Dear Kid,

Happy July 6th! July 6th has traditionally be a fabulous day in history.

Way back in 1189, Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of England paving the way for him to head off to the Crusades and for Robin Hood to don tights and a foxy hat.

After Congress passed the Declaration of Independence and everyone ate their pre-hot dog poached salmon, the media got hold of the D of I and it was first published July 6, 1776, in the PA Evening Gazette—on the front page, where it deserved to be.

After a few years (1785), Congress (get this) unanimously (did you catch that? I’ll repeat: unanimously) resolved to call our currency the “dollar” and adopted decimal coinage. Remind me to investigate that further. They made no provisions for inflation, deflation, or debit cards.

In 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tested an anti-rabies vaccine which paved the way for the entire genre of teen vampire books (since no one had to object to rabies as the reason the stories weren’t realistic). Pasteur did not get so much as a mention in any of them.

Abbott & Costello Who's On First? DearKidLoveMom.comJuly 6, 1928 was the first showing of the first all-talking movie (or “motion picture” as they were called at the time). (Extra points if you knew that the movie was Lights of NY.)

In 1935, many fabulous people were born. On July 6th, the Dalai Lama was born so that the show Hair could have yet another hit song.

July 6, 1942, was the day Anne Frank’s family went into hiding.

Abbott and Costello joined in the July 6 celebration by releasing their film The Naughty Nineties on July 6, 1945. The Naughty Nineties has their longest version of “Who’s on First.” Which everyone knows is important during Freshman Orientation.

In 1957 on July 6, Althea Gibson became the first African American to win Wimbledon.

And in 1976 (I am having trouble believing it took until 1976) on July 6th, women were first inducted in to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

In 1983, the Supreme Court of these United States caught up with reality and announced that retirement plans can’t pay less to women.

And of course, we get to see you today!

So happy July 6th!

Love, Mom