On this day, June 16 …
1858: Accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln says the slavery issue has to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Also on this day:
- 1903: Ford Motor Co. is incorporated.
- 1911: IBM has its beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., incorporated in New York state.
- 1963: The world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, is launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6.
- 1986: “Subway Vigilante” Bernie Goetz is acquitted of attempted murder for his controversial New York subway shooting.
- 1996: Russian voters go to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result is a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin (the eventual winner) and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov.
- 2009: President Barack Obama meets with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House; afterward, Obama declares North Korea a “grave threat” to the world and pledges the U.S. and its allies would enforce new penalties against the nuclear-armed nation aggressively.
- 2014: Obama notifies Congress that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad.
- 2014: A divided Supreme Court sides with gun control groups and the Obama administration, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a “straw” purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.
- 2015: Donald Trump launches his campaign to become president of the United States with a speech at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
- 2017: President Trump acknowledges for the first time that he was under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia’s election meddling as he lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.
- 2018: China announces 25% tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. imports, including soybeans and beef, in response to Trump’s tariff hike on a similar amount of Chinese goods.