Former C.A.R. leader sentenced to death

On June 12, 1987, the Central African Republic's former leader Jean-Bédel Bokassa sentenced to death in C.A.R. for treason, embezzlement, and murder of political dissenters. His sentence was then commuted to life in prison, before he was released as part of a general amnesty program at the end of his life.

Read an obituary of Jean-Bédel Bokassa from the New York Times.

US Supreme Court struck down statute prohibiting interracial marriage

On June 12, 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down a Virginia state law prohibiting interracial marriages.

Learn more about Loving v. Virginia.

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