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This Day in History – June 20

This Day In History1633 – Charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore.

1782 – Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America & the bald eagle as its symbol.

1819 – 320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic).

1840 – Samuel Moore patents his telegraph.

1867 – US President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska.

1930 – 65th British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Hoylake.

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

1944 – Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency.

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

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

1963 – US & USSR agree to set up “Hot Line”.

1969 – 150,000 attend Newport ’69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear.

1970 – “Ray Stevens Show” debuts on NBC-TV.

1980 – “Blues Brothers” with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters.

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

1992 – Kelly Saunders is 2nd female baseball PA announcer (Baltimore Orioles).

1994 – OJ Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman.

1999 – 99th US Open Golf: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC.

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

2013 – LeBron James is named NBA finals MVP for the second straight year.

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