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This Week in History, June 2nd - June 9th

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    June 2nd, 1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
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    June 2nd, 1997 – In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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    June 3rd, 1889 – The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles (23 km) between a generator at Willamette Falls and downtown Portland, Oregon.
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    June 3rd, 1943 – In Los Angeles, California, white U.S. Navy sailors and Marines clash with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots.
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    June 4th, 1783 – The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon).
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    June 4th, 1912 – Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.
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    June 5th, 1837 – Houston, Texas, is incorporated by the Republic of Texas.
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    June 5th, 1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
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    June 6th, 1833 – The U.S. President Andrew Jackson becomes the first President to ride on a train.
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    June 6th, 1984 – Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all time, is released.
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    June 7th, 1892 – Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the "whites-only" car of a train; he would lose the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.
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    June 7th, 1936 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a trade union, is founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philip Murray is elected its first president.
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    June 8th, 1783 – Laki, a volcano in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine.
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    June 8th, 1789 – James Madison introduces twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives; by 1791, ten of them are ratified by the state legislatures and become the Bill of Rights; another is eventually ratified in 1992 to become the 27th Amendment.
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    June 9th, 1650 – The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. It is the first legal corporation in the Americas.
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    June 9th, 1954 – McCarthyism: Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashes out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the Army giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"