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On June third, 1888, the poem "Casey at the
Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first
published, in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.
On this date:
In 1621, the Dutch West India Company received a
charter for New Netherlands -- now known as New
In 1808, Jefferson
Davis -- the first and only president of the
Confederacy -- was born in Christian County,
In 1937, the Duke
of Windsor, who had abdicated the British
throne, married Wallis Warfield
Simpson in Monts, France.
In 1948, the
200-inch reflecting telescope at the Palomar
Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.
In 1963, Pope John
the 23rd died at the age of 81. He was succeeded
by Pope Paul the Sixth.
In 1965, astronaut
Edward White became the first American to
"walk" in space, during the flight of
In 1968, pop
artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically
wounded in his New York film studio, known as
"The Factory," by Valerie Solanas, an
actress and self-styled militant feminist.
In 1981, Pope John
Paul the Second left a Rome hospital and returned
to the Vatican three weeks after the attempt on
In 1989, Chinese
army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush
student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
In 1989, Iran's
spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
Ten years ago:
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev concluded their Washington summit with
a joint news conference at the White House.
Gorbachev and his delegation then flew to
Minnesota for a whirlwind tour of Minneapolis-St.
Paul. "City of Angels" won Best Musical
and "The Grapes of Wrath" won Best Play
at the 44th Tony Awards.
Five years ago:
Bosnian Serb officials made contradictory
statements about the whereabouts of an American
pilot, a day after his Air Force jet was shot
down. (Bosnian Serb military sources claimed that
the pilot, later identified as Captain Scott F.
O'Grady, was in Bosnian Serb hands -- a claim
that proved false.)
One year ago:
Caving in to Russian and Western demands,
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic accepted a
peace plan for Kosovo designed to end mass
expulsions of ethnic Albanians and eleven weeks
of NATO airstrikes.
"Today's shocks are
Carolyn Heilbrun, American educator and writer.