “hilarious.” • IMAGE
BATMAN V SUPERMAN BATMOBILE SEEN AT THE LICENSING EXPO _ Throughout Batman history, the Batmobile has been an iconic part of the superhero’s stories. Warner Bros has been hosting rolling roadshows of all the various Batmobiles throughout history, so it makes sense they’re already showing off the latest model now. The new Batmobile from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week and some photos are online. • IMAGE
JURASSIC WORLD SET TO BITE OFF $125M-PLUS IN U.S. DEBUT _ The dinosaurs are back this weekend and industry experts think Jurassic World will make at least $125 million in North America alone.
JURASSIC WORLD’S FICTIONAL THEME PARK WOULD COST OVER $23B IN REAL LIFE _ With Jurassic World opening in theaters this Friday, the question that has remained unanswered since the first movie stomped into our lives in 1993 is: How much would a theme park of this nature cost in the real world. According to the movie site Fandango, a re-creation of the Jurassic World theme park would boast a price tag of $23 billion and would require $11 billion annually to maintain.
CHARLIZE THERON GETS WAXED _ Charlize Theron has been immortalized in wax. The Academy Award winner is the latest celeb wax statue to join Madame Tussauds’ Hollywood location.
CHARLIE SHEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER EATING BAD CLAMS _ Charlie Sheen spent a portion of Monday night in a Los Angeles emergency room with a severe case of food poisoning. His rep says it was “bad clams.” Hospital staff checked Charlie out, hydrated him and sent him on his way after 90 minutes.
KINDERGARTEN COP HEADED BACK TO BIG SCREEN _ Since everything in the world is being remade, why not this? Kindergarten Cop, the hit Ivan Reitman movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is getting a remake. The new film comes from Universal’s 1440 division, which typically remakes old movies into sequels for video on demand. Arnold will not be a part of this project.
JADEN SMITH JOINS NETFLIX SHOW _ Actor/musician/celebrity offspring Jaden Smith is joining the Netflix musical drama The Get Down, joining Jimmy Smits, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks and others. Smith will play 18-year-old Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a “psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer” raised in the South Bronx in the series that will be set in ’70s The Bronx.
THE PUNISHER IS COMING TO DAREDEVIL SEASON 2 _ Netflix and Marvel announced Tuesday that The Punisher will be a part of Daredevil Season 2 and he’ll be played by The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal. The iconic character is “a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.” Season 2 of Daredevil will be available on Netflix in 2016.
SNOOP DOGG SUES PABST _ Rapper Snoop Dogg is hauling Pabst into court following the sale of a subsidiary, claiming he’s owed. A three-year agreement to endorse Pabst’s Colt 45 line may entitle Snoop to a portion of the sale price. His contract also called on the rapper to consult with Colt 45’s marketing team at least once a year on how he could integrate Blast by Colt 45 into his concerts, interviews and social media posts. Snoop Dogg received an upfront payment of $250,000 and an additional $20,000 for every 10th mention of the beer on social media, TV or during a concert. The contract also called for the rapper to receive a royalty on each case of Blast by Colt 45 that was sold.
TAYLOR SWIFT AND CALVIN HARRIS ARE INSTAGRAM OFFICIAL _Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are officially a couple. If their PDA at the Billboard Music Awards wasn’t enough evidence, then Swift’s Instagram feed is a huge indication that she’s crazy about the DJ. The singer snapped a pic of Calvin laughing it up with her gal pals in her kitchen. If that’s not enough, Swift captioned the black and white photo perfectly with, “There’s not a picture that could fit in everyone that I appreciate, but this post is dedicated to all the friends that light up my life — you know who you are. I’m the luckiiesssttttt.”
TOP TV SHOWS
Week of June 1-7
1. NBA Finals, Game 2: Cleveland vs. Golden State, ABC, 19.17 million
2. NBA Finals, Game 1: Cleveland vs. Golden State, ABC, 17.77 million
3. America’s Got Talent, NBC, 10.84 million
4. NCIS, CBS, 8.76 million
5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.42 million
6. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 8.03 million
7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.46 million
8. Game of Thrones, HBO, 7.14 million
9. American Ninja Warriors, NBC, 6.86 million
10. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 6.57 million
11. NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Chicago vs. Tampa Bay, NBC, 6.55 million
12. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.52 million
13. Tony Awards, CBS, 6.46 million
14. 20/20, ABC, 6.43 million
15. Dateline NBC (Thursday), NBC, 6.33 million
16. 48 Hours (Tuesday), CBS, 6.2 million
17. Criminal Minds, CBS, 6.19 million
18. Mike & Molly, CBS, 6.05 million
19. Scorpion, CBS, 5.9 million
20. Mom, CBS, 5.87 million
VENDING MACHINES THAT DELIVER MORE THAN SODA AND CANDY
They are usually the source of a quick snack or a drink on the go — but vending machines around the world seem to be serving much more.
