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Play Ball!

June 26 was the 200th anniversary of Abner Doubleday’s birth. Doubleday was widely–and erroneously–credited with inventing the game of baseball. The Laws of Base Ball, written by Daniel “Doc” Adams, physician and baseball-league organizer, established the basic rules of the game as played today.

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Jaws

“You’ll never go in the water again!”

On June 20, 1975, the movie Jaws hit American theaters, and ocean swimming would never be the same. Shot on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, director Stephen Spielberg employed pneumatic sharks and a cello-driven, haunting musical theme to provoke terror in audiences. With a production budget of $7 million, this underwater nail-biter of a film went on to gross near $471 million worldwide, becoming the first official summer blockbuster.

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Drive In

Drive-Ins

June 6 marks the 86th anniversary of the drive-in movie theater. The first drive-in was the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead of Camden, NJ, who wanted to create a more comfortable movie-going experience for people like his mother, whose size was not accommodated by conventional film-theater seats. At the height of the drive-in’s popularity, there were more than 4,000 such outdoor venues across America.

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Remembering Doris Day

“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”

Her hometown of Cincinnati knew her as Doris Kappelhoff, but the world loved her as the film icon, Doris Day. Day recently passed away at the age of 97 after a long career as both singer and actor.

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