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1809: In the battle on the "Berg Isel" near Innsbruck (Tyrol) the Tyroleans under the leadership of Andreas Hofer beated the French and the Bavarians.

1932: Goofy had his first performance in the animated movie "Mickey's revue".

1977: World premiere of "Star Wars" by George Lucas.

1989: Mikhail Gorbachev becames Russian president.

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Today is Tuesday, May-26-2009.

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1896: On the New York stock exchange was announced the Dow-Jones-Index the first time

2008: The spacecraft "Phoenix" landed on Mars. On Nov-02-2008 sent "Phoenix" the last data and on Nov-10 ended the mission officially. "Phoenix" was started on Aug-04-2007 from Earth.

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Today is Wednesday, May-27-2009

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1937: Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San FRancisco

1941: Within the North-Atlantic the German battleship "Bismarck" was sank by its own crew. 1947 people died.

1972: The German TV broadcasted the first episode of "Star Trek".

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On May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets - Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne - were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada.

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In 1533, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

In 1863, the first black regiment from the North left Boston to fight in the Civil War.

In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.

In 1918, the Battle of Cantigny began during World War I as American troops captured the French town from the Germans.

In 1929, the first all-color talking picture, ``On with the Show,'' opened in New York.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.

In 1959, the U.S. Army launched Able, a rhesus monkey, and Baker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a Jupiter missile for a suborbital flight which both primates survived.

In 1972, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris at age 77.

In 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.

In 1987, Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square.

Ten years ago: Russia's Balkan envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin met with Slobodan Milosevic for nine hours, declaring the Yugoslav president key to a Kosovo peace plan despite complications caused by Milosevic's indictment for war crimes.

Five years ago: The Iraqi Governing Council chose Iyad Allawi, a longtime anti-Saddam Hussein exile, to become prime minister of Iraq's interim government. Some three dozen people were killed by a powerful earthquake in northern Iran.

One year ago: The White House reacted angrily to a highly critical memoir by President George W. Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, who wrote that Bush had relied on an aggressive ``political propaganda campaign'' instead of the truth to sell the Iraq war. Nepal's lawmakers abolished the monarchy and declared the country a republic, ending 239 years of royal rule.

Today's Birthdays: Rockabilly singer-musician Sonny Burgess is 80. Actress Carroll Baker is 78. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 78. Actor John Karlen is 76. Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West is 71. Actress Beth Howland is 68. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is 65. Singer Gladys Knight is 65. Singer Billy Vera is 65. Singer John Fogerty is 64. Actress-director Sondra Locke is 62. Country musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss and Union Station) is 53. Actor Brandon Cruz (``The Courtship of Eddie's Father'') is 47. Country singer Phil Vassar is 47. Actress Christa Miller is 45. Singer-musician Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA) is 44. Rapper Chubb Rock is 41. Singer Kylie Minogue is 41. Actor Justin Kirk is 40. Television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck (``The View'') is 32. Actor Jesse Bradford is 30. Actress Monica Keena is 30. Pop singer Colbie Caillat is 24. Actress Carey Mulligan is 24. Actor Joseph Cross is 23.

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Today is Friday May-29-2009.

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1453: Doom of the East-Roman Empire. The Ottomans conquered Byzantium.

1919: First experimental proof of the theory of relativity: Arthur Eddington measured during a solar eclipse the deflexion of starlight by gravitational force.

1953: First ascent of Mt. Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

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May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen, France.

In 1854, the territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

In 1883, 12 people were trampled to death when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge in New York was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede.

In 1909, the ``king of swing,'' Benny Goodman, was born in Chicago.

In 1911, Indianapolis saw its first long-distance auto race; Ray Harroun was the winner.

In 1922, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and lawyer Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd.

In 1937, 10 people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.

In 1943, American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.

In 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

In 1959, Louisiana Gov. Earl K. Long was committed to a psychiatric center in Galveston, Texas, after apparently suffering a mental breakdown.

