June 12

1880

John Lee Richmond pitched baseball's first perfect game. A perfect game occurs when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings.

1898

Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the Philippine nationalists, proclaimed independence from Spain.

1939

The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, New York.

1942

Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.

1963

Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.

1997

Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.

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