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On June first, 1980, Cable News
Network made its debut.
On this date:
In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th
state of the union.
In 1796, Tennessee
became the 16th state.
In 1801, Mormon
leader Brigham Young was born in Whitingham,
In 1813, the
commander of the US frigate
"Chesapeake," Captain James Lawrence,
said, "Don't give up the ship" during a
losing battle with a British frigate.
In 1868, James
Buchanan, the 15th president of the United
States, died near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In 1926, actress
Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles.
In 1943, a
civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot
down by the Germans during World War Two, killing
all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.
In 1958, Charles
de Gaulle became premier of France.
In 1977, the
Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights
activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason.
(Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in
In 1997, Betty
Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally
burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson
in her Yonkers, New York apartment.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev signed more than a dozen bilateral
accords in the second day of their Washington
summit. Meanwhile, Barbara Bush and Raisa
Gorbachev traveled to Wellesley College in
Massachusetts to deliver commencement addresses.
Five years ago:
President Clinton visited Billings, Montana,
where he met with farmers and presided over a
televised town hall meeting.
One year ago: An
American Airlines MD-82 landed off-center during
a severe thunderstorm in Little Rock, Arkansas,
and barreled off the end of the runway, breaking
apart and catching fire; eleven people, including
the captain, died. President Clinton ordered a
government investigation into whether -- and how
-- the entertainment business markets violence to
"If America forgets
where she came from, if the people lose sight of
what brought them along, if she listens to the
deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and
Carl Sandburg, American writer (1878-1967).