1999: Take Your Dog to Work Day
Move over kids, “take your child to work day” has gone to the dogs. It was on this day in 1999 when Pet Sitters International created the unofficial holiday, “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and it has been celebrated by many ever since. Celebrated the Friday after Father’s Day, the purpose of this day is to celebrate pooches and encourage pet adoptions. Pet Sitters are also responsible for creating Bring Your Cat to Work Day (celebrated on the Monday after Father’s Day) and Take Your Pet to Work Week (which runs the the whole week before).
1948: ‘The Lottery’ Ruffles Feathers
The disturbing fictional short story, The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson, was published for the first time in The New Yorker magazine on this day in 1948. It is known as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature” but not necessarily in a favorable sense. The story tells of a small community of 300 or so residents who each year hold a lottery in which one town member gets stoned to death. Both Jackson and The New Yorker were surprised by the negative reaction of readers who cancelled their subscriptions and sent hate mail to the magazine. A month later, Jackson gave an explanation for the story: “Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story’s readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.” Ironically, some of the letter were from curious readers who wanted to know where these lotteries were held and if they would be allowed to watch!
1870: Merry Christmas
The Christmas holiday was formally declared a United States federal holiday.
1927: A Cyclone is Built
The wooden roller coaster known as the Cyclone was built at Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.
1977: Elvis Left the Building
Elvis Presley held is last concert in Indianapolis, Indiana. He later died on August 16, 1977.
- 1904: Peter Lorre (actor)
- 1956: Chris Isaak (singer)
- 1970: Sean Hayes (actor)
- 1970: Chris O’Donnell (actor)
- 1970: Nick Offerman (actor)
- 1974: Derek Jeter (baseball player)
- 1993: Ariana Grande (singer)
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