The Only Things That Happened On This Day in History

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1937 The Soviet Union under Josef Stalin executed eight army leaders during a purge.

1939 The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1963 Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss.

1967 The Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

1987 During a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to ”tear down this wall.”

1994 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home; her former husband, football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson, was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but held liable in a civil action.

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~ by thehalobender on June 12, 2009.

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