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Moments in time

 

 

• On June 27, 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed — Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in “Gone with the Wind.” Director Victor Fleming also shot the scene using the alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case the film censors objected to the word “damn.” The censors approved the movie but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the curse.

• On June 22, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, giving returning World War II veterans a range of benefits, including money for college tuition, living expenses and books.

• On June 26, 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway is officially opened, creating a navigational channel from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, Minnesota. The system of canals, locks and dredged waterways extends for nearly 2,500 miles.

• On June 28, 1969, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay club in New York’s Greenwich Village, turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police and throwing bottles. It’s now remembered as one of history’s first major protests for LGBT rights.

• On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is enacted into law. Title IX prohibits federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex in all areas, including athletics.

• On June 24, 1993, Yale professor David Gelernter is seriously injured when an envelope explodes in his hands. That bombing, along with 14 others since 1978 that killed three people and injured 23 others, was eventually linked to Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

• On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson, one of the most successful entertainers in history, dies at age 50 at his home in California. Jackson suffered cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of prescription drugs given to him by his personal doctor.

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