#TodayInHistory: CNN Launches!

#TodayInHistory: CNN Launches!

Yvonne Williams

It’s the beginning of a new month, Yay! Welcome to June everyone. Join us as we take a look at happenings on this day June 1 in history:

2015 –   Harriette Thompson, at 92 years and three months, becomes the oldest person to finish a marathon, beating the previous record holder of 92 years and 19 days

193 –        The Roman emperor, Marcus Didius, is murdered in his palace. was Roman Emperor for nine weeks.
Julianus ascended the throne after buying it from the Praetorian Guard, who had assassinated his predecessor Pertinax. This led to the Roman Civil War of 193–197. Julianus was ousted and sentenced to death by his successor, Septimius Severus.

1980 – CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

2001- Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal wiped out most of the royal family before shooting himself. He was thirteenth King of Nepal. He reigned from 1 to 4 June 2001. Official reports state that Dipendra massacred his own family members including both his parents because of anger over his choice of bride.

1946 – Great Britain First TV Licence Introduced: The British Broadcasting Corporation / BBC introduces the first TV Licence costing £2 for the British Public, ( This was in addition to a Radio Licence which cost about 10 shillings ( 50p ) ) current TV licence fee is £145.50.

1979 – Rhodesia End of White Rule Jun. 1st 1979 : Rhodesia ends nearly 100 years of white minority rule and changes it’s name to Zimbabwe.

2006– U.S.A. Hurricane Katrina : A report on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers admitted that faulty design specifications, incomplete sections and substandard construction of levee segments, contributed up to 2/3rd’s of damage done to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

1938 – Baseball helmets were worn for the first time.

1964-Kenya becomes a republic and Jomo Kenyatta its President.

Global Day of Parents – The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

National Tailors Day: Today celebrates the people that made or altered your clothes to make them fit and look just right.

National Pen Pal Day – National Pen Pal Day is a way to let your pen pals know how much they mean to you.  The day is the perfect day to send special letters and gifts to your pen pals.

Say Something Nice Day- Let’s face it. Many of us are overworked, stressed out and dead tired. Who has time for niceties? June 1 is Say Something Nice Day, an annual “holiday” that encourages us all to be nice to one another.

National Go Barefoot Day

Celebrate National Barefoot Day by walking around barefoot, the purpose of the holiday is to “raise awareness for the millions of people worldwide who live in extreme poverty and can’t afford shoes,”

Global  Running Day: As we take strides toward leading healthier, fitter lives. Grab a friend and go!

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