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Flashback: What Happened on June 29, ....


•  1776 The first Virginia Constitution was adopted.

•  1973 Ground was broken for the St. Albans Mall (Kanawha County), the first indoor shopping mall in the Kanawha Valley.

•  1973 Assisstant Labor Secretary Bernard DeLung stated that the black lung benefit program would improve after being taken over by the United States Labor Department.

•  1986 National Public Radio began national distribution of Mountain Stage, a live two-hour show recorded in Charleston and produced by West Virginia Public Radio.

•  1992 The administration of President George Bush enacted a new rule which would allow chemical plants, such as the ones in Kanawha County, to release up to 100 pounds of toxic chemicals without notifying state regulators.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 29

Today is Sunday, June 29, the 180th day of 2014. There are 185 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“A hypocrite is a person who — but who isn’t?“ — Don Marquis, American journalist-author (1878-1937).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 29, 1974, Isabel Martinez de Peron was sworn in as acting president of Argentina, two days before the death of her ailing husband, President Juan Peron.

On this date:

In 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during a performance of “Henry VIII.“

In 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to the American colonies. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament to repeal the duties — except for tea.)

In 1880, France annexed Tahiti, which became a French colony on December 30, 1880.

In 1913, the Second Balkan War broke out as Bulgaria attacked Serbia and Greece, its former allies from the First Balkan War.

In 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Paradise, an Atlantic-Fokker C-2, after flying 2,400 miles from Oakland, California, in 25 hours, 50 minutes.

In 1941, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee) died in New York at age 80.

In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer’s access to classified information.

In 1967, Jerusalem was re-unified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)

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In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the independent counsel law in a 7-1 decision (the sole dissenter was Justice Antonin Scalia).

In 1992, the remains of Polish statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski (een-YAHS’ yahn pah-dayr-EF’-skee), interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.

In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn, one of the last stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, at age 96.

Ten years ago:

A United Nations helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board.

The Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography.

Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 career strikeouts (however, his team lost to the San Diego Padres, 3-2).

Five years ago:

U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities, the first major step toward removing all American forces from the country by Dec. 31, 2011.

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his multibillion-dollar fraud.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, were denied promotion because of their race.

Indoor tennis came to Wimbledon as the new retractable roof over Centre Court was closed after rain halted play during a fourth-round match with Amelie Mauresmo leading top-ranked Dinara Safina, 6-4, 1-4. (Safina ended up winning, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.)

One year ago:

Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Nelson Mandela’s family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the hospitalized 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. (Mandela was discharged from the hospital on September 1, 2013; he died the following December.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Movie producer Robert Evans is 84

Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 74

Actor Gary Busey is 70

Comedian Richard Lewis is 67

Actor-turned-politican-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 66

Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 66

Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 61

Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 61

Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 57

Actress Sharon Lawrence is 53

Actress Amanda Donohoe is 52

Actress Judith Hoag is 51

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is 51

Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 50

Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 50

Producer-writer Matthew Weiner is 49

Musician Dale Baker is 48

Actress Melora Hardin is 47

Rap DJ Shadow is 42

Actress Zuleikha Robinson is 37

Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 36

Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 36

Comedian-writer Colin Jost (johst) is 32

Flashback: What Happened on June 28, ....


•  1894 The United States Congress passed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday.

•  1932 President Herbert Hoover created the George Washington National Forest.

•  1940 Byzantine Hartman was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Upshur County.

•  1948 Voters in Charleston approved the annexation of North Charleston.

•  1977 Plans were announced for the Pennsboro Industrial Park in Ritchie County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 28

Today is Saturday, June 28, the 179th day of 2014. There are 186 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes.“ — Helen Merrell Lynd, American sociologist and educator (1896-1982).

Today’s Highlights in History:

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo (sah-ruh-YAY’-voh) by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip — the event which sparked World War I.

On this date:

In 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; it was from this battle that the legend of “Molly Pitcher” arose.

In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Virginia.

In 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) was signed in France, ending the First World War. In Independence, Missouri, future president Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Housing Act, which established the Federal Housing Administration.

In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France.

In 1944, the Republican national convention in Chicago nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice president.

In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul (sohl), the capital of South Korea.

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In 1964, civil rights activist Malcolm X declared, “We want equality by any means necessary” during the Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity in New York.

