Good News in History, June 7

Good News in History, June 7

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Happy Birthday to actor Liam Neeson who turns 64 today. Born in Northern Ireland, he became a boxing champ in his youth but also started acting so he could impress a girl. Now a US citizen, his movies include Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, Taken, Love Actually, Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode I, and The Grey. WATCH a video choosing his Top 10 roles in film… (1952)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • Abraham Lincoln was nominated by his party for a second term as the U.S. president  (1864)
  • Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to move from a seat reserved for whites on a train in New Orleans and this action would lead to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ”separate but equal” decision in Plessy v. Ferguson (1892)
  • Hudson Stuck, a British missionary preaching in Alaska led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent. He published five books about his years in Alaska (1913)
  • US Supreme Court effectively legalized the use of contraception by married couples (1965)
  • Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public, though the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits (1982)
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland became the sixth man in history to win a tennis Grand Slam when he tied Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major men’s championships winning the French Open (2009)

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And, on this day in 1965, the Supreme Court reached a landmark decision on married couples’ “right to privacy” that effectively legalized the use of contraception. The ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut decided in favor of Estelle Griswold, who had opened a family-planning clinic in defiance of the then-deeply Catholic state of Connecticut, by striking down the state’s “bedroom patrol laws” against birth control.

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