Today in History
Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2013. There are 205 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On this date:
In A.D. 68, the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.
In 1863, a two-day meeting began in New York City to found the United States Veterinary Medical Association (now the American Veterinary Medical Association).
In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad's Hill Place, England.
In 1911, Carrie (sometimes spelled "Carry") A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kan., at age 64.
In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.
In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester (WU'-stur), Mass.
In 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.
In 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.
In 1983, Britain's Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, won a decisive election victory.
In 1993, as millions of Japanese watched on television, Crown Prince Naruhito (nah-ROOSH'-doh) wed commoner Masako Owada in an elaborate Shinto religious ceremony. The science-fiction film "Jurassic Park," directed by Steven Spielberg, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
On June ninth, 1969, guitarist Brian Jones announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones because he didn't agree with the band's musical direction. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later, Jones drowned in his swimming pool.
Also in 1969, Moby Grape officially disbanded, a year after guitarist Skip Spence left.
In 1970, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University.
In 1980, comedian Richard Pryor nearly killed himself while free-basing cocaine at his home in San Fernando Valley, California. The cocaine mixture exploded in his face.
In 1992, Ben Vereen was nearly killed in an accident near his home in Malibu, California. He was hit by a small truck driven by record producer David Foster.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 85. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 74. Actor Michael J. Fox is 52. Actor Johnny Depp is 50. Actress Gloria Reuben ("The Agency," "ER") is 49. Bassist Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish is 46. Bassist Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 46. Musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers is 43. Actress Michaela Conlin ("Bones") is 35. Actress Natalie Portman is 32. Actress Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") is 25.