Today in History: June 9

Jockey Ron Turcotte sits on Secretariat, 1973.  Others are unidentified.  (AP Photo)

In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center, in Fla. All seven crew members died in the explosion, which was blamed on faulty o-rings in the shuttle's booster rockets. Bob Ebeling had spent three decades filled with guilt over not stopping the explosion of Challenger, but found relief in the weeks before his death Monday, March 21, 2016, at age 89. NPR reports Ebeling had been a booster rocket engineer at a NASA contractor during the launch. He tried to convince them to postpone it, saying the cold temperatures could cause the shuttle to explode. (AP Photo/Bruce Weaver, File)

In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts. In this file photo, the Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. (AP Photo/Bruce Weaver, File) (AP)

In this March 9, 1950 file photo, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., gestures during a Senate subcommittee hearing on McCarthy's charges of communist infiltration of the U.S. State Department. President Donald Trump, tweeting over the weekend, invoked both McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal, two of the most-debated chapters of recent American political history. (AP Photo/Herbert K. White)
On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” FILE – In this March 9, 1950 file photo, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., gestures during a Senate subcommittee hearing on McCarthy’s charges of communist infiltration of the U.S. State Department. President Donald Trump, tweeting over the weekend, invoked both McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal, two of the most-debated chapters of recent American political history. (AP Photo/Herbert K. White) (AP/HERBERT K. WHITE)
Nancy Reagan
In 2004, the body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before the 40th president’s funeral. FILE – In this June 11, 2004, file photo, former first lady Nancy Reagan kisses the casket of her husband former President Ronald Reagan prior to the removal of his remains from the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. The former first lady has died at 94, The Associated Press confirmed Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) (AP)
FILE - In this April 18, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Monday, May 13, 2019, against a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that faces long odds in Congress, saying the legislation doesn't "meet the standard of fairness for all" because it would strip key religious freedom protections. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood. FILE – In this April 18, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Monday, May 13, 2019, against a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that faces long odds in Congress, saying the legislation doesn’t “meet the standard of fairness for all” because it would strip key religious freedom protections. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) (AP/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a view of the Rialto bridge, in Venice, Italy.  The recent devastating Notre Dame fire in Paris was a warning bell that all of Europe needs to hear, since so many monuments and palaces across the continent are in need of better upkeep according to European officials.  National governments are increasingly looking for private donors to renovate major monuments prompting Diesel brand to back improvements for the Rialto bridge in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
In 1588, construction began on the present-day Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, with the laying of the first stone; the structure was completed in 1591. FILE – In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a view of the Rialto bridge, in Venice, Italy. The recent devastating Notre Dame fire in Paris was a warning bell that all of Europe needs to hear, since so many monuments and palaces across the continent are in need of better upkeep according to European officials. National governments are increasingly looking for private donors to renovate major monuments prompting Diesel brand to back improvements for the Rialto bridge in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (AP/Luca Bruno)
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Jockey Ron Turcotte sits on Secretariat, 1973.  Others are unidentified.  (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes shortly after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center, in Fla. All seven crew members died in the explosion, which was blamed on faulty o-rings in the shuttle's booster rockets. Bob Ebeling had spent three decades filled with guilt over not stopping the explosion of Challenger, but found relief in the weeks before his death Monday, March 21, 2016, at age 89. NPR reports Ebeling had been a booster rocket engineer at a NASA contractor during the launch. He tried to convince them to postpone it, saying the cold temperatures could cause the shuttle to explode. (AP Photo/Bruce Weaver, File)
In this March 9, 1950 file photo, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., gestures during a Senate subcommittee hearing on McCarthy's charges of communist infiltration of the U.S. State Department. President Donald Trump, tweeting over the weekend, invoked both McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal, two of the most-debated chapters of recent American political history. (AP Photo/Herbert K. White)
Nancy Reagan
FILE - In this April 18, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Monday, May 13, 2019, against a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that faces long odds in Congress, saying the legislation doesn't "meet the standard of fairness for all" because it would strip key religious freedom protections. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 27, 2018, a view of the Rialto bridge, in Venice, Italy.  The recent devastating Notre Dame fire in Paris was a warning bell that all of Europe needs to hear, since so many monuments and palaces across the continent are in need of better upkeep according to European officials.  National governments are increasingly looking for private donors to renovate major monuments prompting Diesel brand to back improvements for the Rialto bridge in Venice. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

On this date:

In A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.

In 1588, construction began on the present-day Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, with the laying of the first stone; the structure was completed in 1591.

In 1732, James Oglethorpe received a charter from Britain’s King George II to found the colony of Georgia.

In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943, which reintroduced federal income tax withholding from paychecks.

In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU’-stur), Massachusetts.

In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

In 1972, heavy rains triggered record flooding in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the resulting disaster left at least 238 people dead and $164 million in damage.

In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.

In 2004, the body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before the 40th president’s funeral. The FCC agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities.

Ten years ago: Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo Bay detainee walked into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time; Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian accused in two American Embassy bombings in 1998, pleaded not guilty before the judge in New York. (Ghailani was convicted in 2010 of a single count of conspiring to destroy government buildings and acquitted of 280 charges that he’d taken part in the bombings; he is serving life at the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.) A bankruptcy judge approved Chrysler’s plan to terminate 789 of its dealer franchises, the same day the Supreme Court cleared the way for Chrysler LLC’s sale to Fiat.

Five years ago: In a wide-ranging review, the Veterans Affairs Department said more than 57,000 U.S. military veterans had been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appeared to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them. Five American special operations troops were killed by a U.S. airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

One year ago: After leaving the annual G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump pulled out of a joint statement with other summit leaders, citing what he called “false statements” by the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau warned that he wouldn’t hesitate to retaliate against new U.S. tariffs. Justify, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, won the Belmont Stakes to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner and the second in the past four years. Simona Halep won her first Grand Slam trophy, beating Sloane Stephens in the women’s final at the French Open.

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