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On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello. It’s been a hot week here in our area.

Maybe you are looking to slow down a bit and take some time to recharge this weekend? Let’s start now.
Each Saturday morning we start with a “scroll down memory lane.” It’s a way to look back at the events that have happened along the way before we launch into the events of a new day.

So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink (maybe iced, today!) and let’s have a look.

Today is Saturday, June 12th, the 163rd day of the year.  There are 202 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1923, magician Harry Houdini freed himself from a straitjacket while suspended 40 feet in the air.

In 1939, the Baseball Hall-of-Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed in Jackson, Mississippi.  Evers’ killer, white segregationist Byron De La Beckwith, went free until he was convicted at a third murder trial in 1994.   

In 1964, the South African government sentenced Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment.

In 1967, the Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. 

In 1978, serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the “Son of Sam,” was sentenced to 25-years to life for each of the six murders he was convicted of in New York City. 

In 1987, making reference to the wall separating Germany’s East and West Berlin, President Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in an impassioned speech in the divided city. 

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson, the former wife of former football great O.J. Simpson, was found murdered along with her friend Ronald Goldman outside of her Los Angeles home.  O.J. Simpson later spent nine months on trial for the murders.  He was acquitted in October 1995, but held liable in a civil action. 

In 2000, the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Music Publishers Association sued Napster, demanding the online music-trading company remove all major record label songs from its MP3 digital music-trading database.

In 2003, Oscar winning screen legend Gregory Peck died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 87.  Peck won his only Oscar for his role as small town Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in the critically acclaimed 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.” 

In 2006, West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, logging his 17-thousand-327th day in office.  The 88-year-old Byrd surpassed the record previously held by the late Senator Strom Thurmond. 

In 2016, the city of Orlando, Florida and the country were rocked by the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at Pulse nightclub.  At final count, the ISIS-inspired attack on the gay nightclub left 49 people dead and over 50 others injured.  It was the deadliest terror attack on American soil since 9-11.

In 2018, President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met at a historic summit in Singapore.  It was the first ever meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.

In 2018, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers Samuel Tom Holiday died in Utah at the age of 94.

In 2019, violent protests broke out in Hong Kong to stop extradition law.

In 2020, Atlanta police fatally shot Rayshard Brooks while in a Wendy’s drive through.  His death sparked nation wide protests.

And that brings us here, to today.

Whatever events you have planned, here’s hoping that 6.12.2021 is a day for your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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