Today is Friday, June 9, the 160th day of 2017. There are 205 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight: On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for publicly attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
On this date:
In A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.
In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad’s Hill Place, England.
In 1934, the first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, “The Wise Little Hen,” was released.
In 1943, the federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.
In 1946, Bhumibol Adulyadej became king of Thailand at age 18, beginning a 70-year reign that ended with his death in Oct. 2016.
In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.
Today’s birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 89. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 61. Actor Michael J. Fox is 56. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 56. Actor Johnny Depp is 54. Actress Natalie Portman is 36.
Thought for today: “Next to the slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears.” — Mary Catherwood, American novelist (1847-1901)