Today in History

  • Sun Jun 20th, 2010 10:23pm
  • Life

Today is Monday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2010. There are 193 days left in the year. Today is the first day of summer.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

On June 21, 1788, the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

ON THIS DATE

In 1932, heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling’s manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: “We was robbed!”

In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII; the new pope took the name Paul VI.

In 1964, civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried six weeks later.

In 1982, a jury in Washington, D.C., found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three other men.

In 1985, scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.

In 1989, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.

In 1990, an estimated 50,000 Iranians were killed by an earthquake.

In 2000, about 55 years after World War II ended, 22 Asian-American veterans received the Medal of Honor for bravery on the battlefield during a White House ceremony.

In 2005, 41 years to the day after three civil rights workers were beaten and shot to death, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter. (Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison.)

Associated Press