TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day's High­light in His­tory:

On June 8, 1968, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced the cap­ture in London of James Earl Ray, the sus­pected as­sas­sin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Other High­lights To­day: In A.D. 632, the prophet Muham­mad died in Me­d­ina.

In 1042, Ed­ward the Con­fes­sor be­came King of Eng­land, be­gin­ning a reign of 23 1/2 years.

In 1845, An­drew Jack­son, sev­enth pres­i­dent of the United States, died in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

In 1917, dur­ing World War I, Maj. Gen. John J. Per­sh­ing, com­man­der of the Amer­i­can Ex­pe­di­tionary Force, ar­rived in Liver­pool, Eng­land, while en route to France; also, the 1st Ex­pe­di­tionary Di­vi­sion (later the 1st In­fantry Di­vi­sion) was or­ga­nized at Fort Jay in New York.

In 1920, the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion opened in Chicago; its del­e­gates ended up nom­i­nat­ing War­ren G. Hard­ing for pres­i­dent.

In 1939, Bri­tain’s King Ge­orge VI and his con­sort, Queen El­iz­a­beth, ar­rived in Washington, D.C., where they were re­ceived at the White House by Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt.

In 1948, the “Tex­aco Star The­ater” made its de­but on NBC-TV with Mil­ton Berle guest-host­ing the first pro­gram. (Berle was later named the show’s per­ma­nent host.)

In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unan­i­mously that restau­rants in the Dis­trict of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks. Eight tor­na­does struck Michi­gan’s Lower Penin­sula, killing 126 peo­ple.

In 1967, dur­ing the six-day Mid­dle East war, 34 Amer­i­can ser­vice­men were killed when Israel at­tacked the USS Lib­erty, a Navy in­tel­li­gence-gath­er­ing ship in the Mediter­ranean Sea. (Israel later said the Lib­erty had been mis­taken for an Egyp­tian ves­sel.)

In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Ne­vada, ruled the so-called “Mor­mon will,” pur­port­edly writ­ten by the late bil­lion­aire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.

In 1987, Fawn Hall be­gan tes­ti­fy­ing at the Iran-Con­tra hear­ings, de­scrib­ing how, as sec­re­tary to Na­tional Se­cu­rity aide Oliver L. North, she had helped shred some doc­u­ments and spirit away oth­ers.

In 1998, the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion elected ac­tor Charlton He­ston to be its pres­i­dent.

To­day's Birth­days: Ac­tor­co­me­dian Jerry Stiller is 91. Ac­tress Mil­li­cent Martin is 84. Ac­tor James Darren is 82. Singer Nancy Si­na­tra is 78. Singer Chuck Ne­gron is 76. Mu­si­cian Boz Scaggs is 74. Au­thor Sara Paret­sky is 71. Ac­tress So­nia Braga is 68. Ac­tress Kathy Baker is 68. Coun­try mu­si­cian Tony Rice is 67. Rock singer Bon­nie Tyler is 67. Ac­tor Grif­fin Dunne is 63. “Dil­bert” cre­ator Scott Adams is 61. Ac­tordi­rec­tor Kee­nen Ivory Wayans is 60. Singer Mick Huck­nall (Sim­ply Red) is 58. Mu­si­cian Nick Rhodes (Du­ran Du­ran) is 56.

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