spotlight Today In History, June 15: Paul Manafort Jun 15, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, June 15.Today's Highlight in History: 1215: Magna Carta In 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great Charter") at Runnymede. AP 1904: General Slocum In 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River. AP 1938: Johnny Vander Meer In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first night game at Ebbets Field, four days after leaving the Boston Bees hitless by a score of 3-0. AP 1944: Saipan On June 15, 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN') during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carried out their first raids on Japan. AP 1969: "Hee Haw" In 1969, the variety show "Hee Haw," a fast-paced mixture of country music and comedy skits, debuted on CBS-TV. AP 1992: Dan Quayle In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle, relying on a faulty flash card, erroneously instructed Trenton, N.J., sixth-grade student William Figueroa to spell "potato" as "potatoe" during a spelling bee. AP 1993: John Connally In 1993, former Texas Gov. John Connally, who was wounded in the gunfire that killed President John F. Kennedy, died in Houston at age 76. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, pushing health care reform before the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, bluntly told the doctors he was against their highest legislative priority — limiting malpractice awards. AP 2009: Barack Obama & Silvio Berlusconi Ten years ago: The president returned to the White House, where he met with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi. AP 2009: Stanley McChrystal Ten years ago: Gen. Stanley McChrystal took charge of nearly 90,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. AP 2014: Casey Kasem Five years ago: Death claimed "American Top 40" host Casey Kasem, 82. AP 2014: Martin Kaymer Five years ago: Golfer Martin Kaymer of Germany won the U.S. Open. AP 2014: Mideast Israel Five years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Hamas militant group of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who had disappeared on June 12 (the teens' bodies would be found on June 30). AP 2014: San Antonio Spurs Five years ago: The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, beating the Miami Heat 104-87 to win the series in five games. AP 2018: Paul Manafort One year ago: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed to await two criminal trials; a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. (Manafort would be sentenced to more than seven years in prison on federal charges.) AP 2018: Trump Chinese Imports One year ago: President Donald Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports, to take effect July 6. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended View All Promotions promotion Activate full access today and try out the e-edition promotion Thank you for activating full access!