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Happy Juneteenth~

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. 

Happy birthday, Chris Van Allsburg! Hurrah for the surreal spawns of your creative mind. Who doesn't remember a story such as Jumanji? Even if you haven't read the book, you've almost undoubtedly heard the board game's 'heart' thumps emanating from your TV. And if you haven't, I would kindly advise you to crawl out from under your rock to fix the problem.

Born in 1949, Chris did not only write classics as Jumanji, Zathura, The Polar Express and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi -- but also illustrated a number of his own books. He's one of those children's books writers with still a great deal of adult readers and fans, because of the spot-on characterization and storytelling that still manages to send shivers down your spine. Not to mention that his books helped bring fourth some splendid movies as well.

Happy Chris Van Allsburg Day! What are you celebrating?

Another kind of D-Day. Dad day.

A day of CDs by the likes of James Last, cheap afstershaves, and washing cars; Father's Day is once again upon us! Go forth and... praise some fathers.

Surely, this holiday has to be good for something. Why, it was allegedly thought up by a woman. According to rumors on the internets, Sonara Smart Dodd got the idea for Father's day after listening to a Mother's Day speech in 1902. Having been raised by her father, she thought it was high time to start a paternal equivalent of the holiday. Sonara's father (William Jackson Smart) was born in June, and thus the new holiday was originally celebrated on the 19th of this month. It was only recognized as an official holiday in the U.S. in 1965, and in 1972 President Nixon announced that Father's Day was to be celebrated the third Sunday of June. It's been like that ever since.

Happy Father's Day! What are you celebrating?

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Women in space, oh my!

Today's the day, in 1963, that the first woman was literally launched into outer space! Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, or.... Val for short, was not only the first woman to take to the stars, but when she boarded the Vostok 6 she was also to become the first civilian to orbit the earth. A whole 48 times, at that.

Maybe it was the fact that Val was declared "psychologically instable" after the flight, that it took us a whole 19 years to send another woman out there. Not the best example, but an example nonetheless!

Happy First Woman in Space Day! What are you celebrating?