Updated June 13, 2014, 6:13 pm
On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police.
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On June 13, 1865, William Butler Yeats, the Irish Nobel Prize-winning writer and poet was born. Following his death on Jan. 28, 1939, his obituary appeared in The Times.
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By The Associated Press1900China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted. 1966The Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights prior to questioning by police. 1971The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam. 1981A teen-ager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II during a parade in London. 1983The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune. 1994A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Capt. Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the nation's worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. 1996An 81-day standoff ended as 16 members of the anti-government Freemen group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. 1997A jury voted unanimously to give Timothy McVeigh the death penalty for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. 2004Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday with a 13,000-foot parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station, Texas. 2005Singer Michael Jackson was acquitted on charges of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. 2009Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of a disputed Iranian presidential vote, touching off weeks of mass demonstrations.
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American army general 82Jose Antonio Paez 6/13/1790 - 5/7/1873
Venezuelan soldier and politician 48James Clerk Maxwell 6/13/1831 - 11/5/1879
Scottish physicist 90Robert Wood 6/13/1879 - 11/6/1969
American business executive 94Etienne Gilson 6/13/1884 - 9/19/1978
French Canadian philosopher and historian 66Elizabeth Schumann 6/13/1885 - 4/23/1952
German-born American soprano 78Mark Van Doren 6/13/1894 - 12/10/1972
American poet, writer and teacher 84Tage Erlander 6/13/1901 - 6/21/1985
Swedish prime minister (1946-69) 87Red Grange 6/13/1903 - 1/28/1991
American football player 77Luis Alvarez 6/13/1911 - 9/1/1988
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