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Today in History: June 16

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Today in History
June 16

455 Rome is sacked by the Vandal army.
1815 Napoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny.
1858 Abraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
1864 The siege of Petersburg and Richmond begins after a moonlight skirmish.
1907 The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg.
1910 The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1925 France accepts a German proposal for a security pact.
1932 The ban on Nazi storm troopers is lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives.
1940 French Chief of State, Henri Petain asks for an armistice with Germany.
1952 Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is published in the United States.
1955 The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1961 Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris.
1971 An El Greco sketch, “The Immaculate Conception,” stolen in Spain 35 years earlier, is recovered in New York City by the FBI.
1977 Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union.
Born on June 16
1888 Bobby Clark, comedian and actor.
1890 Stan Laurel, British-born entertainer, partner of Oliver Hardy.
1902 Barbara McClintock, geneticist.
1902 George Gaylord Simpson, paleontologist.
1917 Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.
1917 Irving Penn, fashion photographer, brother of film director Arthur Penn.
1920 John Howard Griffin, writer (Black Like Me).
1935 Jim Dine, American artist.
1938 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer.
1938 Joyce Carol Oates, American writer and university professor (Them, Garden of Earthly Delights).