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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, June  30, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives."
 
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On this date in:
1859French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.
1908An asteroid exploded above Tunguska in Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.
1917Jazz singer Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1921President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1936The novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published.
1963Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.
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1971The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
1971The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the government could not prevent The New York Times or the Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers.
1994The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
2001Doctors implanted a dual-purpose pacemaker in Vice President Dick Cheney's chest.
2002Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan for the its record fifth World Cup title.
2004The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit after a nearly seven-year journey.
2005Spain legalized gay marriage.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps turns 30 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Stanley ClarkeJazz bassist64
Tubby SmithCollege basketball coach64
David Alan GrierActor, comedian59
Vincent D'OnofrioActor ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent")56
Rupert GravesActor52
Monica PotterActress44
FantasiaR&B singer ("American Idol")31
Boxer Mike Tyson turns 49 years old today.
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