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Tuesday, June 01, 2004


Today is Tuesday, June 1st.

The 153rd day of 2004.

There are 213 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:

On June 1, 1813, the U.S. Navy gained its motto as the mortally wounded commander of the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake", Captain James Lawrence was heard to say, "Don't give up the ship!", during a losing battle with a British frigate "Shannon"; his ship was captured by the British frigate.


On this date:

In 1495, The first written record of Scotch Whiskey appeared in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. Friar John Cor is the distiller.

In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.

In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

In 1801, Mormon leader Brigham Young was born in Whitingham, Vt.

In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa.

In 1880, The first pay telephone was installed and went into service in the Yale Bank Building in New Haven, Conn.

In 1921, Race riot in Tusla Okla (21 whites & 60 blacks killed)

In 1926, Actress Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson Baker) was born in Los Angeles.

In 1936, The Queen Mary arrived in N.Y. on its maiden voyage.

In 1938, Superman, the world's first super hero, appeared in the first issue of Action Comics.

In 1943, A civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans during World War II, killing all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.

In 1944, The British Broadcasting Corporation aired a coded message intended to warn the French resistance that the D-Day invasion was imminent.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France.

In 1964, The U.S. Supreme Court banned prayers and Bible teaching in public schools on the constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.

iN 1966, The final episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" aired.

In 1971 The final " Ed Sullivan Show' aired on CBS-TV.

In 1977, The Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986.)

iN 1980, The Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

In 1989, Former Sunday school teacher John E. List, sought for 18 years in the slayings of his mother, wife and three children in Westfield, N.J., was arrested in Richmond, Va. (List was later sentenced to life in prison.)

In 1990, U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a bilateral agreement to stop producing chemical arms and to begin destroying their stocks by the end of 1992.

In 1991, Mount Pinatubo (Phillipines) erupted for the first time in 600 years.

Ten years ago (1994):

President Clinton embarked on a European trip that included commemorating the 50th anniversary of D-Day; his first stop was Italy.

Five years ago (1999):

An American Airlines MD-82 landed off-center during a severe thunderstorm in Little Rock, Ark., and barreled off the end of the runway, breaking apart and catching fire; 11 people, including the captain, died.

President Clinton ordered a government investigation into whether -- and how -- the entertainment business markets violence to children. (In a report released in September 2000, federal regulators said the movie, video game and music industries aggressively marketed to underage youths violent products that carried adult ratings.)

One year ago (2003):

Leaders of the world's seven wealthiest nations and Russia pledged billions of dollars to fight AIDS and hunger on the opening day of their summit in Evian, France.


Today's Birthdays:

Actor Richard Erdman is 79.

Actor Andy Griffith is 78.

Actor Edward Woodward is 74.

Actor Pat Corley is 74.

Singer Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone is 70.

Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 70.

Actor Morgan Freeman is 67.

Actor Rene Auberjonois is 64.

Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 59.

Actor Brian Cox is 58.

Rock musician Ron Wood is 57.

Actor Jonathan Pryce is 57.

Actor Powers Boothe is 55.

Actress Gemma Craven is 54.

Singer Graham Russell (Air Supply) is 54.

Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 51.

Actress Diana Canova (Rivero) is 51.

Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 48.

Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 45.

Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 44.

Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 43.

Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 36.

Actress Teri Polo is 35.

Model-actress Heidi Klum is 31.

Singer Alanis Morissette is 30.


Thought for Today:

"If America forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution." -

- Carl Sandburg, American writer (1878-1967).