Today in History: Today is Saturday, June 4, the 155th day of 2022.
By The Associated Press
Today’s highlight in the story:
On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, culminating in a decisive American victory over Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
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In 1812, the United States House of Representatives approved, 79-49, a declaration of war against Great Britain.
In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which stated that the right to vote could not be denied or curtailed on the basis of gender. The amendment has been sent to the States for ratification.
In 1939, the German liner MS St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned back from the coast of Florida by American authorities.
In 1940, during World War II, the Allied military evacuation of some 338,000 soldiers from Dunkirk, France ended. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: “We will fight on the beaches, we will fight on the landing grounds, we will fight in the fields and in the streets, we will fight in the hills; We will never surrender.”
In 1944, U-505, a German submarine, was captured by a United States Navy task force in the South Atlantic; it was the first capture of an enemy ship at sea by the US Navy since the War of 1812. The US Fifth Army began to liberate Rome.
In 1967, “Mission: Impossible” won Outstanding Drama Series, “The Monkees” Outstanding Comedy Series at the 19th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album “Born In The USA”, which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen’s most successful album). The album produced a record run of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814).
In 1985, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision striking down an Alabama law providing for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
In 1986, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to conspiring to supply Israel with information related to national defense. (Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, was paroled on November 20, 2015; he moved to Israel after completing his parole in December 2020.)
In 1989, a gas explosion in the Soviet Union engulfed two passing trains, killing 575 people.
In 1990, Dr. Jack Kevorkian performed his first publicly assisted suicide, helping Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Portland, Oregon, end her life in Oakland County, Michigan. .
In 1998, a federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
In 2020, in the first of a series of memorials set for three cities over six days, celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered before the golden casket of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Ten years ago: As President Barack Obama stood on the sidelines, former President Bill Clinton warned at a fundraiser in New York that a Mitt Romney presidency would be ‘calamitous’ for the nation and the world. Al-Qaeda second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi (ah-BOO’ yah-HEE’-ah ahl LIH’-bee) was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, in Pakistan.
Five years ago: Alfredo del Mazo of the ruling PRI (pree) party was elected governor of the state of Mexico in a hotly contested contest marred by accusations of irregularities. Elite mountaineer Alex Honnold has become the first to climb the massive granite wall known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park alone without ropes or safety gear.
A year ago: A federal judge struck down California’s three-decade-old assault weapons ban, calling it a “failed experiment” that violated people’s constitutional right to bear arms. Facebook said former President Donald Trump’s accounts would be suspended for two years, following the discovery that Trump had stirred up violence before the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill. Prince Harry and Meghan have welcomed their second child, a California-born daughter named Lilibet Diana in a tribute to both Queen Elizabeth II and the prince’s late mother, Princess Diana. Actor Clarence Williams III, who played undercover cop Linc Hayes on ‘The Mod Squad’ TV series, has died in Los Angeles at age 81.
Today’s birthdays: Sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer turns 94. Actor Bruce Dern is 86 years old. Musician Roger Ball is 78 years old. Actress-singer Michelle Phillips is 78 years old. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 77 years old. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 71 years old. Actor Parker Stevenson is 70 years old. Actor Keith David is 66 years old.
Blues singer and musician Tinsley Ellis is 65. Actor Eddie Velez is 64 years old. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 61 years old. Actor Julie White is 61 years old. Actor Lindsay Frost is 60 years old. Actor Sean Pertwee is 58 years old. Former tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 57 years old. Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli is 56 years old. B. Of course! is 54 years old. Actor Scott Wolf is 54 years old. Actor-comedian Rob Huebel is 53 years old. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 53 years old. Actor James Callis is 51 years old. Actor Noah Wyle is 51 years old. Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 48 years old. comedian Russell Brand is 47 years old. Actor Angelina Jolie is 47 years old. Actor Theo Rossi is 47 years old. Alternative country singer Kasey Chambers is 46 years old. Actor Robin Lord Taylor is 44 years old. Rock musician JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 42 years old. ruh-FEHL’-lee) is 37 years old. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Evan Lysacek is 37 years old. American singer Shakey Graves is 35 years old. Rock musician Zac Farro is 32 years old.