On this day: June 30

Published: Jun 12 2014 03:13:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 30 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

Abraham Lincoln sets aside Yosemite Valley as public land, "Gone with the Wind" is published, the first Chevy Corvette rolls off the assembly line, and Tonya Harding is stripped of her national championship, all on this day.

OTD June 30 - Arizona wildfire
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2013: Nineteen firefighters die while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The firefighters were members of a "hotshot" crew from Prescott, Arizona, tasked with digging a fire line and creating an escape route. The deaths marked the highest wildland firefighter death toll in the United States since the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles killed 29 firefighters, and the highest death toll from any U.S. wildfire since the 1991 East Bay Hills fire around Oakland, California, killed 25 people. The Yarnell Hill wildfire was fully contained by July 10, 2013.

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