Today in History

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Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Today is Sunday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2014. There are 213 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 1, 1914, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels issued General Order 99 banning alcoholic beverages from Navy vessels, yards and stations, effective July 1, 1914.

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 of the union.

In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

In 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, "Don't give up the ship" during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812.

In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at age 77.

In 1915, the T.S. Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was first published in "Poetry: A Magazine of Verse" in Chicago.

In 1939, the British submarine HMS Thetis sank during a trial dive off North Wales with the loss of 99 lives. Lou Nova defeated Max Baer at Yankee Stadium in the first U.S. televised heavyweight prizefight. Mexico officially abolished the siesta.

In 1943, a civilian flight from Portugal to England was shot down by Germany during World War II, killing all 17 people aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France, marking the beginning of the end of the Fourth Republic.

In 1968, author-lecturer Helen Keller, who'd earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf almost all of her life, died in Westport, Connecticut, at age 87.

In 1979, the short-lived nation of Zimbabwe Rhodesia came into existence.

In 1989, former Sunday school teacher John E. List, sought for almost 18 years in the slayings of his mother, wife and three children in Westfield, New Jersey, was arrested in Richmond, Virginia. (List was later sentenced to life in prison; he died March 21, 2008.)

Ten years ago: A federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying the measure infringed on women's right to choose. (The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in April 2007.) Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer (GAH'-zee MAH'-shahl uh-JEEL' ahl-YOW'-ur), 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, Connecticut, at age 82.

Five years ago: Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of everyone on board. General Motors filed for Chapter 11, becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection. A gunman shot and killed Pvt. William Andrew Long outside of an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas; another soldier, Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula, was wounded. (Abdulhakim Muhammad, a Muslim convert, pleaded guilty to capital murder, attempted capital murder and gun charges; he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.) Conan O'Brien debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show." (He stepped down in January 2010 after a dispute with the network).

One year ago: In a scene reminiscent of the Arab Spring, thousands of people flooded Istanbul's main square after a crackdown on an anti-government protest turned city streets into a battlefield clouded by tear gas.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 89. Singer Pat Boone is 80. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 80. Actor Morgan Freeman is 77. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 74. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 69. Actor Brian Cox is 68. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 67. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 67. Actor Powers Boothe is 66. Actress Gemma Craven is 64. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 62. Country singer Ronnie Dunn is 61. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 58. Actor Tom Irwin (TV: "Devious Maids") is 58. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 55. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 54. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 53. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 53. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 46. Actress Teri Polo is 45. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 45. Actor Rick Gomez is 42. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 41. Singer Alanis Morissette is 40. Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is 37. TV personality Damien Fahey is 34. Pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is 33. Actor Johnny Pemberton is 33. Tennis player Justine Henin is 32. Actor Taylor Handley is 30. Actress Willow Shields (Film: "The Hunger Games") is 14.

Thought for Today: "He who talks much cannot always talk well." — Carlo Goldoni, Italian dramatist (1707-1793).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, June 1)

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