6.22.12. OT (A Skip Bayless Free Edition)

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated for the second time.
1868 Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
1870 Congress created the Department of Justice.
1938 Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling of Germany in the first round of their rematch in New York City's Yankee Stadium.
1940 France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris during World War II.
1941 Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II.
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, authorizing a broad package of benefits for World War II veterans.
1945 The World War II battle for Okinawa ended; 12,520 Americans and 110,000 Japanese were killed in the 83-day campaign.
1969 Singer-actress Judy Garland died at age 47.
1970 President Richard Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
1977 Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up.
1981 Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing rock musician John Lennon.
1986 Diego Maradona scored both goals in Argentina's 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory over England in Mexico City – including one that he punched in, unseen by the referee. When asked about the play later, Maradona said, "It was the hand of God."
1992 The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violate free-speech rights.
1993 Former first lady Pat Nixon died at age 81.
2009 Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of the reality TV series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," announced plans to divorce.


1928 Ralph Waite, Actor ("The Waltons"), turns 84
1936 Kris Kristofferson, Country singer, actor, turns 76
1943 Brit Hume, Broadcast journalist, turns 69
1944 Peter Asher, Singer (Peter and Gordon), turns 68
1947 David L. Lander, Actor ("Laverne and Shirley"), turns 65
1948 Todd Rundgren, Rock singer, musician, turns 64
1949 Alan Osmond, Singer (The Osmonds), turns 63
1949 Lindsay Wagner, Actress ("The Bionic Woman"), turns 63
1952 Graham Greene, Actor, turns 60
1953 Cyndi Lauper, Singer, turns 59
1960 Tracy Pollan, Actress, turns 52
1962 Clyde Drexler, Basketball Hall of Famer, turns 50
1964 Dan Brown, Author ("The Da Vinci Code"), turns 48
1971 Mary Lynn Rajskub, Actress ("24"), turns 41
1973 Carson Daly, TV personality, turns 39
1974 Donald Faison, Actor ("Scrubs"), turns 38

Champ Bailey, Football player, turns 34

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