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1314 The forces of Scotland's King Robert I defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.
1509 Henry VIII was crowned king of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort.
1908 The 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J., at age 71.
1948 Communist forces cut off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the western allies to organize the Berlin Airlift.
1968 "Resurrection City," a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People's March on Washington D.C., was closed down by authorities.
1975 113 people were killed when an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land during a thunderstorm at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
1983 The space shuttle Challenger — carrying America's first woman in space, Sally K. Ride — coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In The Star
June 24, 1938, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night called a special election for Aug. 2 to give voters a chance to renew the 5 mill property tax, which supports schools and which will soon expire, either this year or within the next few years. Also this date: At least half of the expenditures of Fort McClellan, and way more than half of those for the CCC camp at the fort, are made at Anniston business houses, according quartermasters’ reports. Even more could be spent in Anniston, it was stated, if business owners themselves would give the best prices over the phone and not allow a clerk of limited experience to give higher prices on limited quantities of the needed items. In situations where mass quantities are needed, Anniston businessmen are also invited to submit sealed bids. Additionally: About 80 percent of newsprint in the U.S. comes from spruce forests of Canada — an expensive source — but it’s hoped that will change in the years to come. That’s because next month in Lufkin, Texas, ground will be broken on a newsprint mill that’s able to generate its product from fast-growing Southern pine. The boost to the region’s economy is expected to be significant.
June 24, 1988, in The Star: Conducted by the Alabama Farmers Federation, the monthly survey of 20 items one would typically find in a family’s grocery buggy suggests that grocery prices shot up 3.3 percent in the past month, mainly due to stresses the drought has placed on the food-supply chain. Meat prices have increased the most, although some other items have gone down in price. The average total for those 20 items is $29.20, up 94 cents from last month. Also this date: The former Woodstock Elementary School building is being renovated to accommodate business offices and should be ready to occupy by mid-summer, the owners say.
Birthdays for June 24
Actor Al Molinaro is 94. Comedian Jack Carter is 90. Rock singer Arthur Brown is 71. Actress Michele Lee is 71. Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 70. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 69. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 68. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 66. Singer-musician Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark) is 54. Actress Danielle Spencer is 48. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 46. Singer Glenn Medeiros is 43. Actress Minka Kelly is 33. Actress Kaitlin Cullum is 27. Singer Solange Knowles is 27.
How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. on CBS: Robin (Cobie Smulders) becomes suspicious of Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) relationship with Patrice (Ellen D. Williams) and makes it her mission to end it. Marshall (Jason Segel) is also displeased with someone else's relationship — specifically, his mother's new love interest.
Major Crimes, 8 p.m. on TNT: Things get out of hand when a pushy television writer-producer (Ben Feldman) rides along with Sanchez and Tao (Raymond Cruz, Michael Paul Chan). Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) gets help from a questionable source when he's required to rewrite an essay for school in this new episode.
Under the Dome, 9 p.m. on CBS: Stephen King's mammoth best-seller is the inspiration for this ambitious series about a small town that finds itself suddenly and inexplicably cut off from the world by an invisible dome that has appeared around its border.
Longmire, 9 p.m. on A&E: The death of a teenage girl leads Walt (Robert Taylor) and his colleagues into the world of illegal prescription drug dealing in this new episode. Cady (Cassidy Freeman) comes back home, and Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) rekindles an old flame.
King & Maxwell, 9 p.m. on TNT: FBI agent Darius Carter (Chris Butler) is arrested for assaulting an officer. Sean and Michelle (Jon Tenney, Rebecca Romijn) investigate the incident and discover a strange web of clues related to Carter's most recent case in this new episode.
Mistresses, 9:01 p.m. on ABC: Uh-oh. Savi (Alyssa Milano) is pregnant, and given her recent one-night stand with Dominic (Jason George) it could be his, although there's also a good chance it's Harry's (Brett Tucker). The woman who claims April's (Rochelle Aytes) late husband fathered her child puts pressure on her in this new episode.
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