TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is the 175th day of 2019. There are 190 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 24, 1983, the space shuttle Challenger — carrying ally K. Ride — coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

On this date:

In 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot spotted land, probably in present-day Canada.

In 1807, a grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr on charges of treason and high misdemeanor.

In 1908, Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, died in Princeton, N.J., at age 71.

In 1957, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Roth v. United States, ruled 6-3 that obscene materials were not protected by the First Amendment.

In 1975, 113 people were killed when Eastern Airlines Flight 66, a Boeing 727 carrying 124 people, crashed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 1997, the U.S. Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the “alien bodies” that witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.

Today’s Birthdays: Rock singer Arthur Brown is 77. Actress Michele Lee is 77. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 75. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 74. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 72. Actor Peter Weller is 72. Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 70. Actress Nancy Allen is 69. Actor Joe Penny is 63. Actor Iain Glen is 58. Rock singer Curt Smith is 58. Actress Danielle Spencer is 54. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 52.

Thought for Today: “All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.” — Ambrose Bierce, author (born in 1842, disappeared in 1914.)

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