Gold. The “Gold to Go” vending machine at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi dispenses the precious metal to order.
Live crabs. Crawling crustaceans are on sale from a vending machine in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
Cupcakes. A “Cupcake ATM” was created by Sprinkles bakery in New York City.
Caviar. Only those with the finest culinary tastes — and the fattest wallets — are likely to be seen in front of this Beverly Hills vending machine dishing up posh portions of caviar.
Ties. A tie vending machine in Tokyo, Japan, ensures no-one in the city has an excuse for an untidy appearance at work.
Umbrellas. No-one will be caught out by the weather in China with the ULA umbrella vending machine at their disposal.
Legos. The Lego vending machine is building up a strong fan base in Munich, Germany.
Pizza. The machine bake the pizza first in Cologne, France.
Mashed potatoes. Located in in Singapore, the vending machine serves the mashed potatoes in a paper cup topped with chicken and gravy.
Guitar strings. Get your strings 24-hours a day in Memphis, Tennessee.
Baguettes. Straight from the oven — sort of — get baguettes served up mostly fresh in Paris.
TRIVIA: According to a study just one in 22 people will stop to do this on a street or sidewalk. (Pick up a penny. When it’s a dime one in eight will stop to pick it up.)
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The teacher showed her class pictures of a chameleon changing color. She asked, “Does anyone know what this animal is called?” One little boy said, “A colorchanger.” The teacher said, “No, that’s not right. The correct name is ‘chameleon.'” The boy thought for a moment, then asked, “An animal like that, that can change its color, is it so hard to believe it can’t change its name too?”
Incredible bare-handed catch by a baseball fan who just happened to be wearing a GoPro.
• Play classic Atari games in your web browser.
• Where is the International Space Station right now?
• If the iPhone had been created in 1987.
• The final Jurassic World trailer is pretty terrifying.
• Ex-lovers meet each other for the first time after 30 years.
• How well can you hear audio quality?
• San Andreas without special effects.
• Tarantino’s film homages. A side-by-side comparison.
• Mad Max: Fury Road before and after.
• Companies with the best lifetime warranties.
• Guy replaces pet names in local pet store with new hilarious labels.
• Classic cars next to their modern version.
• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.
This is day 162 of 2015. There are 203 days remaining.
• Gene Wilder is 82
• Adrienne Barbeau (Maude) is 70
• NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is 59
• Hugh Laurie is 56
• Talk-show host Dr. Oz is 55
• Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is 46
• Joshua Jackson (Fringe) is 37
• Shia LaBeouf is 29.
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1776: The Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to a committee to draft a declaration of independence.
• 1962: Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin became the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
• 1979: Actor John Wayne died at age 72 after a 15-year battle with cancer.
• 1982: Director Steven Spielberg introduced his classic science-fiction film, E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial.
• 1993: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premiered.
• 1998: Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to add compact discs.
• 2001: Timothy McVeigh was executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
• 2002: Rock star Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were married in a remote Irish castle.
• 2002: American Idol premiered on the Fox Network. The talent show is based on a similar British program.
• 2002: Antonio Meucci was acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
• 2004: Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s funeral was held at Washington National Cathedral.
• 2008: Two Central Florida boys who used YouTube for a prank that led to battery charges posted an apology on the same site. A judge’s order to post the video apology came about a year after the boys committed a prank known as “fire in the hole.” Jessica Ceponis leaned out the drive-through window of a Taco Bell to hand a carload of teenage boys their soft drinks. Then she turned to get change. Little did she know that she had armed the boys with the ammunition they needed. “Fire in the hole!” the boys yelled as they hurled a 32-ounce cup of blue soda and ice at Ceponis.
2009: The World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.
2010: The FIFA World Cup opened in South Africa, the first time soccer’s biggest tournament was held on that continent.
• Corn on the Cob Day
• Cotton Candy Day
• Jerky Day
• German Chocolate Cake Day
• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)
• June 21: Summer begins (Sunday, 12:38PM Eastern)
• July 4: Independence Day (Saturday)