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This Day in History: June 27


In 1939, the National Shriner Convention was held in Baltimore. More than 12,000 members of the men’s fraternity marched through the city, wearing their signature red hats with tassels. Notable Shriners from Maryland include William Donald Schaefer and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Learn more about the organization, which raises money for children’s hospitals, here. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

1880: Helen Keller, who became an author and lecturer despite being left blind and deaf by illness, was born in Tuscumbia, Ala.

1969: Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, clashed with police in an incident considered to have birthed the gay rights movement.

1980: President Jimmy Carter signed legislation reviving the draft registration.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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