Today in History

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2013 12:00 AM

Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2013. There are 205 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 9, 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

On this date:

In A.D. 68, the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.

In 1863, a two-day meeting began in New York City to found the United States Veterinary Medical Association (now the American Veterinary Medical Association).

In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad's Hill Place, England.

In 1911, Carrie (sometimes spelled "Carry") A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kan., at age 64.

In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.

In 1943, the federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.

In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU'-stur), Mass.

In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for verbally attacking a member of Welch's law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

In 1983, Britain's Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, won a decisive election victory.

In 1993, as millions of Japanese watched on television, Crown Prince Naruhito (nah-ROOSH'-doh) wed commoner Masako Owada in an elaborate Shinto religious ceremony. The science-fiction film "Jurassic Park," directed by Steven Spielberg, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

Ten years ago: As rebels bore down on the capital of Liberia, French helicopters rescued more than 500 Americans, Europeans and other foreigners. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-0 in Game 7.

Five years ago: Tiffany Hall pleaded guilty in Belleville, Ill., to killing her pregnant friend, Jimella Tunstall, the victim's unborn child and three children in a plea deal that allowed her to avoid the death penalty. A growing number of supermarkets and restaurants yanked three varieties of tomatoes from their shelves and dishes amid concerns about a 17-state salmonella outbreak. Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 homers in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins.

One year ago: Spain became the fourth and largest country to ask Europe to rescue its failing banks (however, the bailout was averted). Commerce Secretary John Bryson got into multiple car accidents while driving in the Los Angeles area after suffering a seizure (he ended up resigning his post). Three people, including two former Auburn University football players, were shot to death at a pool party near the campus; suspect Desmonte Leonard faces capital murder charges. Maria Sharapova won the French Open, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final to complete the career Grand Slam. Union Rags nipped Paynter at the wire in a photo finish to win the Belmont Stakes.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Mona Freeman is 87. Comedian Jackie Mason is 85. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 83. Actor Joe Santos is 82. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 74. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 74. Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 62. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 57. Actor Michael J. Fox is 52. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 52. Actor Johnny Depp is 50. Actress Gloria Reuben is 49. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 46. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 46. Musician Ed Simons is 43. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 39. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 38. Actress Michaela Conlin is 35. Actress Natalie Portman is 32. Actress Mae Whitman is 25.

Thought for Today: "Next to the slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears." — Mary Catherwood, American novelist (1847-1901).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, June 9)

Copyright 2013, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.