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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, June 7th, the 158th day of 2022. There are 207 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On June 7, 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut, the US Supreme Court struck down 7-2 a Connecticut law criminalizing a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven for providing contraceptives to married couples.

On this date:

In 1712 the Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly voted to ban further importation of slaves.

In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution to the Continental Congress stating, “That these United Colonies are, and by rights should be, free and independent States.”

The French painter and sculptor Paul Gauguin was born in Paris in 1848.

In 1892, Homer Plessy, a “Creole of Color,” was arrested for refusing to exit a white-only East Louisiana Railroad car. (In its ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” segregation, a concept it renounced in 1954.)

In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into being when copies of the Lateran Treaties were exchanged in Rome.

In 1942, the Battle of Midway ended in a decisive victory for American naval forces over Imperial Japan and marked a turning point in the Pacific War.

In 1967, the author and critic Dorothy Parker, famous for her biting wit, died in New York at the age of 73.

In 1981, Israeli military aircraft destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility that Israelis believed could have been used to produce nuclear weapons.

In 1993, the US Supreme Court ruled that religious groups could sometimes meet on school grounds after hours. Breaking ground for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

In 1998, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas, in a crime that shocked the nation. (Two white men were later sentenced to death; one, Lawrence Russell Brewer, was executed in 2011 and the other, John William King, was executed in April 2019. A third defendant received life in prison with the possibility of parole.)

In 2006, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (AH’-boo MOO’-sahb ahl-zahr-KOW’-ee), the founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in a US airstrike on his safe house. The US Senate has rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump claimed their parties’ presidential nominees after contests in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Ten years ago: Attorney General Eric Holder clashed with Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to get more information about a flawed Arizona arms trade investigation known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who wrote songs and recorded several hits during his solo career, died in Nashville.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump announced his decision to replace James Comey a day before the ousted FBI director testified before Congress, tapping Christopher Wray, a commercial defense attorney with a strong law enforcement background. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for two stunning deadly attacks on Iran’s parliament and the tomb of its revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Keith Urban has won four CMT Music Awards in Nashville, including Video of the Year.

A year ago: A unanimous Supreme Court ruled that thousands of people residing in the United States on humanitarian grounds are ineligible to apply for permanent residency. Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, from a prominent South Carolina legal family, were found shot to death on their family’s land. (Following the deaths, Maggie Murdaugh’s husband, Alex Murdaugh, was jailed on dozens of charges, including stealing millions of dollars in court settlements.) An express train crashed into another train that derailed minutes earlier in southern Pakistan, killing more than 60 people .

Birthdays today: Film director James Ivory is 94. Actress Virginia McKenna is 91. Singer Tom Jones is 82. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 79. Former talk show host Jenny Jones is 76. American singer-songwriter Willie Nile is 74 Actress Anne Twomey is 71 Actor Liam Neeson is 70 Actress Colleen Camp is 69 Author Louise Erdrich (UR’-drihk) is 68 Actor William Forsythe is 67 Record producer LA Reid is 66 Latin pop singer Juan Luis Guerra is 65. Former Vice President Mike Pence is 63. Rock singer and musician Gordon Gano (The Violent Femmes) is 59. Rock musician Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 56. Rock musician Dave Navarro is 55. Actor Helen Baxendale is 52. Senator Ben Ray Luján , DN.M., is 50. Actor Karl Urban is 50. TV personality Bear Grylls is 48. Rock musician Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 46. Actor Adrienne Frantz is 44. Actor-comedian Bill Hader is 44. Actor Anna Torv is 43. Actress Larisa Oleynik (oh-LAY’-nihk) is 41. Former tennis player Anna Kournikova is 41. Actor Michael Cera is 34. Actor Shelley Buckner is 33. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 32. Actor-model Emily Ratajkowski is 31. Rapper Fetty Wap is 31.

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