Today in history – June 12

1665 – Thomas Willett is appointed the first mayor of New York City.

1942 – Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

1963 – NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers is murdered in front of his home in Jackson,  Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.

1967 – The Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all state laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.

1987 – At the Brandenburg Gate, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1994 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered outside Simpson’s home in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, O.J. Simpson is later charged with the murders but is acquitted by a jury.