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Today is Monday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2003. There are 212 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Fifty years ago, 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 1851, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

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 1966, the U.S. space probe "Surveyor 1" landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

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 1987, President Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Ten years ago: South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve any of her five-year prison term.

Five years ago: Voters in California passed Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English. Monica Lewinsky hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.

One year ago: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered Cabinet posts to militant groups as part of a government reshuffle. A fire broke out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and marring the four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50 years on the throne. "Thoroughly Modern Millie" won six Tony Awards, including best musical. American journalist and columnist Flora Lewis died in Paris at age 79.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Milo O'Shea is 78. Actor Stacy Keach is 62. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 62. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 62. Actor Charles Haid is 60. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 59. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 57. Actor Jerry Mathers is 55. Actress Joanna Gleason is 53. Actor Dennis Haysbert ("24") is 49. Musician Michael Steele is 49. Comedian Dana Carvey is 48. Actor Gary Grimes is 48. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 35. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 33. Actress Paula Cale is 33. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady ("Whose Line Is It Anyway") is 31. Actress Nikki Cox is 25. Actor Justin Long ("Ed") is 25. Actor Deon Richmond is 25. Rhythm and blues singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 23. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 20.

Thought for Today: "No good deed goes unpunished." - Attributed to Clare Boothe Luce, author, diplomat, member of Congress (1903-1987).

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