updated 6/1/2006 12:00:50 AM ET 2006-06-01T04:00:50

Today is Thursday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2006. There are 213 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 1, 1813, the commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, said, “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle with a British frigate.

On this date:
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 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles.

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

In 1980, Cable News Network made its debut.

Ten years ago: An estimated 200,000 participants, most of them schoolchildren, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to protest government cuts for social and educational programs.

Five years ago: A suicide bomber attacked a Tel Aviv nightclub, killing himself and 21 Israelis. The king, queen and seven other members of Nepal’s royal family were slain by Crown Prince Dipendra, who then mortally wounded himself. “Dennis the Menace” creator Hank Ketcham died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 81.

One year ago: Paul Wolfowitz began a five-year term as head of the 184-nation World Bank. Dutch voters rejected the European Union constitution. A landslide sent 17 multimillion-dollar houses crashing down a hill in Laguna Beach, Calif. Peruvian doctors separated the fused legs of Milagros Cerron, a 13-month-old baby girl known as Peru’s “mermaid.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 81. Actor Andy Griffith is 80. Actor Edward Woodward is 76. Actor Pat Corley is 76. Singer Pat Boone is 72. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 72. Actor Morgan Freeman is 69. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 66. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 61. Actor Brian Cox is 60. Rock musician Ron Wood is 59. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 59. Actor Powers Boothe is 57. Actress Gemma Craven is 56. Singer Graham Russell (Air Supply) is 56. Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 53. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 50. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 47. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 46. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 45. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 38. Actress Teri Polo is 37. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 33. Singer Alanis Morissette is 32.

Thought for Today: “Chi parla troppo non puo parlar sempre bene.” (He who talks much cannot always talk well.) — Carlo Goldoni, Italian dramatist (1707-1793).

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