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This Day In History: June 28

This Day in History

1914: Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife are murdered in Sarajevo, touching off a conflict that escalates into World War I.
1919: The Treaty of Versailles is signed, formally ending World War I.
1940: During World War II, the Free French are organized in London for the purpose of carrying on the war against Germany after France surrenders.
1950: Seoul falls to North Korea in the Korean War.
1978: The Supreme Court rules against racial quotas in the case of Bakke v. University of California.
1997: In a heavyweight boxing bout, challenger Mike Tyson bites off a piece of Evander Holyfield's right ear; Tyson is disqualified and Holyfield retains his WBA title.
2000: Six-year old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez is returned to his father in Cuba after his Florida relatives lose a 7-month legal battle to keep him in the U.S.
2001: A District of Columbia U.S. appeals court ruling unanimously overturns a previous court order to break up Microsoft Corp.
2004: In an unannounced and tightly secured ceremony, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq officially transfers power to a new sovereign Iraqi government, two days before the deadline for the changeover. The U.S. Supreme Court rules that persons held as enemy combatants of the U.S. may argue their cases in court.

Today's Birthdays

1491: King Henry VIII, king of England who separated the Anglican Church from the Roman Catholic Church (Greenwich, England; died 1547)
1577: Peter Paul Rubens, painter and diplomat (Siegen, Westphalia; died 1640)
1712: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher (Geneva, Switzerland; died 1778)
1719: Etienne Francois, Duc de Choiseul, statesman (Lorraine, France; died 1785)
1867: Luigi Pirandello, writer and Nobel laureate (Agrigento, Italy; died 1936)
1883: Pierre Laval, politician (Châteldon, France; died 1945)
1902: Richard Rodgers, composer and collaborator with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein (New York, NY; died 1979)
1905: Ashley Montagu, anthropologist/author (London, England; died 1999)
1909: Eric Ambler, suspense novelist (London, England; died 1998)
1921: P. V. Narasimha Rao, Indian prime minister who instituted economic reforms (Karimnagar, India; died 2004)
1926: Mel Brooks, actor/director (New York, NY)
1932: Pat Morita, actor (Isleton, CA; died 2005)
1946: Bruce Davison, actor (Philadelphia, PA)
1947: Mark Helprin, author (New York, NY)
1948: Kathy Bates, actress (Memphis, TN)
1949: Don Baylor, baseball player/manager (Austin, TX)
1960: John Elway, football quarterback (Port Angeles, WA)
1966: John Cusack, actor (Evanston, IL). Mary Stuart Masterson, actress (New York, NY)

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