1989 : The movie Batman opened in theaters, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
1931 : Wiley Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty, took off for a round the world flight in the single-engine airplane, the "Winnie Mae." from Roosevelt Field, New York. they arrived back at Roosevelt Field on July 1st, completing the trip with a record time of eight days, 15 hours and 51 minutes.
1940 : After the German occupation of Paris Adolf Hitler takes a tour of the major notable sites in the French capital.
1941 : Lena Horne recorded "St. Louis Blues." Her career spans several decades, even into the 1980s when she made a guest appearance on the popular TV hit "The Cosby Show."
Celebrating Birthday Today
Born: June 23rd, 1962, Decatur, Illinois
Known For : A prolific special effects artist, Kevin started his work on Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. His works really are too many to list, and you can see them on his official site. Since doing special effects for movies such as Mission Impossible II and the Matrix he has started producing films and television shows like Sleepy Hollow, Child's Play and Tales From The Crypt. Kevin Yagher Productions is based in Los Angeles. Married to Catherine Hicks in 1990, he has one daughter.
1944 : A series of tornadoes across West Virginia and Pennsylvania kill more than 150 people most of the twisters were classified as F3, but the most deadly one was an F4 on the Fujita scale.
1956 : Following the army coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser that deposed the regime of King Farouk Gamal Abdel Nasser is elected president of Egypt when he stands as the sole candidate.
1956 : A series of rebel attacks in Algeria are targeting Europeans with French members of the community targeted mostly, in the last 7 days 23 have been killed and over 150 injured mostly in shooting attacks by small commando groups.
1961 : The Antarctic Treaty System comes into force to regulate international relations with respect to Antarctica, "all land and ice shelves south of 60°S latitude parallel". Antarctica is the Earth's only continent without a native human population. The Antarctic Treaty consists of a number of articles agree by the 12 original signatories Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The treaty includes the following important rules.
1. Research be used for peaceful purposes only.
2. Military activity, such as weapons testing, is prohibited.
3. Free exchange of information and personnel.
4. The Antarctic Treaty does not recognize, dispute, or establish territorial sovereignty claims.
5. Prohibits nuclear explosions or disposal of radioactive wastes.
There are a number of other articles but those above are the most important combined with the mission statement "The main objective of the "Antarctic Treaty System" ATS is to ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord."
1985 : An Air India Boeing 747 disintegrates in mid-air off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people on board. It is believed it is the work of a terrorist plot to blow up the plane.
1992 : The head of the New York Gambino Mafia family, crime boss John Gotti is sentenced to life imprisonment for racketeering and five counts of murder with no chance of parole.
1998 : As the financial institutions in Japan continue to report record losses due to the "property price bubble burst". The Long-Term Credit Bank (LTCB) is the latest casualty as share value drops 45% in one days trading taking the banks shares to just 3% of the value they were in 1987. The Japanese Government has promised to support the bank "if necessary" and protect depositors "at any cost."
1999 : Each state is in line to receive large amounts of money after the landmark settlement by the tobacco industry, The money should be used to fund anti smoking measures and help reduce the numbers of smokers in each state but many worry that this major windfall will not be used to help educate our next generation in the dangers to health of smoking.
2000 : A fire at the Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel in the town of Childers, in Queensland, Australia has left 15 backpackers dead after the fire completely destroyed the hostel. Investigations are continuing to find the cause but it is believed to be arson. Robert Paul Young was later charged with murder and sentenced to a life sentence.
2001 : With increasing calls by the international community that the former president of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic should face international war crimes tribunal in the Hague and the withholding of much needed foreign aid from the country. The Yugoslav cabinet is preparing the way for the former president for extradition.
2006 : Prolific television writer and producer Aaron Spelling died at the age of eighty-three after suffering from a stroke five days earlier. Spelling's most notable television productions included Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Starsky and Hutch, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, 7th Heaven, and Charmed.
2008 : A man was charged with drunken driving in a motorized wheelchair after being found asleep off of a highway by police in Cairns, Australia. The man's blood alcohol level was six times the legal limit and he had told officers he was out to visit friends.
2009 : Ed McMahon, an iconic American television personality, died at the age of eighty-six after suffering from multiple health problems. The television star was best known for working as Johnny Carson's co-host and sidekick on the Tonight Show for thirty years. McMahon got his big break in 1958 when he was the announcer on the show Who Do You Trust? alongside host Johnny Carson.
2012 : Former assistant football coach at Penn State Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of forty-five out of forty-eight counts of child sex abuse after his trial concluded. Sandusky was immediately taken into custody and would likely face a life sentence.
2013 : Elections for Prime Minister in Albania ended with both parties claiming victory. This election was being looked at as a key test of whether or not Albania was ready to join the European Union. During the election both sides accused the other of vote-rigging and the country had struggled with free elections for twenty years, since the fall of the Soviet Union.