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On Nov. 20, 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a news conference in which he announced the end of the naval quarantine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis, and the signing of an executive order prohibiting discrimination in federal housing facilities.
On this date
In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.
Ten years ago
On the eve of a NATO summit in the Czech Republic, President George W. Bush, recalling Europe’s grim history of “excusing aggression,” challenged skeptical allies to stand firm against Saddam Hussein. A German doctor conducted Britain’s first public autopsy in more than 170 years, an event denounced by the British Medical Association’s Head of Ethics as “degrading and disrespectful.” (Prof. Gunther von Hagens charged spectators 12 pounds ($19) each for the event at a London gallery.)
Five years ago
A judge in St. George, Utah, sentenced polygamous-sect leader Warren Jeffs to five years to life in prison for his role in the arranged marriage of an underage girl to her older cousin. (Jeffs’ conviction was overturned by the Utah Supreme Court in 2010; prosecutors decided against a re-trial because Jeffs was already serving a life sentence in Texas in a separate case.)
Scientists in Japan and the U.S. reported creating the equivalent of embryonic stem cells from ordinary skin cells. Ian Smith, the last white prime minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), died near Cape Town, South Africa, at age 88.
One year ago
Spain’s opposition conservatives were swept into power as voters dumped the Socialists — the third time in as many weeks Europe’s debt crisis had claimed a government. Tony Stewart held off Carl Edwards to win his third NASCAR championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Landon Donovan scored in the 72nd minute on passes from Robbie Keane and David Beckham, and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s three superstars won their first MLS Cup together with a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The Americans won the Presidents Cup as a team, 19-15, in Melbourne, Australia.
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Military plans would put women in most combat jobs
Declaring “the days of Rambo are over,” a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military’s special operations units.
Police: Man stabs 2 at senior center; woman dies
Police in Atlanta are investigating a stabbing at a senior care apartment complex that left one resident dead and another wounded.
Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online
If you’re up to no good in this pocket of northeast Ohio, especially in a witless way, you’re risking not only jail time or a fine but a swifter repercussion with a much larger audience.
DeKalb CEO accused of trying to extort vendors
A grand jury indictment on Tuesday accuses DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis of threatening to withhold county business from companies that didn’t contribute to his campaign.
Report: Too many teachers, too little quality
Just four teacher-training programs at Georgia’s college and universities earned high marks on a national survey released Tuesday looking at more than 1,000 programs across the country.
Medicare: Cost-saving changes coming for diabetics
Medicare begins a major change next month that could save older diabetics money and time when they buy crucial supplies to test their blood sugar.
Boy, 9, hurt trying to save sister in carjacking
Police were searching for a suspect after a boy was hurt while trying to save his sister in a carjacking.
Today in History for Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In 1862, Congress passed, and President Abraham Lincoln signed, a measure abolishing slavery in U.S. territories.
CBO: Senate Immigration bill would help economy
Sweeping immigration legislation moving toward a vote in the Senate would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
Ga. police dog found dead in handler’s car
A Woodstock police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a police dog was left in his car and died of a heat stroke.
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