Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
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June 23, 2014
Week of June 23, 2014

• On June 27, 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed — Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in “Gone With the Wind.” The scene also was shot using an alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case the film censors objected to the word “damn.” The film was approved, but producer David O. Selznick was fined $5,000 for including the curse.

• On June 25, 1942, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower becomes commander of all U.S. troops in the European theater of World War II. He would be appointed Supreme Allied Commander of all forces in Europe in 1943. “Ike” later would become America’s 34th president.

• On June 26, 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway is officially opened, creating a navigational channel from the Atlantic Ocean to all the Great Lakes. The seaway — made up of a system of canals, locks and dredged waterways — extends a distance of nearly 2,500 miles, from the Atlantic Ocean to Duluth, Minn.

• On June 24, 1966, the United States Senate passes what will become the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Among the first safety standards adopted were seat belts, impact-absorbing steering columns and standardized bumper heights.

• On June 29, 1970, U.S. ground troops end two months of combat operations in Cambodia and return to South Vietnam. News of the crossing into Cambodia set off a wave of antiwar demonstrations, including one at Kent State University in Ohio that resulted in the killing of four students by Army National Guard troops.

• On June 23, 1989, the film version of the DC Comics hero Batman is released in theaters. Warner Brothers hyped “Batman” as a major summer “event” long before its release. The results were stunning, as the film grossed some $100 million in its first 10 days.

• On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. After the fight resumed, Tyson bit Holyfield’s other ear. With 10 seconds left in the third round, Tyson was disqualified from the match and suspended from boxing.

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