Today in History – June 13


Today is Friday, June 13, the 165 day of 2008. There are 201 days left in the year.

On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent before being questioned by police.

On this date:

In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.

In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.

In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.

In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England.

In 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.

In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.

In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.

Ten years ago: Civil rights leaders and politicians called for an end to racial violence as hundreds of mourners gathered in Jasper, Texas, for the funeral of James Byrd Jr., a black man who was brutally killed by white supremacists. President Clinton visited Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., where two students were killed and 22 others wounded by a student gunman the previous month.

Five years ago: U.S. forces killed 27 Iraqi fighters after the Iraqis attacked an American tank patrol north of Baghdad. Israel broadened its campaign against Palestinian militants, saying it would strike political as well as military leaders who targeted Israel with terrorism. Hundreds of pro-cleric militants and security forces in Tehran clashed with Iranians throughout the capital.

One year ago: In Beirut, Lebanon, a powerful car bombing killed Walid Eido, a prominent anti-Syrian legislator. Insurgents blew up the two minarets of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra, Iraq, a year after the shrine’s golden dome was destroyed in a bombing.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 76. Artist Christo is 73. Artist Jeanne-Claude is 73. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 69. Singer Bobby Freeman is 68. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 65. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 64. Singer Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook) is 59. Actor Richard Thomas is 57. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 57. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 57. Comedian Tim Allen is 55. Actress Ally Sheedy is 46. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 46. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 45. Singer David Gray is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 40. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 39. Actor Jamie Walters is 39. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 38. Country singer Susan Haynes is 36. Actor Steve-O (“Jackass”) is 34. Actor Ethan Embry is 30. Actor Chris Evans is 27. Actress Sarah Schaub is 25. Singer Raz B is 23. Actress Kat Dennings is 22. Actress Ashley Olsen is 22. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 22.

Thought for Today: “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” — Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970).


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