In 1971, the American space probe Mariner 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on a journey to Mars.

Ten years ago: Astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery rigged cranes and other tools to the exterior of the international space station during a spacewalk; then, the astronauts entered the orbiting outpost for three days of making repairs and delivering supplies. Kenny Brack won the crash-marred Indianapolis 500, driving a car owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt.

Five years ago: Saudi commandos drove al-Qaida militants from a housing complex in the kingdom's oil hub, ending a shooting and hostage-taking rampage that had left 22 dead, most of them foreigners. Gunmen in Pakistan killed a senior pro-Taliban Sunni cleric (Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai), sparking riots. Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left Jamaica for South Africa, saying it would be his ``temporary home'' until he could return to Haiti. Buddy Rice won the Indianapolis 500 in the rain.

One year ago: A construction crane snapped and smashed into an apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, killing two workers in the city's second such tragedy in 2 1/2 months. Diplomats from 111 nations meeting in Dublin formally adopted a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs. (The United States and other leading cluster bomb makers - Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan - boycotted the talks.) Lorenzo Odone, whose parents' battle to save him from the rare nerve disease ALD inspired ``Lorenzo's Oil,'' died in Fairfax, Va., a day after his 30th birthday.

Today's Birthdays: Country musician Johnny Gimble is 83. Actor Clint Walker is 82. Actor Keir Dullea is 73. Actress Ruta Lee is 73. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 70. Rock musician Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark Five) is 65. Actor Stephen Tobolowsky is 58. Actor Colm Meaney is 56. Actor Ted McGinley is 51. Actor Ralph Carter is 48. Actress Tonya Pinkins is 47. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 45. Rock musician Tom Morello (Audioslave; Rage Against The Machine) is 45. Movie director Antoine Fuqua is 44. Rock musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) is 38. Actress Idina Menzel is 38. Actor Trey Parker is 37. Rapper Cee-Lo is 35. Rapper Remy Ma is 29. Actor Blake Bashoff is 28. Christian rock musician James Smith is 27.

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On May 31, 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

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In 1809, composer Franz Joseph Haydn died in Vienna at age 77.

In 1819, poet Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, N.Y.

In 1910, the Union of South Africa was founded.

In 1916, during World War I, British and German fleets fought the naval Battle of Jutland off Denmark; there was no clear-cut victor, although the British suffered heavier losses.

In 1949, former State Department official Alger Hiss went on trial in New York, charged with perjury. (The jury ended up deadlocked, but Hiss was convicted in a second trial.)

In 1961, South Africa became an independent republic.

In 1970, tens of thousands of people died in an earthquake in Peru.

In 1977, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, was completed.

In 1989, House Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his ethics, announced he would resign. (Tom Foley later succeeded him.)

In 1994, the United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

Ten years ago: During a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, President Bill Clinton asked Americans to reconsider their ambivalence about Kosovo, calling it ``a very small province in a small country. But it is a big test of what we believe in.'' In Turkey, the treason trial of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan opened. (Ocalan was later convicted and sentenced to death, but the death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2002.)

Five years ago: In Memorial Day tributes, President George W. Bush declared that ``America is safer'' because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, during evening prayers, killing at least 19 people. Alberta Martin, one of the last widows of a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, died in Enterprise, Ala., at age 97.

One year ago: Space shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven blasted into orbit, carrying a giant Japanese lab addition to the international space station.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Elaine Stewart is 80. Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 79. Singer Peter Yarrow is 71. Former Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is 70. Singer-musician Augie Meyers is 69. Actress Sharon Gless is 66. Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath is 66. Actor Tom Berenger is 59. Actor Gregory Harrison is 59. Actress Roma Maffia is 51. Comedian Chris Elliott is 49. Actor Kyle Secor is 49. Actress Lea Thompson is 48. Singer Corey Hart is 47. Actor Hugh Dillon is 46. Rapper DMC is 45. Actress Brooke Shields is 44. Country musician Ed Adkins (The Derailers) is 42. Jazz musician Christian McBride is 37. Actor Colin Farrell is 33. Rock musician Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 32. Actor Eric Christian Olsen is 32. Rock musician Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 29. Actor Jonathan Tucker is 27. Actor Curtis Williams Jr. is 22.

