The good and bad of June 12

The good and bad of June 12

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's hard to believe that in the history of the U.S. presidency, only one of our Chief Executives was born in June.

Today is the anniversary of that occasion, 91 years after it occurred in Milton, Massachusetts. That's the day Prescott Bush and his wife Dorothy welcomed their second son into the world, George Herbert Walker Bush. He's one of two presidents born in 1924. Jimmy Carter is the other.

George H.W. Bush is a huge baseball fan, having played the game in college at Yale. He has good reason to love the game, for on his 15th birthday, in 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. Among the eleven inductees that day was Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson and the Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb.

Sadly, some unpleasant things have happened on June 12th. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered on that date in 1994. Nicole's ex-husband, O.J. Simpson, was charged with the crime, but a jury found him not guilty in October of 1995.

Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday on June 12th in 1942. She used it to document her family's experience hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam. They were eventually discovered and sent to concentration camps, where Anne died of typhus in 1945. Two years later, her writings were published under the title The Diary of a Young Girl.

President Ronald Reagan delivered an historic speech on this date in 1987. As he stood at the Brandenburg Gate, Reagan let his thoughts about the Berlin Wall be known with these words, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

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