spotlight Today In History, June 9: Secretariat Jun 9, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Sunday, June 9.Today's Highlight in History: 1588: Rialto Bridge In 1588, construction began on the present-day Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, with the laying of the first stone; the structure was completed in 1591. AP 1940: World War II Norway In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight. AP 1953: Worcester Tornado In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU'-stur), Massachusetts. AP 1954: Army-McCarthy Hearings On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" AP 1969: Warren E. Burger In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren. AP 1973: Secretariat In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. AP 1986: Rogers Commission In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts. AP 2004: Howard Stern In 2004, the FCC agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities. AP 2004: Ronald Reagan In 2004, the body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before the 40th president's funeral. AP 2009: Ahmed Ghailani Ten years ago: Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo Bay detainee walked into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time; Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian accused in two American Embassy bombings in 1998, pleaded not guilty before the judge in New York. (Ghailani was convicted in 2010 of a single count of conspiring to destroy government buildings and acquitted of 280 charges that he'd taken part in the bombings; he is serving life at the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.) AP 2009: Chrysler Bankruptcy Ten years ago: A bankruptcy judge approved Chrysler's plan to terminate 789 of its dealer franchises, the same day the Supreme Court cleared the way for Chrysler LLC's sale to Fiat. AP 2014: Veterans Affairs Department Five years ago: In a wide-ranging review, the Veterans Affairs Department said more than 57,000 U.S. military veterans had been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appeared to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them. AP 2018: Belmont Stakes One year ago: Justify, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, won the Belmont Stakes to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and the second in the past four years. AP 2018: Donald Trump & Justin Trudeau One year ago: After leaving the annual G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump pulled out of a joint statement with other summit leaders, citing what he called "false statements" by the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau warned that he wouldn't hesitate to retaliate against new U.S. tariffs. AP 2018: French Open One year ago: Simona Halep won her first Grand Slam trophy, beating Sloane Stephens in the women's final at the French Open. 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