Today in History:Tuesday, June11, 2013
June 11th, 1963Alabama governor George Wallace takes a symbolic stand against racial immigration at the University of Alabama. He blocks a doorway on campus, defining a federal court order, allowing two black students to enroll at the school.
"I deem it to be my solo obligation and duty to stand for you, representing the rights in the provinces of this state and its people."
Wallace backs down after Alabama National Guard Troops under federal control are ordered to the campus.
Also that same year
In what's then South Vietnam, a Buddhist monk immolates himself in the capital Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. It's a protest against South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem for his crack down on Buddhist. Diem is killed in a military coup months later.
2001 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
1919 In New York, Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, the first to win horse racing's Triple Crown. On the same day, 58 years later, Seattle Slew wins the Belmont, the first undefeated racer to capture the Triple Crown.
And 1979 "Well, take some advice, pilgrim. You put that thing up. You'll have to defend it with a gun."
Actor John Wayne, the silver screen legend known as the Duke dies of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 72.
Today in History, June 11th, Tim Maguire, the Associated Press.