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Today In History

In 1660: Mary Dyer, a Quaker who had been preaching in Massachusetts, was hanged in Boston for her religious views. Her hanging shocked the king of England who ordered an end to hanging for heretical preaching.

In 1792: Kentucky became the 15th state. It had been part of Virginia.

In 1801: Brigham Young, the Mormon leader who led the migration to Utah, was born.

In 1910: Mrs. John Dodd launched Father’s Day to honor her widowed father. The first Father’s Day was observed in Spokane on the third Sunday in June.

In 1938: The first issue of the comic book Superman was published.

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