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Today is Tuesday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2021. There are 192 days left in the year.

Highlight in history:

On June 22, 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an extension to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which lowered the minimum age for voting to 18.

To this date :

In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several others were left adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers aboard the Discovery.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time as Emperor of the French.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created.

In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as the heavyweight boxing world champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago. (A year later on that date, Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.)

In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler won a resounding victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces invaded Paris.

In 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union.

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Military Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill of Rights”.

In 1945, the Battle of Okinawa in World War II ended with an Allied victory.

In 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland died in London at the age of 47.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Prunella Scales (TV: “Fawlty Towers”) is 89 years old. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Is 88 years old. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 85 years old. Director John Korty is 85 years old. Actor Michael Lerner is 80 years old. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 78 years old. Fox News analyst Brit Hume is 78 years old. Singer Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon) is 77 years old. Singer Howard “Eddie” Kaylan is 74 years old.

Singer-musician Todd Rundgren is 73 years old. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Is 72 years old. Actor Meryl Streep is 72 years old. Actor Lindsay Wagner is 72 years old. Singer Alan Osmond is 72 years old. Actor Graham Greene is 69 years old. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 68. Actor Chris Lemmon is 67 years old. Rock musician Derek Forbes is 65. Actor Tim Russ is 65 years old. Rock musician Garry Beers (INXS) is 64 years old. Actor-producer-writer Bruce Campbell is 63 years old. Rock musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) is 62. Actress Tracy Pollan is 61. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 61 years old. Rock singer-musician Jimmy Somerville is 60 years old. Basketball player Clyde Drexler is 59. Actress Amy Brenneman is 57 years old. Author Dan Brown is 57 years old. Rock singer-musician Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) is 57 years old. Rock singer Steven Page is 51 years old. Actor Michael Trucco is 51 years old. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub (RYS’-kub) is 50 years old. TV personality Carson Daly is 48 years old. Rock musician Chris Traynor is 48 years old. Actor Donald Faison (FAY’-zahn) is 47 years old. Actress Alicia Goranson is 47 years old. Actor-comedian Mike O’Brien (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 45 years old. T V personality / actor Jai Rodriguez is 42 years old. American singer-songwriter John Moreland is 36 years old. Pop singer Dinah Jane (Fifth Harmony) (TV: “The X Factor”) is 24 years old.

In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former United States Attorney General to go to jail as he began serving time for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.)

In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of rock star John Lennon. Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was impeached as president of Iran.

In 1992, the United States Supreme Court, in RAV v. City of St. Paul, unanimously ruled that “hate crime” laws that prohibited cross-burns and similar expressions of racial prejudice violated freedom of speech.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama announced in a White House speech that he would withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the following summer. James “Whitey” Bulger, the longtime fugitive crime boss from Boston and named on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, has been arrested in Santa Monica, California.

Five years ago: Rebel Democrats launched a 25-hour, 24-hour sit-in in the House to demand votes on gun control bills, forcing exasperated Republicans to step down while cutting cameras showing the demonstration. Dennis Hastert arrived at a Minnesota jail to serve his 15-month sentence in a secret money case involving revelations that the former Speaker of the House sexually assaulted at least four boys when he was leading wrestling in a Illinois high school. Patrick Kane of Chicago won the Hart Trophy, becoming the first player born and trained in the United States to be named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

One year ago: Mourners have left a public display of Rayshard Brooks, a black man who was fatally shot in the back by a white police officer after a scuffle, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Protesters attempted to bring down a statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House before being dispersed by police. President Donald Trump said the United States had done “too good a job” testing COVID-19 cases and had more cases than other countries because they were doing more testing. Trump has opened a new front in his fight against postal voting, making unsubstantiated claims that foreign countries are printing millions of fake ballots to rig the results. Joel Schumacher, director of the Brat Pack movie “St. Elmo’s Fire” and two Batman films, has died in New York City at the age of 80 after a year-long battle with cancer.

– The Associated Press

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