Economic and education advancement got a leg up on June 22, 1944.
On this day, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services for their efforts in World War II.
Before the war, college had been an option for the most privileged classes. The G.I. Bill gave veterans money for tuition, living expenses, books, supplies and equipment. By 1947, vets made up half of the nation’s college enrollment.
It was in July 1947 when ranch foreman W.W. Brazel found a strange, shiny ma- terial scattered over some of his land in southeastern New Mexico. He turned the material over to the sheriff, who passed it on to authorities at the nearby Air Force base.
The discovery (as well as the dawn of the atomic age) caused public interest in Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, to flour- ish. While interest has perhaps waned over the years, conspiracy theories are still alive and well.
On June 24, 1997, U.S. Air Force officials released a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell. However, Roswell continues to thrive as a tourist destination, hosting the annual UFO Encounter Festival each July.
Speaking of thrilling stories, June 22, 1964, is the birthday of Dan Brown, author of the international blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” as well as other best-selling stories.
Brown’s first novel, “Digital Fortress,” a technothriller about a National Security Agency cryptographer, was published in 1998. His first three books were met with modest success, and his career took off with the 2003 release of “The Da Vinci Code.” A big-screen adaptation, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as protagonist Robert Langdon, was released in 2006.