Today in History | History

Today is Wednesday, June 22nd, the 173rd day of 2022. The year is 192 days away.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 22, 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler won a stunning victory when France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces invaded Paris.

On this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time as Emperor of the French.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created.

In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago. (A year later, on this date, Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.)

In 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union.

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights”.

In 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa ended in an Allied victory.

In 1965, film producer David O. Selznick (“Gone with the Wind”) died in Los Angeles at age 63.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowered the minimum voting age to 18 years.

In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former US Attorney General to go to prison when he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.)

In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock star John Lennon. Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was deposed as president of Iran.

In 1992, the United States Supreme Court, in RAV v. City of São Paulo unanimously ruled that “hate crime” laws that prohibited the burning of crosses and similar expressions of racial prejudice violated freedom of expression rights.

In 1999, in a big comeback at Wimbledon, Martina Hingis lost 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round to Jelena Dokic (yeh-LAY’-nuh DAH’-kich), a 16-year-old qualifier ranked 129th.

Ten years ago: Jerry Sandusky, former assistant coach at Penn State, was convicted by a jury in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. (Sandusky is serving a state prison sentence of 30 to 60 years.)

Five years ago: An online conspiracy theory dubbed the “pizzagate” ended with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to four years in prison for firing an assault rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizzeria. , DC. California authorities have denied parole to convicted murderer Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, for the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people. The Philadelphia 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick in the NBA draft.

A year ago: A government watchdog reported that deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes increased 32% in 2020; was the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. Kobe Bryant’s widow agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and the owners of the helicopter that crashed in January 2020, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna and seven others; terms of the agreement were not disclosed. After finishing with the second-worst NBA record, the Detroit Pistons won the NBA draft lottery, securing the No. 1 pick. (The Pistons would select Oklahoma State Guard Cade Cunningham.)

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Prunella Scales (TV: “Fawlty Towers”) is 90 years old. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is 89 years old. Singer and actor Kris Kristofferson is 86 years old. Actor Michael Lerner is 81 years old. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 79 years old. Fox News analyst Brit Hume is 79 years old. Singer/producer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 78 years old. Singer Howard “Eddie” Kaylan is 75 years old. Singer and musician Todd Rundgren is 74 years old. 73. Actress Meryl Streep is 73 years old. Actor Lindsay Wagner is 73. Singer Alan Osmond is 73. Actor Graham Greene is 70. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 69. Actor Chris Lemmon is 68. Rock musician Derek Forbes is 66. Actor Tim Russ is 66 Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 65 years old. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 64 years old. Rock musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) is 63 years old. Actress Tracy Pollan is 62 years old. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 62 years old. Jimmy Somerville is 61 years old. Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler is 60 years old. Actress Amy Brenneman is 58 years old. Author Dan Brown is 58 years old. Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 58 years old. Rock singer Steven Page is 52 years old. Actor Michael Trucco is 52 years old. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub (RYS’-kub) is 51 years old. TV personality Carson Daly is 49 years old. Rock musician Chris Traynor is 49 years old. Actor Donald Faison (FAY’-zahn) is 48 years old. Actress Alicia Goranson is 48 years old. Actor and comedian Mike O’Brien (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 46 years old. TV personality/actor Jai Rodriguez is 43 years old. American singer-songwriter John Moreland is 37 years old. Pop singer Dinah Jane (Fifth Harmony) (TV: “The X Factor”) is 25 years old.

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