Today in history

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On June 28 in …

1778 — Mary Hays McCauley, wife of a Colonial artilleryman, carries water to the American soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth against British troops in Monmouth County, NJ. She becomes known as “Molly Pitcher.”

1894 — The U.S. Congress approves legislation making Labor Day an official national holiday.

1914 — Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess Sophie, are assassinated in the city of Sarajevo, helping touch of World War I. On this same date five years later, the Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending the war.

1971 — The Supreme Court of the United States overturns the draft evasion conviction of boxing great Muhammad Ali.

2007 — The American bald eagle is removed from the endangered species list.

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