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June 11th: The Great Alcatraz Escape

June 9, 2023
One of the most notorious prison escapes in history unfolded on Alcatraz Island on the night of June 11, 1962. Frank Morris, and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, allegedly became the only prisoners to escape from what was then considered the country’s most secure prison. Alcatraz, located in the chilly…

June 10th: The Pursuit of Parity – The Equal Pay Act of 1963

June 9, 2023
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is a pivotal piece of legislation in the long fight for gender equality in the United States. Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on June 10, 1963, as part of his progressive New Frontier Program, the act sought to abolish wage disparity…

June 9th: The Black Hills Deluge- The 1972 Rapid City Flood

June 9, 2023
In the early summer of 1972, a devastating event struck the Black Hills region of South Dakota. On June 9, an unusually severe and sustained rainfall caused the Canyon Lake Dam to burst, leading to a flood that took 238 lives and inflicted approximately $160 million in damages – a…

June 8th: The Unification of Titans – The NFL-AFL Merger of 1970

June 8, 2023
The National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) stand as the titans of American football. However, their intertwined journey began with fierce competition. The AFL, formed in 1959, challenged the long-established NFL for fans, players, and media attention. Their rivalry escalated into a bidding war for players,…
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