On This Day In History
- 1858 - Julia Lathrop is born. She became a social reformer in the area of education, social policy, and children’s welfare and the first woman ever to head a United States federal bureau when she served as director of the United States Children’s Bureau (1912-1922).
- 1897 - Kazue Togasaki is born. She became a physician who pioneered a place in medicine for women of Japanese ancestry and was one of the few physicians allowed to practice medicine in the Japanese internment camps during World War II.
- 1956 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
- 1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.
- 1972 - U.S. Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as unconstitutional in a 5-4 vote.
- 1986 - Richard Branson completes the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean aboard his powerboat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger II. It took three days, eight hours and 31 minutes.
- 1995 - U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian space station.
- 2007 - The first iPhone is released in the U.S.
Quote of the Day
"Averages are like the economic man; they are inventions, not real. When applied to salaries, they hide gaunt poverty at the lower end."
On the Punny Side
My friend’s bakery burned down last night.
Now his business is toast.