On This Day in History – June 1st – Almanac

On This Day in History – June 1st – Almanac


Today is Tuesday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2021 with 213 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Jacques Marquette, Jesuit priest/French explorer of the Mississippi, in 1637; Mormon leader Brigham Young in 1801; actor Frank Morgan in 1890; actor Marilyn Monroe in 1926; actor Andy Griffith in 1926; actor Edward Woodward in 1930; singer Pat Boone in 1934 (age 87); novelist Colleen McCullough in 1937; actor Morgan Freeman in 1937 (age 84); actor Cleavon Little in 1939; actor Rene Auberjonois in 1940; mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in 1945 (age 76); actor Jonathan Pryce in 1947 (age 74); musician Ronnie Wood in 1947 (age 74); actor Diana Canova in 1953 (age 68); singer Ronnie Dunn in 1953 (age 68); actor Lisa Hartman Black in 1956 (age 65); comedian/actor Mark Curry in 1961 (age 60); actor Teri Polo in 1969 (age 52); model Heidi Klum in 1973 (age 48); singer Alanis Morissette in 1974 (age 47); actor Sarah Wayne Callies in 1977 (age 44); actor Amy Schumer in 1981 (age 40); actor Tom Holland in 1996 (age 25); actor Willow Shields in 2000 (age 21).


On this date in history:

In 1880, the first public pay telephone began operation in New Haven, Conn.

In 1958, Charles de Gaulle became prime minister of France with emergency powers amid the collapse of the Fourth Republic. He was elected president of France at the end of the year amid the rise of the Fifth Republic.

In 1962, Israel hanged Adolf Eichmann for his part in the killing of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany in World War II.

In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court banned prayers and Bible teaching in public schools on the constitutional grounds of separation of church and state.

In 1968, Helen Keller, a world-renowned author and lecturer despite being blind and deaf from infancy, died in Westport, Conn., at the age of 87.

In 1973, Prime Minister George Papadopoulos abolished the Greek monarchy and proclaimed Greece a republic with himself as president.

In 1980, the Cable News Network — CNN — TV’s first all-news service, went on the air.

In 1993, President Jorge Serrano Elias of Guatemala was ousted by the military.

In 1997, Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s widow, sustained injuries when her 12-year-old grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, set fire to her apartment. She died nearly a month later.

In 1997, teacher Jonathan Levin, the son of Time Warner’s then-chairman, Gerald Levin, was tortured and killed by a former student who knew him to be wealthy and was seeking money. The student, Corey Arthur, was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. His alleged accomplice, Montoun Hart, was acquitted despite a signed, 11-page confession.

In 2001, Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev massacred nine members of his family, including his parents, King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya; his siblings, Prince Nirajan and Princess Shruti; and aunts and uncles Prince Dhirendra, Princess Shanti, Princess Sharada, Kumar Khadga and Princess Jayanti. Dipendra also shot himself in the head, but initially survived, and served as king for four days before dying.

In 2008, a fire at Universal Studios Hollywood burned two city blocks and destroyed iconic movie sets, including those from When Harry Met Sally, The Sting and Back to the Future.

In 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 people on board.

In 2015, the Eastern Star, a passenger ship traveling along the Yangtze River from the eastern city of Nanjing, flipped during a violent storm, killing approximately 400 people.

In 2020, law enforcement officers cleared protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House using tear gas and other tactics to allow President Donald Trump to walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church to pose for a photo while holding a Bible. The photo op came amid protests against the police killing of George Floyd which caused damage to the church.


A thought for the day: “We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.” — Brigham Young, founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints





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