Today is Monday, June 2, the 154th day of 2008. There are 212 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

On this date:

In 1857, English composer Edward Elgar was born near Worcester, England.

In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.

In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."

In 1924, Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Coolidge granting American citizenship to all U.S.-born American Indians.

In 1941, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37.

In 1946, Italy held a referendum which resulted in the Italian monarchy being abolished in favor of a republic.

In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

In 1975, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.

Ten years ago: Voters in California passed Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English. Monica Lewinsky hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.

Five years ago: President Bush, visiting the Middle East, pledged to work unstintingly for the goal of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side without bloodshed. The Federal Communications Commission eased limits on media ownership.

One year ago: U.S. authorities said four Muslim men had been foiled from carrying out a plot to destroy John F. Kennedy International Airport, kill thousands of people and trigger an economic catastrophe by blowing up a jet fuel artery running through populous New York residential neighborhoods.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Milo O'Shea is 83. Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 71. Actor Ron Ely is 70. Actor Stacy Keach is 67. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 67. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 67. Actor Charles Haid is 65. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is 64. Movie director Lasse Hallstrom is 62. Actor Jerry Mathers is 60. Actress Joanna Gleason is 58. Actor Dennis Haysbert is 54. Comedian Dana Carvey is 53. Actor Gary Grimes is 53. Rock singer Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) is 48. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 40. Rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill) is 38. Actress Paula Cale is 38. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 36. Actor Wentworth Miller is 36. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 32. Actor Zachary Quinto is 31. Actress Nikki Cox is 30. Actor Justin Long is 30. Actor Deon Richmond is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Irish Grinstead (702) is 28. Rock musician Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) is 28. Country singer Dan Cahoon (Marshall Dyllon) is 25.

Thought for Today: "Experience isn't interesting till it begins to repeat itself _ in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience." _ Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).