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Today in History

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Today is Friday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2012. There are 213 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight:
On June 1, 1912, Paramount Pictures had its beginnings as Adolph Zukor incorporated the Famous Players Film Co., which later merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
On this date:
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.
In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.
In 1812, President James Madison, in a message to Congress, recounted what he called Britain's "series of acts hostile to the United States as an independent and neutral nation"; Congress ended up declaring war.
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 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
In 1967, The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released.
In 1997, The Chicago Tribune published a pretend commencement speech by columnist Mary Schmich which urged graduates to, among other things, "wear sunscreen" (the essay ended up being misattributed online to author Kurt Vonnegut).
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