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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:28 AM
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Today in history: Medgar Evers, Loving v. Virginia, "Tear down this wall", and Filipino independence
As found from the AP's Today in History feature.

"On June 12, 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Miss. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)" --AP

"Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. He became active in the civil rights movement after returning from overseas service in World War II and completing secondary education; he became a field secretary for the NAACP." --Wikipedia

Another civil rights-related event that happened today was in 1967: The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Loving v. Virginia voiding state bans on interracial marriage.

Other historical events on this day:
- England established government in New York (formerly the Dutch colony New Amsterdam) (1665)
- Virginia was the first colony to adopt a Bill of Rights (1776)
- Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain (1898)
- Republican National Convention in Chicago nominated Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge for the 1920 election.
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y. (1939)
- White House wedding of Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox (1971); Edward Cox now heads the Republican Party of New York, and their son Christopher Nixon Cox was a Tea Party-backed primary candidate in the 2010 election at New York's 1st Congressional district (Eastern Long Island).
- The baseball strike of 1981 began and went on for 49 days.
- Speaking at the Berlin Wall, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" (1987).
- Boris N. Yeltsin was the first elected president of the Russian republic (1991).
- In 2001, President George W. Bush made his official trip to Europe beginning in Madrid. Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, a Saudi Arabian follower of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced in US federal court to life in prison without parole for his role in the deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. (But according to conservatives, you can't try terrorists in federal courts anymore - at least since 9/11. And today this year, another plotter of the embassy bombings, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, was killed by Somalian police.)
- In 2006, Abu Ayyub al-Masri succeeded the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. And the FBi released stats showing that violent crime in 2005 increased by the largest margin since 1990.
- In 2010, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland ended her attempt to sail solo around the world after a French fishing vessel rescued her from the turbulent southern Indian Ocean.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 03:44 AM
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1. Very interesting, THANKS for posting this. nt
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