9th June: Today In History

Today is Friday, June 9th, the 160th day of 2017. There are 205 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
1954:  During the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for publicly attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
A.D:  68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.
1870:  Author Charles Dickens died in Gad’s Hill Place, England.
1911:  Carrie (sometimes spelled “Carry”) A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kansas, at age 64.
1934:  The first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, “The Wise Little Hen,” was released.
1943:  The federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.
1946:  Bhumibol Adulyadej (poo-mee-POON’ ah-dool-yah-DAYD’) became king of Thailand at age 18, beginning a 70-year reign that ended with his death in Oct. 2016.
1953:  94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU’-stur), Massachusetts.
1969:  The Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
1973:  Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
1986:  The Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.
1994:  A fire destroyed the Georgia mansion of Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison; his girlfriend, rap singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, admitted causing the blaze after a fight, and was later sentenced to probation.
1997:  The final episode of “Married… with Children” (“Chicago Shoe Exchange”) aired on Fox, ending the series’ 11-season run.

Comedian Jackie Mason is 89.
Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 87.
Former baseball manager and player Bill Virdon is 86.
Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 78.
Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 78.
Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 70.
Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 66.
Film composer James Newton Howard is 66.
Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 61.

Quotes Of The Day:
Every day is a chance to be better than the day before.
Prayer is the most important conversation of the day.

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