A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  June 12, 2002 at 7:23 AM
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Today is June 12

Two civil-rights rulings occurred on this date. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Loving vs. Virginia that states could not outlaw inter-racial marriages. The ruling swept away all 16 remaining state laws prohibiting inter-racial marriages.

And in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that white workers who claim to be treated unfairly as a result of affirmative action programs could sue for remedies under civil rights legislation.

It was on this date in 1963 that a sniper killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss. Evers was active in seeking integration of schools and voter registration. Public outrage following his assassination was one of the reasons President Kennedy proposed a comprehensive civil rights law. In February 1994, more than 30 years after Evers's death, a jury convicted Byron De La Beckwith of murder.

Anne Frank was born on this date in 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. When she was a little girl, Frank's family moved to Amsterdam to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews, but after Germany invaded Holland, they went into hiding. Frank began her famous diary in 1942. Her last entry was Aug. 1, 1944. Soon after that, the family was discovered and taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne died in 1945 at age 15. After the war, her father published his daughter's diary, which was later made into a stage play and a movie.

Russia's first-ever direct presidential elections resulted in the election of Boris Yeltsin on this date in 1991.

The special counsel investigating the Whitewater case took sworn depositions from President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on this date in 1994. It was believed to be the first time a sitting president responded directly to questions in a legal case relating to his official conduct.

And the first-ever wedding in the White House Rose Garden took place on this date in 1971. Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Nixon, married Edward Finch Cox.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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