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Summer Solstice

Friday, June 21, 2013

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When : June 21, 2013; June 21, 2014

Summer Solstice is sometimes referred to as "Midsummer" Litha". It's the longest day of the year. The amount of daylight only goes down from here....for the next six months (more on that later). Summer Solstice is the meteorological start of summer. It's time to enjoy vacations, great weather, pools, baseballs, and everything else that goes along with the favorite season of kids and most adults. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the season, because for many of us it is all too short.

Did you know? The sun does not set at the North Pole today. There is 24 hours of sunlight. Does it make up for that cold day in December when the sun does not rise above the horizon? No, but on this day it sure does feel good wherever you are!

More Information:

Summer Solstice educational, great for school reports

Summer Solstice: A celebration of the Sun from Alaska Science Forum, provides some interesting information and facts about the sun.

This Day in History June 21

In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of setting the fire that destroyed much of the city. (1734)

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded. (1749)

James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court. (1768)

New Hampshire ratifies the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the 9th state in the United States. (1788)

Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine. (1834)

American Civil War: The Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road begins. (1864)

The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons. (1877)

The United States captures Guam from Spain. (1898)

Boxer Rebellion. China formally declared war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi. (1900)

The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens. (1915)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike. (1919)

Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The nine sailors killed are the last casualties of World War I. (1919)

The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (1940)

World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States mainland. (1942)

World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island. (1945)

Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York. (1948)

Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, are murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, United States, by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (1964)

Penn Central declares Section 77 bankruptcy, largest ever US corporate bankruptcy up to this date. (1970)

In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test for obscenity in U.S. law. (1973)

John Hinckley is found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. (1982)

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen. (2001)

SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight. (2004)

Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra. (2006)
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    Have experienced the Solstice in Fairbanks!
    1612 days ago
    When we visited our kids in Alaska last June we had cardboard over the bedroom window so we could sleep. It is hard to go to bed when it never get totally dark. Don't want to visit there in the winter though!
    1613 days ago
    Happy Summer Solstice!

    Usually I do something special in the evening to celebrate the day and the extra daylight hours.


    Enjoyed the tidbits from the "This Day in History" section.

    1613 days ago
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