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This Day in History for June 22

1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)

1807 – British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812.

1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory.

1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice.

1915 – BMT, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service.

1932 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act” making kidnapping a federal offense (amended 1934)

1932- National League approves players wearing numbers.

1934 – John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.

1942 – Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon.

1944 – US President Franklin Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights” (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act)

1955 – US air patrol plane shot down above Bering Sea.

1969 – Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catches fire due to pollution.

1970 – President Richard Nixon signs extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires voting age at 18 in all federal, state, and local elections.

1977 – Former US Attorney General John Mitchell starts 19 months in Alabama prison.

1983 – 1st time a satellite is retrieved from orbit by Space Shuttle.

1990 – Florida passes a law which prohibits wearing a thong bathing suit.

2009 – Two Metro subway trains collide in Washington, D.C., killing 9 and injuring over 80.

2011 – After hiding for 16 years, Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California.

2015 – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings of a Charleston church.

2015 – JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight.

2018 – President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump’s policies, igniting debate.

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