Today in history – June 22

1870 – The United States Department of Justice is created by Congress.

1898 – The US Fifth Army Corps lands in Cuba during the Spanish-American war.

1940 – France fell to Nazi Germany in World War II.

1941 – Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.

1969 – The Cuyahoga River catches fire in Cleveland, Ohio, spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

1973 – President Richard Nixon and Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.

1990 – Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin.