Today is Sunday, June 3, the 155th day of 2012. There are 211 days left in the year.
Today’s Birthdays: TV producer Chuck Barris is 83. Author Larry McMurtry is 76. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 73. Singer Eddie Holman is 66. Rock musician Richard Moore is 63. Singer Suzi Quatro is 62. Singer Deneice Williams is 61. Actress Suzie Plakson is 54. Actor Scott Valentine is 54. Rock musician Kerry King (Slayer) is 48. Rock singer-musician Mike Gordon is 47. TV host Anderson Cooper is 45. Tennis player Rafael Nadal is 26.
In 1808, the future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was born in Christian County, Ky.
In 1861, Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, the Democratic presidential nominee in the 1860 election, died in Chicago of typhoid fever, at 48.
In 1888, the poem ‘‘Casey at the Bat,’’ by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.
In 1948, the 200-inch reflecting Hale Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California was dedicated.
In 1962, Air France Flight 007, a US-bound Boeing 707, crashed while attempting to take off from Orly Airport near Paris; all but two of the 132 people aboard were killed.
In 1963, Pope John XXIII died at age 81; he was succeeded by Pope Paul VI.
In 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space during the flight of Gemini 4.
In 1972, Sally J. Priesand was ordained as America’s first female rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1982, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, was shot and critically wounded outside a London hotel. The assassination attempt was followed by Israel’s invasion of Lebanon.
In 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
In 2002, President George W. Bush, in Little Rock, Ark., to promote his welfare initiative, said intelligence agencies and the FBI needed to do a better job catching terrorists.
In 2007, After attending the MTV Movie Awards, Paris Hilton reported to jail to serve a 45-day sentence for a probation violation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. (Hilton was released after three days for what were termed psychological problems, but the sentencing judge ordered her back to jail.)