Today in history – June 7, 2019


1776 – Richard Henry Lee presents the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the Declaration of Independence.

1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons-Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.

1892 – Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the “whites-only” car of a train; he lost the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

1899 – American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kansas.

1942 – World War II: The Battle of Midway ends in American victory.

1965 – The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1967 – Israeli troops captured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

1971 – The Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment.

1998 – Three white supremacists killed James Byrd Jr. by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. The three men were convicted of murder.