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This Day in History For June 20

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1864 – Battle of Kinston, North Carolina and Battle of Abingdon, Virginia.

1909 – 1st balloon honeymoon (Roger Burham & Eleanor Waring)

1921 – 11.5″ of rainfall, Circle, Montana (state record)

1930 – British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Bobby Jones wins his 3rd Open title, 2 shots ahead of Leo Diegel and Macdonald Smith on his way to the single-season Grand Slam.

1936 – Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2.

1944 – US attacks Japanese fleet in the Philippine Sea.

1948 – “Toast of the Town” hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV.

1956 – Venezuelan Super Constellation crashes in NJ, 74 killed.

1960 – 12the Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Robert Stack & Jane Wyatt win.

1966 – US Open Men’s Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer, wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes.

1969 – 200,000 attend Newport ’69’, then largest ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.

1975 – “Jaws”, based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Schelder, is released.

1982 – Pete Rose is 5th to appear in 3,000 games (Cobb, Musial, Aaron, Yastrzemski)

1988 – Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities.

1993 – NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls become first team since legendary Boston Celtics of the 1960s to win 3 consecutive titles, with a 99-98 victory in Game 6 over Phoenix Suns; MVP: Michael Jordan for third straight year.

1994 – Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman.

2011 – 1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards: Modern Family wins Best Comedy Series, Mad Men wins Best Drama Series.

2017 – Tiger Woods checks into a clinic to manage his pain medication and sleep disorder, following his arrest for driving under the influence.

2019 – Iran shoots down a US drone over the Straits of Hormuz escalating tension between the two countries.

2019 – NBA Draft: Duke power forward Zion Williamson first pick by New Orleans Pelicans.

2020 – Donald Trump controversially holds his first re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, only 6,200 people attend despite the campaign stating 1 million had registered. Social media campaign organized by teens on TikTok, K-Pop fans and others, claims responsibility for wildly inflating the expected attendance.