updated 6/1/2005 12:01:06 AM ET 2005-06-01T04:01:06

Today is Wednesday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2005. 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, Captain 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 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 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986.)

In 1980, 25 years ago, Cable News Network made its debut.

Ten years ago: President Clinton visited Billings, Mont., where he met with farmers and presided over a televised town hall meeting.

Five years ago: With about half an hour to spare, Texas Governor George W. Bush blocked the scheduled execution of convicted killer Ricky McGinn so that possibly exculpatory DNA evidence could be reviewed. (The DNA tests failed to establish McGinn’s innocence, and he was put to death by injection in September 2000.)

One year ago: A federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying the measure infringed on women’s right to choose. Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, a powerful Sunni Muslim tribal leader and critic of the U.S.-led occupation, was named president of Iraq’s incoming government. Historian-biographer William Manchester died in Middletown, Conn., at age 82.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 80. Actor Andy Griffith is 79. Actor Edward Woodward is 75. Actor Pat Corley is 75. Singer Pat Boone is 71. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 71. Actor Morgan Freeman is 68. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 65. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 60. Actor Brian Cox is 59. Rock musician Ron Wood is 58. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 58. Actor Powers Boothe is 56. Actress Gemma Craven is 55. Singer Graham Russell (Air Supply) is 55. Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 52. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 49. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 46. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 45. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 44. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 37. Actress Teri Polo is 36. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 32. Singer Alanis Morissette is 31.

Thought for Today: “Patience! Patience! Patience is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there should be no need of such a thing as patience.” — Grace King, American author (1852-1932).

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