Friday, June 12, 2015

Today in History: Friday, June 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 12, 1987, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
Audio LinkPresident Reagan
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
On this date in:
1776Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
1898Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain.
1937The Soviet Union under Josef Stalin executed eight army leaders during a purge.
1939The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Audio LinkBabe Ruth speaks at the dedication
AP Photo
1963Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.
1971President Richard M. Nixon's daughter Tricia and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.
1978David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings in New York City.
1994Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (Her former husband, football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson, was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but held liable in a civil action.)
2002The Los Angeles Lakers won a third straight NBA title and Shaquille O'Neal was named MVP of the finals for the third straight year.
2008A deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba had the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former President George H.W. Bush turns 91 years old today.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
David RockefellerBanker100
Vic DamoneSinger87
Jim NaborsActor-singer ("Gomer Pyle, USMC")85
Marv AlbertSportscaster74
Bun E. CarlosRock musician (Cheap Trick)64
Timothy BusfieldActor ("thirtysomething")58
Paula MarshallActress51
Frances O'ConnorActress48
Hideki MatsuiBaseball player41
Jazz musician Chick Corea turns 74 years old today.
AP Photo/Joe Giblin
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