Friday, June 26, 2015

Today in History: Friday, June 26, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he declared in a speech, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner).
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On this date in:
1894The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.
1917The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France during World War I.
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1919The New York Daily News was first published.
1925Charlie Chaplin's comedy "The Gold Rush" premiered in Hollywood.
1945The United Nations charter was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
1948The Berlin Airlift began in earnest as the United States, Britain and France began ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes.
1950President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
1973Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
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1990President George H.W. Bush, who had campaigned for office on a pledge of "no new taxes," conceded that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package.
1996The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.
2000Rival scientific teams completed the first rough map of the human genetic code.
2003The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, struck down state bans on gay sex.
2003Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died in Edgefield, S.C., at age 100.
2008The Supreme Court struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia as it affirmed, 5-4, an individual right to gun ownership.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") turns 45 years old today.
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Billy Davis Jr.Singer (The Fifth Dimension)77
Charles RobbFormer Virginia governor and U.S. senator76
Brenda HollowayR&B singer69
Robert DaviActor64
Mick JonesRock singer, musician (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)60
Chris IsaakRock singer, musician59
Patty SmythRock singer, musician58
Shannon SharpeFootball Hall of Famer47
Sean HayesActor ("Will and Grace")45
Chris O'DonnellActor45
Gretchen WilsonCountry singer41
Jason SchwartzmanActor35
Michael VickFootball player35
Ariana GrandeSinger-actress22
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