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Today in History

Today is the 177th day of 2019. There are 188 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

On this date:

In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk was opened.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office.

In 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to a sector of Berlin.

In 1977, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke pouring through the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn. Elvis Presley performed his last concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of “compelling evidence” Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.

In 2008, Juan Alvarez, who triggered a 2005 rail disaster in Glendale, Calif., by parking a sport-utility vehicle on the tracks, was convicted of 11 counts of first-degree murder.

In 2013, in deciding its first cases on the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the nation’s legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Ten years ago: Los Angeles County medical examiners performed an autopsy on the remains of pop star Michael Jackson a day after his death at age 50. A federal judge in New York ordered disgraced financier Bernard Madoff stripped of all his possessions under a $171 billion forfeiture order.

Five years ago: The nation’s highest court also unanimously struck down the 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, declaring it an unconstitutional restraint on the free-speech rights of protesters. Former Senate majority leader and White House chief of staff Howard Baker, 88, died at his Tennessee home.

One year ago: A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries; dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize that the ban discriminates against Muslims.

Today’s Birthdays: Rock singer Georgie Fame is 76. Actor Clive Francis is 73. Rhythm and blues singer Brenda Holloway is 73. Actor Michael Paul Chan is 69. Actor Robert Davi is 68. Singer-musician Mick Jones is 64. Actor Gedde Watanabe is 64. Rock singer Chris Isaak is 63. Rock singer Patty Smyth is 62. Country musician Eddie Perez (The Mavericks) is 51. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 50. Actor Sean Hayes is 49. Actor Matt Letscher is 49. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 49. Actor Nick Offerman is 49. Retired MLB All-Star Derek Jeter is 45.

Thought for Today: “The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.” — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete and golfing Hall of Famer (born in 1911, died in 1956).

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