This Day in History

Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2013. There are 198 days left in the year. This is Father’s Day.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bill Cobbs is 78. Author Joyce Carol Oates is 75. Country singer Billy ‘‘Crash’’ Craddock is 74. Songwriter Lamont Dozier is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Levert is 71. Actress Joan Van Ark is 70. Actor Geoff Pierson is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 63. Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 62. Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 61. Actress Laurie Metcalf is 58. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 46. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 45. Actor Clifton Collins Jr. is 43. Actor John Cho is 41. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 40. Actress China Shavers is 36. Actress Sibel Kekilli is 33. Actress Missy Peregrym is 31. Actress Olivia Hack is 30. Singer Diana DeGarmo is 26. Pop-rock musician Ian Keaggy (Hot Chelle) is 26.

In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. She escaped almost a year later but ended up imprisoned again.


In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the US Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, ‘‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’’

Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

In 1883, baseball’s first ‘‘Ladies’ Day’’ took place as the New York Gothams offered women free admission to a game against the Cleveland Spiders.

In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

In 1911, IBM had its beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in New York State.

In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature. The Act was later struck down by the Supreme Court. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was founded as President Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933.


In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely.