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Calendar for June 12th, 2014


  • 1665: England created a municipal government in New York

  • 1790s

  • 1796: Society of Unitarian Christians organized

  • 1800s

  • 1800: Portsmouth Navy Yard (NH) was established, and later its name was changed to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

  • 1900s

  • Born 1909: Archie Bleyer (bandleader)

  • 1920s

  • 1923: Magician Harry Houdini thrilled a large audience by struggling free from a straightjacket, head downward, 40 feet above the ground

  • Born 1924: George H. W. Bush (41st U.S. president)

  • Born 1929: Anne Frank (author)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1964: Paula Marshall (actress)

  • 1970s

  • 1979: First man-powered flight across the English Channel was made by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Albatross

  • 1980s

  • 1987: President Reagan gave the famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech, Berlin

  • 1990s

  • 1991: The Chicago Bulls won their first NBA championship title

  • Died 1998: Leo Buscaglia (self-help guru "Dr. Hug")

  • Died 1998: Theresa Merritt (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Bill Blass (fashion designer)

  • Died 2003: Gregory Peck (actor)

  • 2005: A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck most of Southern California

  • Died 2005: Makobo Modjadji VI (the "rain queen" of South Africa's Lobedu tribe). She was the sixth and youngest queen

  • Died 2005: Scott Young (journalist)

  • Died 2007: Don Herbert (television's science teacher "Mr. Wizard")

  • 2010s

  • 2010: Amy Singley and Steven Smith wed in Pennsylvania. The pair were born on the same day in the same hospital.

  • 2011: The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship series for the first time in the franchise's 31-year history

  • Died 2013: Jiroemon Kimura (world's oldest man known, as of June 2013; died at age 116)

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