~TODAY IN HISTORY~
On June 11, 1509, England’s King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
in 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, “discovered” the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner.
In 1937, eight members of the Soviet Red Army High Command accused of disloyalty were put on trial, convicted and immediately executed as part of Josef Stalin’s Great Purge.
In 1947, the government announced the end of sugar rationing for households and “institutional users” (e.g. restaurants and hotels) as of midnight.
In 1959, the Sunders-Roe Nautical 1, the first operational hovercraft was publicly demonstrated off the southern coast of England.
In 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again.
In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
In 1993, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit “hate crimes” motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also ruled religious groups had a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in worship services.
In 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing that killed 168 people.
In 2012, Ann Rutherford, 94 the demure brunette actress who played Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in “Gone With the Wind” died in Beverly Hills.