In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke (BAHK’-ee), a white man who argued he’d been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

In 1989, about 1 million Serbs gathered to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton became the first chief executive in U.S. history to set up a personal legal defense fund and ask Americans to contribute to it.

Ten years ago:

The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government two days ahead of schedule.

The Supreme Court ruled that the war on terrorism did not give the government a “blank check” to hold a U.S. citizen and foreign-born terror suspects in legal limbo.

The United States resumed direct diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break.

Five years ago:

Soldiers ousted Manuel Zelaya (zuh-LY’-uh), the democratically elected president of Honduras; congressional leader Roberto Micheletti was sworn in to serve until Zelaya’s term ended in January 2010.

Michael Jackson was honored at the BET Awards, which had been completely revamped to recognize the legacy of The King of Pop, who died three days earlier at age 50.

Death claimed TV pitchman Billy Mays, 50, at his Florida home and Las Vegas impressionist Fred Travalena, 66.

One year ago:

Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in Egypt’s second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people — including an American — were killed and scores injured.

The four plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban tied the knot, just hours after a federal appeals court freed gay couples to obtain marriage licenses in the state for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

Today’s Birthdays:

Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 88

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., is 80

Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 77

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is 76

Rock musician Dave Knights (Procul Harum) is 69

Actor Bruce Davison is 68

Actress Kathy Bates is 66

Actress Alice Krige is 60

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 54

Record company chief executive Tony Mercedes is 52

Actress Jessica Hecht is 49

Rock musician Saul Davies (James) is 49

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 48

Actor John Cusack is 48

Actor Gil Bellows is 47

Actress-singer Danielle Brisebois is 45

Jazz musician Jimmy Sommers is 45

Actress Tichina Arnold is 45

Actor Alessandro Nivola (nih-VOH’-luh) is 42

Actress Camille Guaty is 38

Rock musician Tim Nordwind (OK Go) is 38

Rock musician Mark Stoermer (The Killers) is 37

Country singer Big Vinny Hickerson (Trailer Choir) is 31

Country singer Kellie Pickler is 28

Flashback: What Happened on June 27, ....


•  1929 WHIS radio went on the air, the first radio station in Bluefield, Mercer County. It was owned by Jim Shott and Hugh Shott, Jr., sons of United States Representative Hugh Ike Shott, Sr.

•  1950 Volunteers constructed Coonskin Park near Charleston.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  June 27

Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2014. There are 187 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“It is no simple matter to pause in the midst of one’s maturity, when life is full of function, to examine what are the principles which control that functioning.“ — Pearl S. Buck, American author (1892-1973).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 27, 1864, Confederate forces repelled a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

On this date:

In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon completed work on his six-volume work, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.“

In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

In 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.

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In 1922, the first Newberry Medal, recognizing excellence in children’s literature, was awarded in Detroit to “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

In 1944, during World War II, American forces liberated the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.

In 1950, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.

In 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy spent the first full day of a visit to Ireland, the land of his ancestors, stopping by the County Wexford home of his great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, who’d emigrated to America in 1848.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon opened an official visit to the Soviet Union.

In 1984, the Supreme Court ended the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s monopoly on controlling college football telecasts, ruling such control violated antitrust law.

In 1988, at least 56 people were killed when a commuter train ran into a stationary train at the Gare de Lyon terminal in Paris.

In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure led to the contentious nomination of Clarence Thomas to succeed him.)

Ten years ago:

NATO leaders gathered in Turkey closed ranks on a pledge to take a bigger military role in Iraq; President George W. Bush declared that the alliance was poised to “meet the threats of the 21st century.“

Insurgents threatened to behead Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (wah-SEF’ ah-LEE’ hah-SOON’), a U.S. Marine who’d vanished in Iraq, in a videotape that aired on Arab television. (However, Hassoun contacted American officials in his native Lebanon the following month; after being reunited with his family in Utah, Hassoun disappeared in December 2004. Suspected of desertion, he has not been heard from since.)

Five years ago:

Dr. Conrad Murray, the cardiologist who was with Michael Jackson during the pop star’s final moments two days earlier, sat down with investigators for the first time to explain his actions.

Actress Gale Storm, 87, died in Danville, California.

One year ago:

The Senate passed, 68-32, comprehensive legislation offering the hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America’s shadows. (The House has yet to act on any element of the legislation.)

