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News, Events, Birthdays, History - June 25 - July 1

Birthdays

Captain Kangaroo - June 27, 1927 captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan - the beloved "Captain Kangaroo" - was born on this date in 1927. Most baby boomers will remember this long-running children's show that featured such regular characters as "Mr. Green Jeans", "Bunny Rabbit", and "Mr. Moose".

The New York Times commented: "Captain Kangaroo, a round-faced, pleasant, mustachioed man possessed of an unshakable calm ... was one of the most enduring characters television ever produced."

Helen Keller - June 27, 1880
Ms. Keller was left deaf and blind by a disease contracted as an infant. She grew to be the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing Helen to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.



Events

June 26, 1974 - First Product Scanned With a Barcode Image Barcode
Nowadays everything you purchase seems to have a barcode - from apples to lawnmowers - even cars! It all started back in 1949 when Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver invented the first barcode and filed their application for a patent. The barcode didn't reach public use until June of 1974. NCR installed a barcode scanner at the checkout counter of Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product scanned? A 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum!


June 30, 1966 - National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded
NOW was founded on June 30, 1966 in Washington, D.C., by 28 women and men attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women. It has grown to be the largest feminist organization in the United States, with a membership of 500,000 contributing members and 5987 chapters in all 50 U.S. states and the District Of Columbia.


Battle of Gettysburg - July 1 - July 3, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg resulted in the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War, and is often described as the war's turning point. Somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 Americans were killed or wounded in this three-day battle - a simply astounding number. Some four months later, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic "Gettysburg Address".


 
Not to be missed...

59th Annual Luling
Watermelon Thump
June 25 - 28 - Luling, Texas
www.watermelonthump.com

According to the festival's website,
Luling Water Tower
"Watermelon says 'Summer' like nothing else!"
The events include food, entertainment, a watermelon eating contest, and a World Champion Seed Spitting Contest.

As you can see from the picture of the Luling water tower, these folks take their watermelons seriously!!