Today is Tuesday, June 1st, the 152nd day of the year 2021. There are still 213 days in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On June 1, 2009, General Motors filed for Chapter 11, the largest US industrial company, for bankruptcy protection.
In 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state.
In 1796 Tennessee became the 16th state.
In 1812, in a message to Congress, President James Madison reported Britain’s “series of hostile acts against the United States as an independent and neutral nation”; Congress eventually declared war.
In 1813, the fatally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, gave the order “Don’t give up the ship” during a lost battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812.
In 1916, Louis Brandeis took his seat as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the first Jewish American to sit on the nation’s highest bench.
In 1943, a civilian flight from Portugal to England during World War II was shot down by Germany, killing all 17 people on board, including actor Leslie Howard.
In 1958 Charles de Gaulle became Prime Minister of France, marking the beginning of the end of the Fourth Republic.
Cable News Network debuted in 1980.
In 2003, the heads of state and government of the seven richest nations in the world and Russia pledged billions of dollars to fight AIDS and hunger on the opening day of their summit in Evian, France.
In 2009, Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 that carried 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed into the Atlantic with the loss of everyone on board.
In 2015, Vanity Fair released its cover photo of former Bruce Jenner with the headline “Call Me Caitlyn” when the Olympic gold medalist publicly performed a sex reassignment.
In 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the US out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. (President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, signed an order bringing the US back to that agreement.)
Ten years ago: In a face-to-face meeting, GOP leaders complained to President Barack Obama that he had not presented a detailed plan for spending cuts and accused him of playing politics over Medicare; The White House said Obama actually took the lead on the matter, accusing Republicans of trying to destroy the popular senior health program. The space shuttle Endeavor and its six astronauts returned to Earth, completing the penultimate mission in NASA’s 30-year program.
Five years ago: Ken Starr resigned as Chancellor of Baylor University a week after the former prosecutor who led the investigation into the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal resigned as president of the school over handling complaints of sexual assault against football players has been discontinued.
A year ago: Police violently broke up a peaceful and legal protest by several thousand people in Lafayette Park opposite the White House and dispatched protesters with chemical agents, clubs and beatings; Protesters gathered in Minneapolis after the police murder of George Floyd a week earlier. President Donald Trump, after declaring himself “President of Law and Order” and threatening the use of the US military in a speech in the Rose Garden, then walked through the empty park to find himself with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church, which had been damaged in a protest fire the night before. A curfew could not prevent another night of destruction in New York City; The Macy’s flagship store was among the targets when crowds broke windows and looted shops. A Minneapolis coroner classified the death of George Floyd as murder and said his heart stopped when the police held him back and tightened his neck.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Pat Boone is 87. Actor Morgan Freeman is 84. Opera singer Frederica von Stade is 76. Actor Brian Cox is 75. Rock musician Ronnie Wood is 74. Actor Jonathan Pryce is 74. Actress Gemma Craven is 71. Actor John M Jackson (TV: JAG, NCIS: Los Angeles) is 71. Blues-rock musician Tom Principato is 69. Country singer Ronnie Dunn is 68. Actress Lisa Hartman Black is 65. Actor Tom Irwin is 65. Singer-musician Alan Wilder is 62. Rock musician Simon Gallup (The Cure) is 61. Actor-comedian Mark Curry is 60. Actor-singer Jason Donovan is 53. Actor Teri Polo is 52. Basketball player and coach Tony Bennett is 52 “actor Rick Gomez is 49. Model actress Heidi Klum is 48. Singer Alanis Morissette is 47. Actress Sarah Wayne Callies is 44. Comedian Link Neal (Rhett & Link) is 43. TV personality Damien Fahey is 41. Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carl ile is 40. Actor Johnny Pemberton is 40. Actor-writer Amy Schumer is 40. Former tennis player Justine Henin is 39. Actor Taylor Han dley is 37. Actor Zazie Beetz is 30. Actor Willow Shields is 21.