Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AP Highlight in History:
On June 24, 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the United States to organize a massive airlift.
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On this date in:
1314The forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.
1509Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
1793The first republican constitution in France was adopted.
1908Former President Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, N.J., at age 71.
1940France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.
1974The Beach Boys' greatest hits album "Endless Summer" was released.
1998AT&T Corp. struck a deal to buy cable television giant Tele-Communications Inc. for $31.7 billion.
2004Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of a CIA operative's name.
2006Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved slaying of her daughter JonBenet, died at age 49.
2009After going AWOL for seven days, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted that he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit his mistress.
AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain
2010John Isner of the U.S. defeated Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon in the longest-ever professional match: 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days. (Isner won the fifth set 70-68.)
2011New York State legalized same-sex marriage.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") turns 35 years old today.
AP Photo/Paul A. Hebert
Al MolinaroActor ("Happy Days")96
Jack CarterComedian93
Arthur BrownRock singer73
Michele LeeActress ("Knot's Landing")73
Georg Stanford BrownActor, director ("The Rookies")72
George PatakiFormer governor of New York70
Mick FleetwoodRock musician (Fleetwood Mac)68
Juli InksterGolfer55
Iain GlenActor ("Game of Thrones")54
Curt SmithRock singer, musician (Tears for Fears)54
Sherry StringfieldActress ("ER")48
Mindy KalingActress, producer ("The Office")36
Solange KnowlesR&B singer29
Rock musician Jeff Beck turns 71 years old today.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
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