On this day, June 12 …
1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (O.J. Simpson would later be accused of and acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but eventually would be held liable in a civil action.)
Also on this day:
- 1939: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y.
- 1942: Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, receives a diary for her 13th birthday, less than a month before she and her family go into hiding from the Nazis.
- 1963: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, is shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Miss.
- 1964: Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison along with seven other people, including Walter Sisulu, for committing sabotage against the apartheid regime. (All would be eventually released, Mandela in 1990).
- 1967: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, unanimously strikes down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
- 1978: David Berkowitz is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son of Sam" .44-caliber killings that terrified New Yorkers.
- 1981: "Raiders of the Lost Ark," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, is first released.
- 1987: President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, exhorts Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."
- 1994: Boeing's new 777 jetliner goes on its first test flight.
- 2009: U.S. television stations end analog broadcasts in favor of digital transmission.
- 2016: Gunman Omar Mateen opens fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Fla., leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded before being shot dead by police.
- 2018: After a five-hour summit in Singapore, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sign a joint statement agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, although the timeline and tactics are left unclear.