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June 22, 2013

Today in History for Saturday, June 22, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.”

On this date

In 1611, English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers aboard the Discovery; their fate remains unknown.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created.

In 1911, Britain’s King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago.

In 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.

In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.

In 1943, federal troops put down race-related rioting in Detroit that claimed more than 30 lives.

Ten years ago

Iraq re-entered the world oil market with its first shipment of crude since the U.S.-led invasion, but sabotage and looting along its largest pipeline delayed the flow of freshly pumped oil.

Five years ago

Anthony Bologna and his sons, Michael and Matthew, were shot to death in a San Francisco intersection. (Police said the suspected gunman, Edwin Ramos, mistook the Bolognas for rival gang members; Ramos was later sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in prison without possibility of parole after being convicted of three counts of first-degree murder.) Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew from a presidential runoff against Robert Mugabe. Acerbic standup comedian and satirist George Carlin died in Santa, Monica, Calif., at age 71. Comedian Dody Goodman died in Englewood, N.J., at age 93.

One year ago

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury in Bellefonte, Pa., on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. (Sandusky is appealing a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.)

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