today in history
Today is Friday, June 17, the 168th day of 2022. There are 197 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot to death at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina; Suspect Dylann Roof was arrested the next morning. (Roof was convicted of federal hate crimes and sentenced to death; he later pleaded guilty to state murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.)
In this day:
In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses.
In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere (ee-SEHR’).
In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which raised US tariffs to historically high levels, prompting foreign retaliation.
In 1963, the US Supreme Court, in Abington (Pa.) School District v. Schempp struck down, 8-1, rules that required the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or the reading of Bible verses in public schools.
In 1967, China successfully tested its first thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb.
In 1972, the eventual downfall of President Richard Nixon began with the arrest of five thieves inside the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.
In 1994, after leading police in a low-speed chase on Southern California freeways, OJ Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. (Simpson was later acquitted in a criminal trial, but was found liable in a civil trial.)
In 2008, hundreds of same-sex couples were married in California on the first full day gay marriage became legal by order of the state’s supreme court.
In 2009, President Barack Obama extended some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Nevada Sen. John Ensign has resigned from the GOP leadership a day after admitting to an affair with a former campaign staffer.
In 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that states cannot require proof of citizenship from people who register to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so.
In 2019, Iran announced that it was in breach of the international agreement that prevented it from making nuclear weapons; the announcement meant that Iran could soon start enriching uranium just a step away from weapons-grade levels. The Trump administration followed up on Iran’s announcement by ordering 1,000 more troops into the Middle East.
In 2020, Atlanta prosecutors filed murder charges against white police officer Garrett Rolfe in the fatal shooting of a black man, Rayshard Brooks, after a fight; a second officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath. (Both officers are awaiting trial.) Quaker Oats announced that it would drop the Aunt Jemima brand, saying that the company recognized that the character’s origins were “based on a racial stereotype”.
Ten years ago: Rodney King, 47, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 sparked widespread outrage and who battled addiction and repeated arrests, died in Rialto, California, apparently accidentally drowned . Webb Simpson won the US Open, beating former US Open champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.
Five years ago: The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case deadlocked hopelessly, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star accused of drugging and groping a woman more than once decade before; Prosecutors immediately announced that they would hold a second trial. (That trial resulted in Cosby’s conviction, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court later overturned it.) The USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer was damaged in a collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship off Japan that killed seven sailors.
One year ago: The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, left the entire Affordable Care Act intact, rejecting the last major Republican-led effort to kill the national health care law known as “ Obama Care”. President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery; June 19, or June 19, would be the 12th federal holiday. A St. Louis couple who pulled guns on social justice protesters outside their home in 2020 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges; Mark and Patricia McCloskey were fined and agreed to hand over the weapons they were carrying when they confronted several hundred protesters. Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, has died at the age of 97; he was a leader of the campaign that ended British colonial rule.
Today’s Birthday: Actor Peter Lupus is 90 years old. Film director Ken Loach is 86. Singer Barry Manilow is 79. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is 79. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 71. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 68. Actor Jon Gries (gryz) is 65. Rock singer Jello Biafra is 64. Movie producer, director and writer Bobby Farrelly is 64. Actor Thomas Haden Church is 62. Actor Greg Kinnear is 59. Actor Kami Cotler is 57. Speed skater Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen is 57. Actor Jason Patric is 56 years old. Actor and comedian Will Forte is 52. Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio is 51. Tennis player Venus Williams is 42. Actor Arthur Darvill is 40. Actor Jodie Whittaker is 40. Actor Manish Dayal is 39. country Mickey Guyton is 39 years old. Actress Marie Avgeropoulos is 36. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is 35. NHL forward Nikita Kucherov is 29. Actor KJ Apa is 25.
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