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whattolearntoday · 9 hours ago
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This is a creepy ad from the 1970′s!
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whattolearntoday · 9 hours ago
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June 14th is...
Army Birthday - Every year on June 14th, the United States Army celebrates its creation in 1775. Formed from amateur troops of volunteer soldiers defending colonies against British tyranny, the oldest military force in the United States began before the U.S. formally existed. Their forces consisted of mostly inexperienced militiamen commanded by independent colonial armies. According to battlefields.org, there were never more than 48,000 Continental soldiers at one time. Today, the United States Army consists of over one million active-duty service members and an additional 800,000 National Guard and Reserves members.
Bourbon Day - This particular whiskey derives its name from the Kentucky county of the same name. Early settlers established the county in 1785 and were large producers of corn. Back then, once they distilled the corn, they put it in barrels stamped “Old Bourbon,” and shipped them down the Ohio River. In 1964, a Congressional Resolution designated Bourbon as America’s native spirit. Since then, nowhere else in the world can make a whiskey and call it Bourbon.
Flag Day - This day honors Old Glory and commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.The holiday is a day that Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Star-Spangled Banner has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and the flag is flown proudly. 
International Bath Day - If you think of the ultimate in relaxing experiences that come pretty much free of charge, then one of the first things that come to mind is a long, hot soak in the bath. While it may sound like utter madness, it is, in fact, an incredibly popular day and an excuse for every man, woman, and child to enjoy the most relaxing and indulgent of soaks. 
New Mexico Day -  The Land of Enchantment.  During the time of Mangas Caloradas, the influx of settlers, frontiersman, military, miners and more were impinging on and destroying Apache lands. Caloradas led the Apache with great skill keeping his homelands clear of settlers for a time through raids and fear. Eventually, though, Caloradas agreed to peace only to be brought to a brutal death by the military.
Pop Goes The Weasel Day - This day celebrates a nursery rhyme children have been singing for more than 300 years. On this day, people dig back into their memories to the nursery rhymes they learned as children and celebrate the day singing “Pop Goes the Weasel. The origins of this nursery rhyme are believed to date back to the 1700s.
Strawberry Shortcake Day - While we are able to get strawberries all year long now, the best strawberries are those picked from April to June. These bright red berries during this time are sweeter and more flavorful. By adding them to shortcake biscuit or a sponge cake, strawberry shortcake is an easy and refreshing summertime dessert! Strawberries are sliced, mixed with sugar then allowed to sit for about an hour until they have surrendered plenty of their juices. The shortcakes are then split, and the bottom is covered with a layer of the strawberries, juice and whipped cream. The top is then put back on, and more strawberries, juice and whipped cream are added to finish it off.
World Blood Donor Day -  The history of blood donation goes back further than you might expect, reaching as far back as the 17th century. The medical specialists of the time knew that blood was a vital element in the body, and losing too much of it was bound to have tragic consequences on the patient. So it was that experimentation began, and a whole new breed of heroes was born that contribute their blood so that others may live. Blood Donors save lives every day by giving of themselves, so those accident victims and those in need of transfusions for surgeries can live.
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whattolearntoday · 10 hours ago
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A bit of June 14th history...
1642 - 1st compulsory education law in America passed in Massachusetts
1645 - “New Model Army” under Oliver Cromwell beat royalist forces of English King Charles I at battle of Naseby
1775 - US army 1st forms as the Continental Army to fight the American Revolutionary War
1777- US Continental Congress adopts Stars and Stripes flag (pictured)
1847 - Robert Bunsen invents bunsen burner
1954 - President Eisenhower signs order adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance
2013 - US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property
2016 - 1st mammal made extinct by human induced climate change, the Bramble Cay melomys
2018 - US government confirms 1500 kids being held separated from their parents in a shelter facility for illegal immigrants in Brownsville, TX 
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whattolearntoday · a day ago
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June 13th is...
Children’s Day -  The day honors the children in our lives by slowing down our fast-paced lives, turning off the tech, and refocusing on the important things. Taking one day may not be enough, but using it as an opportunity to redirect our family’s lives may be an important step in a child’s life.
