Wednesday, June 27, 2012



 1844:Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saints movement, is murdered along with his brother, Hyrum, by an angry mob at the jail in Carthage, Ill., where they were awaiting trial for treason and conspiracy after shutting down an anti-Mormon newspaper.

1922: Dutch American journalist and historian Hendrik Willem van Loon's The Story of Mankind is the first winner of the Newberry Medal, awarded by the American Library Association to honor the best children's book of the year. The medal was conceived of by The Publishers' Weekly editor Frederic Melcher and named for 18th century author John Newberry, often credited as the father of children's literature.

1963: President John F. Kennedy visits his ancestral home in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland. He has tea with his Irish cousins at his family's homestead and sings "The Boys of Wexford" along with a local choir. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States, would speak before the Irish Parliament the following day, focusing on Ireland's new role as a free and independent nation after centuries of British rule.

1806:British forces capture Buenos Aires.

1985:U.S. Route 66 ceases to be an official U.S. highway.

1967:World's first ATM installed in London.
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