June 13th – This Day in History – William Butler Yeats – Alexander the Great

June 13, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Births

40 – Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general.

1865 – William Butler Yeats, Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and dramatist.

  • “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

1892 – Basil Rathbone (born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone), English actor born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1903 – Red (Harold) Grange, pro and college football Hall of Famer:

1915 – Don Budge, American tennis champion.

1953 – Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick), American comedian and actor.

Notable Deaths

323 B.C.E. – Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia.

Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, in Babylon at the age of 32

1951 – Ben Chifley (born Joseph Benedict Chifley), Australian politician and sixteenth Prime Minister of Australia.

1986 – Benny Goodman, American bandleader.

1993 – Deke Slayton (born Donald Kent Slayton), one of the original “Mercury Seven” NASA astronauts.

Fact of the Day: Baseball Hall of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York, in 1939. The year 1939 was chosen to celebrate the supposed centennial of baseball as it was then believed that Abner Doubleday had developed the game at Cooperstown in 1839 – a story that was later discredited. Of the 25 immortals who had been elected to the Hall of Fame up to that point, 11 were still living; and all of them journeyed to Cooperstown to attend the centennial celebration. Selections to the Hall of Fame are made annually by two groups: the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Baseball Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans. More than 200 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of fame.

Notable Events

1777 – The Marquis de Lafayette arrived in the American colonies to help in their rebellion against Britain.

1888 – Congress created the Department of Labor.

1898 – The Yukon Territory entered the confederation of Canada.

1900 – China’s Boxer Rebellion targeting foreigners, as well as Chinese Christians, erupted into full-scale violence.

1944 – The first flying bomb was dropped on London by Germany in World War II.

1966 – The Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.

1967 – President Lyndon Johnson appointed U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat of a retiring Supreme Court judge, making him the first African-American in the high court.

1971 – The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers,” a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.

1979 – President Jimmy Carter proposed a Superfund to clean up hazardous waste.

1983 – After more than a decade in space, Pioneer 10, the world’s first outer-planetary probe, left the solar system.

1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon Corporation and Capt. Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the nation’s worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

2000 – Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

2005 – A jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation.

3 Responses to “ June 13th – This Day in History – William Butler Yeats – Alexander the Great ”

  1. Oren Kadel on June 26, 2010 at 08:04

    I had couple of small problems viewing the website in Firefox on Linux, but I still loved the post.

  2. Robert Security Systems on June 28, 2010 at 00:35

    Michael was truly the King of Pop. It’s really sad that we will never see this great performer ever again. My prayers go out to his children on this one year anniversary of his passing. I hope the person that took Michael away from us gets his medical license revoked.

  3. Rosalie Friederich on June 30, 2010 at 03:35

    Ahh real sports and baseball. 1 of the ideas I like most around it is that you can argue forever about the game, opinions and statistics are endless.

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