Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for June. June is known for the "longest day" both literally with the summer solstice and figuratively with the commemoration of one of the pivotal days of the 20th century: June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day.
It is when the school year ends and the graduation parties begin and it is also known for beautiful brides, weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Speaking of D-Day, the U.S. (Continental) Army was founded on June 14, 1775, by resolution of the Continental Congress. A ragtag group of patriots had recently surprised the British with a fierce fight at Bunker Hill. A day after the resolution, George Washington was named general and commander-in-chief and was sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to take charge of the Army. Think of what that modest force had become on D-Day and think of what they still mean to the relative peace and stability of the world.
The third Sunday in June is Father's Day and dad has a lot to look forward to. Baseball is in high gear, and new champions will be crowned in the NHL, the NBA and in golf at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The fish will be biting everywhere, especially the stripers off of Wasque Point near Martha's Vineyard. June is a sportsman's dream, to all of our readers (especially those unsung dads): Enjoy!
And now the results of our poll...
Seventy-seven percent of Americans were able to complete Alexander Pope's famous quotation, "To err is human, to forgive is divine." Very few people guessed "inhuman" (seven percent), "mistaken" (five percent) or "impossible" (four percent). Humans are great at erring but not so great at forgiving. Maybe with a little humility, a dash of forbearance and some divine intervention, Pope's observation will become more and more prevalent.Check out the Vanity Fair slideshow.
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