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100 years ago

June 12, 1917: Illinois is second only to Ohio in army registration. But some eligible men still don’t get the message about the penalty — prison time — for failure to register. State governors have just been ordered to commence a vigorous enforcement program against slackers.

75 years ago

June 12, 1942: The Irvin Theater and the Navy recruiting committee will host a movie party for the new recruits, their families and dates. They will see the MGM film “Ship Ahoy” next Wednesday. This is part of a drive to enlist 10,000 men nationwide in the Navy.

50 years ago

June 12, 1967: Just as jury selection was about to begin, accused murderer Richard Riebe pled guilty to killing his ex-wife, her mother and to wounding her brother. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the case.

25 years ago

June 12, 1992: A small plane crash in an east side neighborhood resulted in the death of the pilot, Louis “Bud” Berner. He was returning from a business flight to Riverton when his plane crashed into a house at 2904 Capen Drive. The plane burst into flames on impact.

Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com. HTF appears on the Opinion pages Tuesday-Sunday.

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