June 17, South Carolina church shooting


Today is Friday, June 17, the 168th day of 2022. There are 197 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot to death at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina; suspect Dylann Roof was arrested the following morning. (Roof was convicted of federal hate crimes and sentenced to death; he later pleaded guilty to state murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.)

To this date :

In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy casualties.


In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere (ee-SEHR’).

In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which raised U.S. tariffs to historically high levels, prompting foreign retaliation.

In 1963, the United States Supreme Court, in Abington (Pennsylvania) School District v. Schempp, struck down, 8-1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or the reading of Bible verses in public schools.

In 1967, China successfully tested its first thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb.

In 1972, the eventual downfall of President Richard Nixon began with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic headquarters in Washington, DC, at the Watergate complex.

In 1994, after leading police on a low-speed chase down Southern California freeways, OJ Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. . (Simpson was later acquitted in a criminal trial but held liable in a civil trial.)

In 2008, hundreds of same-sex couples married across California on the first full day same-sex marriage became legal by order of the state’s highest court.

In 2009, President Barack Obama extended certain benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Nevada Sen. John Ensign resigned from the GOP leadership a day after admitting an affair with a former campaign staffer.

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 that states cannot require proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections unless they obtain federal approval or court to do so.

In 2019, Iran announced it was breaking the international agreement that prevented it from building nuclear weapons; the announcement meant Iran could soon begin enriching uranium to one step closer to weapons-grade levels. The Trump administration followed Iran’s announcement by sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East.

In 2020, Atlanta prosecutors brought murder charges against white police officer Garrett Rolfe in the fatal shooting of a black man, Rayshard Brooks, following a struggle; a second officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with aggravated assault and breach of his oath. (Both officers are awaiting trial.) Quaker Oats has announced that it will retire the Aunt Jemima brand, saying the company recognizes the character’s origins are “based on racial stereotyping.”

Ten years ago: Rodney King, 47, whose 1991 recorded beatings by Los Angeles police sparked widespread outrage and who was battling addiction and repeated arrests, died in Rialto, California, in an apparent accidental drowning. Webb Simpson has won the US Open, beating former US Open champions Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.

Five years ago: The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case declared itself hopelessly deadlocked, leading to the mistrial of the 79-year-old TV star accused of having drugged and groped a woman more than ten years earlier; prosecutors immediately announced they would pursue a second trial. (That lawsuit resulted in Cosby’s conviction, but Pennsylvania’s highest court later overturned it.) The Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald was damaged in a collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship off of Japan which killed seven sailors.

A year ago: The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, left the entire Affordable Care Act intact, rejecting the latest major Republican-led effort to kill the National Health Care Act known as “Obamacare”. President Joe Biden has signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery; June 19, or June 19, would be the 12th federal holiday. A St. Louis couple who pointed guns at social justice protesters outside their home in 2020 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges; Mark and Patricia McCloskey were fined and agreed to confiscate the guns they were carrying when they clashed with several hundred protesters. Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at 97; he was a leader in the campaign that ended British colonial rule.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus turns 90. Director Ken Loach is 86 years old. Singer Barry Manilow is 79 years old. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is 79. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 71 years old. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 68 years old. Actor Jon Gries (gryz) is 65 years old. Rock singer Jello Biafra is 64 years old. Producer-director-screenwriter Bobby Farrelly is 64 years old. Actor Thomas Haden Church is 62 years old. Actor Greg Kinnear is 59 years old. Actor Kami Cotler is 57 years old. Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen is 57 years old. Actor Jason Patric is 56 years old. Actor-comedian Will Forte is 52 years old. Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio is 51 years old. Tennis player Venus Williams is 42 years old. Actor Arthur Darvill is 40 years old. Actor Jodie Whittaker is 40 years old. Actor Manish Dayal is 39 years old. Country singer Mickey Guyton is 39 years old. Actress Marie Avgeropoulos is 36 years old. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is 35 years old. NHL forward Nikita Kucherov is 29 years old. Actor KJ Apa is 25 years old.

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