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On June 27th, 1950, President
ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean
conflict following a call from the UN Security
Council for member nations to help South Korea
repel an invasion from the North.
On this date:
In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith
and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in
In 1847, New York
and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
In 1893, the New
York stock market crashed.
In 1942, the FBI
announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who
had been put ashore from a submarine on New
York's Long Island.
In 1944, during
World War Two, American forces completed their
capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the
In 1957, more than
500 people were killed when Hurricane
"Audrey" slammed through coastal
Louisiana and Texas.
In 1969, patrons
at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's
Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an
incident considered the birth of the gay rights
In 1973, former
White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate
Watergate Committee about an "enemies
list" kept by the Nixon White House.
In 1980, President
Carter signed legislation reviving draft
In 1985, the
legendary Route 66, which originally stretched
from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, passed
into history as officials decertified the road.
Ten years ago:
NASA announced that a flaw in the orbiting Hubble
Space Telescope was preventing the instrument
from achieving optimum focus.
Five years ago:
The space shuttle "Atlantis" blasted
off on a historic flight to link up with Russia's
space station "Mir" and bring home
American astronaut Norman Thagard. The San
Francisco Chronicle received a message from the
Unabomber threatening to blow up a plane by the
July Fourth weekend (the Unabomber later called
the threat a prank).
One year ago:
George Papadopoulos, the head of Greece's
1967-to-74 military dictatorship, died of cancer
in Athens at age 80. Juli Inkster shot a 6-under
65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the
second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam
(the first was Pat Bradley). The Seattle Mariners
beat the Texas Rangers 5-to-2 in the final game
at the Kingdome.
"Genius is eternal
Michelangelo, Italian artist (1475-1564).