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Moments in time

 

• On June 7, 1893, Mohandas Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer working in South Africa, commits his first act of civil disobedience when he refuses to comply with racial segregation rules on a South African train and is forcibly ejected at Pietermaritzburg.

• On June 13, 1905, pitcher Christy Matthewson of the New York Giants throws the second no-hitter of his career to lead his Giants to a 1-0 win over the powerful Chicago Cubs. Matthewson would go on to win 31 games that year.

• On June 12, 1920, Man O’ War wins the 52nd Belmont Stakes. His only career loss came in 1919 when his back was to the starting line at the start. Before the advent of starting gates, a rope was all that held horses back from starting their run.

• On June 8, 1948, a hand-built aluminum prototype labeled “No. 1” becomes the first vehicle to bear the name of one of the world’s leading high-performance automakers: Porsche. Over the next two decades, the German manufacturer would build more than 78,000 vehicles.

• On June 9, 1954, in a dramatic confrontation, Joseph Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, lashes out at Sen. Joseph Mc- Carthy during hearings on whether communism has infiltrated the U.S. armed forces. Welch’s verbal assault marked the end of McCarthy’s power during the anticommunist hysteria of the Red Scare in America.

• On June 11, 1989, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, China issues a warrant for a Chinese dissident who had taken refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. The diplomatic standoff lasted for a year before astrophysicist Fang Lizhi was given free passage out of the country.

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