This day in history
Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Prunella Scales (‘‘Fawlty Towers”) is 85. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is 84. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 81. Director John Korty is 81. Actor Michael Lerner is 76. News analyst Brit Hume is 74. Singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren is 69. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is 68. Actress Meryl Streep is 68. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 68. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper is 64. Actress Tracy Pollan is 57. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler is 55. Actress Amy Brenneman is 53. Author Dan Brown is 53. TV personality Carson Daly is 44. Comedian Mike O’Brien is 41.Singer-songwriter John Moreland is 32.
In 1937, Joe Louis began his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago. (A year later on this date, Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their rematch at Yankee Stadium.)
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 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union.
In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the ‘‘GI Bill of Rights.’’
In 1945, the World War II battle for Okinawa ended with an Allied victory.
In 1969, singer-actress Judy Garland died in London at age 47.
In 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former US attorney general to go to prison as he began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. (He was released 19 months later.)
In 2012, ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury in Pennsylvania, on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. (Sandusky is appealing a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.)
Last year, rebellious Democrats launched a 25-hour round-the-clock sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, forcing exasperated Republicans to recess while cutting off cameras showing the protest. Dennis Hastert arrived at a Minnesota prison to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that the former House speaker had sexually abused at least four boys.