Today in History

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Today is Saturday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2013. There are 213 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On June 1, 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.

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 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.

In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa., 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 1933, in a bizarre scene captured by news photographers, Lya Graf, a female circus dwarf, sat in the lap of financier J.P. Morgan Jr. during a recess of a Senate hearing on the stock market crash of 1929.

In 1943, a civilian flight from Portugal to England was shot down by the Germans 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 1967, the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released.

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

In 1980, Cable News Network made its debut.

Ten years ago: Leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest nations and Russia pledged billions of dollars to fight AIDS and hunger on the opening day of their summit in Evian, France.

Five years ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton won a lopsided, but largely symbolic, victory in Puerto Rico’s presidential primary. Fire ripped through a back lot at Universal Studios. At least eight people suffocated at an overcrowded stadium in Monrovia during a soccer match between host Liberia and Gambia. NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander took its first practice scoop of Martian soil. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died in Paris at age 71.

One year ago: A judge in Sanford, Fla., revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours, saying George Zimmerman and his wife had misled the court about how much money they had available when his bond was set at $150,000. The U.N.’s top human rights body voted overwhelmingly to condemn Syria over the slaughter of more than 100 civilians; Syria’s most important ally and protector, Russia, voted against the measure by the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in New York Mets history in an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 88. Singer Pat Boone is 79. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 79. Actor Morgan Freeman is 76. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 73. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 68. Actor Brian Cox is 67. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 66. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 66. Actor Powers Boothe is 65. Actress Gemma Craven is 63. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 61. Country singer Ronnie Dunn is 60. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 57. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 54. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 53. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 52. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 52. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 45. Actress Teri Polo is 44. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 44. Actor Rick Gomez is 41. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 40. Singer Alanis Morissette is 39. Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is 36. TV personality Damien Fahey is 33. Pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is 32. Actor Johnny Pemberton is 32. Tennis player Justine Henin is 31. Actor Taylor Handley is 29. Actress Willow Shields (Film: “The Hunger Games”) is 13.

Thought for Today: “Patience! Patience! Patience is the invention of dullards and sluggards. In a well-regulated world there should be no need of such a thing as patience.” — Grace King, American author (1852-1932).

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