Today is Sunday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2008 with 213 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Venus, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus. The evening stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Jacques Marquette, Jesuit priest and French explorer of the Mississippi, in 1637; Mormon leader Brigham Young in 1801; bandleader Nelson Riddle in 1921; actress Marilyn Monroe in 1926; actors Andy Griffith in 1926 (age 82), Pat Corley ("Murphy Brown") in 1930, and Edward Woodward, also in 1930 (age 78); crooner Pat Boone in 1934 (age 74); actor Morgan Freeman in 1937 (age 71); actor/comedian Cleavon Little in 1939; actor Rene Auberjonois in 1940 (age 68); actor Jonathan Pryce and rock musician Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, both in 1947 (age 61); actress Diana Canova ("Soap") in 1953 (age 55); actress Lisa Hartman Black in 1956 (age 52); comedian/actor Mark Curry in 1964 (age 44); and singer Alanis Morissette in 1974 (age 34).
On this date in history:
In 1812, U.S. President James Madison warned Congress that war with Britain was imminent. The War of 1812 started 17 days later.
In 1880, the first public pay telephone began operation in New Haven, Conn.
In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayers and Bible teaching in public schools on the constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.
In 1968, Helen Keller, a world-renowned author and lecturer despite being blind and deaf from infancy, died in Westport, Conn., at the age of 87.
In 1973, Greek Prime Minister George Papadopoulos abolished the Greek monarchy and proclaimed Greece a republic with himself as president.
In 1980, the Cable News Network (CNN), TV's first all-news service, went on the air.
Also in 1990, the South African government proposed a bill to scrap the 37-year-old law segregating buses, trains, toilets, libraries, swimming pools and other public amenities.
In 1993, the Guatemalan military, acting in response to appeals from the judiciary and the public, ousted President Jorge Serrano Elias from office.
Also in 1993, President Dobrica Cosic of Yugoslavia was voted out of office by parliament.
In 1997, French parliamentary elections brought parties of the left into power for the first time since 1986.
In 2003, with hostilities continuing in Iraq, coalition leaders decided against creating a large national assembly soon but rather devised a plan for an advisory council of 25 to 30 Iraqis instead.
In 2004, oil prices jumped to $42.33 a barrel, highest reported at that time.
Also in 2004, the Iraq Governing Council chose Ghazi al-Yawer to be the country's president as shells killed 15 near Baghdad's "Green Zone," home of the U.S. Army command and Coalition Authority.
In 2005, Dutch voters joined France in overwhelmingly rejecting the proposed EU constitution.
In 2006, Indonesian authorities raised the Java earthquake death toll to 6,200.
In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States that if it installs missile defense bases in Eastern Europe as planned, his nation would focus its own missiles on European sites.
Also in 2007, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that a U.S. force might remain in Iraq for decades, possibly in some sort of mission to protect the sovereignty of the host nation.
And, a mass grave found in Baquba, Iraq, contained bodies of at least 15 people who police said appeared to have been buried within the previous two weeks.
A thought for the day: Jean de la Fontaine wrote, "Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires."