May 2016 - History Gal

What Happened Today in History in June?

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June 1, 1980

CNN, the United States' first 24 hour news channel, was launched. Read about CNN's first 25 years.

June 2, 1886

Grover Cleveland became the first and only president to get married in the White House. Go to White House Weddings to learn about Cleveland's wedding and others that occurred at the White House.

June 3, 1800

John Adams became the first president to reside in the nation's new capital, Washington, D.C. Go here to learn about the new capital.


June 4, 1989

The Chinese government cracked down on protestors in Tienanmen Square. View Frontline's timeline of events that led up to the massacre.

June 5, 1956

Elvis scandalously performs "Hound Dog" on the Milton Berle Show. What was so scandalous? Watch it here.


June 6, 1944

D-Day: Allies invaded France. Go to the BBC and watch an animation of the D-Day Landings.

June 7, 1692

Earthquake destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica. Go to the Port Royal Project to learn why this is a good place to search for sunken pirate treasure. Be sure to explore the site and discover the archaeological findings.

June 8, 1968

James Earl Ray was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. Read the New York Times article about his arrest.

June 9, 1973

Secretariat became a Triple Crown winner. Read about this great racing horse.

June 10, 1752

Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm. Go to PBS to see why and what he learned.

June 11, 1509

Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon. Go to PBS and meet all 6 of Henry VIII's wives and learn which ones escaped with their lives and which ones weren't so fortunate.

June 12, 1963

Medgar Evers was assassinated. Go to the NAACP to learn more about him.

June 13, 323

Alexander the Great died. Go to the National Geographic and read about his dramatic life.

June 14, 1846

The Bear Flag revolt began. What was is? Watch this video and then read this primary source.

June 15, 1776

Delaware became its own state. Learn more about Delaware here.

June 16, 1884

America's first roller coaster opened at Coney Island, NY. Explore the American Experience: Coney Island,

June 17, 1972

Watergate burglars were arrested. Learn more about these men here and read the Washington Post story about their arrest here.

June 18, 1812

War of 1812 began. Compare and contrast the American view of the war with the British perspective.

June 19, 1953

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed. View the FBI reports to learn why they were executed.

June 20, 1975

The movie Jaws was released. It was inspired by this true 1916 event.

June 21, 1956

While being questioned by HUAC, Arthur Miller refused to name suspected Communists. What was HUAC? Go here to find out. Who was Arthur Miller? You may have seen his play: The Crucible. Watch the video about why he wrote the play.

June 22, 1944

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill. Visit the National World War II Museum to learn more about the bill and its importance.

June 23, 1972

Title IX was signed into law and impacts athletics programs across the nation. Go to the NCAA and read their FAQs about Title IX.

June 24, 1675

King Philip's War began. Read this article to learn how the war impacted Connecticut.

June 25, 1876

The Battle of Little Big Horn occurred between the Sioux and Cheyenne and General Custer and the 7th Calvary. and . Read a primary account of the battle and another account by Lakota Chief Red Horse.

June 26, 1541

Francisco Pizarro was assassinated by rivals. Learn about Pizarro's conquest of the Incas.

June 27, 1829

English scientist James Smithson died leaving a will bequeathing his entire estate to a country he had never visited, the United States, under the stipulation that it be housed in Washington, D.C. under the name Smithsonian Institute. Read more about his unusual bequest here.

June 28, 1914

Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking World War I. Learn the basic facts about the assassination here at the BBC.

June 29, 1613

The Globe Theatre burned down. Take a virtual tour of the theatre and then read about the playwright who made it famous.

June 30, 1936

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published. Read an interview with Margaret Mitchell and then read Mental Floss' 10 Fascinating Facts about the book.

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A Fun Idea for End of Year Tests

By History Gal

My daughter and her friends will take two End of Grade (EOG) tests this week. Last week, her teacher sent all the parents an email asking us to send in envelopes for the students to open on the mornings of their tests. Inside the envelope, we could place quotes, motivational messages, pictures, etc. to help motivate our kids and to ease some of their test anxiety. What a great idea!

Until...I started thinking. What if I write something that makes her erupt into tears? What if I include something that inadvertently adds to her fear of the test? That would just be a disaster!

All of a sudden, this simple request from her teacher began stressing ME out! I thought about not doing it. But, quickly tossed that idea aside when I realized it would even be worse if she was the only one in her class without an envelope to open.

free downloadSo, I went back to brainstorming and I came up with the idea of creating some jokes to make my daughter smile and hopefully laugh before she has to get serious and take her tests.

Now, joke creation is definitely not my forte! I got some help from Leah Cleary who is a master of words and my joke idol to create six joke puzzle cards. I divided them up into two sets and put each set into an envelope.

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Hopefully, these joke puzzle cards will not make my daughter erupt into tears or add to her test anxiety, but instead give her a good laugh before she has to sit and take, in my daughter's words, a "long and boring test."

If you think your own child or class would like these joke puzzle cards, click below!
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Stopping the Parent Freak-Out Over End of Year Testing

By History Gal

It's that time of year. Almost every email, phone call, and correspondence from my daughter's school reminds us that End of Grade testing is almost here. Her teacher talks about it. Her friends talk about  and even parents are talking about it.

I get it, but I don't like it. It's the season of high stakes testing. Jobs and even funding rests on the performance of the students on these tests. And, as the tests get closer, I see my daughter and her friends become more and more stressed about taking these tests.

*NEWSFLASH* Stressed kids don't perform well on tests!

Here are 3 things that we are doing at our house to help our daughter:

1. We are making a conscious effort to downplay these End of Grade (EOG) tests. Our daughter is a high achiever. She wants to do everything well. And, she has it in her head that these tests carry so much weight that she will fail 4th grade if she bombs them. Talk about some self-imposed pressure! When she brings up her EOG tests, we tell her they are no big deal; that they are just a way for her to show off what she already knows; and that no matter what she scores on the test there is no way she will fail 4th grade.

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2. We are making our actions match our words. We can't tell her the tests are no big deal and then contradict it with our actions. The other day, my daughter asked if she could skip her 6:00-6:45 ballet class next week since the next day she was taking an EOG. My answer? No. If I let her skip ballet class just because she has a test the next day, I'm subconsciously telling her that this test is so important she needs to skip her extra-curricular activities. It would give extra validation to her stress.

Musings of a History Gal3. We are making our actions match our words. I repeated this on purpose because it is hard to stop the parent freak-out. I mean well when I talk to her each day about how she is feeling about the test, if she is studying for the test at school, if she thinks she is ready for the test, etc. I mean well when I put her to bed extra early the night before the test and have a breakfast of champions the morning of the test. I mean well when I remind her to wear comfortable clothes and to wear her hair back so it won't be in her eyes on the day of the test. I do all of these things because I want my daughter to perform well on the test. However, am I helping or hindering her? If I really believe and want my daughter to believe that the EOGs are no big deal, why am I doing these things? Making my actions match my words is harder than it seems. I definitely haven't perfected things. But, my hope is that through my words and actions, my daughter will come to the realization that EOG tests, while long and boring, are nothing to stress and worry about.

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