Dig the red cape out of the back of your closet. John Glover (Lionel Luthor/Darkseid, "Smallville"), Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer, "Smallville") and Gerard Christopher ("The Adventures of Superboy,") will be making appearances in 2012. The Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce hosts three days of super events in Metropolis II. More than 50,000 people attend, some to enter the costume contest, visit the super museum, attend the carnival or watch live entertainment. The fun begins June 7 and ends June 10.
Chocolate Ice Cream Day
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed homemade ice cream. The method of making ice cream dates to the 16th century, when Italian scientists "discovered they could intensify the natural coldness of ice by mixing it with salt," according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink." The average mid-19th century family couldn't afford ice cream because ice was expensive to buy and making ice cream by hand took a lot of time and effort.
That changed when Nancy Johnson invented the home ice cream freezer in 1846. Today, making homemade ice cream is a fun activity for kids and a must for ice cream foodies. For everyone else, there is the local ice cream stand and the freezer aisle at the local grocery store. Chocolate was one of the first ice cream flavors along with vanilla and strawberry that was sold commercially in the 1920s.
Gaugin Birth Anniversary
Who's to say you can't change diverge from your chosen career path? Even if you're a success in one field, that shouldn't stop you from trying something completely different. Paul Gaugin, born June 7, 1848, was a successful stockbroker before he studied painting under French Impressionist Camille Pissarro, according to the National Gallery of Art. It was the Paris Bourse crash of 1882 that prompted Gaugin to become a full-time artist. Gaugin is best known for his Post-impressionist works painted while in Tahiti.
* Take inspiration from Gaugin and turn a hobby into a career.
* Watch Kiefer Sutherland as Gaugin in "Paradise Found."
Ultrasounds are routine during pregnancy. They're also used to diagnose medical conditions. Leonardo da Vinci performed some of the earliest known "recorded experiments listening to sound transmitted through water by placing a tube into the sea to evaluate what he could hear. That experiment may have been the beginning of sonar research, which is commonly believed to be the precursor to 20th century medical ultrasound," according to Ultrasound411.
On June 7, 1958, Ian Donald, an English physician, published a profound article about ultrasound research. He described how he was "able to make the life-saving diagnosis of a huge, easily removable, ovarian cyst in a woman who had been diagnosed by others as having inoperable stomach cancer," according to Today in Science. His article advanced ultrasound as a diagnostic medical tool.
- John Glover
- Tess Mercer
- Cassidy Freeman