Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017. There are 194 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Martin Landau is 89. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 86. Actor Danny Aiello is 84. Actor John Mahoney is 77. Movie director Stephen Frears is 76. Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 75. Singer Anne Murray is 72. TV personality Bob Vila is 71. Pianist Andre Watts is 71. Actress Candy Clark is 70. Producer Tina Sinatra is 69. Singer Lionel Richie is 68. Actor John Goodman is 65. Rock musician Michael Anthony is 63. Actress Nicole Kidman is 50. Actor Peter Paige is 48. Singer-songwriter Amos Lee is 40. Rock singer Grace Potter is 34.
In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of her uncle, King William IV.
In 1893, a jury in New Bedford found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
In 1947, President Truman vetoed the Taft-Hartley Act, which was designed to restrict the power of labor unions but had his veto overridden by Congress. Gangster Benjamin ‘‘Bugsy’’ Siegel was shot dead at the Beverly Hills, Calif., home of his girlfriend, apparently at the order of mob associates.
In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted and was sentenced to five years in prison. (Ali’s conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court).
In 1977, the first oil began flowing through the recently completed Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
In 1990, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in New York City for a ticker-tape parade in their honor as they began a US tour that included Boston.
In 2001, Houston resident Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub, then called police. (Yates was found guilty of murder but had her conviction overturned; she was acquitted by reason of insanity in a retrial.)
Last year, Donald Trump abruptly fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a dramatic shake-up designed to calm panicked Republican leaders and end an internal power struggle plaguing the billionaire businessman’s White House bid.