Today in History for June 2004

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 17 of 17

2nd - Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
5th - 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
6th - 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
6th - Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
8th - Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
11th - Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
11th - Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
12th - A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
13th - 50th LPGA Championship won by Annika Sörenstam
15th - 58th NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
20th - 104th US Golf Open: Retief Goosen shoots a 276 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY
21st - SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight.
23rd - Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctor of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university
24th - Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
28th - Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
28th - The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
28th - Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation.

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

5th - Actress Jennifer Lopez (43) weds salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) in Beverly Hills, California
6th - "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
20th - Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 2 of 2

8th - "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
10th - Model-actress Ali Landry (30) divorces "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 weeks after getting married

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 33 of 33

1st - William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
2nd - Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
3rd - Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
3rd - Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (b. 1966)
4th - Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
4th - Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (b. 1921)
5th - Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (b. 1941)
5th - Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies aged 93
8th - Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
9th - Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
9th - Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
10th - Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies aged 73
11th - Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
11th - Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
13th - Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)
13th - Ralph Wiley, American journalist and writer (b. 1952)
14th - Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (b. 1900)
14th - Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
16th - Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
Musician Ray CharlesMusician Ray Charles (10th) 17th - Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
21st - Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
22nd - Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist, dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
22nd - Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
22nd - Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
22nd - Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
24th - Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
26th - Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
26th - Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
27th - Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
27th - George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
28th - Anthony Buckeridge, English author (b. 1912)
29th - Bernard Babior, American biochemist (b. 1935)
30th - Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (b. 1924)

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