The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
2012: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms a U.S. District Court judge's 2010 ruling that California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The panel also continued a stay on the earlier ruling, barring any marriages from taking place pending further appeals. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Proposition 8 supporters did not have legal standing to defend the law in federal court, either to the Supreme Court or, previously, to the Ninth Circuit. Therefore the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and directed the Ninth Circuit to vacate its decision, leaving the district court's 2010 ruling intact. Two days later, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court ruling, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the state.
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