Today is Tuesday, June 15, the 167th day of 2004. There are 199 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

One hundred years ago, on June 15, 1904, more than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York's East River.

On this date:

In 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great Charter") at Runnymede.

In 1520, Pope Leo X threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs.

In 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

In 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state.

In 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for his process to strengthen rubber.

In 1849, James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.

In 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. Meanwhile, B-29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan.

In 1978, King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

In 1993, former Texas Governor John Connally, who was wounded in the gunfire that killed President Kennedy, died at age 76.

Ten years ago: Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations. Former President Jimmy Carter arrived in North Korea on a private mission to try to reduce tensions with the Communist nation.

Five years ago: Thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees flooded back into Kosovo while thousands of Serbs fled. Vessels from North Korea and South Korea clashed on the Yellow Sea; about 30 North Korean sailors are believed to have died. A magnitude 6.7 earthquake in central Mexico killed at least 17 people.

One year ago: With a deadline passed for Iraqis to hand in heavy weapons, U.S. forces fanned out across Iraq to seize arms and put down potential foes. The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA championship, defeating the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in game 6. Golfer Jim Furyk won the U.S. Open. Actor Hume Cronyn died in Fairfield, Conn., at age 91.

Today's Birthdays: Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo is 72. Singer Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) is 55. Rock singer Steve Walsh (Kansas) is 53. Comedian-actor Jim Belushi is 50. Country singer Terri Gibbs is 50. Actress Julie Hagerty is 49. Actress Eileen Davidson is 45. Actress Helen Hunt is 41. Rock musician Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) is 41. Actress Courteney Cox is 40. Country musician Tony Ardoin is 40. Country musician Michael Britt (Lonestar) is 38. Musician Rob Mitchell is 38. Rock musician Jimmy McD (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 36. Actor-rapper Ice Cube is 35. Actress Leah Remini is 34. Actor Jake Busey is 33. Rock musician T-Bone Willy (Save Ferris) is 32. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 31. Rock singer Dryden Mitchell (Alien Ant Farm) is 28. Rock musician Billy Martin (Good Charlotte) is 23.

Thought for Today: "Faith and doubt both are needed - not as antagonists, but working side by side - to take us around the unknown curve." - Lillian Smith, American author (1897-1966).


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