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On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, said, ``Don't give up the ship'' during a losing battle with a British frigate, the HMS Shannon, during the War of 1812.

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In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned as Queen Consort of England.

In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.

In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa., at age 77.

In 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle. (The fair closed the following October.)

In 1943, a civilian flight from Portugal to England was shot down by the Germans during World War II, killing all 17 people aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became premier of France, marking the beginning of the end of the Fourth Republic.

In 1979, the short-lived state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia came into existence.

In 1980, CNN made its debut.

In 1989, former Sunday school teacher John E. List, sought for almost 18 years in the slayings of his mother, wife and three children in Westfield, N.J., was arrested in Richmond, Va. (List was later sentenced to life in prison; he died March 21, 2008.)

Ten years ago: An American Airlines MD-82 landed off-center during a severe thunderstorm in Little Rock, Ark., and barreled off the end of the runway, breaking apart and catching fire; 11 people, including the captain, died. President Bill Clinton ordered a government investigation into whether - and how - the entertainment business was marketing violence to children. (In a report released in September 2000, federal regulators said the movie, video game and music industries aggressively marketed to underage youths violent products that carried adult ratings.)

Five years ago: A federal judge declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying the measure infringed on women's right to choose. (The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in April 2007.) Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, a powerful Sunni Muslim tribal leader and critic of the U.S.-led occupation, was named president of Iraq's incoming government. Historian-biographer William Manchester died in Middletown, Conn., at age 82.

One year ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton won a lopsided, but largely symbolic, victory in Puerto Rico's presidential primary. Fire ripped through a lot at Universal Studios. At least eight people suffocated at an overcrowded stadium in Monrovia during a soccer match between host Liberia and Gambia. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took its first practice scoop of Martian soil. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent died in Paris at age 71.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Erdman is 84. Actor Andy Griffith is 83. Actor Edward Woodward is 79. Singer Pat Boone is 75. Actor-writer-director Peter Masterson is 75. Actor Morgan Freeman is 72. Actor Rene Auberjonois is 69. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 64. Actor Brian Cox is 63. Rock musician Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) is 62. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 62. Actor Powers Boothe is 61. Actress Gemma Craven is 59. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 57. Country singer Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn) is 56. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 53. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 50. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 49. Country musician Richard Comeaux (River Road) is 48. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 48. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 41. Actress Teri Polo is 40. Basketball player-turned-coach Tony Bennett is 40. Model-actress Heidi Klum is 36. Singer Alanis Morissette is 35. Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is 30. TV personality Damien Fahey is 29. Pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is 28. Actor Taylor Handley is 25.

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On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

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In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.

In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that ``the report of my death was an exaggeration.''

In 1924, Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Calvin Coolidge granting American citizenship to all U.S.-born American Indians.

In 1941, Lou Gehrig, baseball's ``Iron Horse,'' died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37.

In 1946, Italy held a referendum which resulted in the Italian monarchy being abolished in favor of a republic.

In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

In 1969, the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was struck and cut in two by the Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne during naval exercises in the South China Sea; 74 crew members from the Frank E. Evans were killed.

In 1975, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the CIA.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.

Ten years ago: South Africans went to the polls in their second post-apartheid election, giving the African National Congress a decisive victory; retiring president Nelson Mandela was succeeded by Thabo Mbeki.

Five years ago: Three foreign aid workers and two Afghans were shot and killed in an ambush in northwestern Afghanistan in an attack claimed by resurgent Taliban militants. Software engineer Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated TV game show ``Jeopardy!''

