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Monday, June 1, 1998
- Hurricane season begins in the Central Pacific.
- On Tuesday, June 2, the space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch on a 10-day mission.
- On Wednesday, June 3, it's the ninth anniversary of China's crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square.
- On Thursday, June 4, Terry Nichols is to be sentenced in Denver for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- On Friday, June 5, U.S. President Bill Clinton is to deliver the commencement address at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- On Saturday, June 6, it's the running of the Belmont Stakes, the third in racing's Triple Crown.
Happy Birthday, Marilyn! The platinum blonde was born on this day in 1926. Visit the Marilyn Monroe Bungalow by clicking here.
- Actor Rene Auberjonois (M*A*S*H) is 58.
- Singer-actor Pat Boone is 64.
- Actor Pat Corley ("Murphy Brown") is 68.
- Actor Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy) is 61.
- Actor Andy Griffith is 72.
- Actress Lisa Hartman Black ("Knots Landing") is 42.
- U.S. soccer star Alexi Lalas is 28.
- Pop singer Alanis Morissette is 24.
- Actor Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon) is 51.
- Musician Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones) is 51.
- In 1780, Karl Maria von Clausewitz, Prussian army general, born. Famous for revolutionizing the theory of war, he served with the Russian and Prussian armies in the Napoleonic wars.
- In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the Union.
- In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state to be admitted to the Union.
- In 1801, Brigham Young, U.S. Mormon leader, born. He succeeded Joseph Smith as leader of the Mormons and in 1847 led them to their colony in Utah.
- In 1803, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka, Russian composer, born. Best known for his operas "A Life for the Czar" and "Ruslan and Ludmila."
- In 1868, James Buchanan, U.S. democrat and 15th president of the United States from 1857-1861, died. He was the first bachelor to be elected as president. He was 77.
- In 1880, in the United States, the first telephone box for public use went into service. It was installed by the Connecticut Telephone Co. in their office at Yale Bank Building in New Haven.
- In 1907, Frank Whittle, British pioneering inventor, born. He joined the Royal Air Force and succeeded in developing the first British jet propulsion for aircraft. The jet-propelled Gloster E.28/39 flew on May 15, 1941.
- In 1926, Marilyn Monroe, U.S. movie star, born as Norma Jean Mortenson. Her films included "Some Like it Hot" and "The Misfits."
- In 1932, in Germany, with the resignation of Heinrich Bruening on May 30, Franz von Papen became chancellor and formed a government.
- In 1941, in World War II, British forces were finally withdrawn from Crete with heavy losses. Almost 3,000 Australians were also lost in the evacuation.
- In 1941, British forces entered Baghdad returning the regent, six year-old King Faisal, to power.
- In 1943, Leslie Howard, British film star and director, was shot down by enemy aircraft over the Bay of Biscay on a flight from Lisbon to Ireland. He had appeared in the films "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Gone with the Wind."
- In 1946, Romanian general and statesman Ion Antonescu, dictator of the pro-German government during World War II, was executed.
- In 1953, Gordon Richards, who was a champion jockey a record 26 times and rode 4,870 winners, became the first British rider to be knighted.
- In 1958, war hero General Charles De Gaulle became prime minister of France at the head of an emergency government during a crisis over the future of French North African colonies.
- In 1968, Helen Keller, blind, deaf and mute from birth, died. She had become an academic and in 1938 her journal was published.
- In 1972, Iraq nationalized some oilfields belonging to the western-owned Iraq Petroleum Company.
- In 1973, British Honduras changed its name to Belize.
- In 1979, the former Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, ending 89 years of white rule.
- In 1987, Rashid Karami, Lebanon's veteran Sunni Muslim prime minister, was killed when a bomb exploded aboard a helicopter taking him to Beirut from Tripoli. He was 65.
- In 1990, U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a bilateral agreement to stop producing chemical arms and to begin destroying stocks by the end of 1992.
- In 1994, South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after an absence of 33 years.
- In 1996, Ukraine became a nuclear weapons-free nation with the transfer of the last of its warheads to Russia.
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