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What happened today in history?

Today is Friday, June 22, 2018.  There are 192 day left in the year.

1847 – The Doughnut is invented

Hanson Gregory, an American, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship when he was 16 years old. Gregory was dissatisfied with the greasiness of doughnuts twisted into various shapes and with the raw center of regular doughnuts. He claimed to have punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper-box, and to have later taught the technique to his mother.

1937 – Louis becomes Champ

In Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Joe Louis wins the world heavyweight boxing title when he defeats American Jim Braddock in an eighth-round knockout. Louis was the first African-American heavyweight champ since Jack Johnson, who lost the title in 1915. During his subsequent reign, the longest in the history of the heavyweight division, Louis successfully defended his title 25 times, scoring 21 knockouts.

1940 – France falls to Nazi Germany

On June 22, 1940, the French government signed an armistice with Nazi Germany just six weeks after the Nazis launched their invasion of Western Europe.

1944 – FDR signs G.I. Bill

1945 – Okinawa World War II

The U.S. 10th Army overcomes he last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battle of WWII.

1962 – Mysterious Crash in Guadeloupe

On this day in 1962, an Air France Boeing 707 crashes on the island of Guadeloupe, killing all 113 passengers and crew members aboard. This crash was only one of five major accidents involving Boeing 707s during the year. Altogether, the five crashes killed 457 people.

1969 – Judy Garland found dead

Actress Judy Garland is found dead in her London home possibly due to an accidental overdose.

1970 – USA voting lowered to 18

President Nixon signed a bill to lower the voting age to 18 for all federal, state and local elections.  In addition to lowering the voting age, the bill placed a 5 year extension on the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which gave more than one million African-Americans in the South the right to vote.

2001 – Movie “The Fast and the Furious released

On this day in 2001,The Fast and the Furious,” a crime drama based in the underground world of street racing in Southern California, debuts in theaters across the United States.

2008 – George Carlin dies

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