June 25, 1678: Elena Cornaro Piscopia becomes the first woman to receive a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua. We can only assume that shortly thereafter, some guy attempted to mansplain Aristotle to her.
1876: Lt. Colonel Custer and his men are routed at the Battle of Little Bighorn; Americans are simultaneously horrified by the death of Custer and his men and continue to murder Native Americans and confine them to smaller and smaller reservations.
1945: Carly Simon is born. You’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you.
1947: The Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank, is published and puts a face to the atrocities of Hitler’s regime. Anne may have believed that “despite everything, people are really good at heart,” but we still think Justin Bieber is a jerk.
1996: Independence Day premieres in L.A.; it would become the year’s highest-grossing film and Bill Pullman’s speech as President Whitmore becomes engrained in America’s consciousness.
Today is also National Catfish Day— President Reagan may be been famous for his love of jelly beans, but he is also responsible for the 1987 creation of a day celebrating farm-raised catfish.
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