Friday, June 01, 2007

Today in History....June 1

On this day in …

* 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, said, "Don't give up the ship"
during a losing battle with a British frigate

* 1943, a civilian flight from Lisbon to London was shot down by the Germans during World War II, killing all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard

* 1967, the Beatles released their album, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

* 1977, the Soviet Union formally charged Jewish human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason. (Shcharansky was imprisoned, then released in 1986; he's now known as Natan

* 1980, CNN made its broadcast debut

* 1997, Betty Shabazz, the widow of Malcolm X, was fatally burned in a fire set by her 12-year-old grandson in her New York apartment.
ALSO: The Broadway show "Titanic" won five Tony Awards, including best musical. AND: The Chicago Tribune published a column by Mary Schmich which urged the graduating class of 1997, among other things, to "wear sunscreen" (the tongue-in-cheek essay ended up being wrongly attributed to author Kurt Vonnegut on the Internet).

* 2002, President Bush told West Point graduates the U.S. would strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, saying "the war on terror will not be won on the defensive."

* 2006, six world powers, including the U.S., agreed on a package of incentives to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program.
ALSO: A contrite U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took responsibility for the flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina


At 11:14 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

And on June 1, 2007, the Washington Post reported Donald Powell, one of the President's men, saying while standing atop one of New Orleans' levees,

"In my view, you should be able to trust the United States. People thought they were protected, and the levees breached. We need to bridge that trust gap. That's what these levees are about."

Posted by Sandy Rosenthal


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