Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2015. There are 201 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 13, 1865, Nobel Prize-winning poet-playwright William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland.
On this date:
In 1525, German theologian Martin Luther married former nun Katharina von Bora.
In 1842, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to ride on a train, traveling from Slough Railway Station to Paddington in 25 minutes.
In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.
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 Queens, New York. “Becky Sharp,” the first movie photographed in “three-strip” Technicolor, opened in New York.
In 1942, the first of two four-man Nazi sabotage teams arrived in the United States during World War II. (The eight were arrested after one of them went to U.S. authorities; six of the saboteurs were executed.)
In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, after a nearly two-month journey from England.
In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent.
In 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.
In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
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: A jury in Santa Maria, California, acquitted Michael Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. The Supreme Court warned prosecutors to use care in striking minorities from juries, siding with black murder defendants in Texas and California who contended their juries had been unfairly stacked with whites. The U.S. Senate apologized for blocking anti-lynching legislation in the early 20th century, when mob violence against blacks was commonplace.
Five years 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 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, Virginia, at age 81. The final “Annie” (formerly “Little Orphan Annie”) comic strip ran in fewer than 20 newspapers, ending with a cliffhanger.
One year ago: The Internal Revenue Service told Congress it had lost a trove of emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators. (The inspector general’s office is in the process of trying to recover more than 6,000 of Lerner’s lost emails that were later found on old backup tapes.) The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5. Hall of Fame football coach Chuck Noll, 82, died in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 83. Artist Christo is 80. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 76. Singer Bobby Freeman is 75. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 72. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 71. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 66. Actor Richard Thomas is 64. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 64. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 64. Comedian Tim Allen is 62. Actress Ally Sheedy is 53. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 53. Rock musician Paul deLisle (deh-LYL’) (Smash Mouth) is 52. Actress Lisa Vidal is 50. Singer David Gray is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 47. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 46. Actor Jamie Walters is 46. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 45. Country singer Susan Haynes is 43. Actor Steve-O is 41. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is 37. Actor Ethan Embry is 37. Actor Chris Evans is 34. Actress Sarah Schaub is 32. Singer Raz B is 30. Actress Kat Dennings is 29. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 29. Actress Ashley Olsen is 29. DJ/producer Gesaffelstein is 28.
Thought for Today: “There are no strangers here, only friends you have not yet met.” — William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).