Throwback Thursday: A look back at events in history on June 16, including Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defecting, Medgar Evers’s body taken to Arlington, and Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra.”
Martin Landau, second from left, playing the part of the general, and Elizabeth Taylor, playing the title role of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are shown during filming of the movie “Cleopatra” on location off the Isle of Ischia, Italy, on June 16, 1962. In this scene they are in conference with their military advisers going over plans for the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C, aboard Cleopatra’s flagship.
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A woman and two small children stand at the door of a baggage car in Meridian, MS, June 16, 1963, after the casket containing the body of prominent civil rights activist Medgar Evers was transferred to the train for the trip to Washington, D.C. and burial.
Evers, who worked for the NAACP, and his family received many threats over the years including having their home firebombed in May 1963. In the middle of the night on June 12, Evers was shot in the back in the driveway of his family's home in Jackson, MS. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
The outrage over his killing helped increase support for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took three trials and more than 30 years for Byron De La Beckwith, a white segregationist, to be convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1994.
Emperor Haile Selassie
The Emperor Haile Selassie entering the Fort of Debra Marcos June 16, 1941. The Ethiopian flag was raised over the Debra Marcos, a captured Italian fort.
The Ethiopian emperor had gone into exile in 1936. With the help of the British, he returned with the liberation of his country from Italy.
Rudolph Nureyev defects
Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev, 23, leading male dancer of the Kirov Opera Ballet group from Leningrad, refused to leave Paris for home in Russia, June 16, 1961, and sought asylum in France.
He broke away from the rest of the troupe as it was about to board a plane for London and ran to French policemen asking for their protection.
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sunbathe on a yacht off the Isle of Ischia, Italy during a break in filming "Cleopatra," June 16, 1962.
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First woman in space
Russian Valentina Tereshkova, 26, who became the first woman to travel in space, is pictured as seen in a television transmission from her space craft, Vostok 6, June 16, 1963.
High-speed movement of securities orders on the Midwest Stock Exchange is handled by this new computerized communications device in the Chicago officer of the Exchange June 16, 1971.
While R. Thomas Rehwald, senior Vice-President and treasurer of the Midwest Stock Exchange Serviced Corp., watches, Arois Ruehl types information into the machine for storage and transmission. The system, Signet 80, handles paperwork more than 20 times faster than any previous system.
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Actress and comedian Goldie Hawn is seen on June 16, 1972, in the TV-show "Laugh-In."
Chiang Kai-shek's casket
A number of people, coming from every corner in Taipei, visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen memorial Hall in Taipei City, June 16, 1975 to have a last look at the casket of the late Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, who lead the Republic of China from 1928 to 1975, lying in state inside the building.
Prince Charles, Lady Diana
Prince Charles of Wales, and his fiancee, Lady Diana Spencer, who will wed in July, receive the applause of on the first day of Royal Ascot in England on June 16, 1981.
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Bernhard Goetz - "Subway Vigilante"
Bernhard Goetz holds a book as he is escorted by two members of New York's Guardian Angels to New York Supreme Court in New York, Tuesday, June 16, 1987.
A jury is deliberating Goetz fate on charges of attempted murder in connection with the subway shooting of four youths. He was found not guilty, except for one charge of carrying an unlicensed firearm. In 1996, one of the men who was left paralyzed and brain damaged won a civil settlement of $43 million against Goetz.
Goetz shot and seriously wounded four young black men for allegedly trying to mug him on a subway train in December 22, 1984.
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Ira Einhorn - "the Unicorn Killer"
Ira Einhorn, right, convicted in absentia of murder two decades ago, is shown with a Philadelphia sheriff's deputy in 1979.
On June 16, 1997, the FBI in Philadelphia reported that French authorities arrested Einhorn, 57, after 16 years as a fugitive. Einhorn, an American environmental activist, was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Holly Maddux.
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Ellis Island preservation demand
Edward Norton, vice president for public policy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, left, and Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, talk outside an Ellis Island hospital building, June 16,1997, in New York.
Preservationists called on Congress to put up a few million dollars to save parts of the island, including the hospital where immigrants too ill to be admitted to America were isolated.
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Britian prepares to leave HK
Two Hong Kong Chinese officers serving with the British Navy remove a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from the Prince of Wales officers' mess in Hong Kong Monday, June 16, 1997. British forces in Hong Kong are preparing to leave the colony on the night of June 30, hours before China resumes sovereignty. The portrait will be re-located in the British Consulate General in Hong Kong.
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A cargo vessel, beached inland by last week's cyclone, rests on top of huts of the Barakhadi fishing village in Kandla, India, 280 miles (450 kilometers) north of Bombay, June 16, 1998. An estimated 10,000 people were killed by the cyclone storm in western India.
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Armed with traditional weapons, supporters of the newly-formed United Democratic Movement (UDM) march in a national Youth Day rally commemorating the Soweto uprising 22 years ago in Soweto, South Africa, June 16, 1998.
In 1976, full scale rioting broke out in Soweto - triggered by resentment amongst the black pupils being taught Afrikaans, and the injustices of apartheid.
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Capt. Joseph Schweitzer, of Westbury, N.Y., center, his mother Pat Schweitzer, left, and attorney Lt. Kathryn Clune listen during a news conference following an investigative hearing, June 16, 1998, in Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Schweitzer is one of four Marine crewmen whose EA-6B Prowler aircraft struck and severed a gondola cable Feb. 3, 1998, resulting in the death of 20 people at a ski resort near Cavalese, Italy. Schweitzer served as the Prowler's navigator.
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Broadcast live on the internet, a new born 7 lb. 8 oz. baby boy, born at approximately 10:45 AM at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, June 16, 1998, is shown on a monitor. The black-haired, blue-eyed boy has been named Sean.
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Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, raises the hand of newly sworn-in President Thabo Mbeki, at the inauguration ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa, June 16, 1999.
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Anthony Weiner resigns
Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress during a news conference in Brooklyn, New York, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned after a scandal spawned by lewd photos of himself that the New York lawmaker sent online to numerous women.