Today is Sunday, June 27, the 179th day of 2004. There are 187 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict following a call from the U.N. Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
On this date:
In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
In 1847, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
In 1893, the New York stock market crashed.
In 1942, the FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York's Long Island.
In 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.
In 1969, patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered the birth of the gay rights movement.
In 1973, former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
In 1977, the Supreme Court struck down state laws and bar association rules that had prohibited lawyers from advertising their fees for routine services.
In 1980, President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
In 1984, the Supreme Court ended the National Collegiate Athletic Association's monopoly on controlling college football telecasts, ruling such control violated antitrust law.
Ten years ago: U.S. Coast Guard cutters intercepted 1,330 Haitian boat people on the high seas in one of the busiest single days since refugees began leaving Haiti following a 1991 military coup. President Clinton replaced White House chief of staff Mack McLarty with budget director Leon Panetta.
Five years ago: George Papadopoulos, the head of Greece's 1967-74 military dictatorship, died of cancer in Athens at age 80. Juli Inkster shot a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam (the first was Pat Bradley). The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the final game at the Kingdome.
One year ago: More than 735,000 phone numbers were registered on the first day of a national do-not-call list aimed at blocking unwelcome solicitations from telemarketers.
Today's Birthdays: Business executive Ross Perot is 74. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Army Gen. John Shalikashvili, is 68. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 66. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 62. Actress Julia Duffy is 53. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 49. Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 45. Actor Brian Drillinger is 44. Actor Yancey Arias is 33. Actor Tobey Maguire is 29. Gospel singer Leigh Nash is 28. Actress Madylin Sweeten is 13.
Thought for Today: "If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere." - Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887).