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June 27, 2008 - Today In History

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Today in History - June 27





By The Associated Press
Fri Jun 27, 2008
 





Today is Friday, June 27, the 179th day of 2008. There are 187 days left in the year.







 
                                                  Today's Highlight in History:






On June 27, 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.




On this date:



In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain

In 1693, 1st woman's magazine "Ladies' Mercury" published (London)

In 1778, Liberty Bell came home to Philadelphia after the British had left

In 1833, Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for
            black females at Canterbury Conn

In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.

In 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.

In 1929, 1st color TV demo, New York City

In 1944, during World War II, American forces completed their capture of the French port of
            Cherbourg from the Germans.

In 1950, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help
            South Korea repel an invasion from the North.

In 1957, Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana and Texas

In 1963, USAF Major Robert A Rushworth in X-15 reaches 86,900 m

In 1967, Race riot in Buffalo New York (200 arrested)

In 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village;
            patrons fought back in clashes considered the birth of the gay rights movement.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, struck down state laws and
            bar association rules that prohibited lawyers from advertising their fees for routine services.

In 1979, Muhammad Ali retires as boxing champ

In 1979, Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities

In 1986, the International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that the United States had broken
            international law and violated the sovereignty of Nicaragua by aiding the Contras.







Ten years ago:

During a joint news conference beamed live to hundreds of millions of homes across China, President Clinton and President Jiang Zemin offered an uncensored airing of differences on human rights, freedom, trade and Tibet. An earthquake in Ceyhan, Turkey, killed 144 people.



Five years ago:

More than 735,000 phone numbers were registered on the first day of a national do-not-call list aimed at blocking unwelcome solicitations from telemarketers.



One year ago:

Former Treasury chief Gordon Brown became British prime minister, succeeding Tony Blair. In her first televised interview since being released from custody, a demure Paris Hilton told CNN's Larry King she would never again drink and drive and that her time in jail was "a time-out in life."






Today's Birthdays:



Business executive Ross Perot is 78.

The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Army General John Shalikashvili, is 72.
 
Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 70.

Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 66.

Actress Julia Duffy is 57.

Actress Isabelle Adjani is 53.

Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 49.

Actor Brian Drillinger is 48.

Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams is 42.

Actor Yancey Arias is 37.

Actor Tobey Maguire is 33.

Gospel singer Leigh Nash is 32.

Actor Drake Bell is 22.

Actor Ed Westwick is 21.

Actress Madylin Sweeten is 17.





Thought for Today:


Discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Thomas A. Edison
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