Monday, June 22, 2015

Today in History: Monday, June 22, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 22, 1911, Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
 
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On this date in:
1815Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.
1868Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870Congress created the Department of Justice.
1938Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling of Germany in the first round of their rematch in New York City's Yankee Stadium.
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1940France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris during World War II.
1941Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II.
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1944President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans.
1945The World War II battle for Okinawa ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 83-day campaign.
1969Singer-actress Judy Garland died at age 47.
1970President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
1977Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up.
1981Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon.
1986Diego Maradona scored both goals in Argentina's 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory over England in Mexico City – including one that he punched in, unseen by the referee. When asked about the play later, Maradona said, "It was the hand of God."
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1992The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violate free-speech rights.
1993Former first lady Pat Nixon died at age 81.
2009Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," announced plans to divorce.
2011President Barack Obama announced he would pull home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the following summer.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Meryl Streep turns 66 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Kris KristoffersonCountry singer, actor79
Brit HumeBroadcast journalist72
Peter AsherSinger (Peter and Gordon)71
David L. LanderActor ("Laverne and Shirley")68
Todd RundgrenRock singer, musician67
Alan OsmondSinger (The Osmonds)66
Lindsay WagnerActress ("The Bionic Woman")66
Elizabeth WarrenU.S. senator, D-Mass.66
Graham GreeneActor63
Cyndi LauperSinger62
Tracy PollanActress55
Clyde DrexlerBasketball Hall of Famer53
Amy BrennemanActress51
Dan BrownAuthor ("The Da Vinci Code")51
Mary Lynn RajskubActress ("24")44
Carson DalyTV personality42
Donald FaisonActor ("Scrubs")41
Sen. Dianne "crook" Feinstein, D-Calif., turns 82 years old today.
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