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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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On this date in:

451 The Battle of Chalons against Attila the Hun is the last major battle of the Roman Empire.

1756 A garrison of the British army in India was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

1789 577 deputies of the French National Assembly took the Tennis Court Oath, starting the French Revolution.

1791 King Louis XVI of France attempted to flee the country in the so-called Flight to Varennes, but was caught.

1837 Queen Victoria ascended the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

1863 West Virginia became the 35th state.

1893 A jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

1943 Race-related rioting erupted in Detroit; federal troops were sent in two days later to quell the violence that left more than 30 people dead.

1947 Benjamin ''Bugsy'' Siegel was shot dead in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the order of mob associates angered over the soaring costs of his pet project, the Flamingo resort in Las Vegas.

1948 The TV variety series ''Toast of the Town'' hosted by Ed Sullivan debuted on CBS.

1963 The United States and Soviet Union signed an agreement to set up a hot line communication link between the two superpowers.

1975 The movie ''Jaws,'' directed by Steven Spielberg, was released.

1979 ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot to death in Managua, Nicaragua, by a member of President Anastasio Somoza's national guard.


75 Olympia Dukakis Actress
75 James Tolkan Actor
73 Danny Aiello Actor
66 John Mahoney Actor (''Frasier'')
65 Stephen Frears Movie director
64 Brian Wilson Singer-songwriter (The Beach Boys)
61 John McCook Actor (''The Bold and the Beautiful'')
61 Anne Murray Singer
60 Bob Vila TV host (''This Old House'')
39 Nicole Kidman Actress



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