June 22 in Pop Culture History

June 22 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 22 History Highlights

  • 1870 – US Congress created the United States Department of Justice.
  • 1942 – Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress.
  • 1990 – Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin, a sign of the ending of The Cold War.
  • If you were born on June 22nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 29th (prior year)

Cuyahoga River Fire

This Ohio River is and was one of the most polluted in America with thirteen documented cases of it catching fire, starting as early as 1868 and continuing beyond 1952 when its largest blaze caused over $1.3 million worth of damage. One event stands out: 1912 recorded five deaths due to contaminated water traveling downriver from Akron’s rubber factories into Cleveland, where people drank straight from their faucets.

The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire helped spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities, resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Although the most recent, no known pictures of the 1969 fire exist because it was under control by the time press arrived.

June 22 is…

Chocolate Eclair Day
Onion Rings Day

June 22 Birthday Quotes

“If you’re not satisfied with the way the world is, or if you think the world can be better, you have to figure out a way to know yourself and better yourself. Then you have the assurance that something in the world has improved.”
– Todd Rundgren

“You can get more with a simple prayer and a Thompson sub-machinegun than you can with a simple prayer alone.”
– John Dillinger

“When something’s got to give, family always wins. I couldn’t live with myself if it was the other way.”
– Tracy Pollan

“All men think they’re fascinating. In my case, it’s justified.”
– Bruce Campbell

“You always have to remember – no matter what you’re told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway.”
– Cyndi Lauper

“Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. ‘Cause, that’s all that matters in the end.”
– Kris Kristofferson

June 22 Birthdays

1845 – Tom Dula, American soldier and murderer (died in 1868)
1903 – John Dillinger, American criminal (died in 1934)
1916 – Johnny Jacobs, American television announcer (died in 1982)
1936 – Kris Kristofferson, American singer-songwriter and actor
1948 – Todd Rundgren, American singer-songwriter,
1949 – Meryl Streep, American actress
1952 – Graham Greene, Canadian character actor
1953 – Cyndi Lauper, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Freddie Prinze, American actor (died in 1977)
1958 – Bruce Campbell, American actor
1960 – Tracy Pollan, American actress
1973 – Carson Daly, American radio and television host

June 22 History

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1911 – George V and Mary of Teck were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1918 – The Hammond Circus Train Wreck killed 86 people and injured 127 near Hammond, Indiana.

1937 – Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title when he defeated Jim Braddock.

June 22, 1943 (fiction) Steve Rogers received the ‘Super Soldier Serum’, Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe

1950 – The publication Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television listed many suspected communists in American media, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw, and Orson Welles.

1968 #1 Hit June 22, 1968 – July 19, 1968: Herb Alpert – This Guy’s in Love with You

1969 – Cleveland, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire.

1976 – Broadway – Godspell (Musical) opened on June 22, 1976

1978 – Pluto’s Moon Charon was discovered by James W. Christy, at the Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

1985 #1 Hit June 22, 1985 – July 5, 1985: Bryan Adams – Heaven

2000 – Wuhan Airlines Flight 343 was struck by lightning and crashed into Wuhan’s Hanyang District, killing 49 people.

2001The Fast and the Furious was released in theaters.

2009 – Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

2013 #1 Hit June 22, 2013 – September 13, 2013: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Ain’t no rest for the wicked.” #songlyrics

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath

Falling cocoanuts are more lethal and kill more people every year than sharks.

Those kids must have been pretty disappointed when they moved up a grade from Ms. Frizzle’s class.

The guitar solo in Michael Jackson’s Beat It was performed by Eddie Van Halen.

Did you know that Star Trek was NOT filmed in space? This is why there is gravity and no one or anything ever floats.

If you love retail but wish you could yell at the customers, high school lunch lady is the perfect job.

The ZIP in “ZIP code” is an acronym for “Zone Improvement Plan”

Mr. Potato Head was introduced by the Hasbro company in 1952.

If a rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar, does everyone stare at them waiting for something funny to happen? #jokes

A group of Baby Chicks is called a Clutch or Chattering.

“Homey don’t play that!” – Homey the Clown (In Living Color) #TVQuotes

Actors are referred to as Thespians out of respect for Thespis, the first known actor in written plays.

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