Pilgrim's Path Daily

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

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On this date in:

1099 Crusaders of the First Crusade reached Jerusalem and began a five-week siege of the city.

1654 Louis XIV was crowned king of France in Rheims.

1776 Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a Declaration of Independence.

1848 Postimpressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.

1864 Abraham Lincoln was nominated for a second term as president at the Republican Party convention in Baltimore.

1892 Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to move from a seat reserved for whites on a train in New Orleans. The case led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ''separate but equal'' decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.

1905 The Norwegian parliament dissolved the Union between Sweden and Norway.

1939 King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Canada on the first visit to the United States by a reigning British monarch.

1940 King Haakon VII of Norway (pictured), Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government left Tromsø for exile in London, following the WWII German invasion.

1948 Rather than sign a Constitution making his nation a Communist state, Edvard Beneš chose to resign as President of Czechoslovakia.

1967 Author-critic Dorothy Parker died at age 73.

1972 The musical "Grease" opened on Broadway.

1981 Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons.


66 Tom Jones Singer
63 Nikki Giovanni Poet
63 Ken Osmond Actor
60 Jenny Jones TV talk show host
55 Anne Twomey Actress
54 Liam Neeson Actor
53 Colleen Camp Actress
53 Johnny Clegg Singer-songwriter
51 William Forsythe Actor
48 Prince Rock Musician



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