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On June 17th, 1775, the
Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill took
place near Boston.
On this date:
In 1856, in Philadelphia, the Republican Party
opened its first convention.
In 1885, the
Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard
the French ship "Isere."
In 1928, Amelia
Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight
from Newfoundland to Wales -- the first by a
In 1940, France
asked Germany for terms of surrender in World War
In 1948, a United
Air Lines DC-6 crashed near Mount Carmel,
Pennsylvania, killing all 43 people on board.
In 1963, the
Supreme Court struck down rules requiring the
recitation of the Lord's Prayer or reading of
Biblical verses in public schools.
In 1969, the
raunchy musical review "Oh! Calcutta!"
opened in New York.
In 1971, the
United States and Japan signed a treaty under
which the US would return control of the island
In 1972, President
Nixon's eventual downfall began with the arrest
of five burglars inside Democratic national
headquarters in Washington DC's Watergate
In 1986, President
Reagan announced the retirement of US Chief
Justice Warren Earl Burger.
Ten years ago:
South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela
and his wife, Winnie, arrived in Ottawa, Canada,
en route to an eleven-day tour of the United
Five years ago:
Russian commandos stormed a hospital where
Chechen rebels were holding more than 1,000
hostages, but the Chechens beat the Russians
One year ago: The
Republican-controlled House narrowly voted to
loosen restrictions on sales at gun shows,
marking a victory for the National Rifle
Association. Joseph Stanley Faulder, a former
auto mechanic who killed a woman during a 1975
burglary, became the first Canadian to be
executed in the United States in almost half a
century as he was lethally injected in
eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole
succession of technological revolutions. But none
of them has done away with the need for character
in the individual or the ability to think."
Bernard M. Baruch, American businessman and