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This Day in History for June 12

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1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)

1901 – In Cuba, the constitutional convention – knowing that the USA will not withdraw its troops until it does so – adopts the Platt Amendment as part of the constitution.

1909 – “Shine On, Harvest Moon” by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1.

1923 – Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet above ground in NYC.

1931 – Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury.

1935 – Senator Huey Long of Louisiana speaks continually for 15 1/2 hours in then Senate’s longest speech (150,000 words)

1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

1945 – US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa.

1954 – Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” is originally released.

1963 – “Cleopatra” directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made.

1967 – In the case of Loving vs. Virginia, United States Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws against interracial marriages.

1975 – Hank Aaron smacks his first home run in Milwaukee since 1965 as his new team, the Brewers beat Oakland A’s 9-7.

1980 – Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests.

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin wall.

1996 – 3 Philadelphia Fed Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet.

2002 – NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets, 113-107 for a 4-0 sweep and 3rd straight title; MVP: Shaquille O’Neal for 3rd consecutive Finals series.

2012 – World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer.

2017 – Forbes release Top 100 highest paid entertainers list – Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs at No. 1 with earnings of 130 million.

2018 – Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump – first time a North Korean teacher and an incumbent US President have ever met.

2018 – AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US District Court Judge.

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