One year ago: Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy underwent 3 1/2 hours of risky and delicate surgery to cut out as much of his cancerous brain tumor as possible. Polygamist sect children began to be reunited with their parents two months after Texas removed the children from the sect's ranch. The space shuttle Discovery linked up with the international space station, and the 10 space travelers immediately got ready to install the Japanese lab Kibo. Bo Diddley, 79, a founding father of rock 'n' roll, died in Archer, Fla., at age 79. Actor-director Mel Ferrer died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 90.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Milo O'Shea is 84. Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 72. Actor Ron Ely is 71. Actor Stacy Keach is 68. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 68. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 68. Actor Charles Haid is 66. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 65. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 63. Actor Jerry Mathers is 61. Actress Joanna Gleason is 59. Actor Dennis Haysbert is 55. Comedian Dana Carvey is 54. Actor Gary Grimes is 54. Rock singer Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) is 49. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 41. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 39. Actress Paula Cale is 39. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 37. Actor Wentworth Miller is 37. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 33. Actor Zachary Quinto is 32. Actor Dominic Cooper is 31. Actress Nikki Cox is 31. Actor Justin Long is 31. Actor Deon Richmond is 31. R&B singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 29. Rock musician Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 29. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 26.

Thought for Today: ``Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't.'' - Mark Twain (1835-1910).

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On June 3, 1808, Jefferson Davis - the first and only president of the Confederate States of America - was born in Christian County, Ky.

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In 1621, the Dutch West India Company received its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa.

In 1888, the poem ``Casey at the Bat,'' by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published, in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.

In 1935, the French liner Normandie set a record on its maiden voyage, arriving in New York after crossing the Atlantic in just four days.

In 1937, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in Monts, France.

In 1948, the 200-inch reflecting Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.

In 1963, Pope John XXIII died at age 81; he was succeeded by Pope Paul VI.

In 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to ``walk'' in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.

In 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically wounded in his New York film studio, known as ``The Factory,'' by Valerie Solanas, an actress and self-styled militant feminist.

In 1983, Gordon Kahl, a militant tax protester wanted in the slayings of two U.S. marshals in North Dakota, was killed in a gun battle with law-enforcement officials near Smithville, Ark.

In 1989, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations. SkyDome (now called Rogers Centre) opened in Toronto.

Ten years ago: Caving in to Russian and Western demands, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic accepted a peace plan for Kosovo designed to end mass expulsions of ethnic Albanians and 11 weeks of NATO airstrikes.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush announced the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet amid a controversy over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Frances Shand Kydd, the mother of the late Princess Diana, died at her home near Oban, Scotland, at age 68. Julio Franco became, at age 45, the oldest player in major league history to hit a grand slam, connecting in Atlanta's 8-4 victory over Philadelphia.

One year ago: Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, making him the first black candidate to lead his party. Astronauts installed a 37-foot-long Japanese lab at the international space station. Health officials said an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes was reported in nine states.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Tony Curtis is 84. TV producer Chuck Barris is 80. Actress Irma P. Hall is 74. Author Larry McMurtry is 73. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 70. Singer Eddie Holman is 63. Musician Too Slim (Riders in the Sky) is 61. Rock musician Richard Moore is 60. Singer Suzi Quatro is 59. Singer Deneice Williams is 58. Singer Dan Hill is 55. Actor Scott Valentine is 51. Rock musician Kerry King (Slayer) is 45. Rock singer-musician Mike Gordon is 44. CNN host Anderson Cooper is 42. Country singer Jamie O'Neal is 41. Singers Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 38. Tennis player Rafael Nadal is 23. Actress-singer Lalaine (``Lizzie McGuire'') is 22

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On June 4, 1942, the Pacific Battle of Midway began during World War II; three days later, American naval forces claimed a decisive victory over the Japanese.

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In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France.

In 1784, opera singer Elizabeth Thible became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon, over Lyon, France.

In 1892, the Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco.

In 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a ``quadricycle,'' through the streets of Detroit.

In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification.

In 1939, the German ocean liner St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast by U.S. officials.

In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.

In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according ``complete independence'' to Vietnam.

In 1979, Joe Clark of the Progressive Conservatives became the 16th prime minister of Canada.

