updated 6/12/2006 12:03:21 AM ET 2006-06-12T04:03:21

Today is Monday, June 12th, the 163rd day of 2006. There are 202 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 12th, 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

On this date:

In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

In 1776, Virginia’s colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.

In 1838, the Iowa Territory was organized.

In 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain.

In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi; he was 37. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)

In 1967, the Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

In 1971, Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.

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

In 1981, major league baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation. (The season did not resume until August tenth.)

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

Ten years ago: A panel of federal judges in Philadelphia blocked a law against indecency on the Internet, saying the 1996 Communications Decency Act would unlawfully chill adults’ free-speech rights. Senate Republicans overwhelmingly chose Trent Lott to succeed Bob Dole as majority leader.

Five years ago: President Bush arrived in Madrid, Spain, on his first official trip to Europe. A federal court in New York sentenced Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-’Owhali (moh-HAH’-mehd rah-SHEED’ dah-ood ahl-oh-WAHL’-ee), a Saudi Arabian follower of Osama bin Laden, to life in prison without parole for his role in the deadly bombing of the U-S Embassy in Kenya.

One year ago: Vice President Dick Cheney, reacting to a growing chorus of calls to close the U-S prison at Guantanamo Bay, told Fox News Channel there were no plans to do so. American-educated professor and women’s rights activist Massouma al-Mubarak was named Kuwait’s first female Cabinet minister. At the L-P-G-A Championship, Annika Sorenstam closed with a 1-over 73 for a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie, who shot a 69 to finish second.

Today’s Birthdays: Banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is

91. Former President George H.W. Bush is 82. Singer Vic Damone is

78. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 78. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is

76. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 65. Sportscaster Marv Albert is

65. Singer Roy Harper is 65. Pop singer Len Barry is 64. Rock singer Reg Presley (The Troggs) is 63. Rock singer-musician Brad Delp (Boston) is 55. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is

55. Country singer-musician Junior Brown is 54. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 53. Actor Timothy Busfield is 49. Singer Meredith Brooks is 48. Actress Jenilee Harrison is 47. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) is 47. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 44. Actress Paula Marshall is 42. Actress Frances O’Connor is 39. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 29. Actor Wil Horneff is 27. Singer Robyn is 27.

Thought for Today: “A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.” -- Pearl Bailey, American entertainer (1918-1990).

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