MILESTONES: June 22 birthdays for Meryl Streep, Cyndi Lauper, Clyde Drexler
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who was born in 1933; singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, who was born in 1936; journalist and author Brit Hume, who was born in 1943; The Turtles founder Howard Kaylan, who was born in 1947; “Hello it’s Me” singer Todd Rundgren, who was born in 1948; Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who was born in 1949; “The Bionic Woman” star Lindsay Wagner, who was born in 1949; U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was born in 1949; “True Colors” singer Cyndi Lauper, who was born in 1953; “Star Trek: Voyager” star Tim Russ, who was born in 1956; “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell, who was born in 1958; Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who was born in 1962; “Judging Amy” star Amy Brenneman, who was born in 1964; and “The DaVinci Code” author Dan Brown, who was born in 1964.
LAW OF THE LAND: The Department of Justice was established by an act of Congress 150 years ago today. The department is headed by the attorney general. Prior to 1870, the attorney general, whose office was created in 1789, had been a member of the president’s cabinet but had not been the head of a department.
A SOLEMN OCCASION: Today is the 80th anniversary of the fall of France. The Battle of France began on May 12, 1940, with German forces crossing into the nation at Sedan and the Meuse River, and ended with France’s surrender. Previously, the British Expeditionary Force had evacuated via Dunkirk from May 27 to June 4, and Paris had been declared an open city on June 13. On June 22, France and Germany signed a second armistice agreement at the Compiegne Forest — the same location as the 1918 armistice of World War I.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
— comedian George Carlin, who died on this day in 2008
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