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    Throwback Thursday with Alternative Twist on FBI News:

    Cold War
    06-08, 1949
    FBI report names Hollywood figures as communists

    Hollywood figures, including film stars Frederic March, John Garfield, Paul Muni, and Edward G. Robinson, are named in a FBI report as Communist Party members. Such reports helped to fuel the anticommunist hysteria in the United States during the late-1940s and 1950s.
    hollywood 10 blacklist
    …In response to this particular round of allegations from the FBI, movie tough-guy Edward G. Robinson declared, “These rantings, ravings, accusations, smearing, and character assassinations can only emanate from sick, diseased minds of people who rush to the press with indictments of good American citizens. I have played many parts in my life, but no part have I played better or been more proud of than that of being an American citizen

    Today Making History:
    Save the Date 060817
    #ComeyTesitfy FBI Investigates #TrumpGate



    Paris Auto Race 1895

    06-13 1895
    This Day in History:

    First auto race held from Paris-Bordeaux-Paris

    On this day in 1895, Emile Levassor drives a Panhard et Levassor car with a two-cylinder, 750-rpm, four-horsepower Daimler Phoenix engine over the finish line in the world’s first real automobile race.
    Levassor completed the 732-mile course, from Paris to Bordeaux and back, in just under 49 hours, at a then-impressive speed of about 15 miles per hour.



    US Flag

    June 14
    Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes
    During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
    The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington.
    Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend. 🙂



    Today in History:
    Waiting in Line for First Roller Coaster Ride in USA:
    June 16, 1884
    First roller coaster in America opens
    roller coaster
    On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country. 🙂



    TGIF Time for Afternoon Art:
    Born today in 1914 graphic artist Saul Steinberg.

    saul steinberg
    man fish steinberg
    recline cat steinberg



    Today is Juneteenth Day 2017
    emancipation reaches South picture
    The proclamation reaches the South where a family of slaves receives news of their emancipation
    Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African Americans, a de facto second Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery and a first step toward inclusion in the greater American dream. It’s a bittersweet holiday, “a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection, healing, and hopefully a time for the country to come together and deal with its slave legacy,” says the Rev. Ronald V. Meyers, chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Meyers has worked for almost 15 years to get Juneteenth recognized by state legislatures. Currently, a little more than half of U.S. states acknowledge Juneteenth in some form or another, usually on the third Saturday of June or traditionally June 19th!



    Monday’s Purrday reminder:printmaker purrday
    Born today in 1898 printmaker M.C. Escher.



    Yes, here the Summer Solstice is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as we also remember the great injustices and indignities done to Native peoples in the Americas.



    Today in History
    06-21 1788
    U.S. Constitution ratified
    US Constitution Ratified

    New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.
    By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.



    Born today in 1905 philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre.
    Happy Purrday to

    purrday satre



    TGIF Artist B’day today:
    ” …when the cats make love I run to see if my sweet is one of them. ”

    Born today in 1876 artist Gwen John.

    Below: Portrait of her cat Edgar Quinet

    happy purrday to

    Poem John wrote about her missing cat, Edgar Quinet.

    “to the cat”

    Oh my little wild cat in the wood have you forgotten
    Your old life
    Maybe you are.
    Angry with me
    But I’ve tried to understand all your little heart.
    I never felt your superior
    Little soul mystèrieuse in the body of the cat
    I’ve had so much grief
    Not to see you
    That I thought I’d go to the land of dead



    Purrday Artist of the Day:

    timez for nomz
    Timez for Nomz circa 1763

    Born today in 1763 painter George Morland.



    JeanKit, I love your cat-artists and artists’ cats, though Gwen John’s lost little boy did make me cry.



