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This Day in History for June 7

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1912 – US Army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane.

1917 – Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world.

1936 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.

1937 – Time magazine publishes the second of the only two known photos of the United States Supreme Court in session.

1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its 1st test flight.

1941 – 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Whirlway to claim first of 2 Triple Crowns.

1946 – US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel.

1955 – “$64,000 Question” hosted by Hal March, premieres on CBS-TV.

1965 – Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995.

1968 – Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1969 – “Johnny Cash Show” debuts on ABC-TV.

1970 – American jockey Bill Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 career win.

1972 – Musical “Grease” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances.

1975 – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver hits #1.

1982 – LA Dodger Steve Garvey is 5th to play in 1,000 consecutive games.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years.

1995 – The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines.

1998 – James Byrd Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially motivated hate crime.

2018 – Baltimore ex-police sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, head of a rogue police unit sentenced to 25 years for robbery and racketeering.

2020 – COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to John Hopkins figures.

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