Highlights in History: |
On June eleventh, 1776, the Continental Congress
formed a committee to draft a Declaration of
Independence from Britain.
On this date:
In 1509, England's King Henry the Eighth married Catherine
In 1770, Captain
James Cook, commander of the British ship
"Endeavour," discovered the Great
Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
In 1942, the
United States and the Soviet Union signed a
lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort
in World War Two.
In 1947, the
government announced the end of household and
institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the
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 1978, Joseph
Freeman Junior became the first black priest
ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ of
In 1979, actor
John Wayne died at age 72.
In 1985, Karen Ann
Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted
a historic right-to-die court decision, died in
Morris Plains, New Jersey, at age 31.
In 1986, a divided
Supreme Court struck down a Pennsylvania abortion
law, while reaffirming its 1973 decision
establishing a constitutional right to abortion.
Ten years ago: A
federal judge sentenced former national security
adviser John M. Poindexter to six months in
prison for making false statements to Congress
about the Iran-Contra affair (however,
Poindexter's convictions were later overturned).
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law
prohibiting desecration of the American flag.
Five years ago: In
an unprecedented joint appearance, President
Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparred
politely over Medicare and other issues before an
audience of senior citizens in Claremont, New
One year 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.
"Forgetfulness is a
form of freedom."
Khalil Gibran, American poet and artist