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This Day in History for June 7, 2011

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1654 – Louis XIV becomes King of France (More info)

1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduces a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence (More info)

1862 – The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade (More info)

1896 – In Plessy v. Ferguson, the US Supreme Court declares “separate but equal” state laws to be constitutional (More info)

1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state (More info)

1942 – The Battle of Midway ends (More info)

1963 – The Rolling Stones release the band’s first single, “Come On” (More info)

1965 – In Griswold v. Connecticut, the US Supreme Court legalizes the use of contraception by married couples (More info)

1968 – The body of assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (More info)

1975 – Sony introduces the VCR, selling the Betamax for $995 (More info)

1979 – Katie Kerwin wins the 52nd National Spelling Bee by spelling ‘maculature’ (More info)

1982 – Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public (More info)

1989 – For one second this morning, the time is 01:23:45, 6/7/89 (More info)

1993 – Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol (More info)

2003 – Rev. V. Gene Robinson elected as the first openly gay bishop by New Hampshire Episcopalians (More info)

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