Today is Wednesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2007. There are 201 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent prior to questioning by police.
On this date:
In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.
In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.
In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.
In 1957, the Mayflower 2, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England.
In 1967, President Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.
In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1986, Benny Goodman, the clarinet-playing “King of Swing,” died in New York at the age of 77.
In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.
Ten years ago: A jury voted unanimously to give Timothy McVeigh the death penalty for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. The Chicago Bulls captured their fifth professional basketball championship in seven years with a 90-86 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 6.
Five years ago: U.S. Roman Catholic bishops held an extraordinary closed-door meeting in Dallas on the sex scandal that had shaken the church as they crafted a plan for a zero-tolerance policy for pedophile priests. Backed by the United States, Hamid Karzai overwhelmingly won 18 more months as leader of Afghanistan’s fledgling government. The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Game 5 of the finals.
One year ago: President Bush told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a surprise visit to Baghdad that the fate of his war-scarred country was in Iraqi hands; for their part, Iraq’s new leaders sought a promise from Bush not to withdraw U.S. troops too quickly. Former Irish prime minister Charles Haughey died outside Dublin at age 80.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 75. Artist Christo is 72. Artist Jeanne-Claude is 72. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 68. Singer Bobby Freeman is 67. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 64. Singer Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook) is 58. Actor Richard Thomas is 56. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 56. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 56. Comedian Tim Allen is 54. Actress Ally Sheedy is 45. “The Early Show” co-host Hannah Storm is 45. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 44. Singer David Gray is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 39. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 38. Actor Jamie Walters is 38. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 37. Country singer Susan Haynes is 35. Actor Steve-O (“Jackass”) is 33. Actor Ethan Embry is 29. Actor Chris Evans is 26. Actress Sarah Schaub is 24. Singer Raz B is 22. Actress Kat Dennings is 21. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 21. Actress Ashley Olsen is 21.
Thought for Today: “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” — Victor Hugo, French writer (1802-1885).