Month: June 2022

This Day in History | June 17th

On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere.

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down, 8-1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools.

In 1972, five burglars were arrested inside Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex, the start of President Richard Nixon’s downfall.

In 2009, President Barack Obama extended some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

In 2012, Rodney King, 47, whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police sparked widespread outrage, died in an apparent accidental drowning.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that states can’t demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get federal or court approval to do so.

This Day in History | June 16th

On June 16, 1897, the government signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii.

In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

In 1911, IBM had its beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. which was incorporated in New York State.

In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, launched into orbit by the Soviet Union, spent 71 hours in flight.

In 1970, Kenneth A. Gibson of Newark, N.J., became the first Black politician elected mayor of a major Northeast city.

In 1999, Thabo Mbeki took the oath as president of South Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela.

In 2015, Donald Trump launched his successful campaign to become president of the United States.

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