Today In History, June 12, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

Hey, there kids! Welcome to our Today in History posting! The news is pretty varied today, a bit complicated in some places, a little humorous, and a bit of Who’s on First, metaphorically speaking! Hope you enjoy your pause here, and find something that interests you! If you feel like it, let us know you stopped by!

On to your daily history: June 12

1787 US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old

1838 Iowa Territory forms with Burlington as its capital. For the convoluted history of the capital of the geographic location known historically as “Iowa” please see the link below, from the Iowa Genealogy Web. The geographic area was once Wisconsin Territory with a capital in SE Iowa, an Iowa Territory with the capital in the same place in SE Iowa, and since statehood has had two capitals. Better you should read than I should try to make sense typing!!!

1849 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

1859 Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered

1861 Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state during his bid for secession. The secession of Missouri was controversial because of the disputed status of the state of Missouri. During the war, Missouri was claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy, had two competing state governments, and sent representatives to both the United States Congress and the Confederate Congress. This unusual situation, which also existed to some degree in the states of Kentucky and Virginia (with West Virginia), was the result of events in early 1861.

1897 Possibly most severe quake in history strikes Assam India, shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1500 casualties)

1909 “Shine On, Harvest Moon” by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1

1917 Secret Service extends protection of president to his family

1918 First airplane bombing raid by an American unit, France

1920 Farmer Labor Party organized (Chicago). As part of the outcome of WWI, agricultural prices and wages became imbalanced; the FLP was created to address some of those grievances. Several other groups, notably Socialist/Marxist, had delegates within the FLP. Dissolved 1936.

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

1931 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury

1933 Financial & Economy World conference opens (66 countries)

1934 Black-McKeller Bill passes causes Bill Boeing empire to break up into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] and United Air Lines. There had been a scandal because the Postmaster General and the largest airlines met at what was dubbed the “Spoils Conference” wherein they divided up the entirety of Air Mail, effectively freezing out smaller bidders. More than meets the eye:

1935 Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate’s longest speech on record (150,000 words) [Bet czar knows all ’bout Huey Long…]

1939 Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ ” Dr. Cyclops”, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.

1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam

1942 Hitler orders enslavement of Slavic peoples

1943 Himmler orders the extermination of all Nazi ghettos in occupied Poland

1944 First V-1 rocket assault on London. A known as a Buzzbomb, the V-1 was a terror bomb, created as a vengeance delivery system following the attack at Normandy. Launched from the French and Dutch coastal regions by the Nazis, more than 100 per day were fired at SE England, and in total, 9,251 V-1’s were dropped on England. This was a precursor to a Cruise Missile.

A view over the rooftops of London captured on cine film as a V1 flying bomb explodes close to Westminster in London. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament can be seen on the right.
[MOI] FLM 2000
Part of

1945 US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa

1952 USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid

1955 “Mr. Peepers” (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC

1962 USAF Maj. Robert M White takes X-15 to 56,270 m

1963 “Cleopatra” directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC [FYI, the full movie of Cleopatra is available on YouTube!]

1964 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa.

1965 Sonny & Cher make their first TV appearance in “American Bandstand”

1965 Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies

1966 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan**

1967 Race riot in Cincinnati Ohio (300 arrested)

1967 US Supreme Court unanimously ends laws against interracial marriages

1967 “You Only Live Twice”, 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, premieres in London

1968 U.S. premiere of horror film “Rosemary’s Baby”, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin

1972 John Lennon’s political “Sometime in NYC” released including “Woman is the Nigger of the World” “Attica State” & “Luck of the Irish”

1977 Groundbreaking ceremony for John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

1978 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life

1978 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage

1979 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185′

1979 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston

1979 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min

1981 “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, the first an Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

1982 750,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators, rally in Central Park NYC

1982 Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel perform in Rotterdam

1987 US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin wall

1993 “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly hits #17

1996 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet

1996 Marge Schott gives up day-to-day operations because of her numerous insensitive comments about Adolf Hitler, working women & Asians

1999 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins – a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

2004 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

2007 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

2009 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

2012 An Australian coroner’s report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980

2012 The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created

2012 World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer

2015 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars

2016 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 – worst mass shooting in the US.

2016 70th Tony Awards: “Hamilton” wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations

**Bonus Video: “Induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame: The Dave Clark Five”

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9 Responses to Today In History, June 12, Guest hosted by patternpuzzler!

