Today in History

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 12:00 AM
Today in History

Today is Monday, June 13, the 164th day of 2011. There are 201 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 13, 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 that had been leaked to the paper by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.

On this date:

In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.

In 1911, the ballet "Petrushka," with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Michel Fokine, was first performed in Paris by the Ballets Russes, with Vaslav Nijinsky in the title role.

In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y.

In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II.

In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda vs. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights to consult with an attorney and to remain silent.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1986, Benny Goodman, the clarinet-playing "King of Swing," died in New York at age 77.

In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush met behind closed doors with NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium, where he pitched his missile defense plans.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) during a surprise visit to Baghdad that the fate of his war-scarred country was in Iraqi hands; for their part, Iraq's new leaders sought a promise from Bush not to withdraw U.S. troops too quickly. Former Irish prime minister Charles Haughey (HAW'-hee) died outside Dublin at age 80.

One year ago: Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker, was detained in Pakistan while on a one-man mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden (Faulkner was released by Pakistani authorities 10 days later). "Memphis," the rhythm 'n' blues musical set in the American South in the 1950s, won four Tony Awards, including best musical; "Red," about painter Mark Rothko, won best play and five other honors. Jimmy Dean, a country music legend and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died in Richmond, Va., at age 81. The final "Annie" (formerly "Little Orphan Annie") comic strip ran in fewer than 20 newspapers, ending with a cliffhanger.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 79. Artist Christo is 76. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 72. Singer Bobby Freeman is 71. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 68. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 67. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 62. Actor Richard Thomas is 60. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 60. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 60. Comedian Tim Allen is 58. Actress Ally Sheedy is 49. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 49. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 48. Actress Lisa Vidal is 46. Singer David Gray is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 43. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 42. Actor Jamie Walters is 42. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 41. Country singer Susan Haynes is 39. Actor Steve-O ("Jackass") is 37. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is 33. Actor Ethan Embry is 33. Actor Chris Evans is 30. Actress Sarah Schaub is 28. Singer Raz B is 26. Actress Kat Dennings is 25. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 25. Actress Ashley Olsen is 25.

Thought for Today: "A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing." _ Victor Hugo, French writer (1802-1885).

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