Today is Friday, June 4, the 156th day of 2004. There are 210 days left in the year.
Today's highlight in history:
On June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway began during World War II.
On this date:
In 1812, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.
In 1878, Turkey turned Cyprus over to the British.
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 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.
In 1944, the U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome during World War II.
In 1947, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Taft-Hartley Act.
In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam.
In 1986, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to spying for Israel. (He is serving a life prison term.)
In 1989, hundreds, possibly thousands of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement.
Ten years ago: President Clinton and British Prime Minister John Major paid tribute to the lost airmen of World War II at the American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.
Five years ago: Using a provision of the Constitution allowing him to bypass the Senate, President Clinton appointed openly gay San Francisco businessman James C. Hormel ambassador to Luxembourg while Congress was in recess. On the tenth anniversary of China's crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil.
One year ago: President Bush held landmark meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, hoping to advance a Middle East peace plan after winning new support from top Arab leaders. Martha Stewart stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charged her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud and lying to investigators. (Stewart was convicted last March of lying about why she'd sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before the stock price plunged.)
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) is 87. Opera singer Robert Merrill is 85. Actor Dennis Weaver is 80. Actor John Drew Barrymore is 72. Actor Bruce Dern is 68. Country singer Freddy Fender is 67. Musician Roger Ball is 60. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 59. Singer Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) is 59. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 53. Actor Parker Stevenson is 52. Actor Keith David is 48. Actress Julie Gholson is 46. Actor Eddie Velez is 46. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 43. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 39. Actor Scott Wolf is 36. Actor Noah Wyle is 33. Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 30. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 30. Actress Angelina Jolie is 29.
Thought for Today: "Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last." - Charlotte Bronte, English novelist (1816-1855).