updated 6/2/2005 12:02:15 AM ET 2005-06-02T04:02:15

Today is Thursday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2005. There are 212 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

On this date:
In 1886, President Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.

In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

In 1924, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.

In 1941, baseball’s “Iron Horse,” Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In 1946, the Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a republic.

In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor One landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

In 1975, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.

In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. (He was executed in June 2001.)

Ten years ago: A U.S. Air Force F-16-C was shot down by a Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Captain Scott F. O’Grady, was rescued six days later.

Five years ago: President Clinton, visiting Germany, was honored with the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize at Aachen Cathedral.

One year ago: Three foreign aid workers and two Afghans were shot and killed in an ambush in northwestern Afghanistan in an attack claimed by resurgent Taliban militants.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Milo O’Shea is 80. Actor Stacy Keach is 64. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 64. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 64. Actor Charles Haid is 62. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 61. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 59. Actor Jerry Mathers is 57. Actress Joanna Gleason is 55. Actor Dennis Haysbert (”24”) is 51. Comedian Dana Carvey is 50. Actor Gary Grimes is 50. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 37. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 35. Actress Paula Cale is 35. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 33. Actress Nikki Cox is 27. Actor Justin Long is 27. Actor Deon Richmond is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 25. Rock musician Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 25. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 22.

Thought for Today: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910).

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