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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.
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    …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:
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    #ComeyTesitfy FBI Investigates #TrumpGate

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    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.

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    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. 🙂

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    Today in History:
    Waiting in Line for First Roller Coaster Ride in USA:
    June 16, 1884
    First roller coaster in America opens
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    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. 🙂

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

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    Today is Juneteenth Day 2017
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    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!

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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

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