Saturday, June 30, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for June 30

The Chevy Corvette's "birthday" is June 30, 1953.
The First Chevrolet Corvette Rolls Off the Line
It was on this day in 1953 that Chevrolet’s first edition of the Corvette (aka the Vette) came off the line in Flint, Michigan. The sports car was originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, but it garnered so much interest, GM took notice and quickly put this design into production. Myron Scott is credited for given the car its name which is named after a small warship. In fact, 300 “polo white” convertibles were hand-built during its first year. Since then, the car has gone through seven generations of changes.


Louie Giglio was born on June 30, 1958.

Louie Giglio is Born

It was on this day in 1958 that Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, was born. Giglio graduated from Georgia State University, earned a Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and went to Grace Theological Seminary to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree after that. In 1995, Giglio founded the Passion Movement beginning with the first conference in Austin, Texas in January 1997 where 2,000 people attended. By 2016, the event has grown to a three different venues in two cities (Houston and Atlanta) and was held for three days. In 2009, Louie and his wife Shelley founded Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In January of 2013, Giglio was invited to deliver the benediction during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration but the decision was met with opposition when it was discovered that Giglio spoke out against homosexuality in sermon years earlier. He later withdrew the offer stating "it is likely that my participation and the prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration."

Gone with the Wind was published on June 30, 1936.

'Gone with the Wind' Published

In 1926, Margaret Mitchell, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, was forced to quit her job in order to recover from a series of injuries. With a little too much time on her hands, she sat down and in her one-bedroom apartment that she shared with her husband, and wrote one of America’s best-selling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. It was published on this day in 1936. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and of course, the story became the basis for the 1939 blockbuster movie. Many years later, Scarlett, a sequel written by Alexandra Ripley, was published in 1992.