On this day
Is Pepsi ok?
Speaking of big American corporations, Pepsi-Cola was also formed today as a company - back in 1903! Ford and Pepsi are two big American icons - and the latter is famous for going to-to-toe with Coca-Cola. The cola wars, as they’re known (and as Billy Joel once sung about) never really ended!
George Stinney faced execution.
As far as the US had come in terms of innovation, it was still struggling to outpace the ugly side of its justice system in 1944. On this very date, 14-year-old African American minor, George Stinney, was executed on the charge of the murder of two white girls. He was the youngest person to ever be executed in 20th-Century America - and what’s worse, he did not in fact commit the crime.
Showers were never the same again…!
Alfred Hitchcock's directorial career is one of the most-admired in Hollywood - and, arguably, one of the highlights of his reel is the psychological horror movie Psycho, which had its premiere on this very date back in 1960 in NYC. The creative picture gave rise to a whole new movie genre - the "slasher" pic.
They were on a mission from God.
In 1980, the musical comedy classic The Blues Brothers hit the silver screen for the first time. The film, which stars Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, was an instant hit and had its premiere in Chicago, Illinois. Belushi would die tragically only a short time later, but the film still spawned a sequel some decades to come. The movie’s just as famous for its ridiculous carnage as it is for its star-studded musical line-up (including Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and Aretha Franklin).
Special Days Falling on June 16thJune 16th isn’t all about history! It’s just as much about marine life, fresh greens, and creamy fudge.
World Sea Turtle Day
Sea turtles are stunning creatures that can live for decades, much longer than us! They can be very docile - but keeping clear of them is wise, as they are still wild animals. Sea Turtle Day gives us all a chance to get to know these critters a little better, and to help us understand how to provide better lives for them (such as by reducing plastic waste in our oceans).
National Fudge Day
Of course, we all deserve the occasional treat! While your dentist isn’t looking, enjoy a quick bite of fudge today if you can - and why not sneak a special flavor or two that you might not have tried before?