Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today in History: Saturday, June 21, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 21, 1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
On this date in:
1834Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
1905Philosopher, author and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris.
1963Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII as head of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Paul VI.
1964Three civil rights workers disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.
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1964Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets.
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1973The Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
1977Menachem Begin became Israel's sixth prime minister.
1982John Hinckley Jr. was found innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others.
1985Scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.
1989The Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
1997The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut.
2005Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss., 41 years to the day earlier.
2010Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to charges of plotting a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)
Today's Birthdays:
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, turns 32 years old today.
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Bernie KopellActor ("The Love Boat")81
Mariette HartleyActress74
Joe FlahertyComedian ("SCTV")73
Ray DaviesRock singer, musician (The Kinks)70
Meredith BaxterActress ("Family Ties")67
Michael GrossActor ("Family Ties")67
Joey KramerRock musician (Aerosmith)64
Nils LofgrenRock musician (The E Street Band)63
Berke BreathedCartoonist ("Bloom County")57
Kathy MatteaCountry singer55
Doug SavantActor ("Desperate Housewives")50
Lana WachowskiWriter, director ("Matrix" movies)49
Allison MoorerCountry singer42
Kris AllenSinger ("American Idol")29
Rebecca BlackSinger17
Actress Juliette Lewis turns 41 years old today.
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