Flashback Friday/ “Today in History”: Events on June 12

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This is Flashback Friday or “Today in History”: These are some events that occurred on June 12.

In 1849, the Gas Mask was patented by Lewis Haslet.

In 1917, the US Secret Service extends its protection from the US president to the family.

In 1923, Harry Houdini freed himself from the now famous straight jacket while he was suspended upside down 40 feet, 12 m, above ground in NYC.

In 1931, Al Capone was indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury.

In 1939, the filming of the first horror film “Dr. Cyclops” began. It was produced by Paramount Pictures. It was photographed in Technicolor.

In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in South Africa.

In 1965, Sonny and Cher made their first TV appearance on the TV show “American Bandstand.”

1967 was a siginificant year. There was a race riot in Cincinnati, Ohio. At least 300 people were arrested. The US Supreme Court unanimously ended laws against interracial marriages. And the fifth James Bond film “You Only Live Twice” was released.

Big in entertainment, in 1968 “Rosemary’s Baby” debuted. In 1976, Bill Cosby’s comedy parody song “Yes, Yes, Yes” made it to 46 on the musical charts.

In 1981, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” premiered starring Harrison Ford, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at the helm.

In 1987, US President Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” the Berlin wall of the USSR.

In 2010, “Toy Story 3” opened. It made $1 billion, which made it the first animated film to make that much.

In 2012, the Australian coroner revealed and ruled that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby back in 1980. The aforementioned death was portrayed in the film “A Cry in the Dark,” with Meryl Streep in the title role as Lindy Chamberlain. It was the movie that coined the phrase “that dingo’s got my baby.”

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