Today is Monday, June 27, the 178th day of 2022. There are 187 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter century, striking down widely replicated Texas rules that sharply curtailed abortion clinics.

To this date :

In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

In 1880, author-lecturer Helen Keller, who lived most of her life without seeing or hearing, was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

In 1942, the FBI announced the arrest of eight Nazi saboteurs landed in Florida and Long Island, New York. (All were tried and sentenced to death; six were executed while two were spared for surrendering and cooperating with US authorities.)

In 1944, during World War II, American forces liberated the French port of Cherbourg (SHEHR’-boorg) from the Germans.

In 1950, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling on member countries to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.

In 1957, Hurricane Audrey hit the coasts of Louisiana and Texas as a Category 4 storm; the official death toll from the storm was put at 390, although various state, federal, and local sources put the death toll at between 400 and 600.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon opened an official visit to the Soviet Union.

In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to serve on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure led to the controversial nomination of Clarence Thomas to succeed him.)

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled, in a pair of 5-4 decisions, that posting the Ten Commandments on government property was constitutionally permitted in some cases but not others. BTK serial killer Dennis Rader pleaded guilty to 10 fear-mongering murders in Wichita, Kansas, beginning in the 1970s. (Rader later received multiple life sentences.)

In 2006, a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the American flag died in a Senate cliffhanger, missing the 67 needed to send it to states for ratification by one vote.

In 2011, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) was convicted by a federal jury in Chicago of a wide range of corruption charges, including the allegation that he tried to sell or exchange the property of President Barack Obama. Seat of the United States Senate. (Blagojevich was later sentenced to 14 years in prison; his sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump in February 2020.)

In 2018, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote has often decided cases on abortion, gay rights and other contentious issues, announced his retirement.

Ten years ago: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness offered the hand of peace during a private meeting inside the Lyric Theater in Belfast . Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (KAH’-lihd ah-lee-EHM’ al-duh-SAHR’-ee), a 22-year-old Saudi Arabian former student at Texas Tech University, was convicted in Amarillo of having attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction; Prosecutors said he searched for possible bombing targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush. (Aldawsari was later sentenced to life in prison.)

Five years ago: A new, highly virulent outbreak of data jamming malware began causing massive disruption across the globe, hitting Europe and Ukraine particularly hard.

A year ago: A historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest pushed daytime temperatures into triple digits, setting records in places where many residents were without air conditioning; the temperature in Portland, Oregon, reached 112 degrees. The US track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon were halted and fans were asked to evacuate the stadium due to extreme heat. According to studio estimates, “F9,” the ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, grossed $70 million in its first weekend, the biggest opening for a movie since the start of the season. pandemic.

Today’s birthdays: Former Home Secretary Bruce Babbitt turns 84. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 80 years old. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 73 years old. Actress Julia Duffy is 71 years old. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 67 years old. Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 63 years old. Actor Brian Drillinger is 62 years old. Writer-producer-director JJ Abrams is 56 years old. Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (AY’-aht), RN.H., is 54. Gold and bronze medal-winning figure skater Viktor Petrenko (peh-TREHN’-koh) is 53 years old. Latin singer Draco Rosa is 53 years old. Actor Edward “Grapevine” Fordham Jr. is 52 years old. TV personality Jo Frost is 52. Actor Yancey Arias is 51 years old. Actor Christian Kane is 50 years old. Actor Tobey Maguire is 47 years old. Singer Leigh Nash is 46 years old. Christian rock singer Zach Williams is 44 years old. Musician Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) is 40 years old. Reality star Khloe Kardashian (kar-DASH’-ee-uhn) is 38. Actor Drake Bell is 36 years old. Actor Sam Claflin is 36 years old. The actor India de Beaufort is 35 years old. Actor Ed Westwick is 35 years old. Actor Matthew Lewis (Film: “Harry Potter”; TV: “Ripper Street”) is 33 years old. Actor Madylin Sweeten is 31 years old. Pop singer Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony) (TV: “The X Factor”) is 26 years old. R&B singer HER is 25 years old. Actor Chandler Riggs is 23 years old.