Sunday, June 7, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, June 07, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 7, 2001, President George W. Bush signed a $1.35 trillion, 10-year tax cut into law.
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On this date in:
1654Louis XIV was crowned king of France in Rheims.
1776Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.
1848Postimpressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.
1892Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to leave a whites-only train car in New Orleans. (The case led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark "separate but equal" decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.)
1929Vatican City became a sovereign state as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
1939King George VI arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Canada on the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.
1981Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons. 
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1998James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old African-American man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.
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2000A federal judge ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corp.
2003In a national first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected an openly gay man, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, to be bishop.
2009Roger Federer of Switzerland became the sixth man in tennis history to win a career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras' record of 14 major singles titles when he won the French Open.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Liam Neeson turns 63 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
James IvoryDirector87
Tom JonesSinger75
Jenny JonesTV talk show host69
Colleen CampActress62
Johnny CleggSinger, songwriter62
Louise ErdrichAuthor61
L.A. ReidRecord producer59
PrinceRock musician57
Mike PenceGovernor of Indiana56
Dave NavarroRock musician (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)48
Allen IversonBasketball player40
Anna TorvActress ("Fringe")36
Anna KournikovaTennis player34
Michael CeraActor27
Iggy AzaleaRapper25
Actor-comedian Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live") turns 37 years old today.
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