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On June ninth, A.D. 68, the Roman
Emperor Nero committed suicide.
On this date:
In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Godshill, England.
In 1940, Norway
surrendered to the Nazis during World War Two.
In 1953, about 100
people died when a tornado struck Worcester,
In 1954, Army
counsel Joseph N. Welch asked Senator Joseph R.
McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency,
sir?" during the Senate-Army Hearings.
In 1969, the US
Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new
chief justice of the United States, succeeding
"Secretariat" became horse racing's
first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning
the Belmont Stakes.
In 1980, comedian
Richard Pryor suffered almost fatal burns at his
San Fernando Valley, California, home when a
mixture of "free-base" cocaine
In 1985, American
educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in
Lebanon -- he was released in November 1991 along
with fellow hostage Terry Waite.
In 1986, the
Rogers Commission released its report on the
"Challenger" disaster, criticizing NASA
and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management
problems leading to the explosion that claimed
the lives of seven astronauts.
In 1993, Japanese
Crown Prince Naruhito wed commoner Masako Owada
in an elaborate Shinto religious ceremony.
Ten years ago:
"Go and Go" won the 122nd running of
the Belmont Stakes.
Five years ago:
One week after being shot down over Bosnia by a
Bosnian Serb missile, and a day after being
rescued, US Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady was
warmly welcomed by his comrades at Aviano Air
Base in Italy.
One year ago:
After 78 days of intense NATO airstrikes,
Yugoslav and Western generals signed a pact
clearing the way for a Kosovo peace plan.
President Clinton instructed federal law agencies
to collect race and gender data on people they
stop or arrest, in a move to end racial profiling
"History is a
romance that is believed; romance, a history that
is not believed."
Horace Walpole, English author (1717-1797).