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This Week in History, June 10th - June 17th

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    June 10th, 1854 – The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduate.
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    June 10th, 1947 – Saab produces its first automobile.
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    June 11, 1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
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    June 11th, 1963 – Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
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    June 12th, 1939 – Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor.
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    June 12th, 1967 – The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
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    June 13th, 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: scouting ahead of the expedition, Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River.
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    June 13th, 1966 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
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    June 14th, 1777 – The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.
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    June 14th, 1900 – Hawaii becomes a United States territory.
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    June 15th, 1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).
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    June 15th, 1864 – Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.81 km2) around Arlington Mansion (formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee) are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
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    June 16th, 1816 – Lord Byron reads Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspires his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.
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    June 16th, 1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.
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    June 17th, 1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
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    June 17th, 1972 – Watergate scandal: five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.