The Week: From SuperMoon to werewolves

As summer arrives, so does Justin Bieber, the SuperMoon and Wimbledon. Photo: SuperMoon rises over Greece

CHICAGO, June 23, 2013 — Whether you enjoy politics, sports or werewolves, this is a good week for you. Here’s a run-down of the week ahead, both current events and past highlights.

June 23 National Pink Day (the color, not the singer)

2013 – SuperMoon! Tonight will be the closest, and therefore the largest, full moon of 2013. The effect will be most impressive at moonrise. Find yourself a spot of horizon and watch out for high tides and big werewolves.

1972 - Busy day for President Nixon, who signed Title IX, opening the door wide for women in college sports. He also agreed with Robert Haldeman to use the CIA to cover up Watergate, opening the door wide for a whole lot of trouble.

1942 - Germany’s state-of-the art Focke-Wulf FW190 fighter was captured when it mistakenly landed at RAF Pembrey in Wales. And it took them how long to lose the war?

June 24: National Swim a Lap Day

2013 -  Wimbledon tennis championships begin on the third anniversary of the longest match in tennis history. In the first round of Wimbledon 2010, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 11 hours, five minutes of play spread out over three days, due to the fact that the sun kept going down.

1957 - The last episode of “I Love Lucy” aired on CBS-TV. We still love her.

1509- England’s King Henry VIII was crowned. Say it with me: divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.

National Log Cabin Day

June 25: National Log Cabin Day

2013 - Justin Bieber performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, assuming he doesn’t get pulled over on the drive there. Tickets, not surprisingly, are still available.

1981- The Supreme Court upheld the male-only draft registration as constitutional, begging 18-year-old men everywhere to wonder what is meant by “equal rights.”

1798 - The Alien Act was passed, allowing the President to deport dangerous aliens. No, not Men-In-Black type aliens, at least as far as we know. The old term for immigrants was “aliens.” Now if we can figure out how to identify which immigrants are dangerous, we’ll be all set.

June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day

2013 - For a mere $2,095, you too can see what is developing at Microsoft by attending their Build Developers’ Conference in San Francisco.

1944 - The Yankees, Dodgers and Giants raised money for War Bonds by playing a bizarre six-inning game. Successive innings were played by different teams, with the final score Dodgers-5, Yankees-1 and Giants-0

1284 - No rats were involved, but in Hamelin, German, 130 children were lured away by a piper dressed in pied clothing. Yes, the Pied Piper was real.

June 27: National Columnists Day

2013- To promote passage of the Alice Cogswell Act, the National Association of the Deaf has organized a Contact Congress event.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney

1966 - “Dark Shadows,” the first horror soap opera, premiered on ABC-TV back when vampires were bad guys.

1956 - In a comeback the Spurs could only dream of, the Cleveland Indians, trailing the Orioles 9-1, won 12-11 in 11 innings.

June 28: Paul Bunyan Day

2013 - Opening day at movie theaters for “The Heat” with Melissa McCarthy and “White House Down” with Channing Tatum. Slow news day.

1968 - Daniel Ellsberg was indicted for leaking the Pentagon Papers to the media. Charges were dropped when it was discovered the White House had illegally wiretapped Ellsberg. Wonder what the NSA has on Snowden.

1957 - Cincinnati Reds fans were not surprised when eight of their players were named All Star starters. The fans had stuffed the ballot box. (Commissioner Frick overruled the vote and named Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Stan Musial to the team.)

June 29: Camera Day

2013 - Slower news day than yesterday. Catch a baseball game: Yankees at Orioles, Washington Nationals at NY Mets, Blue Jays at BoSox.

2002 - While President Bush II underwent a 2-1/2 hour colonoscopy, Vice President Dick Cheney served as Acting President. Does that mean he gets both pensions?

1767 - The Townshend Revenue Act was passed in England, levying taxes on America. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but in retrospect it probably wasn’t. At least not for England.

That’s it for this week. Now go make your day unique.

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In addition to her work at The Communities, Julia Goralka is a free-lance novel editor and has served as a volunteer board member or committee member for several local charitable organizations. Prior to writing and editing, Julia was the Division Coordinator for the interest rate derivatives marketing desk at a large financial institution based in Chicago.

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