The Thing About Today – June 10

June 10, 2020
Day 162 of 366


June 10th is the 162nd day of the year. It is Portugal Day, or officially Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities, a commemoration of Portuguese poet and national literary icon Luís de Camões. Camões died on June 10, 1580, and his work is often compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil, and Dante.

In the United States, today is “celebrated” as National Egg Roll Day, National Ballpoint Pen Day, National Iced Tea Day, National Black Cow Day, and National Herbs and Spices Day.


Historical items of note:

  • In 1829, the first annual Boat Race competition between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge took place on the River Thames in London.
  • In 1854, the United States Naval Academy graduated its first class of students.
  • In 1895, actress Hattie McDaniel was born. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first African American to win an Oscar, for her role as “Mammy” in 1939’s Gone with the Wind.
  • In 1916, entrepreneur William Rosenberg was born. He was the founder of Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • In 1922, singer, actress, and vaudevillian Judy Garland was born.
  • In 1928, author and illustrator Maurice Dendak was born. Among other books, he wrote Where the Wild Things Are.
  • In 1929, astronaut James McDivitt was born.
  • In 1947, Saab produced its first automobile.
  • In 1963, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex, was signed into law by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program.
  • In 1964, the United States Senate broke a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the bill’s passage. The filibuster was launched by twenty conservative “Southern Bloc” senators who vowed to resist, “to the bitter end”, any measure or any movement that would bring social equality and “intermingling and amalgamation of the races” to the Southern states.
  • In 1965, model, actress, and producer Elizabeth Hurley was born.
  • In 1983, actress and producer Leelee Sobieski was born.
  • In 1992, model and actress Kate Upton was born.
  • In 2001, Pope John Paul II canonized Lebanon’s first female saint, Saint Rafqa.
  • In 2003, the Spirit rover was launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.


June 10th is World Art Nouveau Day.

World Art Nouveau Day is dedicated to (you guessed it) art nouveau, a style of artwork that breaks down the traditional distinction between fine arts and applied arts. It was organized by The Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest in cooperation with Szecessziós Magazin, a Hungarian Magazine about the art form.

The selected date is the anniversary of the death of two famous architects of the movement, Antoni Gaudí and Ödön Lechner.


The Thing About Today is an effort to look at each day of 2020 with respect to its historical context.

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