  1. lovely says:

    Wow! A lot of information, thanks Puzzler and Stella.

    1849 Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville Ky)

    I saw this today.


    1931 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury

    And yet until they killed his brother Chitown Police always looked the other way when it came to Capone and after they killed Frank Capone is really when Al went to war with the powers that be.

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    • patternpuzzler says:

      That gas mask is very interesting, lovely! Did a quick search and apparently there are only three left, out of 1,000 made! They were created to make gas masks less feared by children after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when no one knew what was coming next. Gizmodo has a great little article on it. Thanks so much for posting this – another obscure tidbit I’d never have known!

      Don’t know much about the Capone family, really. According to Wiki, Al also had another brother, Vincenzo, who became a prohibition agent in Nebraska! Families are strange sometimes, aren’t they?

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      • lovely says:

        Don’t know much about the Capone family, really. According to Wiki, Al also had another brother, Vincenzo, who became a prohibition agent in Nebraska! Families are strange sometimes, aren’t they?

        I’m from Chicago so I grew up with the Capone tales. He was a terrible person, but it is the opinion of many in Chicago that Chicago PD executed Frank (an opinion I share) that is what set Capone and Ness truly against each other. Spent a lot of time as a child in a mansion that the Capone family left to the Catholic church.

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        • patternpuzzler says:

          How old were you when you made the connection between the mansion and Capone’s notoriety? I would think that would be a sure mix for a vivid imagination!

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          • lovely says:

            We started going there when I was about 2 so I grew up knowing the stories. I had older cousins so they told me vivid tales 😏that originated solely in their minds.

            The place is full of small passageways, odd little cement rooms in the basement it is on a lake and has a bridge over a narrow portion of the lake. All of us kids imagined many gruesome things happening under the bridge.

            I don’t what happened there, all I can say is that it came down through the Capone family a bit of amends, perhaps?

            I had a huge outdoor pool and we would swim alongside of nuns in full habit. The nuns did not live in the mansion but in some of the small houses on the grounds.

            I had a very interesting childhood. In fact the brother who was one of the first to live there still has my picture up in his shop in a part of the basement. Oh! I almost forgot, they had a horse, we kids were given rules but allowed to ride him as soon as we could show we knew how to mount and dismount safely and could control him. Good memories.

            I knew Capone was bad from early on the Catholic Brother and my dad would talk about him and were annoyed that people viewed him as a hero.

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            • patternpuzzler says:

              Wow, that really sounds like a fascinating place! I’m glad you have these memories to share, lovely. You’re likely right about the Capones making amends – the idea of “Indulgences” has never quite been dispensed with in a lot of minds, I don’t think.

              It’s hard to think of Capone ordering the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and still be thought of as a hero!

              Thanks a lot for sharing so many interesting memories, lovely!

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              • lovely says:

                Thanks for jogging my memory Puzzler 🙂 . The priest and brother had a dog name Shadrack.

                The mansion actually housed a small chapel. It is still in existence today. Maybe next time I’m in IL I’ll try to visit there.

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              • lovely says:

                Chicago has always been corrupt . Capone was thought of as a hero because he and the police had a gentleman agreement and Capone technically only killed “bad people” all that changed after plain close cops shot Frank Capone to death in Cicero. Then there was not a gentleman’s truce, a peace kept through Benjamin Franklins and blind eyes but rather truly bad blood between Chicago PD and the Capone family.

                I think to put it succinctly Chicago PD broke Capone’s heart and that was never going to end well.

                Short synopsis Capone wanted a certain outcome in a Cicero election, the people of the town wanted something else, the people of the town complained, Capone sent armed men to all the polling place to insure the wanted outcome and yes he was getting bolder but similar incidents like this had happened before. I believe it was 70 plain clothed Chicago PD officers showed up in Cicero.

                The Capone brothers got out of their car and with out identifying themselves CHI- PD opened fire, rather well aimed fire especially for back in the day, Al was not touched but Frank was dead right there. Al then escaped. (?) 😏. It appears to have been a message that the Capone brothers were getting too big for their britches and without a doubt the Capone brothers had been flaunting their influence over Chicago and the surrounding area. Something had to give and it did. The mistake PD made was not killing them both. Al never forgave and never forgot the ambush.

                It was the beginning of the real animus between Al and the powers that be.

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