    Thanks…aww, yes it was a touching tribute to special kit from oh so long ago… 😮




    Gone with the Wind:

    “Frankly, My Dear
    On this day in 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed–Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in Gone with the Wind. Director Victor Fleming also shot the scene using the alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case the film censors objected to the word “damn.” The censors approved the movie but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse.

    frankly my dear from Gone with the Wind



    Happy Purrday to:
    Below: Van Der Zee photograph of Jean-Michel Basquiat and cat (1982).
    Jean Michel Basquiat and cat



    Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon

    On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson claims the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

    After winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open again in 1958, Gibson retired from amateur tennis. In 1960, she toured with the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, playing exhibition tennis matches before their games. In 1964, Gibson joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the first black woman to do so. The trailblazing athlete played pro golf until 1971, the same year in which she was voted into the National Lawn Tennis Association Hall of Fame.

    After serving as New Jersey’s commissioner of athletics from 1975 to 1985, Althea Gibson died at age 76 from respiratory failure on September 28, 2003, at a hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.



    July 10, 1925
    Monkey Trial begins
    monkey trial evolution
    In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law…In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.



    I don’t understand why some fundamentalists not only deny but strike out at the links between human beings and our closer and more distant cousins among living beings (including feline beings, of course). I fail to see why religious faith would entail the denial of the beautiful web uniting all life forms.

    Sadly this is still a problem in some areas.



    On the lighter side:

    Happy Purrday to:
    Born in 1928 artist Bernard Buffet.
    Purrday artist




    July 11, 1804
    Burr slays Hamilton in duel
    Burr slays Hamilton

    In a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.
    …Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801

    FYI: Broadway Play Alexander Hamilton Now on Tour:

    Hamilton Broadway Play
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor and creator of the of the play ”Hamilton,” addresses the audience after the plays opening night on Broadway in New York in this August 6, 2015, file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

    Hamilton has been running on Broadway since August, 2015 and won a record 11 Tony Awards. It remains one of the toughest and most expensive theater tickets in New York. Last year the producers added a permanent company of Hamilton that’s been playing to sold-out crowds in Chicago. A third production of Hamilton began in March in San Francisco, and will be going on a national tour this year A fourth touring production is about to begin the casting and rehearsal process. It will tour the west coast and Midwest starting in February 2018.A fifth production of Hamilton is planned for London. It will open this fall.

    A fifth production of Hamilton is planned for London. It will open this fall.

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    JULY 13, 1985
    Live Aid concert
    On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa. 🙂



    JULY 14, 1789
    French revolutionaries storm Bastille


    Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie-Antoinette, were executed.
    …The capture of the Bastille symbolized the end of the ancien regime and provided the French revolutionary cause with an irresistible momentum. In 1792, the monarchy was abolished and Louis and his wife Marie-Antoinette were sent to the guillotine for treason in 1793.


    Milwuakee’s Storm the Bastille Run at yearly 3 day fest to kick off weekend festivities!

    storm the bastille run milwaukee

    eiffel tower brewtown



    Lalalala…Fairy Tales will come true…it can happen to you…lalalala

    July 7, 1955
    Disneyland opens

    Disney Land

    Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors
    a year, who spend close to $3 billion. 🙂



    July 19, 1799
    Rosetta Stone foun


    On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.




    July 20, 1969
    Armstrong walks on moon
    Today in History:
    Armstrong walks on moon
    At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.



    Happy Belated Purrday to:
    Luv kit’s expression and quote:
    I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you.”

    Born in 1888 author Raymond Chandler.

    purrday 72317



    Today’s Birfday wishes go out to J Lo with Grumpy!
    Happy Birthday singer, actress and dancer Jennifer Lopez. J. Lo is forty-eight today.
    Grumpy cat with J Lo



    Is it also Grumpy’s birthday?



    Oops, no she’s just helping JLoCelebrate! 😉
    Born: Apr 04, 2012
    Grumpy Cat:
    Tardar Sauce, commonly known as Grumpy Cat, is a cat Internet celebrity. She is known for her permanently “grumpy” facial appearance, which is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism 🙂

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