In 1989, Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement, killing hundreds, possibly thousands, of people. ``Jerome Robbins' Broadway'' won best musical at the 43rd annual Tony Awards; ``The Heidi Chronicles'' by Wendy Wasserstein won best play.

Ten years ago: Using a provision of the Constitution allowing him to bypass the Senate, President Bill Clinton appointed openly gay San Francisco businessman James C. Hormel ambassador to Luxembourg while Congress was in recess. On the 10th anniversary of China's crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil.

Five years ago: A powerful bomb blast ripped through a crowded outdoor market in central Russia, killing at least 11 people. President George W. Bush nominated former Missouri Sen. John Danforth to be America's U.N. ambassador.

One year ago: Barack Obama, having clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, picked Caroline Kennedy to help him choose a running mate. Police in Hartford, Conn., released a surveillance video showing a 78-year-old man being struck by a hit-and-run driver on a busy city street and being ignored by most passers-by. (The victim, Angel Acre Torres, was removed from life support on May 11, 2009.) The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in 11 seasons with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the finals.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Bruce Dern is 73. Musician Roger Ball is 65. Actress-singer Michelle Phillips is 65. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 64. Singer Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) is 64. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 58. Actor Parker Stevenson is 57. Actor Keith David is 53. Actress Julie Gholson is 51. Actor Eddie Velez is 51. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 48. Actress Julie White is 48. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 44. Actor Scott Wolf is 41. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 40. Actor Noah Wyle is 38. Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 35. Actor-comedian Russell Brand is 34. Actress Angelina Jolie is 34. Rock musician JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 29. Model Bar Refaeli is 24. Rock musician Zac Farro is 19.

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On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.

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In 1884, Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, ``I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.''

In 1916, the Arab Revolt against Turkish Ottoman rule began during World War I.

In 1917, about 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I.

In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

In 1940, during the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line.

In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan.

In 1967, war erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided military aircraft parked on the ground in Egypt; Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.

In 1976, 14 people were killed when the Teton Dam in Idaho burst.

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

In 1993, country star Conway Twitty died in Springfield, Mo., at age 59.

Ten years ago: Jazz and pop singer Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at age 73. Pope John Paul II began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland. Charismatic failed in his bid to win racing's Triple Crown, finishing third behind Lemon Drop Kid and Vision and Verse in the Belmont Stakes. Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the first devoted to any women's sport, opened in Knoxville, Tenn.

Five years ago: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. The nuclear submarine USS Jimmy Carter was christened in Groton, Conn., in the presence of the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, who cracked a bottle of champagne against the sail. Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid when 36-to-1 shot Birdstone ran him down near the finish of a thrilling Belmont Stakes. Anastasia Myskina beat Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 to win the French Open.

One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton met privately at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the first such get-together since Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment he welcomed the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an ``inquisition.'' Astronauts opened up Japan's new billion-dollar space station lab, Kibo, aboard the international space station.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes is 84. Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 75. Author Margaret Drabble is 70. Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 64. Rock musician Fred Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 63. Rock singer Laurie Anderson is 62. Country singer Gail Davies is 61. Author Ken Follett is 60. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is 58. Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 57. Jazz musician Kenny G is 53. Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) is 53. Actor Jeff Garlin is 47. Actress Karen Sillas is 46. Actor Ron Livingston is 42. Singer Brian McKnight is 40. Rock musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 39. Actor Mark Wahlberg is 38. Actor Chad Allen is 35. Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 35. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Torry Holt is 33. Actress Navi Rawat is 32. Actress Liza Weil is 32. Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 30. Rock musician Seb Lefebvre (Simple Plan) is 28. Actress Amanda Crew is 23.

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To-day ( 5 June 1944) in History was suppose to be D-Day but it was set back by bad weather. Eisenhower also composed two statements for the press, one announcing the success of the landings and one announcing the failure and his resignation as Supreme Allied Commander. Luckily the latter merely became a footnote in History.


