MILESTONES: June 15 birthdays for Andy Pettitte, Paul Rusesabagina, Leah Remini
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Baseball Hall of Famer Billy Williams, who was born in 1938; political activist and businessman Ward Connerly, who was born in 1939; Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Holmgren, who was born in 1948; three-time National League Manager of the Year Dusty Baker, who was born in 1949; “Dance Fever” host Deney Terrio, who was born in 1950; Kansas lead singer Steve Walsh, who was born in 1951; “According to Jim” star Jim Belushi, who was born in 1954; humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina, who was born in 1954; Baseball Hall of Famer and former Yankee Wade Boggs, who was born in 1958; “The Young and the Restless” star Eileen Davidson, who was born in 1959; Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, who was born in 1963; “Friends” star Courtney Cox, who was born in 1964; “The King of Queens” star Leah Remini, who was born in 1970; former Yankee and 2001 ALCS MVP Andy Pettitte, who was born in 1972; and “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris, who was born in 1973.
LAW OF THE LAND: On this day in 1215, King John of England sealed the Magna Carta ‘in the meadow called Ronimed between Windsor and Staines.” Continually reinterpreted, the Magna Carta influenced the rise of England’s constitutional monarchy and lent historical weight to 18th-century ideas about inalienable natural law. It is still invoked popularly and in jurisprudence as a symbol of the written law’s power to subdue tyranny. Four original copies of the 1215 charter survive.
COLLEGE CREDIT: The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on this day in 1804. It changed the method of electing the president and vice president after a tie in the electoral college during the election of 1800. Rather than each elector voting for two candidates, with the candidate receiving the most votes elected president and the second-place candidate elected vice president, each elector was now required to designate their choice for president and vice president, respectively.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught me by example in one week.”
— former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who was born on this day in 1932
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