Today is Thursday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2023. There are 213 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded Commanding Officer of the USS Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, gave the order “Do not abandon ship” during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon during the War of 1812 .
To this date :
In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned Queen consort of England.
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state.
In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.
In 1812, President James Madison, in a message to Congress, recounted what he called the “series of acts hostile to the United States as an independent and neutral nation”; Congress ended up declaring war.
In 1916, Louis Brandeis took his seat as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the first Jewish American to serve on the nation’s highest court.
In 1943, a civilian flight from Portugal to England was shot down by Germany during World War II, killing all 17 on board, including actor Leslie Howard.
In 1957, University of California, Berkeley student Don Bowden became the first American to run the four-minute mile in a competition in Stockton, California, in a time of 3:58.7.
In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became Prime Minister 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 1980, Cable News Network made its debut.
In 2009, General Motors filed for Chapter 11, becoming the largest US industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.
In 2020, police violently broke up a peaceful and legal protest of thousands in Lafayette Park across from the White House, using chemical agents, clubs, and punches to scare protesters away; Protesters had gathered after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week earlier. President Donald Trump, after declaring himself ‘the president of law and order’ and threatening to deploy the US military in a Rose Garden speech, then walked through the empty park to be photographed holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Church, which had been damaged the previous night.
Ten years ago: In a scene reminiscent of the Arab Spring, thousands of people flooded Istanbul’s main square after an anti-government protest was crushed that turned the city’s streets into a battlefield darkened by protesters teargas. The death toll rose to nine a day after a tornado hit Oklahoma City. A nationwide smoking ban has come into force in most public spaces in Russia. Grant Hill, a seven-time NBA All Star who had his best years with the Detroit Pistons, has announced his retirement.
Five years ago: After a week of tough negotiations and diplomatic games, President Donald Trump announced that the nuclear weapons summit with North Korean Kim Jong Un that he had previously canceled would take place on June 12 in Singapore. Trump ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate action” to shore up troubled coal and nuclear power plants to keep them open, calling it a matter of national and economic security. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Pablo Villavicencio, was detained for deportation after delivering pizza to an army installation in Brooklyn, New York; a judge later ordered his release while he continued his efforts to gain legal status. Health officials said four more deaths have been linked to a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning blamed on tainted lettuce, bringing the total to five.
A year ago: The United States unveiled a $700 million sophisticated weapons package for Ukraine in an urgent effort to prevent Russia from seizing the last stretches of land in the Donbass region . A Virginia jury has ruled in favor of Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, upholding its position that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Heard and awarding her $15 million . But jurors also ruled in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer when he called her abuse allegations a hoax, giving her $2 million. A federal judge ruled that John Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was “no longer a danger to himself or others” and should be released. (Hinckley would be released two weeks later.)
Today’s birthdays: Singer Pat Boone turns 89. Actor Morgan Freeman is 86 years old. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 78 years old. Actor Brian Cox is 77 years old. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 76 years old. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 76 years old. Actor Gemma Craven is 73 years old. Actor John M. Jackson (TV: “JAG,” “NCIS: Los Angeles”) is 73 years old. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 71 years old. Country singer Ronnie Dunn is 70 years old. Actor Lisa Hartman Black is 67 years old. Actor Tom Irwin is 67 years old. -Musician Alan Wilder is 64 years old. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 63 years old. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 62 years old. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 55 years old. Actor Teri Polo is 54 years old. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 54. Actor Rick Gomez is 51 years old. Model actor Heidi Klum is 50 years old. Singer Alanis Morissette is 49 years old. Actor Sarah Wayne Callies is 46 years old. Comedian Link Neal (Rhett & Link) is 45. TV personality Damien Fahey is 43 years old. Brandi Carlile is 42 years old. Actor Johnny Pemberton is 42 years old. Actress and screenwriter Amy Schumer is 42 years old. Former tennis player Justine Henin is 41 years old. Actor Taylor Handley is 39 years old. Actor Zazie Beetz is 32 years old. Actor Willow Shields is 23 years old.