1905 – Albert Einstein published the article, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity. I have read this article so many times that I have it practically memorized. Look for a review shortly.
1944 - World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces. This was critically important as the Allies had been relying on two artificial harbors, Mulberry A and B, one of which had been destroyed on June 19 in a major Atlantic storm. In the 10 months following D-Day, the two harbors were used to land over 2.5 million men (including my Uncle John Heslip and Uncle Joe Lydon), 500,000 vehicles, and 4 million tons of supplies.
1972 – The first leap second is added to the UTC time system. A leap second? Just think about that.
1997 – The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. As a result, the cost of making cheap men’s suits in the former crown colony skyrockets, necessitating “Casual Fridays” and bringing about the demise of the three-piece suit.
On this day, we said hello to:
1974 - Vixxxen - Calumet City, California – She sure does have a lot of xxx’s in her name.
On this day, we said goodbye to:
1993 – George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (b. 1928), a member of “Our Gang.”
2003 – Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924), and the voice of the seagull in The Little Mermaid. He knew what a dinglehopper was.