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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, June  29, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On June 29, 1776, the Virginia state constitution was adopted.
On this date in:
1951Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest.
1958Brazil won their first World Cup title with a 5-2 victory over host country Sweden in Stockholm on the strength of two goals by 17-year-old Pele.
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1956Actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y.
1967Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.
1972The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."
1992A divided Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined in the Roe v. Wade decision.
2001U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was elected to a second term.
2003Actress Katharine Hepburn died at age 96.
2004Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher in major league history to record 4,000 career strikeouts.
2006The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
2007The Apple iPhone went on sale.
2009Financier Bernard Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his multibillion-dollar fraud.
2010 Talk show host Larry King announced he would step down from his CNN show in the autumn after 25 years on the air.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Producer-writer Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men," "The Sopranos") turns 51 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gary BuseyActor72
Richard LewisComedian69
Fred GrandyActor ("The Love Boat"), former congressman68
Ian PaiceRock musician (Deep Purple)68
Dan DierdorfFootball Hall of Famer67
Don DokkenRock singer (Dokken)63
Colin HayRock singer (Men at Work)63
Maria Conchita AlonsoActress59
Sharon LawrenceActress ("NYPD Blue")55
Nicole ScherzingerSinger (Pussycat Dolls)38
Colin JostWriter, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")34
Lily RabeActress34
Actress Melora Hardin ("The Office") turns 49 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini