Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Dirk!!!!
On this day....
|1586||English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.|
|1862||Slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.|
|1903||Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig was born in New York City.|
|1910||Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.|
|1917||During World War I, King George V changed the British royal family's German-sounding surname, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to Windsor.|
|1934||The Federal Communications Commission was created.|
|1961||The Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state officeholders to profess a belief in God.|
|1964||The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.|
|1987||The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to teach creation science as well.|
|1999||Britain's Prince Edward married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in Windsor, England.|
|2000||The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, barred officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.|
|2007||A truck bomb struck a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 87 people.|
Democrat Barack Obama announced he would bypass public financing for the presidential election, even though Republican John McCain was accepting it.