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This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Jun 1 - Jun 7

Jun 01, 1980
CNN launches. On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN's launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks--ABC, CBS and NBC--and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 89 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.

Jun 02, 1935
Babe Ruth retires. n this day in 1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs. The following year, Ruth, a larger-than-life figure whose name became synonymous with baseball, was one of the first five players inducted into the sport's hall of fame. George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895, into a poor family in Baltimore. As a child, he was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Roman Catholic brothers, where he learned to play baseball and was a standout athlete. At 19, Ruth was signed by the Baltimore Orioles, then a Boston Red Sox minor league team. Ruth's fellow teammates and the media began referring to him as team owner Jack Dunn's newest "babe," a nickname that stuck. Ruth would later acquire other nicknames, including "The Sultan of Swat" and "The Bambino."

Jun 03, 1989
Crackdown at Tiananmen begins. With protests for democratic reforms entering their seventh week, the Chinese government authorizes its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing's Tiananmen Square at all costs. By nightfall on June 4, Chinese troops had forcibly cleared the square, killing hundreds and arresting thousands of demonstrators and suspected dissidents. On April 15, the death of Hu Yaobang, a former Communist Party head who supported democratic reforms, roused some 100,000 students to gather at Beijing's Tiananmen Square to commemorate the leader and voice their discontent with China's authoritative government. On April 22, an official memorial service for Hu Yaobang was held in Tiananmen's Great Hall of the People, and student representatives carried a petition to the steps of the Great Hall, demanding to meet with Premier Li Peng. The Chinese government refused the meeting, leading to a general boycott of Chinese universities across the country and widespread calls for democratic reforms.

Jun 04, 1942
Battle of Midway begins. On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway--one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II--begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy. In six months of offensives prior to Midway, the Japanese had triumphed in lands throughout the Pacific, including Malaysia, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and numerous island groups. The United States, however, was a growing threat, and Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto sought to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet before it was large enough to outmatch his own.

Jun 05, 1933
FDR takes United States off gold standard. On June 5, 1933, the United States went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when Congress enacted a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold. The United States had been on a gold standard since 1879, except for an embargo on gold exports during World War I, but bank failures during the Great Depression of the 1930s frightened the public into hoarding gold, making the policy untenable. Soon after taking office in March 1933, Roosevelt declared a nationwide bank moratorium in order to prevent a run on the banks by consumers lacking confidence in the economy. He also forbade banks to pay out gold or to export it. According to Keynesian economic theory, one of the best ways to fight off an economic downturn is to inflate the money supply. And increasing the amount of gold held by the Federal Reserve would in turn increase its power to inflate the money supply. Facing similar pressures, Britain had dropped the gold standard in 1931, and Roosevelt had taken note.



While we heard President Obama announce his proposal transforming a new American immigration policy that spares 5 million from deportation, we should brace for the expected backlash from Congress. Let US underline the need for civility and civil interaction, which means calling attention to the perceived decline in civility, as others decry such messages as infringing upon important institutional values supporting free inquiry, freedom of expression and the robust exchange of ideas.

Dumb American Millennials?


Why are American Millennials among the world's least skilled and is their dumbness not going to keep US great?

Millennials may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, but they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. Meanwhile, Educational Testing Service researchers expect to contuse tracking the job skills of young adults.

Visit City Island, NYC


City Island is on the western end of Long Island Sound, just south of Pelham Bay Park, looks like the illegitimate child of Nantucket and Hunts Point Avenue. It contains what is probably the city’s densest concentration of yacht clubs, and seafood restaurants. The Nautical Museum is in a nineteenth-century building that used to be a public school. Many of the museum’s exhibits pertain to local nautical history. Oyster farming was invented on City Island, back in the eighteen-thirties. Later, the island’s economy was dominated by boatbuilding and sailmaking.



The Partnership for New York City has issued it's NYC Jobs Blueprint, which outlines a set of recommendations for collaborative actions that the public and private sectors might take to insure that NYC remains a strong, inclusive city of opportunity.

These recommendations focus on five key areas: more and better jobs; better educated and skilled workers; infrastructure that provides greater connectivity and accessibility; a safe and affordable living environment, and an efficient, disciplined and well-run city government.



Temperatures are back to the teens with a winter weather advisories and more snowfall is now expected.

Scattered flurries. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind around 16 mph.
Tonight Scattered flurries before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.



While Mexico claims it plans to tighten its border with Guatemala, where thousands of migrants cross and hoping to enter the US, more citizens in this country are alarmed by this national crisis.

City Island Images has gathered some of the following news stories with the help of Dose of News for your review. Please share if you find others.

Poll: Immigration U.S. top problem via @POLITICO

“Trapped on the Border” - Politico Magazine



NTSB investigators are expected to interview all staffers in the wake of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

Only three bodies found by the wreckage of a US Marine helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese on board.

Police attend 34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

Obama's claim of winning support from Gulf nations for his nuclear diplomacy with Tehran may not be certain.

Timing is Everything!


Timing is everything for electronic messaging and sometimes it goes to the back burner.
The Subject, Context, and Kiss are important.

Needless to say, if you need a reply ASAP, you're better off calling. Similarly, be conscientious about the recipient who may be swamped under work or -- even worse -- on vacation? In those instances, follow-ups aren't going to be effective, regardless of how flawlessly crafted.

Focal Point Gallery "Metamorphosis"


Looking for artists to exhibit in the show
March 2nd - 31st 2012
Opening reception - Friday, March 2nd, 7pm - 10pm

If you are an artist and would like to take part in the above exhibition: 718 885-1403 and make an appointment to bring in your work.

All work has to be framed and ready to hang. There is a $20 hanging fee and 30% commission taken from the asking price.