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On June 12th, 1987,
President Reagan, during a visit to the divided
German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet
leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this
In 1665, England installed a municipal government
in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New
Virginia's colonial legislature became the first
to adopt a Bill of Rights.
In 1838, the Iowa
Territory was organized.
Philippine nationalists declared independence
In 1937, the
Soviet Union executed eight army leaders as a
purge under Josef Stalin continued.
In 1939, the
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was
dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.
In 1963, civil
rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in
front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
In 1967, the
Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting
In 1978, David
Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in
prison for each of the six "Son of Sam"
.44-caliber killings that had terrified New
26-year-old cyclist Bryan Allen flew the
man-powered Gossamer Albatross across the English
Ten years ago: In
a speech to the Supreme Soviet legislature,
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev eased his
objection to a reunified Germany holding
membership in NATO.
Five years ago:
The Supreme Court dealt a potentially crippling
blow to federal affirmative action programs,
ruling Congress was limited by the same strict
standards as states in offering special help to
minorities. Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady,
rescued after being shot down over Bosnia, was
treated to lunch at the White House and a hero's
welcome at the Pentagon.
One year ago:
Thousands of NATO peacekeeping troops poured into
Kosovo by air and by land; but in a surprising
move, a Russian armored column entered Pristina
before dawn to a heroes' welcome from Serb
"It is easier to
love humanity as a whole than to love one's
Eric Hoffer, American philosopher (1902-1983).