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Friday, June 12, 2015


I've always had a passion for history.  It was my undergraduate major, I spent my college years exploring past civilizations. 

The famous quote comes to mind:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" -- George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy),  philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

So today, because I was bored, I compiled a short list of historic events which occurred on June 12 (courtesy of

1665- New Amsterdam legally becomes British and renamed New York after English Duke of York

1859 - Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered

1909 - "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1

1920 - 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2

1923 - Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC

1942 - Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present (Amsterdam)

1954 - Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is originally released

1965 - Sonny & Cher make their 1st TV appearance in "American Bandstand"

1967 - Israel wins 6 day war

1978 - David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 years to life

1981 - "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", the 1st  Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

2010 - "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

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