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WebSideStory Pick of the Week! 3/16/98

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By Deryl D. Danner Sr.


      1945: Jun 22 The U.S. Tenth Army overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island thereby ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Jun 26 Delegates from fifty one nations sign the United Nations Charter. 1946: Jun 1 Ion Antonescu, the pro-Nazi dictator of Romania during World War II, is executed in Bucharest for his crimes against humanity. 1947: Jun 5 During a commencement speech at Harvard University, U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines his proposal that would become known as The Marshall Plan providing massive U.S. aid to postwar Europe. 1950: Jun 25 The Korean War begins when 100,000 Communist troops of the North Korean People's Army invaded South Korea across the thirty-eighth parallel. Jun 27 President Harry Truman authorizes the deployment of U.S. troops to South Korea. 1951: Jun 14 Remington Rand introduces UNIVAC, the first commercial large-scale business computer. 1953: Jun 2 Princess Elizabeth is coronated at the age of twenty-six in Westminster Abbey. Jun 19 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed by electric chair in Ossining, New York convicted of assisting a Los Alamos spy pass atomic secrets to the Soviets. 1958: Jun 1 During a French political crisis over the military and civilian revolt in Algeria, Charles de Gaulle is called out of retirement to head a new emergency government. The former war hero is made the virtual dictator of France with power to rule by decree for six months. 1959: Jun 23 After nine years in prison, Klaus Fuchs, the German-born Los Alamos scientist whose espionage had helped the U.S.S.R. build their first atomic and hydrogen bombs, is released from a British prison. 1963: Jun 11 Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Alabama Governor George Wallace ends his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and allows two African-American students to enroll. Jun 12 In the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi, African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers is shot to death by white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith. Jun 16 Twenty-six-year-old Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman to fly in space. 1964: Jun 12 Following his convictions on four charges of sabotage, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the leader of the opposition to the South African government's racist policies of apartheid, is sentenced to life in prison. 1966: Jun 7 James H. Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, is shot by a sniper while on a civil rights march through the South. Jun 8 James Earl Ray, a citizen of Memphis, Tennessee is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Jun 29 U.S. aircraft bomb the major North Vietnamese population centers of Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time, destroying oil depots located near the two cities. 1967: Jun 5 Responding to the Egyptian reoccupation of Gaza and the closure of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping, Israel launches simultaneous military offensives against Egypt and Syria thus beginning The Six Day War. Jun 11 The Six Day War ends giving Israel control of territory three times its original size. 1968: Jun 5 At 12:50 a.m. PST, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, is shot three times by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Jun 8 A funeral service is held for Robert F. Kennedy at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. 1969: Jun 8 During a meeting on Midway Island in the Pacific, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu announce the imminent withdrawal of 25,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam, and emphasize that all remaining U.S. grounds troops will eventually be replaced by South Vietnamese forces. Jun 28 A police raid of the gay club, Stonewall Inn on New York City's Christopher Street--turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police. 1971: Jun 12 At the age of fifty-five, singer Frank Sinatra announces his retirement from show business. Jun 30 The three Soviet cosmonauts who had served as the first crew of the world's first space station die when their spacecraft depressurizes during reentry. 1972: Jun 4 Angela Yvonne Davis, a black militant, former philosophy professor at the University of California, and self-proclaimed Communist, is acquitted on charges of conspiracy, murder, and kidnapping by an all-white jury in San Jose, California. Jun 17 five men carrying walkie talkies, cameras, and burglary tools are arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters. 1973: Jun 25 John Dean begins testifying before the Select Committee directly implicating President Richard M. Nixon, himself, and a number of other White House officials in the Watergate cover-up. 1975: Jun 12 Indira Gandhi, the prime minister of India, is found guilty of electoral corruption during her successful 1971 campaign. 1977: Jun 16 Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party since 1964, is elected president of the Supreme Soviet making him both head of state and head of government. Jun 20 Construction of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline is completed and oil flows south 799 miles from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.


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