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Seeing as the D Day thread is locked I will post my message here. Today is the 65th anniversary of D Day where Canadian, British, American and other allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. Here is a little info one the Canadian contribution. Lest We Forget

The Canadian 3rd. Infantry Division were given the unenviable task of securing the stretch of Normandy coastline including, Vaux, Coucelles sur Mer, Bernieres sur Mer and St.Aubin sur Mer, this area was code named "JUNO BEACH".
The Canadian contingent was made up of men not only from Canada but also volunteers from Ireland, Scotland, French Canadians, Poles and quite a few Americans all of which wanted to fight for the freedom they believed in.
Accompanying the 3rd. Infantry at Juno was the No 48 Royal Marine Commando, who were given the objective of linking up with the No 41 Royal Marine Commando, who were coming ashore from Sword Beach.

After heavy bombardment from offshore the Canadians prepared for their run-in, the wind and tides were so strong that most of the landing craft were out of position, and had to be re-assembled before the final approach! this caused them to be at least 10 mins. behind schedule, the tide had risen on the beach covering most of the obstacles!! which led to severe problems.
The picture to the left, shows men of the 48 R.M. Commando landing on Juno, note the mini-motorcycle being unloaded.

The first wave saw the 7th. Brigade Group coming ashore, 50% of the D-D tanks which had been launched to give them cover when they hit the beach had sunk before firing a shot! The tides were horrific, many men died as soon as the landing craft doors opened. The German defences were virtually intact!!
Ten minutes later the 8th. Brigade landed, this time the D-D tanks were transported to the beach on the landing craft, but this caused them to come in late, leaving the infantry without cover for some time, and therefore adding to the casualty rate.

The 7th. Brigade Group, under the command of Brigadier H. W. Foster fought heroically to secure their beach head. With only a few tanks in support the battle became murderous. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles suffered catastrophic losses before their position was secured.
The 8th. Brigade Group, under the command of Brigadier K. G. Blackader, landed to the east, again against tremendous German resistance, the D-D tanks came in behind the infantry and without their fire-power the defenders had the advantage, The Queens Own Rifles suffered the loss of 143 men alone.
For quite a long time the men on the beach thought the landing had been a failure, the losses were so great, but slowly the Germans began to back off and the Canadians pushed forward, all the time the sea was coming in and the beach was getting narrower and narrower.

Canadians landing on Juno Beach, each soldier was given a bicycle to carry ashore, the idea being that once ashore they would cycle down the road to Caen! If only it was so easy..
Obviously the bicycles were soon discarded when the enormity of the situation was realised.






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History is subjective, with each Nation looking at events from it's own perspective. There are however a few events that some Nations share. 65 years ago this day 6 June 1944 is one such event. At 06:30 a.m. on a dark stormy dawn 155,000 boots kicked in the front door of Europe on the Normandy Beaches. To the Americans, their attention is focused on the latch at the right side or Western beaches of Omaha and Utah. To the British, they are focused partly on the hinges at the left, Sword Beach and part of the centre panel Gold Beach. To us Canadians, we are focused on the other part of the centre panel, Juno Beach. Here 14,000 of our Grandfathers stormed ashore to help with the Liberation of Europe. Here within the first few hours 350 of those young men lay dead and by the end of the Normandy Campaign a few months later 9,000 would lie to rest eternally in the soil of France.Compared to the Americans who lost 3,000 on Omaha Beach alone this does not seem excessive but when you take into account that 25,00 Canadians compared to 100,000 plus Americans took part in the campaign it is a sobering amount. As I said History is subjective but the one thing most will agree on is that this the Second World War was one that had to be fought and won. To date it is the last justifiable war. The young Americans, Brits, and Canucks would fight on for the next 11 months through France, Belgium, Holland, and into Germany itself where in May 1945, Germany surrendered. Each of the Allies, France, Britain, Russia, Canada, and America has its own stories to tell and each find it hard to be objective but the one thing they all can agree on is that it was necesssary and hard won.


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ALL HONOUR TO THE FALLEN


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