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June 16th In Pop Culture History

1816 - Lord Byron read 'Fantasmagoriana' to his four house guests - Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story.

1858 - Abraham Lincoln gave his "a house divided against itself cannot stand" speech.

1884 - The first public roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson's "Switchback Railway" (patent #310,966) opened in New York's Coney Island amusement park.

1893 - Cracker Jack, invented by R.W. Rueckheim, was introduced at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago's World Fair.

1903 - The Pepsi-Cola Co. registered the Pepsi-Cola trademark.

1903 - The Ford Motor Company was incorporated by Henry Ford and 11 investors.

1904 - Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel, Ulysses, takes place.

1911 - IBM as founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.

June 16, 1938 (fiction) The planet Krypton blew up, DC Comics

1956 #1 Hit June 16, 1956 - July 27, 1956: Gogi Grant - The Wayward Wind

1961 - Dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the US from the Soviet Union.

1963 - Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space on Vostok 6.

1967 - The Monterey Pop Festival began.

1990 #1 Hit June 16, 1990 - June 29, 1990: Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

June 16, 2006 - Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior aired on The Disney Channel

2010 - Hot in Cleveland premiered on TV Land.

June 16th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Ultimate Warrior (wrestler) (1962)
Yasmine Bleeth (1968)
Stan Laurel (1890)
Diana DeGarmo (1987)
Barbara Stynwyck (1907)
Jack Albertson (1907 - 1981)
Tupac Shakur (1971 - 1996)
Laurie Metcalf (1955)
Butterflies taste with their feet.
"A horse may be coaxed to drink, but a pencil must be lead."
- Stan Laurel

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