This day in history

Saturday, June 22, is the 173d day of 2013. There are 192 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is 80. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 77. Broadcast journalist Brit Hume is 70. Musician Todd Rundgren is 65. Actress Meryl Streep is 64. Singer Cyndi Lauper is 60. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 53. Author Dan Brown is 49. TV personality Carson Daly is 40.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice was created.


In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in Chicago.

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In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, known as the ‘‘GI Bill of Rights.’’

In 1970, President Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that lowered the minimum voting age to 18.

In 2012, ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. (Sandusky is appealing a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.)