June 30 in Pop Culture History

June 30 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 30 History Highlights

  • 1864 – President Abraham Lincoln granted Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”.
  • 1908 – The Tunguska Event happened near Lake Baikal, Russia.
  • 1934 – The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, took place.
  • 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published.
  • If you were born on June 30th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… October 7th (prior year

The Tunguska Event

The Tunguska event is one of the most powerful natural disasters in recorded history. On June 30th, 1908 an explosion near a sparsely populated forest flattened 80 million trees over an 830 square mile area and eyewitness reports suggest that at least three people may have died as a result. The Podkamennaya Tunguska River is an explosive, natural phenomenon that spans across Eastern Siberia.

The Tunguska event is classified as an impact event. The Podkamennaya Tunguska River is an explosive, natural phenomenon that spans across Eastern Siberia, even though no crater has been found. The object was thought to have disintegrated at an altitude of 3-6 miles before it could reach the ground and had a size of 50 meters or more with relatively little variation on estimates from 160 feet to 620 ft.

June 30 is…

Ice Cream Soda Day
Mai Tai Day
Meteor Watch Day

June 30 Birthday Quotes

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
– Lena Horne

“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.”
– Mike Tyson

“Practice until it becomes boring, then practice until it becomes beautiful.”
– Harry Blackstone, Jr.

“A lot of first-time filmmakers are almost apologizing for their movie by saying, ‘well, we only had 18 days to shoot, you know’.”
Mark Waters

– “It’s like why people read scary books or go see scary movies. Because it creates a distance. They’re scared, but they’re not going to get hurt.”
– Vincent D’Onofrio

June 30 Birthdays

1917 – Lena Horne, American singer (died in 2010)
1934 – Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician and author (died in 1997)
1956 – David Alan Grier, American comedic actor
1959 – Vincent D’Onofrio, American character actor
1960 – Murray Cook, Australian musician, founding Wiggle
1964 – Mark Waters, American comedy director and producer
1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer
1982 – Lizzy Caplan, American actress
1986 – Alicia Fox, American wrestler and model

June 30 History

1805 – The Michigan Territory was organized

1831 – A patent for a platform scale was issued to brothers Erastus and Thaddeus S. Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

1859 – Jean-Francois Gravelet, known as Emile Blondin, became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1860 – The 1860 Oxford evolution debate (Huxley-Wilberforce debate or the Wilberforce-Huxley debate) at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History took place.

1886 – The United States Division of Forestry was recognized and established by an Act of Congress

1894 – The Tower Bridge across the River Thames in London was officially opened.

1905 – Albert Einstein sends the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity, for publication in Annalen der Physik.

1906 – The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.

1908 – The Tunguska Event happened near Lake Baikal, Russia. Destroying 830 square miles in Eastern Siberian Taiga. It was probably a big meteor. Or was it?

1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft as Chief Justice of the United States.

1952The Guiding Light premiered on CBS.

1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

1966 – The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded.

1971 – Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, putting the amendment into effect.

1972 – The first leap second was added to the UTC time system.

1973 #1 Hit June 30, 1973 – July 6, 1973: George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

1979 #1 Hit June 30, 1979 – July 13, 1979: Anita Ward – Ring My Bell

1987 – Iran-Contra hearings aired during daytime television, pre-empting most programming.

1989 Do The Right Thing was released in theaters.

1990 #1 Hit June 30, 1990 – July 20, 1990: New Kids on the Block – Step By Step

2019 – Donald Trump became the first sitting American President to visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Pennsylvania has a region known as the “Potato Chip Belt” where Herr’s, Utz, Martin’s, Bon Ton, Bickels’, and Snyder’s of Hanover call home.

The act of hitting something until it works is called “Percussive maintenance.”

Five Card Poker Odds, nothing wild: Straight Flush – Five cards of the same suit in order, 1 in 65,000

I have the power to instantly make you think about corn.

You’d think if a sophisticated race of ancient aliens came to earth to build pyramids and stuff, they’d have someone who’d be able to draw more than stick figures in a cave.

“Well, nobody’s perfect.” – Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown) #moviequotes

The largest and heaviest human internal organ is the liver.

The word Crusade comes from the Latin word crociata, which means “to mark with a cross.”

Clovers have DOUBLE the chromosomes of humans. Because of their crazy reproductive habits, it’s almost impossible to figure out if four-leafed clovers are genetic traits or caused by the environment.

The Capital of San Marino is San Marino

Robert E. Lee and Douglas MacArthur had the second, and third, highest scores respectively at graduation in the history of the United States Military Academy. The highest scorer, Charles Mason, resigned from the US Army two years after graduating from West Point.

There’s no official word for a group of Koalas because they are solitary animals.

Americans spend more money on slot machines than on movies, baseball, and theme parks combined.

I walked into a bookshop…
Me: “Do you have any books on turtles?”
Sales Guy: “Hardback?”
Me: “Yeah, with little heads”

November and December both end in Ember because they’re the dying embers of the year.

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