" They can expect nothing but their labor for their pains. "
Miguel de Cervantes

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First Juneteenth Celebrations

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a US holiday that commemorates the day when the slaves of Texas learned that they were legally free. Although President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was formally issued on Jan 1, 1863, it had little immediate effect on slaves' day-to-day lives. In Texas, it was not until June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops took over the state, that it was enforced. How is Juneteenth often celebrated?



Ocean Sunfish

Found in temperate and tropical oceans around the globe, the ocean sunfish, or Mola mola, is the world's heaviest known bony fish despite the fact that its diet, which consists primarily of jellyfish, is nutritionally poor. Adults generally weigh an average of 2,200 lb (998 kg), though specimens more than twice as heavy have been observed. It is considered a docile fish, but by virtue of its size, it can pose a threat to boats. How many deaths have been attributed to the ocean sunfish?

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Lou Gehrig

As the New York Yankees' first baseman for 15 seasons, Gehrig broke numerous major-league records. He retired from baseball in 1939, after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. During an emotional farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, he proclaimed himself the "luckiest man on the face of the earth." Known as the "Iron Horse," Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive league games, setting a record that stood until 1995, when it was broken by whom?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th June 2010

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