President Barack Obama visited Senegal, where he urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians but was bluntly rebuked by Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, who said his country “still isn’t ready” to decriminalize homosexuality.

Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australian prime minister a day after toppling rival Julia Gillard.

Today’s Birthdays:

Business executive Ross Perot is 84

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 76

Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 72

Fashion designer Vera Wang is 65

Actress Julia Duffy is 63

Actress Isabelle Adjani is 59

Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 55

Actor Brian Drillinger is 54

Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams is 48

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is 46

Olympic gold and bronze medal figure skater Viktor Petrenko is 45

TV personality Jo Frost (TV: “Supernanny”) is 44

Actor Yancey Arias is 43

Actor Christian Kane is 40

Actor Tobey Maguire is 39

Gospel singer Leigh Nash is 38

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian (kar-DASH’-ee-uhn) is 30

Actor Drake Bell is 28

Actor Sam Claflin (Film: “Hunger Games”) is 28

Actor Ed Westwick is 27

Actress Madylin Sweeten is 23

Actor Chandler Riggs is 15

Flashback: What Happened on June 26, ....


•  1868 The governor approved an act authorizing Elliot Deem to construct a wharf on the south side of the Little Kanawha River opposite Parkersburg.

•  1942 Governor Mathew Neely, State Superintendent of Black Schools D. T. Murray, and West Virginia State College President John Warren Davis dedicated Camp Washington-Carver in Fayette County as the State Black 4-H Camp.

•  1973 WNST - AM radio went on the air, the first radio station in Milton, Cabell County.

•  1974 Twenty-seven Kanawha County ministers announced their opposition to the supplemental textbooks involved in controversy. That same day, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission endorsed the books.

•  1989 Following a request from the National Labor Relations Board, Judge Dennis Knapp of the Southern West Virginia Federal Court issued a restraining order, requiring all striking UMW miners back to work.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 26

Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2014. There are 188 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Nothing is improbable until it moves into the past tense.“ — George Ade, American writer (1866-1944).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On June 26, 1974, the supermarket price scanner made its debut in Troy, Ohio, as a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum costing 67 cents and bearing a Uniform Product Code (UPC) was scanned by Marsh Supermarket cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson. (The barcoded package of never-chewed gum is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.)

On this date:

In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).

In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk was opened to the public.

In 1915, following a whirlwind courtship, poet T.S. Eliot married Vivienne Haigh-Wood in London. (The marriage proved disastrous, but the couple never divorced.)

In 1925, Charlie Chaplin’s classic comedy “The Gold Rush” premiered at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office by delegates to the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.

In 1944, the Republican national convention opened in Chicago with a keynote speech by California Governor Earl Warren. In an unusual Major League Baseball experiment, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played a three-way (or “tri-cornered”) exhibition game at the Polo Grounds to benefit war bonds. (Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.)

In 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean War.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity with the city’s residents, declaring: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an “enemies list” kept by the Nixon White House.

In 1988, three people were killed when a new Airbus A320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during a demonstration at an air show in Mulhouse (muh-LOOZ’), France.

In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty may be imposed for murderers who committed their crimes as young as age 16, and for mentally retarded killers as well.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush won support from the 25-nation European Union for an initial agreement to help train Iraq’s armed forces.

A memorial service was held in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, for Paul M. Johnson Jr., an engineer slain by kidnappers in Saudi Arabia.

Five years ago:

Los Angeles County medical examiners performed an autopsy on the remains of pop star Michael Jackson a day following his death at age 50.

The Democratic-controlled House passed a global warming measure 219-212 following intense lobbying by President Barack Obama.

A federal judge in New York ordered disgraced financier Bernard Madoff stripped of all his possessions under a $171 billion forfeiture order.

One year ago:

In deciding its first cases on the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the nation’s legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd; less than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they had cut Hernandez.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5); third-seeded Maria Sharapova was knocked out by the 131st-ranked qualifier, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal.

The state of Texas executed Kimberly McCarthy, 52, for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of her neighbor, Dorothy Booth, a 71-year-old retired college psychology professor.