International Ax Throwing Day -  On this day, you can try your hand at skillfully lobbing this tree-felling instrument in a fun, competitive, and most of all safe environment. And what’s more, at participating locations, you can do it for free!
Kitchen Klutzes of America Day -  Kitchen Klutzes are the people who set out with the intention of being like Gordon Ramsey or Julia Child as they open up the cookbook. As they place the mixing bowl and ingredients on the counter, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay. However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven, and they mistake salt for sugar. Those knife cuts turn bloody, and cookies and fingers are burnt. The Kitchen Klutz has struck, and visions of spilled milk are pitifully cried over.  
Random Acts Of Light Day - This day encourages us to bring light to the darkness of cancer by surprising someone with an act of kindness. Unfortunately, receiving the diagnosis of cancer is one of the darkest moments a person can have. However, as part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks fundraising campaign, Random Acts of Light brings awareness to the importance of providing cures. More importantly, the organization gives access to treatments for blood cancer patients.
Sewing Machine Day - This day honors an invention that has kept us in stitches for over 150 years. Before the sewing machine, tailors and sewists created clothing by hand, stitch by single stitch. The invention of the sewing machine brought about revolutionary change. Not only did it boost an entire industry, but it also changed the way we viewed the garments we wore.
Weed Your Garden Day -  One of the best gardening tips is to stay in control of your garden. Unfortunately, weeds grow fast, very fast. With inattention, they can soon become overwhelming. Giving daily attention to your garden makes it easier to maintain. Weeding 5 or 10 minutes each day will make the job seem bearable. It might even be enjoyable. This way you will be in control, and the weeds will not!
World Softball Day - This day is all about encouraging federations and individuals around the world to get involved in softball. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how good you are, or where you come from, this day is about showing that anyone can participate in the sport.
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whattolearntoday · a day ago
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A bit of June 13th history...
1774 - Rhode Island becomes 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves
1865 - President Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states
1920 - US Post Office says children cannot be sent by parcel post
1966 - US Supreme Court’s Miranda decision - suspects must be informed of rights
1967 - Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st African American Supreme Court Justice (pictured)
1994 - Jury in Anchorage, Alaska blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages
2018 - Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate - 200 billion tons a year, 3 trillion tons in 25 years 
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whattolearntoday · 2 days ago
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June 12th is...
International Falafel Day -  Calling all fans of falafel! Deep-fried and composed of chickpeas or fava beans, this Middle Eastern food is often found wrapped up in a pita bread, or served with salad and sauces. No matter how this dish is served, falafel is a bit crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and absolutely delicious in every way!
Jerky Day -  This nutrient-dense meat is made lightweight by drying. A pound of meat or poultry will weigh only about four ounces after transforming it into jerky. Properly prepared jerky can be stored for months without refrigeration because the drying process removes most of the moisture. Salt added to the meat before the drying process begins helps to prevent bacteria from developing.
Loving Day - It  commemorates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia. This decision struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states. The ruling cited, “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.” In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws were U.S. state laws banning interracial marriage.
Peanut Butter Cookie Day - The peanut butter we know and love today didn’t become commercially available until the 1920s. In 1922, Joseph Rosefield kept the peanut oil from separating from the solids through this process. Afterwards, he patented the process of homogenization and sold it to a company that began making a peanut butter called Peter Pan. No one knows why we press crisscrossed fork marks into our peanut butter cookies before baking. However, homemade peanut butter cookies would just not be the same without the bit of decoration.
Record Store Day - Records buying is considered an American pastime, known for its nostalgia and tactical experience. Coming into your local record store to buy a CD can bring you joy and help support your favorite musicians.Record Store Day aims to celebrate these moments by bringing people together to celebrate their favorite stores and musicians.
Red Rose Day - Today honors the flower that is a symbol of love and romance, the red rose. The rose is also the June birth flower. Red roses were used in many early cultures as decorations in wedding ceremonies and wedding attire. It was through this practice that, over the years, the red rose became known as a symbol of love and romance. The tradition of giving red roses as the strongest message of love is still practiced today.
Rose Day -  Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are very versatile wines. A rosé wine will also be lighter in color than red wine, deeper in color than white wine. The pink color of rosé wine depends on the time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration. There are also rosé wines that are semi-sparkling or sparkling, with different intensities of sweetness levels and dryness.
