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This day in history

Thursday, June 12, is the 163d day of 2014. There are 202 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Philanthropist David Rockefeller is 99. Former President George H.W. Bush is 90. Singer Vic Damone is 86. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 86. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 84. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 73. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 73. Actor Timothy Busfield is 57. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 37. Singer Robyn is 35. Actor Dave Franco is 29.

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In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Miss. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)

In 1964, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for committing sabotage against the apartheid regime. (He was released in 1990.)

In 1967, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

In 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to ‘‘tear down this wall.’’

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.)

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