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Today in History for June 11th

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Highlights of this day in history: Alabama Gov. George Wallace makes a symbolic stand against racial integration; A Buddhist monk immolates himself in South Vietnam; Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh executed; Actor John Wayne dies. (June 11)

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TIM MCGUIRE: June 11, 1963-- Alabama Governor George Wallace takes a symbolic stand against racial integration at the University of Alabama. He blocks a doorway on campus, defying a federal court order allowing two Black students to enroll at the school.

GEORGE WALLACE (ON RECORDING): I deem it to be my solemn obligation and duty to stand before you representing the riots and problems in this state and this people.

TIM MCGUIRE: Wallace backs down after Alabama National Guard troops under federal control are ordered to the campus.

Also that same year, in what's then South Vietnam, a Buddhist Monk immolates himself in the capital Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. It's a protest against South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem for his crackdown on Buddhists. Diem is killed in a military coup months later.

2001-- Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

1919-- in New York, Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, the first to win horse racing's Triple Crown. On the same day 58 years later, Seattle Slew wins the Belmont, the first undefeated racer to capture the Triple Crown.

And, 1979--

JOHN WAYNE (ON RECORDING): Well, take some advice, pilgrim. You put that thing up, you'll have to defend it with a gun.

TIM MCGUIRE: Actor John Wayne, the silver screen legend known as "The Duke," dies of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 72.

Today in history, June 11. Tim McGuire, the Associated Press.