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Historical highlights for Wednesday, June 20, 2018: West Virginia Day; Day 171 of the Year

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West Virginia map of counties 2008 graph By Jm0371, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

WEST VIRGINIA DAY

West Virginia Day celebrates the statehood of West Virginia. The 35th state was formed when several northwestern counties of Virginia objected to that state’s decision in 1861 to join the Confederacy during the Civil War. These counties worked for two years to form their own state and join the Union. They succeeded on June 20, 1863. Since 1927, West Virginians have officially celebrated this event on June 20 each year.

 

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Historical highlights for Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Emancipation Day in Texas; 170th Day of the Year

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Shackles dealing with slavery 1971 photo By Collectie Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

EMANCIPATION DAY (TEX.)

Emancipation Day, also called Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery and freedom on June 19, 1865 in eastern Texas and portions of the surrounding states. On that day, General Gordon Granger landed with Federal troops in Galveston, Texas, with the intention of enforcing President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. The end of slavery was a gradual process, occurring as news of the proclamation reached outlying towns and states. Juneteenth was probably a shortened version of June 19th. A proclamation from the president stated that all slaves were now free, and the relationship between master and slave was now employer and employee: “The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” Beginning the year following this Texas event, 1866, large celebrations to rival the Fourth of July began, including prayer services, inspirational speakers, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, storytelling by former slaves, and traditional food and games. Soon neighboring states such as Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were adding celebrations. Throughout Texas, ex-slaves purchased land for their Juneteenth gatherings. June 19 was declared a legal holiday in Texas in 1980. For more on this holiday, visit the Texas State Library and Archives Commission or The Worldwide Juneteenth Celebration.

 

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Daily Almanac for Monday, June 18, 2018: Day 169 of the Year

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Sally Ride in 1984. On this date in 1983, she became the first American woman in Space. Public Domain photo, https commons.wikimedia.org

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Daily Almanac for Sunday, June 17, 2018: Father’s Day & 168th Day of the Year

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FATHER’S DAY

Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a modern origin. The idea came to Mrs. John Dodd as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, had raised his children alone on his Washington farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day” on June 5, her father’s birthday. The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and soon other towns had their own celebrations. In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.

 

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Daily Almanac for Saturday, June 16, 2018: 167th Day of the Year

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Actress Laurie Metcalf, who has won Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and Academy Awards, was born on this date in 1955. She is pictured here at 44th Emmy Awards in 1992 photo by photo by Alan Light via wikipedia commons

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