Belgian-born financier Marc Rich, 78, pardoned by President Bill Clinton after being indicted for fraud, racketeering and tax evasion, died in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Today’s Birthdays:

Jazz musician-film composer Dave Grusin is 80

Actor Josef Sommer is 80

Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 74

Rock singer Georgie Fame is 71

Actor Clive Francis is 68

Rhythm-and-blues singer Brenda Holloway is 68

Actor Michael Paul Chan is 64

Actor Robert Davi is 63

Singer-musician Mick Jones is 59

Actor Gedde Watanabe is 59

Rock singer Chris Isaak is 58

Rock singer Patty Smyth is 57

Singer Terri Nunn (Berlin) is 53

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Famer Greg LeMond is 53

Rock singer Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays) is 51

Country musician Eddie Perez (The Mavericks) is 46

Rock musician Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) is 45

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 44

Actor Sean Hayes is 44

Actor Matt Letscher is 44

Actor Chris O’Donnell is 44

Actor Nick Offerman is 44

Actress Rebecca Budig is 41

MLB All-Star Derek Jeter is 40

Contemporary Christian musician Jeff Frankenstein (Newsboys) is 40

Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 40

Rock musician Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) is 35

Pop-rock singer-musician Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) is 35

Actor-musician Jason Schwartzman is 34

Actress Aubrey Plaza is 30

Actress-singer Jennette McCurdy is 22

Actress-singer Ariana Grande (TV: “Victorious”) is 21

Flashback: What Happened on June 25, ....


•  1868 The governor approved an act authorizing the West Virginia Agricultural College, which later became West Virginia University, to sell the Monongalia Academy in Morgantown.

•  1950 The United States committed troops to the civil war which had broken out between North and South Korea.

•  1980 The bodies of 19 year old Nancy Santomero of Huntington, NY and 26 year old Vicki Durian of Wellman, IO, were found near the Droop Mountain Battlefield in Pocahontas County. They were murdered while attending a gathering of the Rainbow Family in the county. No charges were officially filed until 1992.

•  1981 Two Charleston police were killed in the line of duty. Antoine Hickman was later convicted of the murders.

•  1981 Postal workers went on strike in Parkersburg (Wood County).

•  1992 Bill Tattersall, assistant secretary of labor for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, issued 25 closure orders for 19 mines in West Virginia, due to dangerous conditions.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 25

Today is Wednesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2014. There are 189 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.“ — Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet-author (1875-1926).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 25, 2009, death claimed Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,“ in Los Angeles at age 50 and actress Farrah Fawcett in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 62.

On this date:

In 1788, Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution.

In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana.

In 1888, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Benjamin Harrison for the presidency. (Harrison went on to win the election, defeating President Grover Cleveland.)

In 1910, President William Howard Taft signed the White-Slave Traffic Act, more popularly known as the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

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In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was enacted.

In 1943, Congress passed, over President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s veto, the Smith-Connally Anti-Strike Act, which allowed the federal government to seize and operate privately owned war plants facing labor strikes.

In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.

In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Engel v. Vitale, ruled 6-1 that recitation of a state-sponsored prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional.

In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating top administration officials, including President Richard Nixon as well as himself, in the Watergate scandal and cover-up.

In 1984, the Prince and the Revolution soundtrack album “Purple Rain” was released by Warner Bros. Records.

In 1993, Kim Campbell was sworn in as Canada’s 19th prime minister, the first woman to hold the post.

In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a line-item veto law as unconstitutional, and ruled that HIV-infected people are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ten years ago:

Republican Jack Ryan withdrew from the U.S. Senate race in Illinois after revelations of sex-club visits with his then-wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, opened a European trip as they arrived in Ireland.

Taliban fighters killed up to 17 people after learning they had registered for Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed national elections.

Five years ago:

North Korea vowed to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a “fire shower of nuclear retaliation” in the event of a U.S. attack, as the regime marked the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete as he announced at Georgetown University a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden at a Moscow airport, but promptly rejected a U.S. plea to turn him over.

Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis began a one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort to impose stringent new abortion restrictions across the nation’s second-most populous state. (Republicans voted to end the filibuster minutes before midnight, sparking a chaotic scene with demonstrators who succeeded in forcing lawmakers to miss the deadline for passing the bill.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress June Lockhart is 89

Civil rights activist James Meredith is 81

R&B’s Eddie Floyd is 77

Actress Barbara Montgomery is 75

Actress Mary Beth Peil is 74

Singer Carly Simon is 69

Rocker Ian McDonald is 68

Actor Jimmie Walker is 67

Actor-director Michael Lembeck is 66

TV’s Phyllis George is 65

Rocker Tim Finn is 62

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 60

Rocker David Paich is 60

Actor Michael Sabatino is 59

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is 58

Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 53

Actor John Benjamin Hickey is 51

Rocker George Michael is 51

Actress Erica Gimpel is 50

Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 47

Rapper Candyman is 46

Actress Angela Kinsey is 43

Rocker Mike Kroeger is 42

Rocker Mario Calire is 40

Actress Linda Cardellini is 39

Actress Busy Philipps is 35

Flashback: What Happened on June 24, ....


