June 3 in Pop Culture History

June 3 Facts, Fun Trivia and History

June 3 History Highlights

  • 1937 – The Duke of Windsor married Wallis Simpson.
  • 1940 – The Battle of Dunkirk ended with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
  • 1989 – The government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after almost 2 months of occupation.
  • If you were born on June 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 10th (prior year)

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Taylor

One of America’s most-known poems, it was first published in The San Francisco Examiner (then called The Daily Examiner) on June 3, 1888.

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought if only Casey could but get a whack at that—
We’d put up even money now with Casey at the bat.

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey’s getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile on Casey’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ’twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance gleamed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
“That ain’t my style,” said Casey. “Strike one,” the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore.
“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted some one on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, “Strike two.”

“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, his teeth are clinched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.

June 3 is…

Chocolate Macaroon Day
Egg Day
Repeat Day

June 3 Birthday Quotes

“You live in the present and you eliminate things that don’t matter. You don’t carry the burden of the past. I’m not impressed by the past very much. The past bores me, to tell you the truth; it really bores me. I don’t remember many movies and certainly not my own.”
– Paulette Goddard

“I just found it interesting to talk to adults I admired and to discover that the path they took was never all that clearly defined. It was comforting to me when I figured out that you don’t have to know what you want to do with your life; you just have to take a few steps in one direction, and other opportunities will open up.”
– Anderson Cooper

“It’s easy to create something that has a lot of luster, but it’s very hard to make something that has a lot of depth.”
– John Dykstra

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.”
– Josephine Baker

“Fifty percent of something is better than one hundred percent of nothing.”
– Chuck Barris

June 3 Birthdays

1906 – Josephine Baker, French actress, singer, and dancer, French Resistance operative (died in 1975)
1910 – Paulette Goddard, American actress and model (died in 1990)
1925 – Tony Curtis, American actor (died in 2010)
1926 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (died in 1997)
1929 – Chuck Barris, American game show host and producer (died in 2017)
1946 – Penelope Wilton, English actress
1947 – John Dykstra, American special effects artist
1950 – Suzi Quatro, American-English singer-songwriter and actress
1954 – Dan Hill, Canadian singer-songwriter
1964 – James Purefoy, English actor
1967 – Anderson Cooper, American journalist

June 3 History

1621
The Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherland (now the eastern US) and the Caribbean.

1888
The poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was published in the San Francisco Examiner.

1889
The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States was completed, 14 miles between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.

1948
The 200-inch reflecting Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.

1950
Annapurna – 26,545 ft (8,091 m) – Nepal – First ascent: June 3, 1950, by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal

1956
Santa Cruz, CA authorities announced a total ban on rock and roll at public gatherings, calling the music “Detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth and community.”

1965
Major Edward White II, a Gemini 4 crew member, performed the first American spacewalk.

1967
#1 Hit June 3, 1967 – June 30, 1967: Aretha Franklin – Respect

1968
Valerie Solanas attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times.

1971
East End Show – No Sex Please, We’re British (Play) June 3, 1971

1972
#1 Hit June 3, 1972June 9, 1972: The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There

1978
#1 Hit June 3, 1978 – June 9, 1978: Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams – Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

1989
#1 Hit June 3, 1989 – June 9, 1989: Michael Damian – Rock On

1992
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show and played the saxophone.

1995
#1 Hit June 3, 1995July 7, 1995: Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?

1996
Zenith introduced the first HDTV-compatible front projection TV in the U.S.

1989
The government of China sent troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.

2006
#1 Hit June 3, 2006June 16, 2006: Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone – Ridin’

2010
Long suspected of his involvement in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot was arrested for the murder of Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Hydrox was the original sandwich cookie, while Oreo is the more popular knockoff.

Arnold Sommerfeld, a German theoretical physicist was nominated for the Nobel Prize 84 times, more than any other physicist, but he never received the award.

There are only 32 satellites serving the world’s GPS needs.

The Seven Virtues #5- Justice is being fair and equitable with others.

Prior to his death, Roger Ebert enjoyed the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, calling it “without a doubt the best film we are ever likely to see on the subject”.

Saying you enjoy “people watching” is a lot less creepy than “watching people”

Tycho is the crater on the Moon, named after 16th century Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, where the monolith was found in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In t-shirt sizes, XL > L > M, but it’s the opposite in Roman numerals.

US President #10 John Tyler (1841-1845) John became President with WHH’s untimely death. He was playing marbles when he found out. He also had 15 children! (he married twice). Don’t knock the “marbles” Washington and Jefferson played too!

“ALFA” (now Alfa Romeo) was an acronym for “Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili,” founded 1910.

The longest prison sentence ever given was 141,078 years, given to to Chamoy Thipyaso in 1989 for fraud. She only served 8 years of the sentence.

“I’ve got blistas on my fingas!” #songlyrics

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” – Muhammad Ali

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