The Almanac

By United Press International  |  June 6, 2003 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Friday, June 6, the 157th day of 2003 with 208 to follow.

The moon is waxing.

Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Spanish painter Diego Velasquez in 1599; American patriot Nathan Hale in 1755; Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in 1799; British Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 1868; German novelist Thomas Mann in 1875; vaudeville bandleader Ted Lewis, known for asking his audiences, "Is everybody happy?" in 1891; Indonesian dictator Ahmed Sukarno in 1901; bandleader Jimmy Lunceford in 1902; former Calif. Gov. George Deukmejan in 1928 (age 75); the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet's Buddhists, in 1935 (age 68); singer/songwriter Gary "U.S" Bonds in 1939 (age 64); actor David Dukes in 1945 (age 58); comedian/actress Sandra Bernhard in 1955 (age 48); tennis player Bjorn Borg and sax player Kenny G., both in 1956 (age 47); and actress Amanda Pays in 1959 (age 44).

On this date in history:

In 1872, feminist Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in an election in Rochester, N.Y. She refused to pay the fine and the judge allowed her to go free.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, N.J.

In 1944, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops began crossing the English Channel in the "D-Day" invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. It was the largest invasion in history.

In 1966, James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, was shot and wounded by a sniper during a civil rights march through the South.

In 1972, a coal mine explosion in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, trapped 464 miners underground. More than 425 died.

In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon.

In 1991, the Soviet KGB released secret documents from 1941 that showed that Rudolph Hess, Hitler's deputy, had been lured to the Duke of Hamilton's estate by the British.

In 1994, national leaders and elderly World War II veterans commemorated the 50th anniversary of "D-Day."

In 2002, President George W. Bush proposed creation of a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security whose main responsibility would be prevention of terrorist attacks.

Also in 2002, wildfires burned over huge acres of land in Colorado, Arizona, California and other Western states. One such fire caused by a welding accident in northern Los Angeles on this date destroyed seven homes and forced more than 1,000 people to flee.

A thought for the day: "The only certainty is that nothing is certain." Pliny the Elder said that.

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