Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

June 16, 1980

On June 16, 1980, the US Supreme Court ruled that new forms of life created in labs could be patented. The specific case brought before the US Supreme Court involved a genetically-engineered bacterium that was capable of breaking down crude … Continue reading

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June 15, 1907

On June 15, 1907 researcher, George Soper, published the results of his investigation in the typhoid outbreaks in the New York area. He announced that Mary Mallon, a cook, was the likely source. It very rapidly became clear that Ms. … Continue reading

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June 14, 1949

On June 14, 1949, Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rode a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 83 miles, becoming the first ‘MONKEY IN SPACE’. Albert II asked what happened to Albert I, a year earlier. NASA informed him that … Continue reading

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June 10, 1925

On June 10, 1925, the state of Tennessee adopted a new biology textbook that denied that the Theory of Evolution was real. This happened because the state of Tennessee passed the Butler Act in March 1925 and it forbid public … Continue reading

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June 8, 1989

On June 8, 1989, the National League baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored 10 runs in the 1st inning against opponent Philadelphia, which prompted confident Pirate broadcaster, and ex-baseball player, Jim Rooker to declare on the air, that if the … Continue reading

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June 6, 1988

On June 6, 1988, the cartoon superhero, Mighty Mouse was accused by the American Family Association (AFA) of using cocaine on a recently aired episode. The cartoon’s producers were saddened by the stupidity and general tight-assedness of the AFA, as … Continue reading

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June 5, 1994

On June 5, 1994, 12 year-old Vicki Van Meter took off from Maine in a Cessna 210 and flew to Scotland. She followed the route that Amelia Earhart had previously taken and became the youngest female pilot to cross the … Continue reading

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June 3, 1989

On June 3, 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died in Tehran. Upon entering the afterlife, he was immediately provided with his 72 virgins. Unfortunately for Khomeini, they were all men who had lived in their grandmothers’ basements and … Continue reading

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June 2, 1994

On June 2, 1994, Ned Andrews won the 67th National Spelling Bee when he spelled the word antediluvian. Antediluvian, of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood. Dark horse candidate Burton ‘Gus’ Guster bowed out when he missed … Continue reading

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May 31, 1995

On May 31, 1995, Kansas Senator and past and future, Presidential Wannabe, Bob Dole singled out and criticized Time Warner for the ‘marketing of evil’ in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he hadn’t seen or heard much of … Continue reading

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