Superman Day -  Superman as we know and love him today didn’t appear until Action Comics #1, published on April 18, 1938. Such was his success that he got his own comic in 1939, and the world has never looked back since.
World Gin Day -  While spirits have long been used medicinally, only one started as a medicine and then became a mixer for one of the most important medicines in history. This delicious, smooth drink is distilled from the berries of the Juniper tree and can trace its origins back to an older drink from Denmark known as Jenever.
Worldwide Knit In Public Day -  The purpose of this day is to show that knitting is for all ages and that it’s a fun and enjoyable activity, and something that you can proud of. For a long time, we have associated knitting with something our grandparents do. However, it is an activity that can be enjoyed by all, and that’s what this day is all about. It’s a great way to encourage people to try knitting who have never tried it before, or even thought about giving it a go!
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whattolearntoday · 2 days ago
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A bit of June 12th history...
1859 - Comstock Silver Lode discovered in Nevada, 1st major silver discovery in US (pictured)
1897 - Possibly the most severe earthquake in history strikes Assam, India; shock waves felt over an area the size of Europe
1964 - Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
1967 - US Supreme Court unanimously ends laws against interracial marriages
2019 - Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2500 year old grave in China
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whattolearntoday · 3 days ago
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These are ascidians. They are found all over the world, usually in shallow water. I love that they look like they have faces!
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whattolearntoday · 3 days ago
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June 11th is...
Corn On The Cob Day - Fresh corn on the cob is a summertime treat people from all corners of the United States look forward to as we start the picnic season. In different regions of the country, corn on the cob is known as pole corn, cornstick, sweet pole, butter-pop, sweet corn, or long maize. Picking the corn when the kernels are tender and in its milk stage serves up sweeter kernels. Boiling, steaming, roasting, and grilling are the most common ways to prepare corn on the cob. When grilling or roasting sweet corn, the husks may be left on to retain moisture and flavor during the cooking process. 
German Chocolate Cake Day - The cake’s roots can be traced back to 1852 when American Sam German made a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company. Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate’s brand was named in honor of Sam German. Over 100 years later in 1957, a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared as the Recipe of the Day in the Dallas Morning Star. This recipe, created by Mrs. George Clay, used Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, and it became quite popular. During this time, General Foods owned Baker’s brand and distributed Mrs. Clay’s recipe to other newspapers around the country. The current name of German Chocolate Cake, as we know it today, came to be as publications started dropping the ‘s.
Making Life Beautiful Day -  Beauty comes in many forms. From a kind word to a gentle soul, those who lift up others and find strength in the sparest strands of hope bring beauty into this world. Some send messages in the form of bold art while others roll up their sleeves in times of need. Those beautiful people heal the wounded, ease the hearts of the weary, and empower others to be the best person they can be to make life so very beautiful.
Yarn Bombing Day - We first need to take a look at what yarn bombing is. It is sometimes referred to as guerrilla knitting or yarnstorming. No matter what you call it, it is simply the practice of knitted works of art being added to public places. For example, a yarn bomber may design some sort of colorful knitted pattern and wrap it around a bus stop. The aim of this practice was to try and take knitting from something that was viewed as merely for creating clothes and hats to something that could add meaning and color to urban locations.
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whattolearntoday · 3 days ago
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A bit of June 11th history...
1184 BC - Troy is sacked and burned according to calculations of Eratosthenes
1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove (pictured)
1776 - Continental Congress creates committee (Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Sherman and Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
1963 - President Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong and that it is “time to act”
1963 - Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolates himself at a Saigon intersection, creating a Vietnam War iconic image 
2009 - WHO declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic - the 1st in 40 years
2018 - Net neutrality is officially repealed by Federal Communications Commission in the US
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whattolearntoday · 4 days ago
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June 10th is...
Ballpoint Pen Day - It recognizes the useful writing utensil and commemorates the anniversary of the patent filing on June 10, 1943. Before 1943, anyone who wanted to write a letter or scribble some notes on a piece of paper used a fountain pen or pencil. Now the dominant writing instrument, the ballpoint pen was originally conceived and developed as a cleaner and more reliable alternative to the quill and fountain pens. In earlier years, many attempts by inventors led to failed patents as their inventions did not deliver the ink evenly. They also had overflow and clogging issues. However, in June of 1943, the brothers Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro obtained their patent for the ballpoint pen, revolutionizing how many write letters and conduct business. 
