This Day In History – June 20

1863

Happy Birthday to West Virginia! During the Civil War, they were admitted to the Union as the 35th state!

This was almost as special as us letting them into the Big XII.

But seriously though, could you imagine how the separation from ole Virginia would’ve went down? I would like to think it went down something like this:

I’m sure it totally escalated quickly!

1973

Playgirl magazine published its first issue, featuring a centerfold of a nude man.  It sold out in three days.

Fellas, let’s keep it at about six o’clock…

not midnight…

and then lastly…

Dunn dunn!

Dunn dunn!

Dunn dunn!

1975 

Steven Spielberg’s thriller Jaws opened in theaters!

That started the era of the summer blockbuster…and…ended the era of swimming at Martha Vineyard! 

 -Tyler Jackson

Update on the Soldier Who Wants His Dog Back!

Guess what?  23 year-old Robert Gabbart of Colorado- a soldier currently deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army- will be getting his dog back after he returns from deployment!  His girlfriend sold his dog without his consent during his deployment, and the new family was reluctant to return him…but thanks to social media and thousands of supporters, Robert will be getting his dog back! Whoo-hooo!

Read more of what happened here!

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How Much Sleep Does the Average American Get? Too Much!!

According to a new survey… the average American gets nearly nine hours of sleep each night.Researchers surveyed 11,000 Americans aged 15 and up and found the average daily sleep total was 8 hours and 45 minutes.And the time remained consistent across all groups and demographics.   The only substantial difference is among the unemployed who sleep for an hour longer than those with jobs.

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111 Year-Old Woman Gets High School Diploma!

A 111-year-old Virginia woman received her diploma yesterday after a flu pandemic shut down her school in 1918.The woman decided to work two jobs once the school closed and never finished her education.She said she remembers everything about her time in school.It’s never too late!!!

Read more here!

 

This Day In History – June 19

1905 

The world’s first nickelodeon opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seated 95 people, and admission was five cents to watch a film or a live vaudeville act.

That’s cool.

I’m sorry, but being a child of the 90′s, that Nickelodeon wasn’t nearly as cool as ours was:

Ya see, ours was WAY cooler!! 

1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate! We’re all equal and deserve to be treated as such.

1987

Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announce a new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia!!

Dude…Just think about this:

PLUS

PLUS

EQUALS:

Brilliant!! 

And then lastly…

1989

Happy 25th birthday to the original Batman!

Hey Batman, in honor of your birthday, sweetie, I got a special guest to sing to you:

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty…

 -Tyler Jackson

Introducing…Entrepreneur Barbie!

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The 2014 “Career of the Year” doll is “Entrepreneur Barbie”. She comes complete with a smartphone, briefcase, and power heels. The doll is being promoted on social media with the hashtag #Unapologetic. She even has a LinkedIn profile.Mattel says the idea is to get a discussion going about girls breaking the glass ceiling.

Read more here!

This Day In History – June 18

1976

Happy Birthday to Blake Shelton! 

Blake Tollison Shelton was born in Ada, Oklahoma, to Richard and Dorothy Shelton!

Think of all the beers he’ll be drinking tonite!

Or this morning, apparently! 

1983

Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

In honor of you Sally, this song’s dedicated to you! Way to go, girl!

 1997

Reigning Country Music Association entertainers of the yearBrooks & Dunn, played a special show for their fan club at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  After the show, the duo stuck around to sign autographs for all two thousand fans that came to the concert. Brooks & Dunn started signing at 9 p.m. and finished at 5 a.m. the next morning! That’s awesome! These guys truly are:

and then lastly…

More power to the ladies! 

2011

Brigadier General Lori Reynolds became the first female commander of Parris Island, the storied South Carolina military base that has trained thousands of young Marines!

Semper Fi! 

-Tyler Jackson