It’s Sunday, June 19, and that means that today is Father’s Day, celebrated mostly in the U.S., where it was originally celebrated on this day in Spokane, Washington, but proclaimed a national holiday only in 1972 by, yes, Richard Nixon. Google Doodle celebrates the day with a cute cartoon:
On this day in 1865, Union forces landed in Texas, proclaiming to all that slavery had been ended and the slaves were now free. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had, of course, freed them several years earlier, but could not take effect until after the Civil War. This day is thus celebrated, especially by African-Americans, as “Juneteenth.” And, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, America’s most important piece of civil rights legislation in recent decades, was passed by the Senate.
Notables born on this day include Blaise Pascal, the Wager Man (1623), along with the Three Stooges’ Moe Howard (1897), Lou Gehrig (1903), Pauline Kael (1919), Aung San Suu Kyi (1945), and Salman Rushdie (1947). Those who died on this day include Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed in 1953 for spying, and actor James Gandolfini, who died in 2013 at only 51. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili shows some absolutely typical cat behavior:
A: Are you coming in?Hili: I have to give it some thought.
Ja: Wchodzisz do domu?
Hili: Muszę się zastanowić.