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Friday, June 09, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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On this date in:

68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide after he was deposed by the Senate.

1815 Congress of Vienna ended, redrawing the political map of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon.

1870 Author Charles Dickens died at age 58.

1885 The end of the Franco-Chinese War. China gave up Tonkin and Annam (most of present day Vietnam).

1891 Composer Cole Porter was born in Peru, Ind.

1934 Donald Duck debuted in The Wise Little Hen.

1940 Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.

1969 The Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

1973 Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

1978 Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood.

1980 Comedian Richard Pryor suffered near-fatal burns at his home when a mixture of ''free-base'' cocaine exploded.

1986 The Rogers Commission released its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.


91 Les Paul Guitarist
90 Robert S. McNamara Former defense secretary
76 Marvin Kalb Broadcast journalist
67 Dick Vitale Sportscaster
65 Jon Lord Rock musician (Whitesnake, Deep Purple)
50 Patricia Cornwell Author
45 Aaron Sorkin Writer-producer (''The West Wing'')
45 Michael J. Fox Actor
43 Johnny Depp Actor



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