Summer Gets Started!

Summer officially begins on June 21st, and many students are already singing Alice Cooper's "School's Out" while visions of summer fun dance in their heads.

 

George Tenet resigns as Director of the CIA for "personal reasons" on June 3rd. James Pavitt, the agency's Director of Operations leaves as well.


Former President Ronald Reagan dies on June 5, 2004, at the age of 93 after a ten-year bout with Alzheimer's disease. The 40th president of the United States was in office from 1981 to 1989. He is probably best remembered for his powerful imagination that kindled the Star Wars weapons program, which many believe was instrumental in bringing about the end of the Cold War Era. The former president leaves behind his wife, Nancy Davis Reagan, and three children, Ron, Patti and Michael Reagan. 

 

On June 7th, the Tampa Bay Lightning wins the Stanley Cup Finals over the Calgary Flames. Jay Feaster, general manager of the Tampa Bay franchise, took much criticism for trading away a first-round pick in exchange for the fairly untested scoring skills of Ruslan Fedotenko during the 2002 NHL draft. It was Fedotenko, however, who scored two goals for the Lightning in game seven, which gave the Lightning a 2 - 1 win over the Flames and the first Stanley Cup for the team.

 

The MTV Movie Awards airs on June 10th and features appearances by Lindsay Lohan, Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry, Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, Sharon Stone, Vivica A. Fox, Tom Cruise and more.

 

Flag Day falls on June 14th. The patriotic holiday was created in 1949 by the Truman administration as a day to remember the sacrifices made by Americans to keep stars and stripes flying high over the nation.

 

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" opens in movie theaters across the country and heats up political debate. Moore's film focuses on issues about the President’s administration, including relationships between the Bush family and Saudi royals, the Patriot Act and President Bush's videotaped seven-minute pause on September 11, 2001.


Here are some links for June: 

  • Fahrenheit 9/11: Official Site - Features multimedia clips, photographs, a teacher's guide, reviews and details about the preview of the film in New York and Los Angeles. 
  • Ronald Reagan Dies: Washington Post -  Delivers a retrospective examination of Reagan's political accomplishments as well as information about his days as a motion picture star.