Today is Wednesday, June 4, the 155th day of 2003. There are 210 days left in the year.
Today's highlight in history:
On June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway began during World War II.
On this date:
In 1812, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.
In 1878, Turkey turned Cyprus over to the British.
In 1892, the Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.
In 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a "quadricycle," through the streets of Detroit.
In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.
In 1944, the U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome during World War II.
In 1947, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Taft-Hartley Act.
In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam.
In 1986, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. He is serving a life prison term.
In 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement.
Ten years ago: The U.N. Security Council agreed to send up to 10,000 more U.N. peacekeepers to six Bosnian cities. Rejecting allegations she was a "quota queen," Lani Guinier expressed regret President Clinton had dropped her nomination to head the Justice Department's civil rights division.
Five years ago: A federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. Americans aboard the shuttle Discovery arrived at the Russian space station Mir to pick up up U.S. astronaut Andrew Thomas, who'd spent four months in orbit.
One year ago: President Bush said the CIA and FBI had failed to communicate adequately before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks; Congress began extraordinary closed-door hearings into intelligence lapses. A panel of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called for a zero-tolerance policy against priests who molest children in the future and a two-strikes-you're-out policy for those guilty of past abuse. Japan ratified the Kyoto Protocol, aimed at cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases.
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, is 86. Opera singer Robert Merrill is 84. Actor Dennis Weaver is 79. Actor John Drew Barrymore is 71. Actor Bruce Dern is 67. Country singer Freddy Fender is 66. Musician Roger Ball is 59. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 58. Singer Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) is 58. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 52. Actor Parker Stevenson is 51. Actor Keith David is 47. Actress Julie Gholson is 45. Actor Eddie Velez is 45. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 42. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 38. Actor Scott Wolf is 35. Actor Noah Wyle is 32. Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 29. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 29. Actress Angelina Jolie is 28.
Thought for Today: "When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself." - Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born American Nobel Prize-winning author (1904-1991).
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