Today is Sunday, June 8, the 160th day of 2008. There are 206 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 8, A.D. 632, the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.
On this date:
In 1845, Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union.
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore.
In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement with President Wilson over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
In 1948, the "Texaco Star Theater" made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle guest-hosting the first program. (Berle was later named the show's permanent host.)
In 1953, the Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Thompson Co., ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.
In 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970.
In 1967, 34 U.S. servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.)
In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.
Ten years ago: The National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston its president. The shuttle Discovery pulled away from Mir, ending America's three-year space partnership with Russia. Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha died at age 54.
Five years ago: Frustrated and angry over delays, a coalition of the nation's mayors meeting in Denver asked federal officials to bypass state governments and give them the money they needed to beef up homeland security. Poles voted to join the European Union in 2004. Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship for her fifth major title. Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero won the French Open men's final with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Martin Verkerk. George Foreman was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Broadway show "Hairspray" won eight Tony Awards, including best musical; "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg's play about a gay baseball player, was chosen best play.
One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the Bush administration was replacing Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and recommending Adm. Mike Mullen for the job. Mary Winkler, who'd killed her preacher husband with a shotgun blast to the back as he lay in bed, was sentenced in Selmer, Tenn., to three years in prison. (She ended up serving 67 days in custody, 12 in jail and the rest in a mental health facility.) Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying back to jail after a judge in Los Angeles ruled she had to serve out her sentence for a probation violation behind bars rather than under house arrest. The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to the international space station.
Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Barbara Bush is 83. Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 81. Comedian Joan Rivers is 75. Actress Millicent Martin is 74. Actor James Darren is 72. Actor Bernie Casey is 69. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 68. Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 66. Musician Boz Scaggs is 64. Actor Don Grady is 64. Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 61. Author Sara Paretsky is 61. Actress Sonia Braga is 58. Actress Kathy Baker is 58. Country musician Tony Rice is 57. Singer Bonnie Tyler is 55. Actor Griffin Dunne is 53. "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is 51. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 50. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 48. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 42. Actress Julianna Margulies is 41. Actor Dan Futterman is 41. Actor David Sutcliffe is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 38. Actress Kelli Williams is 38. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 37. Contemporary Christian musician Mike Scheuchzer (MercyMe) is 33. Rapper Kanye West is 31. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 27.
Though for Today: "Love hath no physic for a grief too deep." _ Robert Nathan, American author and composer (1894-1985).