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This day in history

Friday, June 21, is the 172d day of 2013. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer arrives at 1:04 a.m.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Bernie Kopell is 80. Comedian Joe Flaherty is 72. Rock singer Ray Davies is 69. Actress Meredith Baxter is 66. Actor Michael Gross is 66. Rock musician Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) is 63. Rock musician Nils Lofgren is 62. Cartoonist Berke Breathed is 56. Country singer Kathy Mattea is 54. Writer-director Lana Wachowski is 48. Actress Juliette Lewis is 40. Britain’s Prince William is 31.

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In 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

In 1963, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen during a conclave of his fellow cardinals to succeed the late Pope John XXIII; the new pope took the name Paul VI.

In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James E. Chaney were murdered in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found six weeks later.

In 1982, a jury found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men.

In 1989, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest was protected by the First Amendment.

In 2005, 41 years to the day after three civil rights workers were killed, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in a Mississippi court. (He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.)

In 2008, the ferry Princess of the Stars, carrying more than 800 people, capsized as Typhoon Fengshen battered the Philippines; only four dozen people survived.

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