This day in history

Thursday, June 20, is the 171st day of 2013. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer arrives Friday at 1:04 a.m.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Martin Landau is 85. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 82. Actor Danny Aiello is 80. Actor John Mahoney is 73. Director Stephen Frears is 72. Singer-songwriter Brian Wilson is 71. Singer Anne Murray is 68. TV personality Bob Vila is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lionel Richie is 64. Actor John Goodman is 61. Actress Nicole Kidman is 46. Rock singer Grace Potter is 30. Actor Chris Mintz-Plasse is 24.

In 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, featuring the bald eagle.


In 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of King William IV.

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In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state.

In 1893, a jury in New Bedford found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

In 1963, the US and Soviet Union agreed to set up a ‘‘hot line’’ between the two superpowers.

In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. (Ali’s conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court).