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This Day in History for June 11 – Escape From Alcatraz and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay (More info)

1963 – Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to keep two black students from attending the school (More info)

1978 – ‘Grease,’ starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, opens (More info)

1990 – In Texas v. Johnson, the US Supreme Court rules state laws prohibiting desecration of the US flag are unconstitutional (More info)

2001 – Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing (More info)

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