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This day in history

Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2013. There are 197 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Barry Manilow is 70. Former US house speaker Newt Gingrich is 70. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 62. Movie producer-director-writer Bobby Farrelly is 55. Actor Greg Kinnear is 50. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Dan Jansen is 48. Actor Jason Patric is 47. Tennis player Venus Williams is 33.

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In 1775, the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill resulted in a costly victory for the British, who suffered heavy losses.

In 1928, Amelia Earhart embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales, becoming the first woman to make the trip as a passenger.

In 1963, the US Supreme Court, in Abington (Pa.) School District v. Schempp, struck down, 8 to 1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or reading of biblical verses in public schools.

In 1972, President Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington’s Watergate complex.

In 2008, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title with a stunning 131-92 blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6.

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