Today is Sunday, June 3, the 154th day of 2018. There are 211 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 3, 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically wounded at his New York film studio, known as “The Factory,” by Valerie Solanas, an actress and self-styled militant feminist who ended up serving three years in prison for assault.
On this date:
In 1621, the Dutch West India Co. received its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa.
In 1781, Capt. Jack Jouett began riding his horse some 40 miles from Louisa County, Virginia, to Charlottesville, where Gov. Thomas Jefferson and other politicians were located, to warn of approaching British troops who intended to take them prisoner.
In 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.
In 1918, “His Family” by Ernest Poole became the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1937, Edward, The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Simpson in a private ceremony in Monts, France.
In 1943, the “Zoot Suit Riots” began in Los Angeles as white servicemen clashed with young Latinos wearing distinctive-looking zoot suits; the violence ended when military officials declared the city off limits to enlisted personnel.
In 1948, the 200-inch reflecting Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.
In 1955, convicted murderer Barbara Graham, 31, was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison in California, as were Jack Santo and Emmett Perkins, for the 1953 slaying of Mabel Monahan.
In 1965, astronaut Edward H. White became the first American to “walk” in space during the flight of Gemini 4.
In 1977, the United States and Cuba agreed to set up diplomatic interests sections in each other’s countries; Cuba also announced the immediate release of 10 Americans jailed on drug charges.
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, Ontario, Canada.
In 2016, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali died at a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 74.
Ten years ago: Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination in a long-time-coming victory speech, speaking in the same St. Paul, Minnesota, arena where Republicans would be holding their national convention in September 2008. Astronauts installed a 37-foot-long Japanese lab named Kibo (KEE’-boh) at the international space station.
Five years ago: The prosecution and defense presented opening statements in the court-martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning over the biggest leak of classified material in American history. (Manning was found guilty at Fort Meade, Maryland, of espionage and theft and was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison; her sentence was commuted after seven years by President Barack Obama.) A sharply divided Supreme Court cleared the way for police to take a DNA swab from anyone they arrested for a serious crime. A suicide bomber targeting U.S. troops outside an Afghanistan government office killed 9 children and two of the Americans. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died at a New York hospital at age 89. Football Hall of Fame defensive end Deacon Jones died in Anaheim Hills, California, at age 74.
One year ago: A white van slammed into pedestrians on London Bridge, killing eight people; the three attackers were shot and killed by police. SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station. Former major leaguer Jimmy Piersall, who bared his soul about his struggles with mental illness in his book “Fear Strikes Out,” died in Wheaton, Illinois, at age 87. Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) of the Angels hit a grand slam for his 600th homer during the fourth inning of Los Angeles’ 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Edinson Volquez threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.
(Stations: Single name “Lalaine” is correct)
Today’s Birthdays: The former president of Cuba, Raul Castro, is 87. Actress Irma P. Hall is 83. Author Larry McMurtry is 82. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 79. World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin is 73. Actress Penelope Wilton is 72. Singer Eddie Holman is 72. Actor Tristan Rogers is 72. Musician Too Slim (Riders in the Sky) is 70. Singer Suzi Quatro is 68. Singer Deneice Williams is 68. Singer Dan Hill is 64. Actress Suzie Plakson is 60. Actor Scott Valentine is 60. Rock musician Kerry King (Slayer) is 54. Actor James Purefoy is 54. Rock singer-musician Mike Gordon is 53. TV host Anderson Cooper is 51. Country singer Jamie O’Neal is 50. Writer-director Tate Taylor is 39. Singers Gabriel and Ariel Hernandez (No Mercy) are 47. Actor Vik Sahay is 47. Rhythm and blues singer Lyfe Jennings is 45. Actress Arianne Zucker is 44. Actress Nikki M. James is 37. Tennis player Rafael Nadal is 32. Actor Josh Segarra is 32. Actress-singer Lalaine is 31. Actor Sean Berdy is 25.
Thought for Today: “There are two cardinal sins from which all the others spring: impatience and laziness.” — Franz Kafka, Czech-born writer (born 1883, died this date in 1924).
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