Saturday, June 09, 2012

TODAY IN HISTORY

JUNE 9

 1954:In one of the most memorable exchanges in the history of Senate hearings, Joseph Welch special counsel to the U.S. Army, upbraids Sen. Joseph McCarthy for his accusations of communists infiltrating the U.S. Armed Forces with the resounding rebuke: "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?"

1946: Manager Mel Ott of the New York Giants gets himself ejected from both games of a baseball doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ott has reason to be upset - the Giants lose both games, enough to rile up even Ott's ordinarily easygoing nature.

1973: The thoroughbred Secretariat, ridden by jockey Ron Turcotte, wins the Belmont Stakes by a record 31 lengths. Following his earlier victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Secretariat becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Citation in 1948.

1898:China leases Hong Kong's new territories to Britain for 99 years

1869:Charles Elmer Hires sells his first of many root beers in Philadelphia.

1790:The Philadelphia Spelling Book is the first book copyrighted under the constitution.

1534:Jacques Cartier discovers Saint Lawrence River.
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