On this Day
Wednesday, June 1 31st
The 152nd day of 2005
There are 213 days left in the year
Today's Highlights in History
On June 1, 1968, author-lecturer Helen Keller, who earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf most of her life, died in Westport, Conn. (Go to article)
On June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe, the film actress and American icon, was born. Following her death on Aug. 5, 1962, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obituary Other Birthdays)
On June 1, 1867, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the independence of Luxembourg. (See the cartoon and read an explanation)
Reference: The New York Times
(The following Via Iraq War Today)
Today in History
1638 - The first earthquake recorded in the U.S. occurs at Plymouth, Mass.
1774 - The British government orders the port of Boston closed.
1789 - The first U.S. Congressional Act (administering oaths) becomes law.
1792 - Kentucky becomes the 15th U.S. state.
1796 - Tennessee becomes the 16th U.S. state.
1813 - Capt John Lawrence says, "Don't give up the ship."
1843 - Sojourner Truth leaves NY become an antislavery activist.
1861 - The first Civil War skirmish occurs at Fairfax Court House, Va; The U.S. and The C.S.A. stop mail interchange.
1862 - General Robert E. Lee takes over as Commander of the Confederate forces, after Joe Johnston is wounded at Seven Pines.
1864 - Battle of Cold Harbor, VA.
1868 - In Austin, the Texas constitutional convention meets.
1869 - Thomas Edison patents the voting machine.
1877 - U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
1939 - The British sub "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with 99 aboard.
1941 - Germany bans Catholic publications.
1947 - The OPA disbands (issued WW II rationing coupons).
1958 - Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France.
1962 - Oscar 2 (ham radio satellite) is launched into orbit; USAF Major Robert M. White takes his X-15 to an altitude of 40,420 meters.
1970 - Soyuz 9 is launched into orbit for 18 days.
1980 - CNN begins broadcasting.
1991 - In the Phillipines, Mount Pinatubo erupts - the first time in 600 years.
1814 - Union General Philip Kearney
1825 - Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan (cavalry)
1831 - Confederate General John B. Hood
1907 - Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine
1928 - Georgi T. Dobrovolsky, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11)
1823 - Louis Nicholas Davout French field marshall
1864 - Solomon George Washington Dill, white Civil Rights hero, assassinated by white terrorists in his home in SC.
1968 - Helen Keller
1987 - Rashid Karami Lebanon, PM of Lebanon ten times
Reported Missing in Action
Crosby, Frederick P., USAF (FL); RF8A hit by ground fire, crashed and exploded; KIA, body not recovered
Borling, John L., USAF (IL); F4C shot down; Released by DRV February, 1973 - still serving in the USAF as of 1996; alive and well as of 1998
Myers, Armand J., USAF (OR); F4C shot down; Released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well as of 1998
Andrade, Father, Civilian Priest (France); Released
Magers, Paul G., US Army (NE); AH1G shot down; KIA, body not recovered
Wann, Donald L., US Army (OK); AH1G shot down; KIA, body not recovered
McDonald, Herman; AWOL, returned to US, discharged
This Day in Music
(Via This Day in Music)
2003, Staind were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US No.1, peaking at No.16 on the UK chart.
2000, The film 'Honest', starring three of All Saints was pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office. The three singers played sisters who turn to crime in the late 1960's.
1997, Spice Girl, Baby Spice arrived back in the UK in a wheelchair after breaking her ankle during a Turkish TV show.
1996, 'Three Lions', (the official song of the England Football team) by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1991, Appearing at Elland Road, Leeds, England, The Happy Mondays, The Farm and Northside.
1991, Seal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with his self-titled debut LP.
1991, Sting appeared on the first airing of a new Soviet TV rock show, called 'Rock Steady'.
1985, Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Around The World In A Day'.
1982, Madness were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'House Of Fun'. The groups only No.1 from 27 UK Top 40 hits.
1981, The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1980, Devo kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Apollo, Glasgow.
1975, The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever US tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities.
1974, Appearing at Kursall Ballroom, Southend, England, Steely Dan supported by Highway.
1974, UK weekly music paper The NME published it's 100 Great Albums: at No.3 The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds', No.2, Bob Dylan 'Blonde On Blonde' and The Beatles Sgt Pepper was voted the No.1 album.
1973, Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt broke his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It left Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.
1972, The first day of recording took place at Abbey Road Studios, London on what would become Pink Floyds album 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.
1971, Appearing live at London's Royal Albert Hall, Chicago.
1971, The two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Robinson'. Featured in the Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft film 'The Graduate', the song was also a UK hit for the Lemonheads in 1992.
1967, Fairport Convention made their live debut when they played St Michael's Hall, Golders Green.
1964, The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on 5th June in San Bernardino, California.
1963, Lesley Gore started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Quincy Jones produced 'It's My Party', a No.9 hit in the UK. Also a UK No.1 for Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin in 1981.
1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Surrender', his eighth UK No.1.
1959, Juke Box Dury started on BBC TV with a Saturday Night slot hosted by David Jacobs.
June 1st: Born on this day
1974, Born on this day, Alanis Morissette, singer, songwriter, (1996 US No.4 & UK No.11 single 'Ironic' from 'Jagged Little Pill' album which has sold more then 27 million copies, making it the best ever selling record by a female performer.
1969, Born on this day, Damon Minchella, bass, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single 'The Day We Caught The Train', plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’).
1968, Born on this day, Jason Donovan, Australian actor, singer, (1989 UK No.1 single 'Too Many Broken hearts' plus 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles)
1967, Born on this day, Roger Sanchez, DJ, producer, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Another Chance').
1963, Born on this day, Mike Joyce, drums, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Simon Gallup, bass, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single 'Love Song', 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK top 40 singles).
1959, Born on this day, Alan Wilder, keyboards, vocals, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single 'People Are People', plus over 25 other UK top 40 singles).
1958, Born on this day, Barry Adamson, Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single 'Shot By Both Sides').
1952, Born on this day, John Ellis, guitarist, The Vibrators, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Automatic Lover').
1950, Born on this day, Charlene, singer, (1982 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'I've Never Been To Me').
1950, Born on this day, Tom Robinson, singer, songwriter, Cafe Society, Sector 27, (1977 UK No.5 single with Tom Robinson Band, '2-4-6-8- Motorway').
1950, Born on this day, Graham Russell, guitar, vocals, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love').
1947, Born on this day, Ron Wood, guitar, Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, (1972 UK No.6 & US No.17 single 'Stay With Me'). Joined The Rolling Stones in 1975, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Miss You').
1934, Born on this day, Pat Boone, US singer, (1956 UK No.1 single 'I'll Be Home', 1957 US No.1 single 'Love Letters In The Sand', plus over 30 other UK Top 40 hit singles).
June 1st: Three steps to heaven
1991, David Ruffin of The Temptations died of a drug overdose. (1971 US No.1 & UK No. 8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re- issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992), solo, (1975 US No.9 & UK No.10 single 'Walk Away From Love').
1984, Nate Nelson of The Flamingos died. (1959 US No.11 single 'I Only Have Eyes For You'). 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel.