Today is Tuesday, June 10, the 162nd day of 2008. There are 204 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 10, 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.
On this date:
In 1865, the Richard Wagner opera "Tristan und Isolde" premiered in Munich, Germany.
In 1907, 11 men in five cars set out from the French embassy in Beijing on a race to Paris. (Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.)
In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.
In 1942, the Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official.
In 1964, the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern states.
In 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.
In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others; he was recaptured June 13.
In 1978, Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown.
In 1982, the play "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, opened on Broadway.
In 1985, socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., at his retrial on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow.
Ten years ago: A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., ordered Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. to pay nearly $1 million to the family of Roland Maddox, who had died after smoking Lucky Strikes for almost 50 years. (However, a Florida appeals court later overturned the verdict.)
Five years ago: Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car carrying Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a senior Hamas leader, wounding him and killing two others. (Israel succeeded in killing Rantisi in April 2004.) ImClone chief Sam Waksal was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in connection with a stock-trading scandal. A rocket holding the first of two Mars rovers, Spirit, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Spirit arrived on Mars in January 2004.) Former Treasury Secretary and White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan died in Williamsburg, Va., at age 84.
One year ago: President Bush was enthusiastically welcomed to Albania. The crews of Atlantis and the international space station greeted each other after the space shuttle arrived at the orbiting outpost. At the French Open, Roger Federer lost to Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Suzann Pettersen shot a 5-under 67 for a one-shot victory over Karrie Webb at the LPGA Championship. "Spring Awakening" was named best musical at the Tony Awards; "The Coast of Utopia," best play. HBO aired the final episode of "The Sopranos."
Today's Birthdays: Britain's Prince Philip is 87. Columnist Nat Hentoff is 83. Actor-director Lionel Jeffries is 82. Author Maurice Sendak is 80. Attorney F. Lee Bailey is 75. Actress Alexandra Stewart is 69. Singer Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) is 67. Actor Jurgen Prochnow is 67. Media commentator Jeff Greenfield is 65. Country singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler is 56. Former Sen. John Edwards is 55. Actor Andrew Stevens is 53. Singer Barrington Henderson is 52. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is 49. Rock musician Kim Deal is 47. Singer Maxi Priest is 47. Actress Gina Gershon is 46. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 45. Rock musician Jimmy Chamberlin is 44. Actress Kate Flannery is 44. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 43. Rock musician Joey Santiago is 43. Actor Doug McKeon is 42. Rock musician Emma Anderson is 41. Country musician Brian Hofeldt (The Derailers) is 41. Rapper The D.O.C. is 40. Rock singer Mike Doughty is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer JoJo is 37. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Faith Evans is 35. Actor Hugh Dancy is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lemisha Grinstead (702) is 30. Actor DJ Qualls is 30. Actor Shane West is 30. Singer Hoku is 27. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 26. Olympic gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski is 26.
Thought for Today: "All the historical books which contain no lies are extremely tedious." _ Anatole France, French writer (1844-1924).