Today in History: June 9

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UNDATED (AP) Friday, June 9, is the 160th day of 2017. There are 205 days left in the year.
  • Highlight in History:
    • On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for publicly attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
  • On this date:
    • In A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.
    • In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad’s Hill Place, England.
    • In 1911, Carrie A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kansas, at age 64.
    • In 1934, the first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, The Wise Little Hen, was released.
    • In 1943, the federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.
    • In 1946, Bhumibol Adulyadej became king of Thailand at age 18, beginning a 70-year reign that ended with his death in Oct. 2016.
    • In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Massachusetts.
    • In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
    • In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
    • In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the space shuttle explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.
    • In 1994, a fire destroyed the Georgia mansion of Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison; his girlfriend, rap singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, admitted causing the blaze after a fight, and was later sentenced to probation.
    • In 1997, the final episode of Married— with Children (“Chicago Shoe Exchange”) aired on Fox, ending the series’ 11-season run.
  • Ten years ago:
    • President George W. Bush, denounced by anti-American protesters on the streets of Rome, defended his humanitarian record as he met at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI, who expressed concern about “the worrisome situation in Iraq.”
    • Rags to Riches became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since 1905.
    • Justine Henin claimed her third consecutive French Open title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Ana Ivanovic.
  • Five years ago:
    • Spain became the fourth and largest country to ask Europe to rescue its failing banks (however, the bailout was averted).
    • Commerce Secretary John Bryson got into two car accidents while driving in the Los Angeles area after suffering a seizure (he ended up resigning from the Obama administration).
    • Three people, including two former Auburn University football players, were shot to death at a pool party near the Alabama campus; suspect Desmonte Leonard was later convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole.
    • Maria Sharapova won the French Open, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to complete the career Grand Slam.
    • Union Rags nipped Paynter at the wire in a photo finish to win the Belmont Stakes.
  • One year ago:
    • President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton to succeed him and urged Democrats in a web video to line up behind her, declaring: “Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it.”
  • Birthdays:
    • Comedian Jackie Mason is 89.
    • Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 87.
    • Former baseball manager and player Bill Virdon is 86.
    • Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 78.
    • Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 78.
    • Jazz pianist Kenny Barron is 74.
    • Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 70.
    • Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 66.
    • Film composer James Newton Howard is 66.
    • Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 61.
    • Actor Michael J. Fox is 56.
    • Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 56.
    • Actor Johnny Depp is 54.
    • Actress Gloria Reuben is 53.
    • Gospel singer-actress Tamela Mann is 51.
    • Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 50.
    • Rock musician Dean Dinning is 50.
    • Musician Ed Simons is 47.
    • Actress Keesha Sharp is 44.
    • Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 43.
    • Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 42.
    • Actress Michaela Conlin is 39.
    • Actress Natalie Portman is 36.
    • Actress Mae Whitman is 29.
    • Actor Lucien Laviscount is 25.
  • Thought for the Day:
    • “Next to the slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears.” — Mary Catherwood, American novelist (1847-1901).
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