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On June 7, 1942, the Battle of Midway ended with a decisive victory for US naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a turning point in the Pacific War.
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In 1712, the Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly voted to ban all further importation of slaves.
In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed a resolution to the Continental Congress declaring “that these united colonies are, and should be, free and independent states.”
In 1892, Homer Plessy, a “colored Creole,” was arrested for refusing to leave a white car on the East Louisiana Railroad. (In ruling on her case, the United States Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept she renounced in 1954.)
In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into being when copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
In 1937, the movie star Jean Harlow died in Los Angeles at the age of 26.
In 1954, British mathematician, computer pioneer and code breaker Alan Turing died at age 41, an apparent suicide. (Turing, convicted in 1952 of “gross indecency” for a same-sex relationship, was pardoned in 2013.
In 1958, singer-songwriter Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis.
In 1965, the United States Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to sue a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven for providing contraceptives to married couples.
In 1981, Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis accused could have been used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
In 1993, the United States Supreme Court ruled that religious groups could sometimes meet on school property after hours. The ground was laid for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was hung by a chain to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. (Two white men were subsequently sentenced to death; one, Lawrence Russell Brewer, was executed in 2011 and the other, John William King, was executed in April 2019. A third accused was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.)
In 2004, a constant, near-silent flow of people walked through the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where the body of the country’s 40th president lay before heading to Washington two days later for a funeral. national. .
Ten years ago: Muammar Gaddafi opposed NATO’s heaviest and most punitive airstrikes to date, saying in an audio speech broadcast on Libyan State TV: “We will not kneel down ! Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the al-Qaida mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu by Somali forces.
Five years ago: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump claimed their parties’ presidential nominations following contests in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. Five people were killed and four were injured when a pickup truck struck a large group of cyclists from behind on a two-lane highway in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. (The driver of the van, Charles Pickett Jr., who was under the influence of drugs, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.)
A year ago: A majority of Minneapolis city council members said they supported dismantling the police department. (The idea was later blocked, but it became part of a national debate over police reform.) Peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd continued in New York City, as Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the end of the 8 p.m. curfew. effect. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has lifted the city’s curfew and the city has reopened downtown stations after days of protests that have remained largely peaceful. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of European cities to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A Johns Hopkins University tally found the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 topped 400,000. Tropical Storm Cristobal landed in Louisiana, sending dangerous weather conditions much further east across the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama and causing a tornado in Florida.
Today’s Birthdays: Director James Ivory is 93 years old. Actress Virginia McKenna is 90 years old. Singer Tom Jones is 81 years old. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 78 years old. Former talk show host Jenny Jones is 75. 70. Actor Liam Neeson is 69 years old. Actor Colleen Camp is 68 years old. Author Louise Erdrich (UR’-drihk) is 67 years old. Actor William Forsythe is 66 years old. Record producer LA Reid is 65. Latino pop singer Juan Luis Guerra is 64 years old. Former Vice President Mike Pence is 62 years old.
The singer-rock musician Gordon Gano (The Violent Women) is 58 years old. Rock musician Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 55 years old. Rock musician Dave Navarro is 54 years old. Actor Helen Baxendale is 51 years old. Senator Ben Ray Luján, DN.M., is 49 years old. Actor Karl Urban is 49 years old. Bear Grylls TV personality is 47. Rock musician Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 45 years old. Actor Adrienne Frantz is 43 years old. Actor-comedian Bill Hader is 43 years old. Actor Anna Torv is 42 years old. Actor Larisa Oleynik (oh-LAY’-nihk) is 40 years old. Former tennis player Anna Kournikova is 40 years old. Actor Michael Cera is 33 years old. Actress Shelley Buckner is 32 years old. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 31 years old. Model actress Emily Ratajkowski is 30 years old. Rapper Fetty Wap is 30 years old.