Saturday, June 13
The Associated Press
Jun. 06, 2015
Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2015. There are 201 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
323 B.C. - Alexander the Great dies of a fever at age 33 in Babylon. He leaves no heir, and his empire dissolves.
1653 - British fleet defeats Dutch off North Foreland.
1839 - Milos Obrenovic, king of Serbia, abdicates because of opposition to his autocratic methods, and is succeeded by his son Milan.
1886 - Bavaria's King Louis II drowns himself. His psychiatrist also drowns trying to save him.
1888 - Elderly Prime Minister Charles Floquet of France inflicts a severe wound on populist leader Gen. George Boulanger in a duel in Paris.
1900 - The dowager empress of China orders the army to block foreign troops trying to save Europeans under attack in the Boxer Rebellion.
1940 - With German troops not far off, Paris is declared an open city.
1944 - Germany launches first V-1 missiles against London.
1956 - Last British troops leave Suez Canal base, turning the waterway over to Egypt after operating it for 74 years.
1969 - Withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from South Vietnam begins with pullout of unit fighting in Mekong Delta.
1971 - New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam that strengthens domestic opposition to the war.
1973 - United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Viet Cong sign new pact in Paris designed to reinforce Vietnam cease-fire.
1982 - Saudi Arabia's King Khaled dies and Crown Prince Fahd assumes the throne.
1988 - Turkish Premier Turgut Ozal visits Athens in an historic bid to improve ties between Greece and Turkey.
1993 - Kim Campbell becomes Canada's first female prime minister.
1997 - Timothy J. McVeigh is sentenced to death for bombing a U.S. government building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.
1999 - The day after moving into Kosovo, NATO peacekeepers kill two Serbs who attack them, and two German journalists and their Macedonian translator are killed by unknown gunmen.
2000 - Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.
2001 - One of Mexico's most-wanted alleged drug traffickers, Ramon Alcides Magana, is arrested.
2003 - The 105-delegate European Convention completes 16 months of work by endorsing a new draft constitution for the European Union.
2008 - Three armed robbers steal two Pablo Picasso prints from a Sao Paulo art museum in a rapid strike in which the thieves bypassed more valuable works to grab the stolen pieces.
2009 - Opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clash with police in the heart of Iran's capital, pelting them with rocks and setting fire in the worst unrest in a decade.
2011 - Libyan rebels break out toward Tripoli from the opposition-held port of Misrata, cracking a government siege as fighters across the country mount a resurgence in their four-month-old revolt against Moammar Gadhafi.
2012 - A military court convicts Tunisia's dictator in absentia for his role in the bloody suppression of demonstrations in the country's interior, ordering him to serve life in prison.
2013 - A proposal to build a massive rival to the Panama Canal across Nicaragua is overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers, capping a lightning-fast approval process that has provoked skepticism among shipping experts and concern among environmentalists.
2014 - Iraq's Shiite clerical leadership calls on all Iraqis to defend their country from Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.
Richard Barnfield, English poet (1574-1627); James Clerk Maxwell, British physicist (1831-1879); William B. Yeats, Irish poet (1865-1939); Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese writer (1888-1935); Ralph Edwards, host ("This Is Your Life") (1913-2005); Siegfried, magician with Siegfried & Roy (1939--); Malcolm McDowell, British actor (1943--); Tim Allen, actor/comedian (1953--); Ally Sheedy, U.S. actress (1962--); Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, U.S. actresses (1986--); David Gray, British folk/rock singer/songwriter (1968--).
Thought For Today:
One is easily fooled by that which one loves — Moliere, French actor-playwright (1622-1673).