Today is Tuesday, June 8, the 160th day of 2004. There are 206 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 8, A.D. 632, the prophet Mohammed died.

On this date:

In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.

In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union.

In 1876, author George Sand died in Nohant, France.

In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.

In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

In 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.)

In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nevada, ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.

In 1982, President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.

In 1995, U.S. Marines rescued Captain Scott O'Grady, whose F-16-C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June 2.

Ten years ago: Bosnia's warring factions agreed to a one-month cease-fire. President Clinton returned to Oxford University, where he'd attended as a Rhodes scholar, to receive an honorary doctorate.

Five years ago: The United States, Russia and six leading democracies authorized a text calling for a peacekeeping force in Kosovo. President Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies.

One year ago: Frustrated and angry over delays, a coalition of the nation's mayors meeting in Denver asked federal officials to bypass state governments and give them the money they needed to beef up homeland security. Poles voted to join the European Union in 2004. Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship for her fifth major title. Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero won the French Open men's final with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Martin Verkerk. George Foreman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Broadway show "Hairspray" won eight Tony Awards, including best musical; "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg's play about a gay baseball player, was chosen best play.

Today's Birthdays: Former President Suharto of Indonesia is 83. Former First Lady Barbara Bush is 79. Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 77. Comedian Joan Rivers is 71. Actress Millicent Martin is 70. Actor James Darren is 68. Actor Bernie Casey is 65. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 64. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 62. Musician Boz Scaggs is 60. Actor Don Grady is 60. Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 57. Author Sara Paretsky is 57. Actress Sonia Braga is 54. Actress Kathy Baker is 54. Country musician Tony Rice is 53. Singer Bonnie Tyler is 51. Actor Griffin Dunne is 49. "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is 47. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 46. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 44. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 42. Rhythm and blues singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 38. Actress Julianna Margulies is 37. Actor Dan Futterman is 37. Rhythm and blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 34. Actress Kelli Williams is 34. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 33. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 23.

Thought for Today: "Love hath no physic for a grief too deep." - Robert Nathan, American author and composer (1894-1985).


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