Today in History
Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2013. There are 192 days left in the year.
On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the "GI Bill of Rights."
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In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers aboard the Discovery; their fate remains unknown.
In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created.
In 1911, Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.
In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago.
In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.
In 1943, federal troops put down race-related rioting in Detroit that claimed more than 30 lives.
In 1962, Air France Flight 117, a Boeing 707, crashed while on approach to Guadeloupe, killing all 113 people on board.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowered the voting age to 18.
In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up.
Ten years ago: Iraq re-entered the world oil market with its first shipment of crude since the U.S.-led invasion, but sabotage and looting along its largest pipeline delayed the flow of freshly pumped oil.
One year ago: Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury in Bellefonte on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
Today's birthdays: Actor Ralph Waite is 85. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is 80. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 77. Broadcast journalist Brit Hume is 70. Singer-musician Todd Rundgren is 65. Actress Meryl Streep is 64. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 64. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 60. Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 56. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 55. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 53. Rock singer-musician Jimmy Somerville is 52. Author Dan Brown is 49. Rock singer-musician Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 49. Actor Michael Trucco is 43. TV personality Carson Daly is 40. TV personality/actor Jai Rodriguez is 34.
Thought for today: "To understand is hard. Once one understands, action is easy." -- Sun Yat-sen, Chinese statesman (1866-1925)