Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion -

To­day is Thurs­day, June 29, the 180th day of 2017. There are 185 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory On June 29, 1767, Bri­tain ap­proved the Town­shend Rev­enue Act, which im­posed im­port du­ties on glass, paint, oil, lead, pa­per and tea shipped to the Amer­i­can colonies. (Colonists bit­terly protested, prompt­ing Par­lia­ment to re­peal the du­ties — ex­cept for tea.)

On this date

• In 1613, Lon­don’s orig­i­nal Globe The­atre, where many of Shake­speare’s plays were per­formed, was de­stroyed by a fire sparked by a can­non shot dur­ing a per­for­mance of “Henry VIII.”

• In 1880, France an­nexed Tahiti, which be­came a French colony on De­cem­ber 30, 1880.

• In 1927, the first trans-Pa­cific air­plane flight was com­pleted as Lt. Lester J. Mait­land and Lt. Al­bert F. He­gen­berger ar­rived at Wheeler Field in Hawaii aboard the Bird of Par­adise, an At­lantic-Fokker C-2, af­ter fly­ing 2,400 miles from Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, in 25 hours, 50 min­utes.

• In 1936, en­ter­tainer and song­writer Ge­orge M. Co­han was pre­sented with the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal by Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt for his con­tri­bu­tions to build­ing Amer­i­can morale dur­ing World War I.

• In 1941, Pol­ish states­man, pi­anist and com­poser Ig­nacy Jan Paderewski died in New York at age 80.

• In 1956, ac­tress Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe mar­ried play­wright Arthur Miller in a civil cer­e­mony in White Plains, New York. (The cou­ple also wed in a Jewish cer­e­mony on July 1; the mar­riage lasted 4 1/2 years).

• In 1967, ac­tress Jayne Mans­field, 34, was killed along with her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and their driver, Ron­nie Har­ri­son, when their car slammed into the rear of a trac­tor-trailer on a high­way in Slidell, Louisiana; three chil­dren rid­ing in the back, in­clud­ing Mans­field’s 3-year-old daugh­ter, Mariska Har­gi­tay, sur­vived. Jerusalem was re-uni­fied as Is­rael re­moved bar­ri­cades sep­a­rat­ing the Old City from the Is­raeli sec­tor.

• In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a trio of death sen­tences, say­ing the way they had been im­posed con­sti­tuted cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment. (The rul­ing prompted states to ef­fec­tively im­pose a mora­to­rium on ex­e­cu­tions un­til their cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment laws could be re­vised.)

• In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Mor­ri­son v. Olson, up­held the in­de­pen­dent coun­sel law in a 7-1 de­ci­sion (the sole dis­senter was Jus­tice An­tonin Scalia).

• In 1992, the re­mains of Pol­ish states­man Ig­nacy Jan Paderewski, in­terred for five decades in the United States, were re­turned to his home­land in keep­ing with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.

• In 1995, the space shut­tle At­lantis and the Rus­sian Mir space sta­tion linked in or­bit, be­gin­ning a his­toric five-day voy­age as a sin­gle ship. A depart­ment store in Seoul, South Korea, col­lapsed, killing at least 500 peo­ple. Ac­tress Lana Turner died in Cen­tury City, Cal­i­for­nia, at age 74.

• In 2003, ac­tress Katharine Hep­burn died in Old Say­brook, Con­necti­cut, at age 96.

Ten years ago Bri­tish po­lice de­fused two car bombs left to blow up near packed night­clubs and pubs in cen­tral Lon­don. The first gen­er­a­tion of Ap­ple iPhones went on sale. Death claimed movie critic Joel Siegel at age 63 and Ge­orge McCorkle, a found­ing mem­ber of the Mar­shall Tucker Band, at age 60.

Five years ago A day af­ter the House voted to find At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder in con­tempt of Congress, the Jus­tice Depart­ment said Holder’s de­ci­sion to with­hold in­for­ma­tion about a bun­gled gun-track­ing oper­a­tion from Congress did not con­sti­tute a crime, and that he would not be pros­e­cuted. The younger brother and busi­ness part­ner of dis­graced fi­nancier Bernard Mad­off pleaded guilty to charges of doc­tor­ing doc­u­ments for years, but Peter Mad­off in­sisted he knew noth­ing about his brother’s mas­sive Ponzi scheme. (Peter Mad­off was later sen­tenced to 10 years in prison.)

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