Hans Remembers-  Wednesday June 11, 1969-

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  • Legendary American labor leader- John L. Lewis who built the United Mine Workers of America into one of the most powerful labor unions in America-died at the age of 89 in Alexandria, Virginia. Lewis was the President of the United Mine Workers for forty years from 1919 until 1960. He was also the first president of the Congress of Industrial Workers [The CIO} from 1936-40. As President of the United Mine Workers he helped to bring in higher wages, pensions and medical benefits. When I hear the name John L. Lewis the first thing I think of – eyebrows.

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  • Born on this day Peter Dinklage who is most famous as one of the main stars of Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister. Before Game of Thrones, Dinklage appeared in a number of films- his first being  in 1995- Living In Oblivion. Other movies included The Station Agent, Death At A Funeral and Penelope. In the role of Tyrion Lannister he has earned seven nominations and three prime time Emmy’s and also a Golden Globe Award.

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  • The first ever trip by sled across the Arctic Ocean was completed on this date. The British Trans-Arctic Expedition team of Wally Hebert, Roy Koerner, Allan Gill and Kenneth Hedges departed with their 34 dog team on February 21, 1968 from Point Barrow, Alaska going norwthward on the 156th meridian west passing the North Pope on April 5, 1969 and then heading on the 156th meridian east arriving in Tavleoya, Norway on May 29th, 1969. In total the journey was 3620 miles in 464 days.   Article below if interested.



  1. Praise be to Mr. Eyebrows. He had to be one tough cookie to do all that. Peter Dinklage/Tyrion Lannister great actor/character. I am amazed at the third one and will be reading the article right after hitting post comment.

    • I followed that link to the memorial page when he died. They said he often used the information he got in his dreams the night before to navigate by. Also, he lived with the Inuit for a number of months before he started the journey. The night before he left, someone from the tribe attached a map of the places he was most likely to die. Unreal! Sir Wally is one in a million. Amazing for all of them to do what they did. The one guy went UNDER the ice floes in a wet suit to study and measure them. Talk about fantastic tales!

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