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On June seventh, 1776, Richard
Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental
Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration
On this date:
In 1654, Louis the 14th was crowned
King of France in Rheims.
frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore
the present-day Bluegrass State.
In 1848, French
postimpressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born
In 1864, Abraham
Lincoln was nominated for another term as
president at his party's convention in Baltimore.
In 1929, the
sovereign state of Vatican City came into
existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were
exchanged in Rome.
In 1939, King
George the Sixth and his wife, Queen Elizabeth,
arrived at Niagara Falls, New York from Canada on
the first visit to the United States by a
reigning British monarch.
In 1948, the
Communists completed their takeover of
Czechoslovakia with the resignation of President
author-critic Dorothy Parker, famed for her
caustic wit, died in New York.
In 1981, Israeli
military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant
in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could
have been used to make nuclear weapons.
In 1998, in a
crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Junior,
a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup
truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.
(Two white men were later sentenced to death for
the crime; a third received life in prison.)
Ten years ago:
South African President F.W. de Klerk announced
he was lifting a four-year-old state of emergency
in three of the country's four provinces, with
the exception of Natal.
Five years ago:
President Clinton vetoed his first bill, striking
down a Republican plan to cut $16.4 billion in
spending. Two buses carrying 108 UN peacekeepers
freed by the Bosnian Serbs crossed into Serbia.
One year ago: The
FBI put alleged terrorist mastermind Osama Bin
Laden and anti-abortion activist and accused
doctor killer James Charles Kopp on the bureau's
list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives. Gunmen
killed popular Mexican television host Francisco
"Some seek bread;
and some seek wealth and ease; and some seek
fame, but all are seeking rest."
Frederick Langbridge, English clergyman and