Today is Monday, June 26, 2023, day 177. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today’s historical highlights:
on this day:
In 1917, the first unit of the American Expeditionary Force deployed to France during World War I landed at Saint-Nazaire.
In 1925, Chaplin’s classic comedy “The Gold Rush” premiered at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
The Berlin airlift began in earnest in 1948 after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western part of Berlin.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin and gave a famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents and declaring: “I am a Berliner”.
In 1977, a fire at the Murray County Jail in Columbia, Tennessee, which sent toxic fumes from the prison, killed 42 people. Elvis Presley gave his final concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush reneged on his “no tax hikes” campaign promise, acknowledging that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package with congressional negotiators.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced that the United States had fired missiles at Iraqi targets because of “compelling evidence” that Iraq was plotting to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush.
In 1996, the Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to enroll women or forgo state support.
In 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in the UK by J.K. Rowling (later released in the US as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). ).
In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the existence of an individual’s right to own firearms in a 5-4 decision, overturning the District of Columbia’s handgun ban.
In 2020, after protesters in Washington, D.C., attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson, President Donald Trump signed an executive order protecting monuments, memorials and statues.
A decade ago: In ruling its first cases on the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the country’s legally married gay couples equal federal status to all other married Americans and cleared the way for California to restore same-sex marriage the way. New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez arrested in fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd; Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder. Seven-time champion Roger Federer falls to No. 116 Sergei Stakhovski in second round at Wimbledon; third seed Maria Sharapova is ranked No. 131 in qualifying The player was eliminated, losing to Portugal’s Michel Lacher de Brito.
Five years ago: A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries; dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN’-ya soh-toh-my -YOR’), said the court made a historic error in refusing to recognize that the ban discriminated against Muslims. House Democrat Joe Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat from New York, lost the primary to 28-year-old liberal activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. General Electric Co., which was originally a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was removed from the Dow in 1896; it was replaced by Walgreens.
A year ago: U.S. President Joe Biden and Western allies met in Germany for a summit on an effort to prevent the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine from undermining a global coalition aimed at punishing Russian aggression. Britain’s Boris Johnson has warned other leaders not to succumb to “fatigue” even as Russia fires missiles at Kiev. In the United States, marches celebrating LGBTQ pride kicked off in some of the nation’s largest cities amid fears that freedoms won by decades of activism could be eroded. The annual marches took place in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and elsewhere after at least one Supreme Court justice said in that week’s ruling on abortion that the court could reconsider the right to same-sex marriage recognized in 2015. The destroyer, which engaged the superior Japanese fleet in the Philippines’ largest naval battle during World War II, is the deepest wreck ever found, according to explorers.
Today’s birthday: Jazz musician and film composer Dave Grusin turns 89. Actor Josef Sommer is 89. Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 85. Rock singer Georgie Fame turns 80. Actor Clive Francis is 77 years old. R&B singer Brenda Holloway is 77. Actor Michael Paul Chen is 73 years old. Actor Robert Davi is 72 years old. Singer and musician Mick Jones is 68. Actor Gerd Watanabe (GEH’-dee wah-tah-NAH’-bee) is 68 years old. Rock singer Chris Isaac is 67. Rock singer Patti Smith is 67. 66. Singer Terry Nunn (Berlin) is 64 years old. USA Cycling Hall of Famer Greg Lemond is 62. Country musician Eddie Perez (Mavericks) 55. Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 54. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson 53 Actor Sean Hayes 53. Actor Matt Letscher is 53 years old. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 53 years old. Actor Nick Offerman is 53 years old. Actor Rebecca Budig is 50 years old. Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is 49 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Jeff Frankenstein (newsboy) 49 years old. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 49 years old. Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 44 years old. Pop-rock singer and musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 44 years old. Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 43 years old. Actor Aubrey Plaza is 39 years old. Actor and singer Jennette McCurdy is 31 years old. Actor and singer Ariana Grande is 30 years old.