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TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JUNE 12

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2016 – Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Kills 49 People – In what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

1099 – Crusade leaders visited the Mount of Olives where they met a hermit who urged them to assault Jerusalem.

1381 – Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath

1534 – Turkish admiral Chaireddin “Barbarossa” allows Giulia Gonzaga to kidnap and plunder in Naples

1665 – England installed a municipal government in New York. It was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

1683 – Rye house plot against English King Charles II uncovered

1787 – US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old

1812 – Napoleon’s invasion of Russia began.

1838 – The Iowa Territory was organized.

1839 – Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball, according to the legend.

1849 – Lewis Haslett patented a gas mask. (Patent US6529 A)

1861 – Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson calls for 50,000 volunteers to stop Federates from taking over his state

1897 – Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.

1898 – Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain

1901 – Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.

1917 – US Secret Service extends protection of the President to include his family

1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.

1923 – Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground, escaped from a strait jacket.

1934 – Black-McKeller Bill passes causes the break-up of William Boeing’s empire into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] and United Airlines

1935 – U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.

1935 – The Chaco War was ended with a truce. Bolivia and Paraguay had been fighting since 1932.

1937 – The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.

1944 – Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.

1952 – USSR declares peace treaty with Japan invalid

1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.

1964 – Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa

1965 – Big Bang theory of creation of universe is supported by announcement of discovery of new celestial bodies know as blue galaxies

1967 – State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1973 – Coleraine bombings: six Protestant civilians were killed and 33 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army car bomb in Coleraine, County Londonderry

1975 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was found guilty of corrupt election practices in 1971.

1982 – 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City’s Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance.

1986 – South Africa declared a national state of emergency. Virtually unlimited power was given to security forces and restrictions were put on news coverage of the unrest.

1987 – Central African Republic ex-emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa sentenced to death

1987 – U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1991 – Boris Yeltsin becomes Russia’s first President – After the end of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin launched radical economic reforms that aimed at dismantling socialism and restore capitalism.

1992 – In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Russian Boris Yeltsin stated that in the early 1950’s the Soviet Union had shot down nine U.S. planes and held 12 American survivors.

1996 – In Philadelphia a panel of federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet. The panel said that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.

2003 – In Arkansas, Terry Wallis spoke for the first time in nearly 19 years. Wallis had been in a coma since July 13, 1984, after being injured in a car accident.

2008 – Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.

2015 – Al-Qaeda’s 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden’s former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen

2016 – Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Kills 49 People – In what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

2018 – Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump – first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met

2019 – Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com

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