Today is Friday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2007. There are 213 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded 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 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned as Queen Consort of England.
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state.
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 1967, the Beatles released their album, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
In 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986; he’s now known as Natan Sharansky.)
In 1980, CNN made its broadcast debut.
Ten years ago: Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her New York apartment. The Broadway show “Titanic” won five Tony Awards, including best musical. The Chicago Tribune published a column by Mary Schmich which urged the graduating class of 1997, among other things, to “wear sunscreen” (the tongue-in-cheek essay ended up being wrongly attributed to author Kurt Vonnegut on the Internet).
Five years ago: President Bush told West Point graduates the U.S. would strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, saying “the war on terror will not be won on the defensive.”
One year ago: Six world powers, including the U.S., agreed on a package of incentives to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program. The Iraqi government announced its own investigation into reports that U.S. Marines had killed unarmed civilians in Haditha. A contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. Seven family members were shot to death in an Indianapolis house. (Two suspects were later charged.)
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 82. Actor Andy Griffith is 81. Actor Edward Woodward is 77. Singer Pat Boone is 73. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 73. Actor Morgan Freeman is 70. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 67. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 62. Actor Brian Cox is 61. Rock musician Ron Wood is 60. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 60. Actor Powers Boothe is 58. Actress Gemma Craven is 57. Singer Graham Russell (Air Supply) is 57. Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 54. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 51. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 48. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 47. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 46. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 39. Actress Teri Polo is 38. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 34. Singer Alanis Morissette is 33. TV host Damien Fahey is 27. Actor Taylor Handley is 23.
Thought for Today: “Peace without justice is tyranny.” — William Allen White, American writer and newspaper editor (1868-1944).