Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, June 03, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On June 3, 1937, the Duke of Windsor married American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson, for whom he had abdicated the British throne.
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On this date in:
1621The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, present-day New York City.
1888The poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published, in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.
1963Pope John XXIII died at age 81.
1965Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space, during the flight of Gemini 4.
1989Chinese army troops began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
1989Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died.
1999Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic accepted a peace plan for Kosovo designed to end mass expulsions of ethnic Albanians and 11 weeks of NATO airstrikes.
2001Mel Brooks' musical comedy "The Producers" won a record 12 Tony Awards.
2008Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.
2009New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
2011Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebel rockets barraged his palace; he later went to Saudi Arabia for treatment.
2011Physician-assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian died at a Michigan hospital at age 83.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Chuck BarrisGame show host ("The Gong Show")86
Larry McMurtryAuthor79
Ian HunterRock musician (Mott the Hoople)76
Billy CunninghamBasketball Hall of Famer72
Penelope WiltonActress ("Downton Abbey")69
Suzi QuatroSinger65
Mike GordonRock musician (Phish)50
Tennis player Rafael Nadal turns 29 years old today.
AP Photo/J Pat Carter
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