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On June 21st, 1788, the United States
Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire
became the ninth state to ratify it.
On this date:
In 1834, Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent
for his reaping machine.
heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight by
decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's
manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was
In 1945, during
World War Two, American soldiers on Okinawa found
the body of the Japanese commander, Lieutenant
General Mitsuru Ushijima, who had committed
In 1948, the
Republican national convention opened in
In 1963, Cardinal
Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed
the late Pope John the 23rd; the new pope took
the name Paul the Sixth.
In 1964, civil
rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew
Goodman and James E. Chaney disappeared in
Philadelphia, Mississippi; their bodies were
found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.
In 1973, the
Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials
found to be obscene according to local standards.
In 1982, a jury in
Washington DC found John Hinckley Junior innocent
by reason of insanity in the shootings of
President Reagan and three other men.
scientists announced that skeletal remains
exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal
In 1989, the
Supreme Court ruled that burning the American
flag as a form of political protest is protected
by the First Amendment.
Ten years ago: An
estimated 50,000 Iranians were killed in a major
Five years ago:
Dr. Henry Foster lost a crucial Senate vote in
his bid to become surgeon general as only 57
senators voted to cut off debate, three short of
the 60 needed. (One last vote the next day also
One year ago:
President Clinton visited Slovenia, formerly part
of Yugoslavia, where he publicly urged Serbs to
reject Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. NATO
and the Kosovo Liberation Army, meanwhile, signed
an accord providing for the demilitarization of
"One today is worth
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).