June 10th in history:
On June 10th, 1978, Affirmed won the last leg of the Triple Crown on the Belmont race track. Affirmed became the third horse to capture the Triple Crown in six years…and would be the last horse to achieve that feat until American Pharoah in 2015.
The man convicted of killing Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray, was among seven inmates who hit the road on June 10th, 1977, when they escaped from a Tennessee prison. The fugitives were recaptured three days later.
The popular TV series “The Fugitive” told the story of a doctor who escaped from police after being falsely convicted of killing his wife. Barry Morse, who played Lt. Gerard, the police lieutenant “obsessed with his capture,” was born on this date in 1918. Viewers of “The Fugitive” have suggested that the show may have been based on the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was tried twice for murdering his wife. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey became famous for winning an acquittal for Sheppard at the second trial. Bailey was born June 10th, 1933.
It’s the birthday of yellow-brick-road traveler Judy Garland (1922), and two men who wrote famous “street” songs. Al Dubin (1891) wrote the lyrics to both “42nd Street” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” And Frederick Loewe (1901) wrote the music for “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady.”