Tuesday, June 12, is the 164th day of 2012. There are 202 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is 97. Former President George H.W. Bush is 88. Singer Vic Damone is 84. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 84. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 82. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 71. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 71. Singer Roy Harper is 71. Rock singer Reg Presley (The Troggs) is 71. Pop singer Len Barry is 70. Rock singer-musician John Wetton (King Crimson) is 63. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 61. Country singer Junior Brown is 60. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 59. Actor Timothy Busfield is 55. Singer Meredith Brooks is 54. Actress Jenilee Harrison is 54. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) is 53. Rapper Grandmaster Dee is 50. Actress Paula Marshall is 48. Actress Frances O’Connor is 45. Actor Rick Hoffman is 42. Actor Jason Mewes is 38. Actor Michael Muhney is 37. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 35. Actor Wil Horneff is 33. Singer Robyn is 33. Country singer Chris Young is 27. Rap group MC Jay Are is 23. Actor Ryan Malgarini is 20.
In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.
In 1776, Virginia’s colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights.
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; in it, she wrote, ‘‘I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to with anyone, and I hope you will provide much support and comfort.’’ (Less than a month later, Anne 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 Eisenhower.
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 1967, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
In 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to ‘‘tear down this wall.’’