June Jottings

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junepicThe Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name.

The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named. In Iceland, folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you are supposed to keep ageing at bay for longer.

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In 836; Viking Raiders Viking Raiders sailed up the Thames and sacked London


Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet born today in .1840.


In China in 1989, People's Army tanks moved into Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing 2,000 pro-democracy protesters.


Gruffydd ap Llewellyn, King of Gwynedd and Powys, defeated an English attack in 1039. Read more @ Welsh Rulers through the Ages


Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary born today in 1876.


The 1844 Factory Act in Britain restricted female workers to a 12-hour day; children between eight and 13 years were limited to six-and-a-half hours.


Robert 1 'Bruce' King of Scotland, died today in 1329


Sir Oswald Mosley addressed a mass meeting of the British Union of Fascists at Olympia London today in 1934


In 1997 at the tenth Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) convention in Harare, Zimbabwe, the elephant was down listed to CITES Appendix II (vulnerable) and the ban on ivory exportation in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe was lifted. Full Text of the Convention here.


The former Black Panther Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt, convicted for the killing of a white schoolmistress in 1972, was released from prison in 1997 USA due to new evidence (commonly referred to as having been framed).


US president Eisenhower proposed financial and technical aid to all non-communist countries to develop atomic energy in 1955, and started a nice bit of Nuclear Proliferation


In 1667, The Dutch fleet under Admiral de Ruyter burned Sheerness, sailed up the River Medway, raided Chatham dockyard, and escaped with the royal barge, the Royal Charles; the nadir of English naval power. details @The Dutch in the Medway.


Members of the Freemen of Montana militia were arrested after an 81-day siege of their remote Western ranch in 1996. They were charged with a $1.8 million fraud scheme.


Owen Glendower; having won control of Wales, assumed the title of Prince of Wales and held a Welsh parliament in 1404.


In 1381, Wat Tyler, English rebel leader or social reformer (choice is yours) killed by the kings men in what was to become known as Wat Tyler's Rebellion


Burglars were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate Building, Washington DC, in 1972.


Eugene Terreblanche, leader of the white Afrikaaner Resistance Movement (AWB) in South Africa, was sentenced to six years in jail in 1997, for the attempted murder of a black farm hand. Ironically, he himself was killed by two of his farmhands 13 (unlucky for some) years later. Suppose that's Karma!


Russia Vikings (the Rus) were repulsed in an attack as far south as Constantinople in 860. Read about the Rus Byzantine war: The Russian Vikings.


1829: Robert Peel's Act was passed, to establish a new police force in London and its suburbs originally calledThe Peelers'.


1756: In India, over 140 British subjects were imprisoned in a cell called the Black hole of Calcutta only 23 came out alive.


The German fleet was scuttled in Scapa Flow, in the Orkneys this day in 1919.


In 1826, the Pan-American Congress met in Panama under the influence of Simn Bolvar in an unsuccessful effort to unite the American Republics.


World Disasters Report 1999, published by the Red Cross, revealed that refugees from environmental disasters such as drought, floods, and deforestation totalled 25 million in 1998, outnumbering war refugees for the first time. This report and many more can be found by following the link.


1314: Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II at Bannockburn and so completed his expulsion of the English from Scotland.


1876: US soldier George Custer and his 264 men were killed by Sioux Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn Montana.


1963: While addressing a crowd of 150,000 Berliners, President Kennedy made the statement 'All free men ... are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, Ich bin ein Berliner'. What he really said was 'I am a Doughnut'.
27th Charles Stewart Parnell: Born on this day in 1846, he was later to become an Irish nationalist leader.


1914: Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated at Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian revolutionary. This was to be the catalyst for WW1.


South African Citizenship Act of 1949 suspended the automatic granting of citizenship to Commonwealth immigrants after five years, and imposed a ban on mixed marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans � the beginning of the Apartheid program.

Montezuma 11 Aztec ruler, assassinated by his own people this day in 1520

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