Area history, June 20, 2014

Today is Friday, June 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: In Urbana, the ordinance committee of the city council was ordered to change the fireworks laws so that youngsters can have more privileges.

In 1964: Sen. Everett M. Dirksen, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, delivered the final plea for the landmark civil rights bill Friday night saying, "I am of mankind and, whatever the skin, we are all of mankind ... and every denial of equal opportunity diminishes me. There is a moral basis for our case." Dirksen said there had been "fulminations" when the Social Security Act, the Child Labor Act, the 8-hour work day, the Pure Food and Drug Act and other federal measures were adopted. Some of the speeches made at that time about "federal intrusion sound unbelievable today," he said, and all of the objections have been "swept away by some inexorable moral force."

In 1999: Rabbi Brad Bloom said that his congregation in Sacramento, Calif., "will become bigger and better physically and spiritually" after an arson incident Friday in which about $800,000 in damage was done to the B'nai Israel Temple. Bloom is the former rabbi at the Sinai Temple in Champaign.

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