•  1863 State Senate President John Phelps appointed the senate’s first committee on education.

•  1974 Ten Kanawha County ministers gave their support to the supplemental textbooks involved in controversy.

•  1992 Construction workers filed suit against Union Carbide in South Charleston, Kanawha County, for hiring non-union laborers of Brown and Root construction firm of Texas to replace them.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: June 24

Today is Tuesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2014. There are 190 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Move, and the way will open.“ - Zen saying.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On June 24, 1964, AT&T inaugurated commercial “Picturephone” service between New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., as Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the president, called Dr. Elizabeth A. Wood of Bell Laboratories in New York. (Requiring the use of video booths, with a 3-minute call from Washington to New York costing $16, and a $27 charge for a 3-minute call between New York and Chicago, Picturephone never caught on.)

On this date:

In 1314, the forces of Scotland’s Robert the Bruce defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.

In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned king of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort.

In 1793, the first republican constitution in France was adopted.

In 1880, “O Canada,“ the future Canadian national anthem, was first performed in Quebec City.

In 1908, the 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, New Jersey, at age 71.

In 1939, the Southeast Asian country Siam changed its name to Thailand. (It went back to being Siam in 1945, then became Thailand once again in 1949.)

In 1940, France signed an armistice with Italy during World War II.

In 1948, Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the Berlin Airlift.

In 1968, “Resurrection City,“ a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People’s March on Washington D.C., was closed down by authorities.

In 1975, 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger - carrying America’s first woman in space, Sally K. Ride - coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In 1993, David Gelernter, a Yale University computer scientist, was seriously injured by a mail bomb sent from the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski.

Ten years ago:

Federal investigators questioned President George W. Bush for more than an hour in connection with the news leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

In a bizarre conclusion to a huge upset, the chair umpire called the wrong score in the second tiebreaker, and Venus Williams fell 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to Karolina Sprem in the second round at Wimbledon.

Five years ago:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted he had secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he was having an affair, and said he would resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.

Ed Thomas, the football coach of Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa for 34 years, was gunned down by former player Mark Becker. (Becker was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to double the number of best picture nominees to 10 for the 2010 Oscar ceremony. (The winner under this revised system was “The Hurt Locker.“)

One year ago:

Opening statements took place in the Sanford, Florida, trial of George Zimmerman, accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman was acquitted.)

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s flamboyant former premier, was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life for paying an underaged prostitute for sex during parties and forcing public officials to cover it up (Berlusconi is appealing his conviction).

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup with a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Game 6 over the Boston Bruins.

In one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Al Molinaro is 95

Comedian Jack Carter is 92

Rock singer Arthur Brown is 72

Actress Michele Lee is 72

Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 71

Rock musician Jeff Beck is 70

Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 69

Musician Mick Fleetwood is 67

Actor Peter Weller is 67

Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 65

Actress Nancy Allen is 64

Reggae singer Derrick Simpson (Black Uhuru) is 64

Actor Joe Penny is 58

Reggae singer Astro (UB40) is 57

Singer-musician Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark) is 55

Actor Iain Glen (TV: “Game of Thrones”; “Downton Abbey”) is 53

Rock singer Curt Smith is 53

Actress Danielle Spencer is 49

Actress Sherry Stringfield is 47

Singer Glenn Medeiros is 44

Actress-producer Mindy Kaling is 35

Actress Minka Kelly is 34

Actress Kaitlin Cullum is 28

Singer Solange Knowles is 28

Flashback: What Happened on June 23, ....


•  1849 Johnson Camden of Sutton, Braxton County, resigned from West Point after accumulating 145 demerits.

•  1861 General George B. McClellan stationed 20,000 Union troops in Grafton, Taylor County.

