Today is Saturday, June 19, the 171st day of 2004. There are 195 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
Forty years ago, on June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster.
On this date:
In 1586, English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
In 1862, slavery was outlawed in U.S. territories.
In 1903, baseball's "Iron Horse," Hall-of-Famer Lou Gehrig, was born in New York City.
In 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time, in Spokane, Wash.
In 1917, during World War I, King George V ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames. The family took the name "Windsor."
In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission.
In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y.
In 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova returned to Earth after spending nearly three days as the first woman in space.
In 1977, Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the first male U.S. saint.
In 1982, in a case that galvanized the Asian-American community, Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, was beaten to death outside a nightclub in Highland Park, Mich., by two auto workers who later received probation for manslaughter.
Ten years ago: Former President Jimmy Carter, just returned from North Korea, said he believed the crisis with Pyongyang was over following talks with North Korean President Kim Il Sung on how to resolve the nuclear issue.
Five years ago: Britain's Prince Edward married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in Windsor, England. The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in game six, which had gone into triple overtime and ended past midnight. Turin, Italy, was chosen as the site of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
One year ago: The FBI put cosmetics heir Andrew Luster aboard a plane in Mexico and flew him back to California, five months after he'd been convicted in absentia of drugging and raping three women. Federal authorities said an Ohio truck driver who met Osama bin Laden and admitted plots against trains and Brooklyn Bridge had pleaded guilty to felony charges. The U.S. Air Force dropped manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against two fighter pilots who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002. (One pilot is to be tried on a charge of dereliction of duty.)
Today's Birthdays: Actress Gena Rowlands is 68. Singer Al Wilson is 65. Singer Spanky MacFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 62. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (soo chee) is 59. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 56. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 54. Musician Larry Dunn is 51. Actress Kathleen Turner is 50. Country singer Doug Stone is 48. Singer Mark DeBarge is 45. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 42. Rock singer-musician Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) is 40. Actor Andy Lauer is 39. Actress Robin Tunney is 32. Actor Bumper Robinson is 30. Actress Poppy Montgomery is 29.
Thought for Today: "One has two duties - to be worried and not to be worried." - E.M. Forster, British author (1879-1970).