Black Cow Day - It recognizes an ice cream float beverage also known as a Root Beer Float. That’s right, the beverage made with rootbeer and vanilla ice cream was also called a Black Cow. It was originally made with vanilla ice cream but sometimes it’s made with chocolate ice cream or even plain cola flavor. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the Black Cow way back in August of 1893.
Egg Roll Day -  The egg roll began as a Chinese-American tradition that extended to Vietnamese immigrants reaching for the American Dream. These traditions grew from the unfailing dedication of families in chop suey palaces serving hungry workers. Restaurants across the country perfected their own versions of the egg roll with a variety of finely chopped ingredients – pork, shrimp, cabbage, onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and seasonings. And it was all rolled up in a thin pastry wrap and deep-fried.
Farm Workers Day - A day to celebrate and be grateful for all the hard work that farmers do to keep fresh food coming. Vegetables, meat, herbs – the staples of your grocery bag all started out on a farm. It’s sometimes hard for us to remember how lucky we are to have access to fresh produce, and we are somewhat disconnected from the roots – literally – of our food when we see it all packaged up in the supermarkets. On Farm Workers Day, we are reminded to thank farmers for making it all possible.
Herbs And Spices Day -  Herbs and spices have been used for many hundreds of years, and besides making our food delicious, each has its specific health benefits. Growing your own herbs and spices is a great way to add fresh variety to your food. Herbs raised in your home add an aromatic and natural fragrance to the air as well.
Iced Tea Day -  Recipes for iced tea have been found dating back to the 1870s. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876, and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877, both contain iced tea recipes. It is believed, however, that iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860s and became widespread in the 1870s. During that time, hotels offered iced tea on their menus and railroad stations offered the beverage as well. In 1904, the beverage was introduced at the World’s Fair in St. Louis causing its popularity to explode.
Jerky Day - Jerky is essentially what happens when lean meat is put through the special process of soaking it in brine (salty water), and leaving it to dry under specific circumstances. The origin of the word “jerky” would be most surprising to many people, as it is from the Quechua word ch’arki. The Quechua are a family of people who live in the Andes mountains of South America, which may be where the ideas for making jerky were first developed. The process of creating jerky ensures that the bacteria will have insufficient time to form before the meat is properly dried, preserving it in a healthy, tasty manner. It usually involves using very thinly sliced meat as it dries better and faster. 
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whattolearntoday · 4 days ago
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A bit of June 10th history...
1190 - Third Crusade: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa drowns while crossing the Saleph River (modern Turkey) leading an army to Jerusalem 
1692 - 1st victim of the Salem witch trials, Bridget Bishop, is hanged for witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts 
1845 - Andrew Jackson’s African Gray Parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing “so loud and long as to disturb the people” (pictured)
1955 - 1st separation of virus into component parts reported
1984 - US missile shoots down an incoming missile in space for 1st time
2003 - The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission
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whattolearntoday · 5 days ago
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This is the difference of watermelons from the 17th century compared to those of today. Wow!
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whattolearntoday · 5 days ago
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June 9th is...
Donald Duck Day - Commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character. Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen. Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. 
Earl Day -  Dedicated to those with a particular qualification and a genuine capacity for achievement. The day honors those legends named Earl. While the name is becoming uncommon these days, hopefully, those who have the privilege of being so named have earned it.
Rose Day -  If you’re a fan of wine, you’re sure to know that a Red Wine is one that takes a great deal of its color from the grapes, whereas a white wine contains only elements from the juice of the grape itself. Rosé wine is the wine that contains only some of the color of the grape skins but lacks the rich and robust color of red wine.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day -  A tart vegetable, rhubarb is often paired with sweet fruits making for a pleasing dessert. Around the country, rhubarb is a perennial favorite for home gardens. One of the first fruits of their labors, gardeners begin to harvest rhubarb in the middle of May and early June, and it finds its way into desserts and preserves. Since it takes on the flavor of the fruit or vegetable it is paired with, it is an excellent complement to many recipes. 