•  1865 The Lowther’s Run Petroleum and Mining Company of Pennsylvania and West Virginia was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: Robert C. Davis, John Barry, John Stilz, Isaac Rheinstrom, and William F. Brady, all of Philadelphia. The company’s purpose was to mine oil, gas, and extractive minerals on its property in Ritchie County, WV and Fulton County, PA, with its main office in Philadelphia.

•  1944 A tornado killed 103 people in and around Shinnston, Harrison County.

•  1947 Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act over President Truman’s veto. In protest, UMW coal miners went on strike and John L. Lewis shut down the mines.

•  1959 Governor Cecil Underwood flew to the Soviet Union.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  June 23

Today is Monday, June 23, the 174th day of 2014. There are 191 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing.“ - Dorothy Thompson, American journalist (1894-1961).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On June 23, 1314, during the First War of Scottish Independence, the two-day Battle of Bannockburn, resulting in victory for the forces of Robert the Bruce over the army of King Edward II, began near Stirling.

On this date:

In 1757, forces of the East India Company led by Robert Clive won the Battle of Plassey, which effectively marked the beginning of British colonial rule in India.

In 1812, Britain, unaware that America had declared war against it five days earlier, rescinded its policy on neutral shipping, a major issue of contention between the two countries.

In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for a second term of office at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.

In 1938, the Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.

In 1947, the Senate joined the House in overriding President Harry S. Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, designed to limit the power of organized labor.

In 1956, Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held the first of two meetings at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

In 1969, Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States by the man he was succeeding, Earl Warren.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon’s resignation.) President Nixon signed Title IX, which barred discrimination on the basis of sex for “any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.“

In 1989, the Supreme Court refused to shut down the “dial-a-porn” industry, ruling Congress had gone too far in passing a law banning all sexually-oriented phone message services.

In 1994, the movie “Forrest Gump,“ starring Tom Hanks as a simple yet kindhearted soul and his serendipitous brushes with greatness, was released by Paramount Pictures.

Ten years ago:

In a major retreat, the United States abandoned an attempt to win a new exemption for American troops from international prosecution for war crimes - an effort that had faced strong opposition because of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

Five years ago:

Hardening the U.S. reaction to Iran’s disputed elections and bloody aftermath, President Barack Obama condemned the violence against protesters and lent his strongest support yet to their accusations the hardline victory was a fraud.

“Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon died in Los Angeles at 86.

Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, who’d diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer before a dramatic rescue from a South Pole station, died in Southwick, Massachusetts, at 57.

Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

One year ago:

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor behind the disclosures of the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs, left Hong Kong for Moscow with the stated intention of seeking asylum in Ecuador; however, Snowden ended up remaining in Moscow.

Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona.

Sci-fi and fantasy writer Richard Matheson, 87, died in Los Angeles.

Today’s Birthdays:

Singer Diana Trask is 74

Musical conductor James Levine is 71

Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosetta Hightower (The Orlons) is 70

Actor Ted Shackelford is 68

Actor Bryan Brown is 67

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 66

Actor Jim Metzler is 63

“American Idol” ex-judge Randy Jackson is 58

Actress Frances McDormand is 57

Rock musician Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) is 52

Actor Paul La Greca is 52

Writer-director Joss Whedon is 50

Rhythm-and-blues singer Chico DeBarge is 44

Actress Selma Blair is 42

Rock singer KT Tunstall is 39

Rhythm-and-blues singer Virgo Williams (Ghostowns DJs) is 39

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 37

Actress Melissa Rauch is 34

Rock singer Duffy is 30

Country singer Katie Armiger is 23

Flashback: What Happened on June 22, ....


•  1940 The first residents moved into the Littlepage Terrace housing project units in Charleston. The Littlepage Terrace units and those at Washington Manor, also in Charleston, were the first federally funded housing projects in the United States.

•  1960 WJPB - TV went on the air, the first television station in Bridgeport, Harrison County. It was owned by J. Patrick Beacom, Thomas P. Johnson, and George W. Eby. It later changed its call letters to WDTV - TV.

•  1970 Ten thousand UMW coal miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania went on strike, lasting 4 days. This strike was led by Disabled Miners and Widows demanding pensions and hospital cards.

•  1971 Governor Moore announced that unemployment in West Virginia had reached its lowest point in 20 years.

•  1984 The sixth annual women’s coal miners convention was held in Charleston.

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