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Today in history: June 9

Today in history: June 9
09 Jun
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Take a step into the past via the pages of The Sentinel.

Today in history

In 2013, the Waterfront Film Festival turns 15 this year and is celebrating in a new city with 70 films and live entertainment. The festival, June 13-16 in South Haven, is also sticking to its roots as a community festival with lots of volunteer support. Festival organizers announced last year that the event was moving down the lakeshore from its birthplace of Saugatuck to the larger city of South Haven.

On this day

In 1588, construction began on the present-day Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, with the laying of the first stone; the structure was completed in 1591.

In 1732, James Oglethorpe received a charter from Britain’s King George II to found the colony of Georgia.

In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad’s Hill Place, England.

In 1934, the first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, “The Wise Little Hen,” was released.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943, which reintroduced federal income tax withholding from paychecks.

In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU’-stur), Massachusetts.

In 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

In 1993, as millions of Japanese watched on television, Crown Prince Naruhito wed commoner Masako Owada in an elaborate Shinto religious ceremony. The science-fiction film “Jurassic Park,” directed by Steven Spielberg, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

Celebrity birthdays

Michael J. Fox is 57.

Jackie Mason is 90.

Dick Vitale is 79.

Natalie Portman is 37.

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