Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon's downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.
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On this date in:
1775The Battle of Bunker Hill took place near Boston during the Revolutionary War.
1789The Third Estate in France declared itself a national assembly and undertook to frame a constitution.
1856The Republican Party opened its first convention, in Philadelphia.
1885The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
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1928Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
1940France asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War II.
1961Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West while his troupe was in Paris.
1963The Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the recitation of the Lord's Prayer or the reading of Biblical verses in public schools.
1994After leading police on a chase through Southern California, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.
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2008Hundreds of same-sex couples got married across California on the first full day that gay marriage became legal by order of the state's highest court. (However, California voters banned gay marriage in November.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Singer Barry Manilow turns 72 years old today.
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Bud CollinsTennis journalist86
Joe PiscopoComedian ("Saturday Night Live")64
Mark Linn-BakerActor61
Bobby FarrellyWriter, director57
Thomas Haden ChurchActor54
Greg KinnearActor52
Dan JansenOlympic gold-medal speed skater50
Jason PatricActor49
Will ForteActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")45
Venus WilliamsTennis player35
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich turns 72 years old today.
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