Today is Wednesday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2016 with 213 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, 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; actor Frank Morgan in 1890; bandleader Nelson Riddle in 1921; actor Marilyn Monroe in 1926; actor Andy Griffith in 1926; actor Edward Woodward in 1930; singer Pat Boone in 1934 (age 82); novelist Colleen McCullough in 1937; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in 1945 (age 71); actor Morgan Freeman in 1937 (age 79); actor Cleavon Little in 1939; actor Rene Auberjonois in 1940 (age 76); actor Jonathan Pryce in 1947 (age 69); musician Ron Wood (Faces/Rolling Stones) in 1947 (age 69); actor Diana Canova in 1953 (age 63); singer Ronnie Dunn in 1953 (age 63); actor Lisa Hartman Black in 1956 (age 60); comedian/actor Mark Curry in 1961 (age 55); singer Alanis Morissette in 1974 (age 42); model Heidi Klum in 1973 (age 43); actor Willow Shields in 2000 (age 16).
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, 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.
In 1997, French parliamentary elections brought parties of the left into power for the first time since 1986.
In 2005, Dutch voters joined France in overwhelmingly rejecting the proposed European Union constitution.
In 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people on board.
In 2010, Yukio Hatoyama became Japan's fourth prime minister to step down in less than four years after polls indicated low public support. He was succeeded by Naoto Kan, the former finance minister.
In 2011, U.S. government officials said Indiana's new Iaw denying Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood was illegal.
In 2013, hundreds of demonstrators threw stones and set fires and riot police used tear gas and pepper spray in Ankara and Istanbul on the third day of Turkey's worst anti-government protests in years.
In 2015, the Eastern Star, a passenger ship traveling along the Yangtze River from the eastern city of Nanjing, flipped during a violent storm, killing approximately 400 people.
A thought for the day: "We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do." -- Brigham Young