Today in History: June 12 Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Today in History

Today is Sunday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2022. There are 202 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring 53; Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a three-hour standoff before being killed in a shootout with police.

To this date :

In 1630, the Englishman John Winthrop, at the head of a fleet transporting Puritan refugees, arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony, of which he became the governor.

In 1776, the Colonial Virginia Legislature passed a Bill of Rights.

In 1942, Anne Frank, a young German-Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday, less than a month before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis.

In 1963, 37-year-old civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of Evers’ murder and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)

In 1964, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison with seven others, including Walter Sisulu, for committing acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime (all were eventually released, Mandela in 1990).

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, unanimously struck down state laws banning interracial marriages.

In 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life for each of the six “Son of Sam” .44 caliber murders that terrified New Yorkers.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, urged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”.

In 1991, Russians went to the polls to elect Boris N. Yeltsin as president of their republic.

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were massacred outside his Los Angeles home. (OJ Simpson was later acquitted of the murders in a criminal trial, but ultimately held accountable in a civil action.)

In 2004, the body of former President Ronald Reagan was sealed in a grave in his presidential library in Simi Valley, California, after a week of mourning and remembrance by world leaders and ordinary Americans.

In 2020, Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed by one of two white officers who responded after he was found asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta; Police body camera video showed Brooks grappling with officers and grabbing a Taser from one, shooting him as he fled. (An autopsy revealed Brooks was shot twice in the back. Officer Garrett Rolfe faces murder charges.)

Ten years ago: Democrat Ron Barber, who nearly lost his life in the Arizona shooting that seriously injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won a special election to succeed him. Former mobster Henry Hill, the subject of the film ‘Goodfellas’, died in Los Angeles the day after his 69th birthday.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters staged anti-corruption rallies across Russia; more than a thousand have been arrested, including opposition leader and protest organizer Alexei Navalny. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5.

A year ago: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by employees of a Houston hospital system over its demand that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19; the Houston Methodist Hospital system had suspended 178 employees without pay for refusing to be vaccinated. (More than 150 employees who refused to be vaccinated would resign or be fired after the lawsuit was dismissed.) Saudi Arabia announced that the upcoming hajj pilgrimage would be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all from the kingdom, in due to the pandemic.

Today’s birthdays: Songwriter Richard M. Sherman turns 94. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 81 years old. Singer Roy Harper is 81 years old. Actor Roger Aaron Brown is 73 years old. Actress Sonia Manzano is 72 years old. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 71 years old. singer-musician Junior Brown is 70 years old. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 69 years old. Actor Timothy Busfield is 65 years old. Singer Meredith Brooks is 64 years old. Actor Jenilee Harrison is 64 years old. Rock musician John Linnell (They Could Be Giants) is 63. is 60 years old. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 60 years old. Actor Paul Schulze is 60 years old. Actor Eamonn Walker is 60 years old. Actor Paula Marshall is 58 years old. Actor Frances O’Connor is 55. Actor Rick Hoffman is 52 years old. 50. Actor Mel Rodriguez is 49 years old. Actor Jason Mewes is 48 years old. Actor Michael Muhney is 47 years old. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 45. Actor Timothy Simons is 44 years old. Actor Wil Horneff is 43 years old. Singer Robyn is 43 years old. The singer and rock musician John Gourley (Portugal. The man) is 41 years old. Actor Dave Franco is 37 years old. Country singer Chris Young i s 37. Actor Luke Youngblood is 36 years old. Actor Ryan Malgarini is 30 years old.

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