Today in history
Today is Tuesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2018 and the 85th day of spring.
Today’s Highlights in History: In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1964, anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage in South Africa. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in a speech delivered in divided Berlin. In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson, exwife of professional football player O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered in Los Angeles. In 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Today’s fact: Assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers’ brother, Charles Evers, was the first African-American since Reconstruction to be elected a mayor in Mississippi, in 1969.
Today’s sports: In 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.
Today’s number: 28 – years the Berlin Wall stood separating East and West Berlin.
Today’s moon: Between last quarter moon (June 6) and new moon (June 13).