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whattolearntoday · 5 days ago
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A bit of June 9th history...
68 - Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging 
1549 - Book of common prayer is adopted by Church of England
1856 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in 2 wheeled handcarts
1910 - A passenger on SS Arawelta throws a bottle with a note overboard - it was found in Queensland in 1983
1931 - 1st rocket powered aircraft design patented
2013 - Edward Snowden publicly makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents
2014 - Laverne Cox is the 1st transgender person to appear on cover of “Time” magazine (pictured)
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whattolearntoday · 6 days ago
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June 8th is...
Best Friends Day -  The relationship between best friends is often fierce and can withstand distance, storms and silence.  Whether we’ve known them all our lives or they are more recently acquired, best friends make tough times bearable, fun times memorable, and memorable times priceless.
Call Your Doctor Day - This day reminds young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam. Making this day halfway through the year holds significance because so many women delay their routine care. Often placing the priorities of work, family members, or other obligations before their health, women overlook the simple phone call that may save their life.
Name Your Poison Day -  While “nominate your poison” harkens back to the early days of the temperance movement, the phrase seems to have been used mostly to describe the action of ordering the drink. The phrase comes in many forms – pick, choose, or name – and of course nominate your poison.
Upsy Daisy Day -  Every day is a gift and if we remember that as we rise each morning, it will help us carry a good attitude throughout the day, whatever the day may bring us. Life is full of challenges and bumps in the road, and it is our attitude that helps us over the bumps and through the challenges to move onward with a smile.
World Oceans Day -  It’s a good reminder to bring attention to the fact that oceans play a major role in everyday life all around the globe. The oceans provide a majority of the oxygen we breathe, so many consider them to be the lungs of our planet. The goal is to develop a worldwide movement of citizens to care better for the oceans. It’s an opportunity to inform and educate humans and the public of what our actions are doing to the ocean and what impact they have in the long run. It’s not only a day to celebrate the beauty, wealth, and promise of the ocean, but a chance to realize that they’re a critical part of the biosphere. They’re a significant source of food and medicines and simply can’t be ignored or mistreated any longer.
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whattolearntoday · 6 days ago
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A bit of June 8th history...
452 - Italy invaded by Attila the Hun 
1789 - James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
1824 - Washing machine was patented (pictured - a later patent)
2018 - World’s most powerful supercomputer, SUMMIT, can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second
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whattolearntoday · 7 days ago
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Step into the garden, lift your face to the sun and just breathe. It will help you to remember all that is beautiful and right in the world.
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June 7th is...
Boone Day - Commemorates the day frontiersman Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820) first began exploring the valleys and forests of the present-day Bluegrass State of Kentucky on June 7, 1769. Boone founded the village of Boonesborough, Kentucky, which is one of the first American settlements west of the Appalachians.
Chocolate Ice Cream Day -  Chocolate ice cream is the second most common flavor, surpassed only by vanilla. The chocolate-flavored ice cream has been in existence well over a hundred years and has been popular in the United States since the late 19th century.
Oklahoma Day -  The panhandled state of Oklahoma is a dotted series of granite mountain peaks, sloping sandstone ridges, rolling hills, and plains. In 1803, the land became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase. Congress granted statehood on November 16, 1907.
VCR Day - This day takes a look a the device that revolutionized the home movie-watching experience. The observance recognizes the video cassette recorder (VCR), a device that, in its time, was a marvel of technology!The VCR is an electro-mechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from television on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette. Images and sound can then be played back at a more convenient time
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whattolearntoday · 7 days ago
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A bit of June 7th history...
1665 - Great Plague of London; Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross meant somebody inside was infected and must be locked in for 40 days or until death 
1893 - Gandhi’s 1st act of civil disobedience (pictured)
1954 - 1st microbiology lab dedicated
1965 - US Supreme Court decides on Griswold vs Connecticut, effectively legalizing use of contraception by married couples
2017 - Earliest ever evidence of Homo Sapiens found in Morocco at 300,000 years old 
2018 - Mars Curiosity Rover finds organic matter, including methane
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