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Today in History: June 24, Cabot discovers North America

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Today is Friday, June 24, the 175th day of 2022. There are 190 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On June 24, 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place when explorer John Cabot discovered land, probably in what is now Canada.

In this day:

In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned King of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort.

In 1807, a grand jury in Richmond, Virginia indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr for treason and misdemeanor (he was later acquitted).

In 1939, the Southeast Asian country Siam changed its name to Thailand. (It became Siam again in 1945, then became Thailand once again in 1949.)

In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.

In 1946, Fred M. Vinson was sworn in as the 13th Chief Justice of the United States, succeeding the late Harlan F. Stone.

In 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and sea routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the Western Allies to organize the Berlin Airlift.

In 1957, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Roth v. United States, ruled 6-3 that obscene materials were not protected by the First Amendment.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon concluded his summit with visiting Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev, who praised the talks in a speech on American television.

In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger, carrying the first American woman in space, Sally K. Ride, made a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In 1992, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, strengthened its 30-year ban on officially sponsored worship in public schools, banning prayer as part of graduation ceremonies.

In 2015, a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ sahr-NEYE’-ehv) to death for the 2013 terror attacks. (A federal appeals court later dismissed the sentence; the Supreme Court reinstated it).

In 2020, three white men were indicted on murder charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot while jogging in a neighborhood near the Georgia coast. (All three were convicted.)

Ten years ago: Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared the winner of Egypt’s first free presidential election. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement that would award $405 million to the victims of Bernard Madoff’s landmark investment scam.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the guests when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) married Scottish actress Louise Linton in Washington. At least 10 people have been killed by a landslide in a mountain village in southwestern China.

One year ago: A 12-story condominium building in Surfside, Florida collapsed, killing 98 people. An appeals court has suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York because he made false statements while trying to get the courts to overturn Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential race. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would create a special committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill; Senate Republicans had blocked legislation that would form a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. Leaders of indigenous groups in Canada said investigators found more than 600 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school for indigenous children.

Today’s Birthday: Rock singer Arthur Brown is 80 years old. Actor Michele Lee is 80. Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 79. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 78. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 77. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 75. Actor Peter Weller is 75 years. Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 73. Actress Nancy Allen is 72. Reggae singer Derrick Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 72. Actor Joe Penny is 66. Singer-musician Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark) is 63 years old. R&B/pop singer-songwriter Siedah (sy-EE’-dah) Garrett is 62 years old. Actor Iain Glen is 61 years old. Rock singer Curt Smith is 61 years old. Actress Danielle Spencer is 57 years old. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 55 years old. Singer Glenn Medeiros is 52 years old. Actress Carla Gallo is 47. Actor Amir Talai (TV: “LA to Vegas”) is 45. Actress/producer Mindy Kaling is 43. Actress Minka Kelly is 42. Actress Vanessa Ray is 41. Actor Justin Hires is 37 The actress Candice Patton is 37 years old. Singer Solange Knowles is 36. Actor Max Ehrich is 31. Actor Beanie Feldstein is 29.

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