Today is Friday, June 11, the 163rd day of 2004. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.

On this date:

In 1509, England's King Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.

In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.

In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

In 1947, the government announced the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the next day.

In 1963, Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

In 1970, the United States presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus Air Base.

In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.

In 1978, Joseph Freeman Jr. became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

In 1979, actor John Wayne died at age 72.

In 2001, Timothy McVeigh executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

Ten years ago: The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed to seek punitive steps against North Korea over its nuclear program. A car bomb blew up outside a luxury hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, killing five people in an apparently drug-related attack. Tabasco Cat won the Belmont Stakes.

Five years ago: The FBI was seeking the creator of Worm.Explore.Zip, a file-destroying computer virus which had hit some of the nation's biggest corporations. Actor DeForest Kelley of "Star Trek" fame died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 79.

One year ago: A suicide bomber killed 17 people in a Jerusalem bus blast; two Israeli rocket strikes against Hamas fugitives killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza City. Houston's Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0. Pioneering broadcast journalist David Brinkley died in Houston at age 82.

Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Rise Stevens is 91. Actor-producer Richard Todd is 85. Author William Styron is 79. Actor Gene Wilder is 71. Actor Chad Everett is 67. Comedian Johnny Brown is 67. Former auto racer Jackie Stewart is 65. Singer Joey Dee is 64. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 59. Rock musician Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 55. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special) is 52. Actor Peter Bergman is 51. Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 48. Actor Hugh Laurie is 45. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison is 38. Country musician Smilin' Jay McDowell is 35. Rock musician Dan Lavery (Tonic) is 35. Rock musician Tai Anderson (Third Day) is 28. Actor Joshua Jackson is 26. Actor Shia La Beouf ("Even Stevens") is 18.

Thought for Today: "Forgetfulness is a form of freedom." - Khalil Gibran, American poet and artist (1883-1931).


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