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Calendar :: Volume 03, Issue 12

June 16

  • On this day, an unsuccessful Senate candidate, addressing an audience in Springfield, Ill., called for a resolution of the issue of slavery, declaring that "A house divided against itself cannot stand." His name: Abraham Lincoln. - 1858

June 17

  • Revolts broke out in East Berlin against the Russian-imposed Communist government. They would be suppressed by force, 1953.

June 18

  • The main British army in the colonies, commanded by Gen. Henry Clinton, evacuated Philadelphia and settled at New York City for the duration of the Revolutionary War, 1778.

June 19

  • Convicted traitors Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y., 1953.

June 23

  • Archibald Cox and the Senate Committee issued a subpoena ordering the Nixon administration to turn over the now-famous White House tapes, 1973.

June 24

  • While visiting the site of the death camp at Mauthausen, Austria, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to clearly and comprehensively condemn Nazism, 1988.

June 26

  • Fidel Castro, the Cuban rebel leader, kidnapped 47 Americans in the Guantanamo Bay area to attract attention to his struggle against the Batista regime, 1958.

June 29

  • Reacting to the first of a series of oil price-induced "energy crises," President Richard Nixon signed the bill establishing a Federal Energy Office - precursor to the Department of Energy, 1973.

June 30

American researchers at Bell Laboratories announced a breakthrough that would revolutionize the world of electronics: development of the transistor; 1958.


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