Today in History: June 16

On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. (AP Photo)
In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” (AP Photo) (AP)
George Stinney Jr.

In 1944, George Stinney, a 14-year-old black youth, became the youngest person to die in the electric chair as the state of South Carolina executed him for the murders of two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File) (AP)

Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space in 1963, is seen in a space suit in this undated file photo. Tereshkova's three-day flight, which started June 16, 1963, further strengthened the prestige of the Soviet space program after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961. (AP Photo/  ITAR-TASS )
In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova (teh-ruhsh-KOH’-vuh), 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely. (AP Photo/ ITAR-TASS ) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ITAR-TASS)
President Jimmy Carter and General Omar Torrijos wave from an open car during a motorcade Friday in Panama City, Panama, June 16, 1978. (AP Photo)

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos (toh-REE’-ohs) exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties. Here, President Carter and General Torrijos wave from an open car during a motorcade in Panama City, Panama. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

People leave a polling  station in Grozny, capital of war torn Chechnya, under the watchful eye of a Russian soldier, after voting in local and Russian presidential elections, Sunday June 16 1996. Polsters make the presidential election a very close call. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov).

In 1996, Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin (the eventual winner) and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov. Sportscaster Mel Allen died in Greenwich, Connecticut, at age 83. Here, people are seen leave a polling station in Grozny, capital of war torn Chechnya, under the watchful eye of a Russian soldier, after voting in local and Russian presidential elections. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov). (Associated Press/SHAKH AIVAZOV)

Donald Trump
In 2015, real estate mogul Donald Trump launched his successful campaign to become president of the United States with a speech at Trump Tower in Manhattan. FILE – In this June 20, 2018 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Duluth, Minn. Trump heads back to Minnesota on the nation’s tax filing deadline, Monday, April 15, 2019, eager to remind voters in a state he nearly carried in 2016 about the $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut. It’s a policy achievement that won’t resonate with everyone in Minnesota, where the loss of the state tax deduction hurt some taxpayers. And national polls show most Americans don’t have a clear idea what the tax cuts did for them. (AP Photo/Jim Mone File) (AP/Jim Mone)
FILE - This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows a Ford logo on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated. FILE – This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows a Ford logo on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (AP/Gene J. Puskar)
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On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. (AP Photo)
George Stinney Jr.
Valentina Tereshkova, who became the first woman in space in 1963, is seen in a space suit in this undated file photo. Tereshkova's three-day flight, which started June 16, 1963, further strengthened the prestige of the Soviet space program after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961. (AP Photo/  ITAR-TASS )
President Jimmy Carter and General Omar Torrijos wave from an open car during a motorcade Friday in Panama City, Panama, June 16, 1978. (AP Photo)
People leave a polling  station in Grozny, capital of war torn Chechnya, under the watchful eye of a Russian soldier, after voting in local and Russian presidential elections, Sunday June 16 1996. Polsters make the presidential election a very close call. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov).
Donald Trump
FILE - This Feb. 15, 2018 photo shows a Ford logo on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 16, 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

On this date:

In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. (She escaped almost a year later but ended up imprisoned again.)

In 1883, baseball’s first “Ladies’ Day” took place as the New York Gothams offered women free admission to a game against the Cleveland Spiders. (New York won, 5-2.)

In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

In 1911, IBM had its beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. which was incorporated in New York State.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis were renominated at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature. (The Act was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.) The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was founded as President Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933.

In 1944, George Stinney, a 14-year-old black youth, was electrocuted by the state of South Carolina for the murders of two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7.

In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; Tereshkova spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos signed the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties during a ceremony in Panama City.

In 1996, Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin (the eventual winner) and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov. Sportscaster Mel Allen died in Greenwich, Connecticut, at age 83.

In 2015, real estate mogul Donald Trump launched his successful campaign to become president of the United States with a speech at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

In 2017, President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that he was under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia’s election meddling as he lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House; afterward, Obama declared North Korea a “grave threat” to the world and pledged the U.S. and its allies would aggressively enforce fresh penalties against the nuclear-armed nation. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, a leading Republican mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, admitted he’d had an extramarital affair with a campaign staff member. Federal health regulators warned consumers to stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they could permanently damage the sense of smell.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama notified Congress that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a “straw” purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.

One year ago: China announced 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. imports, including soybeans and beef, in response to President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on a similar amount of Chinese goods; China also scrapped agreements to narrow its trade surplus with the United States.

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