This Day In History – June 17

1872

George M. Hoover began selling whiskey in Dodge City, Kansas.

The town had been dry up until this point.

1928

Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean

Proud Kansan! 

1992
Billy Ray Cyrus was at #1 on the country charts with Achy Breaky Heart!

 It also peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 

and then lastly…

1994

The Bronco Chase 

O.J. Simpson, charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, and became a fugitive of the law.

Simpson and his friend Al Cowling led the highway patrol on a 60-mile, low-speed pursuit through L.A in Cowling’s Ford Bronco.

When the Bronco finally pulled into the driveway at Simpson’s Brentwood mansion, negotiations with police lasted less than an hour and Simpson surrendered, was arrested and taken to jail.

And then…he was acquitted. 

-Tyler Jackson

The Deadliest Animals in America

A journalist gathered the statistics on animal-caused fatalities in the US between 2001 and 2013 to come up with a chart of what animal would likely kill you.

Bees, wasps and hornets kill the most people each year with an average of 58 people per year. Miscellaneous mammals like horses, pigs and deer came in second with 52 per year.

Cows kill about 20 people a year while sharks kill just one person a year.

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This Day In History – June 16

1883

The New York Giants baseball team admitted all ladies for free to the ballpark.

It was the first Ladies Day. 

1970

Football player Brian Piccolo of the Chicago Bears died of embryonal cell carcinoma, a rare disease that develops as the human embryo is developing.

His story inspired the movie, Brian’s Song

Great movie! 

1980

The Blues Brothers opened in theatres!

Everyime I hear Soul Man

1987

Joe Robbie Stadium opened in Miami!

Home of the Miami Dolphins!

Currently called Sun Life Stadium, it’s about to undergo some major renovations:

1998

The Spice Girl’s movie Spice World went on sale at video stores.

and then lastly…

2013

Pope Francis blessed thousand of Harley-Davidsons and their riders in Vatican Square!

The company was celebrating their 110th anniversary with a parade! 

-Tyler Jackson

Drunkest States in America

Wisconsin has the highest proportion of drinkers of any state.

Meanwhile, Tennessee and West Virginia have the smallest percentage of heavy drinkers in the United States.
Overall, people drink significantly more in the North than in the South; Utah has the smallest percentage of tipplers; and when it comes to binge-drinking, Wisconsin comes in first.
Data was collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2011 to 2013. Detox.net, a site that helps people locate facilities for substance abuse and alcohol treatment, combed through the info and produced a series of maps and graphs of boozing in the U.S.

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This Day In History – June 15

1752

Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm.

The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.

1994

Disney’s Lion King opened in theatres!

Starring James Earl Jones & Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the voices of Mufasa & Simba, the movie would go on to make nearly a billion dollars ($987 million!)! 

It was the highest-grossing film of 1994, and it is the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film in history 

and then lastly…


2007

Jason Aldean was at #1 on the Country charts with his second album Relentless.

Relentless featured hit songs Johnny Cash and Laughed Until We Cried and the title track, Relentless.

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – June 12

1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark opened in theatres!


1992

Batman Returns opened up in theatres!

1987

President Reagan delivered a now-famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin

Destruction began November 9, 1989 on the Berlin Wall that had divided the city for some 28 years.

1991

The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship

The Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.

1994

The gruesomely-murdered bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were discovered outside Nicole’s Brentwood, California condominium.

Within days, O.J. Simpson was charged by police. He was acquitted in criminal court but found liable for the deaths in a civil suit 

and then lastly…

Happy 30th bday to Chris Young

Christopher Alan “Chris” Young was born on June 12, 1985 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee! 

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – June 11

1956

Happy birthday to Joe Montana!

Happy #59 to #16!

Today was a big day for Steven Spielberg! 

1982

E.T. opened!

1993

Jurrasic Park opened!

2002

American Idol debuted!

The show featured judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

and then lastly…

2008

The Manhattan Tornado

The Manhattan tornado was officially classified as an F-4. Kansas State University suffered $20 million in damage. Numerous homes were damaged and or destroyed.  Earlier in the night that same storm and tornado system resulted in a resident’s death and widespread damage in the city of Chapman.

-Tyler Jackson

This Day In History – June 10

1935

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded!

In New York City, two recovering alcoholics, founded AA to help people cope with alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anoymous is famous for creating a 12-step rehabilitation program that has helped millions of people 

1978

Affirmed wins the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown

Affirmed won the triple crown one year after Seattle Slew won it in 1977, and until this year, was the most recent triple crown winner, causing in a 37 year drought.

1989 

Tales From The Crypt debuts on HBO

I loved that show! 

1996

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game.

That was Colorado’s first season playing in Denver! What a great team!!! 

1998

Steve Sanders of the Oak Ridge Boys was found dead at the age of 45.

He had apparently died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

and then lastly…

2013

Former CIA worker, Edward Snowden, was identified as the source who leaked information about the NSA’s Prism program

Snowden leaked information related to the United States’ phone and internet secret surveillance programs. 

-Tyler Jackson