Today in History - June 13

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The Associated Press= Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2009. There are 201 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent before being questioned by police.

On this date:

In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.

In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.

In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.

In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam.

In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.

In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.

Ten years ago: NATO soldiers shot dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.

Five years ago: In Iraq, gunmen assassinated senior Education Ministry official Kamal al-Jarah. Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday (a day late) with a 13,000-foot parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station, Texas. Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship for the second straight year.

One year ago: Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died unexpectedly while preparing for his weekly broadcast; he was 58. Rising water from the Cedar River forced the evacuation of a hospital in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa; in Des Moines, officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for much of downtown and other areas bordering the Des Moines River. Pope Benedict XVI took President George W. Bush on a rare stroll through the lush grounds of the Vatican Gardens during the leaders' third visit together. R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges in his child pornography trial in Chicago, ending a six-year ordeal for the R&B superstar.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 77. Artist Christo is 74. Artist Jeanne-Claude is 74. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 70. Singer Bobby Freeman is 69. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 66. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 65. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 60. Actor Richard Thomas is 58. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 58. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 58. Comedian Tim Allen is 56. Actress Ally Sheedy is 47. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 47. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 46. Singer David Gray is 41. R&B singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 41. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 40. Actor Jamie Walters is 40. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 39. Country singer Susan Haynes is 37. Actor Steve-O ("Jackass") is 35. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is 31. Actor Ethan Embry is 31. Actor Chris Evans is 28. Actress Sarah Schaub is 26. Singer Raz B is 24. Actress Kat Dennings is 23. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 23. Actress Ashley Olsen is 23.

Thought for Today: "The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you." — Viscountess Astor, American-born English politician (1879-1964).

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