~TODAY IN HISTORY~
On June 16, 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U. S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.
In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature. (The Act was later struck down by the U. S. Supreme Court.) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was founded as President Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933.
In 1942, a second four-man team of Nazi saboteurs landed in Florida, three days after another group arrived on Long Island, N.Y. (The plot was foiled when two members of the first team agreed to betray their comrades.)
In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in fight circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely.
In 1987, a jury in New York acquitted Bernhard Goetz of attempted murder in the subway shooting of four youths he said were going to rob him; however Goetz was convicted of iIlegal weapons possession. (In 1996, a civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the people he had shot.)