1963 Martin Luther King Makes His “I Have a Dream” Speech
The historic speech that was a call to end racism in the United States was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, a political rally organized by human and political rights groups. Over 200,000 people gathered in Washington DC to demand jobs and equality for African-Americans. The I Have a Dream speech by Dr. King became a symbol of the American civil rights movement and is one of the mos5t recognizable speeches in recorded history.
1963 Evergreen Bridge Opens for Traffic for the First Time
The longest floating bridge in the world, the Evergreen Point Bridge or the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is on Route 520 in the state of Washington. It is built on Lake Washington and connects Seattle with the city of Medina. The bridge is 4,750 meters long, half of which is over the water.
1955 Emmett Till is Murdered in Mississippi
The 14-year old African-American boy was brutally killed by white men after he was allegedly reported to have flirted with a white woman a day before. Till, who was from Chicago, was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, when he was kidnapped, mutilated, and his body dumped into the river.
1937 Toyota Motor Corporation is Formed
The car company was first founded in 1933 as a subsidiary of the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. The division was headed by Kiichiro Toyoda, the son of the Toyota founder, Sakichi Toyoda.
1845 First Issue of Scientific American hits the newsstands
The science magazine was founded by American inventor and artist Rufus M. Porter. The magazine began as a weekly newsletter and is now the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.
Current Moon Phase
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019
Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Moon Age: 17.44 days
Moon Angle: 0.49
Moon Distance: 404,659.15 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,418,113.31 km
If you were wondering if today is a holiday somewhere, yes, it is! It always is. Here are today’s holidays:
|Holiday name||Holiday location||Holiday type|
|Aymara New Year Day holiday||Bolivia||National Holiday|
|Teachers’ Day||El salvador||Observance|
|Day of Antifascist Struggle||Croatia||National Holiday|
|Remembrance Day of Victims of the Great Patriotic War||Belarus||Observance|
|Midsummer Day||Sweden||Public Holiday|
|National Chocolate Eclair Day||–||Weird|
|National HVAC Tech Day||–||Weird|
|National Onion Rings Day||–||Weird|
Historical Events on June 22
- 1774: The Quebec Act is passed by Great Britain. This act establishes the governing rules for the Quebec colony in British North America.
- 1783: A poisonous cloud arrives in Le Havre, France. This cloud was produced by the eruption of Laki Volcano in Iceland and had been carried by wind currents.
- 1807: During the Chesapeake Leopard Affair, the American frigate the USS Chesapeake is attacked and boarded by the British warship the HMS Leopard.
- 1813: During the War of 1812, Laura Secord embarks on a 18.6 mile journey -all on foot – to warn Lieutenant Jame FitzGibbon when she learns of the plans for an American attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario.
- 1825: Feudalism and seigneurialism is abolished by the British Parliament in British controlled North America.
- 1870: The United States Congress creates the U.S Department of Justice on this date.
- 1898: During the Spanish American War, the 5thS Army Corps lands in Cuba.
- 1918: A train carrying the Hammond Circus crashed near Hammond, Indiana on this date. Almost 130 people are injured and over 85 people are killed.
- 1942: After capturing Tobruk, Erwin Rommel is promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
- 1942: The United States Congress officially adopts the Pledge of Allegiance.
- 1944: The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act – now known as the G.I. Bill – is signed into law by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1945: The Battle of Okinawa concludes.
- 1978: James W. Christy discovers Charon, Pluto’s satellite, at the U.S Naval Observatory.
Famous Birthdays on June 22
- American actress Marguerite De La Motte is born in 1902.
- American criminal John Dillinger is born in 1903.
- American pilot and author, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is born in 1906.
- American singer and producer, Alan Osmond is born in 1949.
- American actress and singer, Meryl Streep is born in 1949.
- American actress Lindsay Wagner is born in 1949.
- American politician Elizabeth Warren is born in 1949.
- American actress Amy Brenneman is born in 1964.
- American author Dan Brown is born in 1964.
- French actress Emmanuelle Seigner is born in 1966.