Today is Saturday, June 24th, day 175 in 2023. There are 190 days left in the year.
Today’s historical highlights:
On June 24, 1497, explorer John Cabot discovered land, possibly in present-day Canada, the first recorded sighting of North America by Europeans.
on this day:
In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned King of England; his wife Catherine of Aragon was crowned Queen.
In 1807, a Richmond, Virginia grand jury indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr (who was later acquitted) with treason and aggravated misdemeanors.
In 1939, the Southeast Asian country Siam was renamed Thailand. (Reverted to Siam in 1945 and renamed again to Thailand in 1949.)
In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.
In 1946, Fred M. Vinson was sworn in as the 13th Chief Justice of the United States, succeeding the late Harlan F. Stone.
In 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the Western Allies to organize the Berlin Airlift.
In 1957, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision in Ross v. United States that obscene material was not protected by the First Amendment.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon concluded a summit with visiting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, who welcomed the talks in a televised address to the United States.
In 1983, the Space Shuttle Challenger carried Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1992, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, strengthened a 30-year ban on official public school sponsorship of worship, banning prayers as part of graduation ceremonies.
In 2015, a Boston federal judge formally sentenced Boston Marathon bomber joh-HAHR’ sahr-NEYE’-ehv to death for the 2013 terrorist attacks. (A federal appeals court later overturned the decision; the Supreme Court reinstated it.)
In 2020, three white men were charged with murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while running in a community near the Georgia coast. (All three were convicted.)
Ten years ago: The trial of George Zimmerman, accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, opened in Sanford, Florida. (Zimmerman was acquitted.) The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 6. In one of Wimbledon’s biggest upsets, the frail rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’ was beaten in straight sets by Belgium’s Steve Darcis, ranked 135th. Eliminated in three sets, the score was 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump likened people entering the United States from Mexico to invaders and said they should be deported immediately, without a court appearance. Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to drive for the first time as the world’s last ban on female drivers has been lifted.
A year ago: The Supreme Court ended nearly 50 years of constitutional protection for abortion — a conservative majority decided to overturn the court’s landmark abortion case. The outcome of overturning Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the states. Star hitter Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $19 million, one-year deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
Today’s birthday: rock singer Arthur Brown turns 81. Actor Michelle Lee is 81. Actor and director George Stanford Brown turns 80. Rock singer Colin Brunstone (“Zombie”) is 78. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 76. Actor Peter Weller is 76 years old. Rock musician John Yearsley (Dire Straits) is 74. Actor Nancy Allen is 73 years old. Reggae singer Derrick Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 73 years old. Actor Joe Penny is 67 years old. Singer and musician Andie McCluskey (Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark) is 64. R&B/pop singer-songwriter Siedah (sy-EE’-dah) Garrett is 63 years old. Actor Iain Glen is 62 years old. Rock singer Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) is 62 years old. Actor Danielle Spencer is 58 years old. Actor Sherry Stringfield is 56 years old. Singer Glenn Medeiros is 53. Actor Carla Gallo is 48. Actor Amir Talai (TV: L.A. to Vegas) is 46. Actor and producer Mindy Kaling is 44 years old. Actor Minka Kelly is 43 years old. Actor Vanessa Ray (Vanessa Ray) is 42 years old. Actor Justin Hires is 38 years old. Actor Candice Patton is 38 years old. Singer Solange Knowles is 37 years old. Actor Max Ehrich is 32 years old. Actor Beanie Feldstein is 30 years old.