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This Day in History for June 9 – Thousands Mourn Reagan and More

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My boyfriend Ross is a history major, and lets just say – well – I passed history in High School. :)   I am a history idiot so I’ve been trying to read a little more, watch more History TV (Hey, it counts!!), and here’s what I found today!

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1898 – China agrees to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years (More info)

1934 – Donald Duck makes his screen debut in ‘The Wise Little Hen’ (More info)

1954 – Joseph Welch, special counsel for the US Army, lashes out at Sen. Joseph McCarthy during hearings and issues the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” (More info)

1973 – Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes and becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years (More info)

1980 – Comedian Richard Pryor is rushed to the hospital after suffering third-degree burns while freebasing cocaine (More info)

2004 – Tens of thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C., to view Ronald Reagan’s coffin lying in state at the US Capitol (More info)

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