updated 6/3/2005 12:06:11 AM ET 2005-06-03T04:06:11

Today is Friday, June 3, the 154th day of 2005. There are 211 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Forty years ago, on June 3, 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to “walk” in space, during the flight of Gemini Four.

On this date:
In 1621, the Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands — now known as New York.

In 1808, Jefferson Davis — the first and only president of the Confederacy — was born in Christian County, Ky.

In 1935, the French liner Normandie set a record on its maiden voyage, arriving in New York after crossing the Atlantic in just four days, 11 hours and 42 minutes.

In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monts, France.

In 1948, the 200-inch reflecting telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.

In 1963, Pope John the 23rd died at age 81. He was succeeded by Pope Paul the Sixth.

In 1981, Pope John Paul the Second left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after the attempt on his life.

In 1985, Jerry A. Whitworth was arrested by the FBI, accused of being part of a spy ring headed by John A. Walker Jr. (Whitworth was later sentenced to 365 years in prison.)

In 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died.

In 1989, Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.

Ten years ago: Bosnian Serb officials made contradictory statements about the whereabouts of an American pilot, a day after his Air Force jet was shot down. (Bosnian Serb military sources claimed that the pilot, later identified as Captain Scott F. O’Grady, was in Bosnian Serb hands — a claim that proved false.)

Five years ago: President Clinton held talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin on topics including missile defense. Former Treasury Secretary and onetime “energy czar” William Simon died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 72.

One year ago: CIA Director George Tenet announced his resignation amid a controversy over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Frances Shand Kydd, mother of the late Princess Diana, died at her home near Oban, Scotland, at age 68. Julio Franco became, at age 45, the oldest player in major league history to hit a grand slam, connecting in Atlanta’s 8-to-4 victory over Philadelphia.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tony Curtis is 80. Musician Boots Randolph is 78. TV producer Chuck Barris is 76. Actress Irma P. Hall (“The Ladykillers”) is 70. Author Larry McMurtry is 69. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 66. Singer Eddie Holman is 59. Musician Too Slim (Riders in the Sky) is 57. Singer Suzi Quatro is 55. Singer Deneice Williams is 54. Rock musician Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 53. Singer Dan Hill is 51. Actor Scott Valentine is 47. Country singer Jamie O’Neal is 37. Singers Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 34. Actress Lalaine (“Lizzie McGuire”) is 18.

Thought for Today: “Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over.” — Lincoln Steffens, American investigative reporter (1866-1936).

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