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Moments in Time




 

 

• On June 24, 1901, the first major exhibition of 75 of Pablo Picasso’s works of art opens in Paris. Picasso’s life work comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures and ceramics produced over 80 years.

• On June 22, 1945, the U.S. 10th Army overcomes the last pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. The Japanese lost 120,000 troops in the defense of Okinawa, while the Americans suffered 12,500 dead and 35,000 wounded.

• On June 25, 1956, the last Packard — the classic luxury car with the famous slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns One” — rolls off the production line in Detroit. Packard first earned fame for a four-cylinder aluminum speedster called the “Gray Wolf,” released in 1904.

• On June 21, 1963, the French government shocks its allies by announcing that it is withdrawing its navy from the North Atlantic fleet of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in order to maintain control of nuclear missiles aboard its ships. French naval forces never rejoined the NATO fleet.

• On June 19, 1970, Carole King earned her first No. 1 single as a performer with the double-sided hit “It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move.” King began her music career when she co-wrote the Shirelles’ hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” in 1960.

• On June 20, 1980, Roberto Duran out-points Sugar Ray Leonard in “The Brawl in Montreal” to win the WBC welterweight boxing title and the unofficial title of best “pound for pound” fighter in the world.

• On June 23, 1992, Mafia boss John Gotti, nicknamed the “Teflon Don” after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, is sentenced to life in prison. Hundreds of Gotti’s supporters reacted by storming the building and overturning cars.


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