1. On June 22, 1775, the Connecticut Gazette reported on the first naval engagement of the American Revolution, the Battle of Machias. The battle took place off the coast of Machias, Maine, and involved the Continental Navy and Maine patriots defeating a British armed schooner.
2. In 1844, on June 22, Samuel Morse demonstrated his new invention, the telegraph, in Hartford, Connecticut. Morse's successful demonstration would later lead to the creation of telegraph lines across the United States.
3. On June 22, 1944, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Korematsu v. United States. In a controversial decision, the court upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
4. On June 22, 1972, the Connecticut state Senate voted to ratify the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
5. On June 22, 1983, the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League selected future Hall of Fame player Ron Francis with the fourth overall pick in the NHL Draft. Francis went on to have a remarkable career, amassing 1,798 points over 23 seasons.
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