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06-07-2012, 10:16 PM
Lead Story
First successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, 1913
American Revolution
Lee Resolution presented to Continental Congress, 1776
Switzerland welcomes first drive-through bank, 1962
Civil War
Rebels turned back at Milliken's Bend, 1863
Cold War
Czechoslovakian president Benes resigns, 1948
Michael Skakel convicted of 1975 murder in Greenwich, 2002
Earthquake destroys Jamaican pirate haven, 1692
General Interest
Gandhi's first act of civil disobedience, 1893
British king visits U.S., 1939
Battle of Midway ends, 1942
Jean Harlow dies, 1937
Louise Erdrich is born, 1954
New York magazine publishes the story that becomes Saturday Night Fever, 1976
Old West
Chief Seattle dies near the city named for him, 1866
Reagan nominated for governor of California, 1966
Bo Jackson drafted by Kansas City Royals, 1986
Vietnam War
Westmoreland requests 44 battalions, 1965
McGovern continues to campaign against the war, 1972
World War I
Battle of Messines Ridge, 1917
World War II
Japanese land troops on the islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians, 1942

06-08-2012, 12:02 AM
1842 - The Republic of Texas approved the Fisher-Miller Grant. The grant for three million acres between the Llano and Colorado rivers largely failed.

1876 - In San Antonio, construction began on Fort Sam Houston.

1987 - The Menil Collection, a collection of 10,000 works amassed by John and Dominique de Menil, opened to the public in Houston.

1998 - James Byrd Jr., at age 49, was murdered in Jasper, TX. Byrd had been dragged to death behind a pickup truck. On February 25, 1999 William King was sentenced to the death penalty for the racial crime while two other men charged awaited trial.