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06-17-2012, 09:58 PM
Lead Story
Statue of Liberty arrives, 1885
American Revolution
Battle of Bunker Hill begins, 1775
O.J. Simpson leads L.A. police on a high-speed chase, 1994
Civil War
Union Colonel Strong Vincent is born, 1837
Cold War
Soviets crush anti-government riots in East Berlin, 1953
Nixon's re-election employees are arrested for burglary, 1972
Bridge collapses, killing workers, 1958
General Interest
Drake claims California for England, 1579
The Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
France to surrender, 1940
Watergate burglars arrested, 1972
O.J. Simpson arrested after flight from justice, 1994
Cyd Charisse dies, 2008
Watergate break-ins set the stage for All the President's Men, 1972
New Kids on the Block land at the top of the pops, 1989
Old West
Indians hammer U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Rosebud, 1876
FDR's secretary of war stifles Truman's inquiry into suspicious defense plant, 1943
Marciano beats Charles, 1954
Vietnam War
North Vietnamese reoccupy Ap Bia Mountain, 1969
Watergate burglars arrested, 1972
World War I
Portuguese army sees first action in Flanders, 1917
World War II
British and Allied troops continue the evacuation of France, as Churchill reassures his countrymen, 1940


06-17-2012, 10:20 PM
1836 - A mounted ranger company with the Texas revolutionary army captured the two Mexican ships Comanche and Fanny Butler. The company had captured the Watchman on June 3.

1872 - Manuel García was born. He became the first Mexican American to graduate from the Univeristy of Texas in 1894.

1897 - In Austin, the first official annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association was held.

1899 - The event known as the Brazon Flood began. Over the next 11 days at least 284 people were killed when 8.9 inches of rain fell.

1965 - The Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation opened the show "Thundering Sounds of the West" in an outdoor amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon. The show ran until September 6, 1965. The success of the show led to the first annual presentation of the show "Texas" the following year.