Saturday, June 20, 2009

20 June: Lizzie Borden Took An Axe, And Gave Her (Step) Mother Forty Whacks. When She Saw What She Had Done, She Gave Her Father Forty-One.

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 20, the 171st day of 2009. There are 194 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.On this date: In 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.In 1791, King Louis XVI of France attempted to flee the country in the so-called Flight to Varennes, but was caught. In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV. In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state. In 1898, the U.S. Navy seized Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, during the Spanish-American War. The people of Guam were granted U.S. citizenship in 1950. In 1943, race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that resulted in more than 30 deaths. In 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion of his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, apparently at the order of mob associates. In 1963, the United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a "hot line" between the two superpowers. In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. (Ali's conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court). Thirty years ago, in 1979, ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza's national guard. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, O.J. Simpson pleaded "100 percent not guilty" to charges he killed his ex-wife and her friend. Ten years ago: As the last of 40,000 Yugoslav troops rolled out of Kosovo, NATO declared a formal end to its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. Payne Stewart won his second U.S. Open title, by one stroke over Phil Mickelson. In 2001, Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police. (Yates was later convicted of murder, but had her conviction overturned; she was acquitted in a retrial.) Five years ago: The Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape from al-Qaida-linked militants showing a South Korean hostage begging for his life and pleading with his government to withdraw troops from Iraq. (The hostage, Kim Sun-il, was beheaded two days later.) Retief Goosen captured his second U.S. Open in four years at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island.
In 2007, Sammy Sosa of the Texas Rangers became the fifth major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs.
One year ago: Lightning began sparking more than 2,000 fires across northern and central California, eventually burning over a million acres. Today's Birthdays: Actress Olympia Dukakis is 78. Actor Martin Landau is 78. Actor James Tolkan is 78. Actor Danny Aiello is 76. Blues musician Lazy Lester is 76. Actor John Mahoney is 69. Movie director Stephen Frears is 68. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 67. Actor John McCook is 64. Singer Anne Murray is 64. TV personality Bob Vila is 63. Musician Andre Watts is 63. Actress Candy Clark is 62. Producer Tina Sinatra is 61. R&B Lionel Richie is 60. Actor John Goodman is 57. Rock musician Michael Anthony is 55. Pop musician John Taylor is 49. Rock musician Mark DeGliantoni is 47. Rock musician Murphy Karges (Sugar Ray) is 42. Actress Nicole Kidman is 42. Country/bluegrass singer-musician Dan Tyminski is 42. Movie director Robert Rodriguez is 41. Actor Peter Paige is 40. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred years ago, in 1909, actor Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 1948, the TV variety show "Toast of the Town" premiered. It later changed its name to the "Ed Sullivan Show." Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" routine was first seen in the film "Naughty 90's." In 1975, the movie "Jaws" was released. In 1977, Steve Winwood released his first solo album, called "Steve Winwood."
In 1980, "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" became Billy Joel's first number-one hit. In 1996, the first Furthur Festival kicked off in Atlanta. It was the first time the members of the Grateful Dead toured together since the death of singer Jerry Garcia. On a lighter note, on that same day, Paul Anka ended a Las Vegas concert early after he spit the crown of his tooth into the audience. He later sued his dentist for malpractice. In 1997, singer Lawrence Payton of the Four Tops died of liver cancer in Detroit. He was 59. Thought for Today: "Love your enemy — it'll drive him nuts." — Anonymous.

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