Good Morning! It’s The 50th Anniversary Of The Murder Of A Civil Rights Leader

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Medgar Evers (NPS photo)

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2013. There are 202 days left in the year. We’ll start the day in the lower 70s, but should heat up into the mid-90s by this afternoon under a mostly sunny sky. Temperatures will drop back into the 70s overnight.

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On June 12, 1963—50 years ago today--civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Miss. Evers was a World War II veteran and a graduate of Alcorn State University who became the NAACP’s first field officer in Mississippi where he led prayer vigils, marches and voter registration drives. He had just pulled into the driveway of his home in Jackson when a bullet was fired that struck him in the back. He staggered about 30 feet and collapsed. He died less than an hour later at a local hospital. He was killed just hours after President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally-televised speech in support of civil rights. Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. More than 3,000 people attended the funeral. In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 2001.

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Today's Highlight in Local History:
On June 12, 1976, Waco police Sgt. Roger Barrett was stabbed to death after responding to a disturbance at the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Waco.
On June 12, 2002, the Waco Regional Water Center opened. It’s now Hawaiian Falls.

On This Date:
In 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
In 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain.
In 1920, the Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Warren G. Harding for president on the tenth ballot; Calvin Coolidge was nominated for vice president.
In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
In 1942, Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday, less than a month before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis.
In 1956, the Flag of the United States Army was officially adopted under an executive order signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1963, one of Hollywood's most notoriously expensive productions, "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, opened in New York.
In 1967, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
In 1982, a crowd estimated at up to 1 million people gathered in New York's Central Park to demand a superpower freeze on nuclear weapons.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
In 1991, Russians went to the polls to elect Boris N. Yeltsin president of their republic.
In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but was eventually held liable in a civil action.)

Ten years ago:
U.S. fighter jets bombed a suspected terrorist camp and troops stormed through Sunni Muslim towns in Iraq, seeking Saddam Hussein loyalists in one of the biggest American military assaults since the war began. Israel killed seven Palestinians in its third rocket attack in 24 hours. Air France turned the oldest of its Concordes over to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck died in Los Angeles at age 87.

Five years ago:
In a stinging rebuke to President George W. Bush's anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba had the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges. Three heavily armed robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints, "The Painter and the Model" and "Minotaur, Drinker and Women," plus two paintings by other artists from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (The works were later recovered.) Taiwan and China agreed to set up permanent offices in each other's territory for the first time in nearly six decades.

One year ago:
Attorney General Eric Holder fended off Republican demands that he appoint a special counsel outside of the Justice Department to look into national security leaks. Democrat Ron Barber, who almost lost his life in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won a special election to succeed her. Elinor Ostrom, 78, an Indiana University political scientist who to date is the only woman to have been awarded a Nobel Prize in economics, died in Bloomington, Ind.

Today's Birthdays:
Banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is 98. Former President George H.W. Bush is 89. Singer Vic Damone is 85. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 85. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 83. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 72. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 72. Singer Roy Harper is 72. Pop singer Len Barry is 71. Rock singer-musician John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) is 64. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 62. Country singer-musician Junior Brown is 61. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 60. Actor Timothy Busfield is 56. Singer Meredith Brooks is 55. Actress Jenilee Harrison is 55. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) is 54. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 51. Actress Paula Marshall is 49. Actress Frances O'Connor is 46. Actor Rick Hoffman (TV: "Suits") is 43. Actor Jason Mewes is 39. Actor Michael Muhney is 38. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 36. Actor Wil Horneff is 34. Singer Robyn is 34. Actor Dave Franco is 28. Country singer Chris Young is 28. Rap group MC Jay Are is 24. Actor Ryan Malgarini is 21.

Thought for Today:
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument." - William Gibbs McAdoo, American government official (1863-1941).







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