Sunday, June 17, 2007

On June 17, ...

... 2007 (today), is Fathers Day in the in the United States. Two women, Grace Golden Clayton and Sonora Smart Dodd, are said to have spearheaded the commemoration. Heartfelt thanks to our own dads, and to our grandfathers, husbands, brothers, and friends who're excellent parents to their girls and boys.
... 1999, Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga (right) was elected President of Latvia, a post she holds to this day. Until shortly before her election she had been living in Canada, her family having become refugees in 1945, when the Soviets occupied her Baltic homeland.
... 1946, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) was born in Toledo, Ohio.
... 1858, Lakshmi Bai, Rani of the northern India state of Jhansi noted for her resistance to colonialism, died while battling the British Army at Gwalior. She is the namesake of IntLawGrrl Jaya Ramji-Nogales.

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