The Almanac

By United Press International  |  June 6, 2005 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, June 6, the 157th day of 2005 with 208 to follow.

The moon is new. The morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, 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 77); the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet's Buddhists, in 1935 (age 70); singer/songwriter Gary "U.S" Bonds in 1939 (age 66); actor David Dukes in 1945 (age 60); comedian/actress Sandra Bernhard in 1955 (age 50); tennis player Bjorn Borg and sax player Kenny G., both in 1956 (age 49); and actress Amanda Pays in 1959 (age 46).

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 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.

In 2003, the Labor Department said unemployment in May hit a 9-year-high of 6.1 percent. The report said a net total of 2.5 million jobs had been lost in a little over two years.

Also in 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft defended the Justice Department's detention of 762 illegal immigrants after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and urged Congress to give the authorities even broader power to pursue terrorism suspects.

In 2004, President George W. Bush proclaimed June 11 a national day of mourning for former President Ronald Reagan, who passed away on June 5.

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

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