1948, a dying Babe Ruth made his last appearance at Yankee Stadium, on the 25th anniversary of opening of “The House That Ruth Built,” to see his uniform number 3 retired and to acknowledge his fans. Ruth died just over two months later, on August 16th, and his body lay in state at Yankee Stadium.
1966, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark “Miranda v. Arizona” decision, ruling that criminal suspects have to be informed of their constitutional “Miranda” rights prior to questioning by police. That’s why suspects are told: “You have the right to remain silent,” etc.
1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1970, “The Long And Winding Road” b/w “For You Blue” by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Let It Be hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1971, the New York Times began publishing “The Pentagon Papers,” a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.
1977James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison.
1980, The movie Roadie, starring Meat Loaf and featuring Debbie HarryPat Benatar,Cheap TrickAlice CooperStyxRoy OrbisonJerry Lee Lewis, and others, opens.
1981, “Glass Houses” by Billy Joel hits number one.
1981, “Waterfall” by Paul McCartney is released.
1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the nation’s worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.
1997, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, in which 168 people were killed. McVeigh was executed on June 11th, 2001.

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