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|On a June 03:|
| 2002 US Congress
may move to Memphis.
The US Congress demands a new Capitol building with a retractable dome. Otherwise it threatens to move to another city that will build one for them, such as Memphis or Charlotte. Don't get us wrong: We love the drafty old building," says House Speaker Dennis Hastert. "But the hard reality is, it's no longer suitable for a world-class legislative branch. The sight lines are bad, there aren't enough concession stands or bathrooms, and the parking is miserable."
These sensational news are today's edition (no, not 01 April's) of Beijing's most popular newspaper, the Beijing Evening News, which claims a circulation of 1.25 million. The source? The US spoof tabloid, The Onion, America's finest news source, 29 May 2002 edition, which parodies Congress as a Major League Baseball team which wants a a new ballpark.
The Onion has published news under headlines [not taken up by the Beijing Evening News, but let's hope that will change now] such as:
Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia: Operation Vowel Storm Will Make Countless Bosnian Names More Pronounceable
Jesus Christ Returns to NBA
Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes
I Can't Stand My Filthy Hippy Owner by Thunder the Ferret
Christopher Reeve Placed Atop Washington Monument
Tenth Circle Added To Rapidly Growing Hell
Pope Calls For Greater Understanding Between Catholics, Hellbound
Loved Ones Recall Local Man's Cowardly Battle With Cancer
Funnyuns Still Outselling Responsibilityuns
Life Jackets Issued To All Americans For Some Reason
Klan Rally 70 Percent Undercover Reporters
Gatorade Pledges $240 Million In Thirst Aid To Underquenched Nations
U.S. Ambassador To Bulungi Suspected Of Making Country Up
Secret of Fire Falls Into Russian Hands
Northern Irish, Serbs, Hutus Granted Homeland In West Bank
World Death Rate Holding Steady At 100 Percent
Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces To U.S.
ACLU Defends Nazis' Right To Burn Down ACLU Headquarters
American People Ruled Unfit To Govern
Best-Laid Plans Of Mice And Men Faulted In 747 Crash
8-Year-Old Accidentally Exercises Second Amendment Rights
Clinton Vaguely Disappointed By Lack Of Assassination Attempts
Heroic PETA Commandos Kill 49, Save Rabbit
Lab Rabbit Strongly Recommends Cover Girl Waterproof Mascara For Sensitive Eyes
— Nation's Schoolchildren Call For Cuts In Math, Science Funding
Nation's Educators Alarmed By Poorly Written Teen Suicide Notes
Christian Right Lobbies To Overturn Second Law Of Thermodynamics
Fundamentalist Aesopians Interpret Fox-Grapes Parable Literally
Judge Orders God To Break Up Into Smaller Deities
Non-Controversial Christ Painting Under Fire From Art Community
God Re-Floods Middle East
Cardinals Blasted For Negative Campaign Tactics In Papal Race
Aspirin Taken Daily With Fifth Of Bourbon Greatly Reduces Awareness Of Heart Attacks
Babies Are Stupid
Fun Toy Banned Because Of Three Stupid Dead Kids
New Remote Control Can Be Operated By Remote
Revolutionary New Insoles Combine Five Forms Of Pseudoscience
TV Helps Build Valuable Looking Skills
Retirees Rise Up Against Gang Violence- All Are Killed
Rules Grammar Change- English Traditional Replaced To Be New Syntax With
Klingon Speakers Now Outnumber Navajo Speakers
Twelve Customers Gunned Down In Convenience- Store Clerk's Imagination
Children Of Divorce Twice As Likely To Write Bad Poetry
Dolphins Evolve Opposable Thumbs: 'Oh, ***,' Says Humanity [*** mild fecal expletive deleted: this is a straight-laced family web site]
Chinese Rockers Hold Benefit For Oppression
Monk Gloats Over Yoga Championship
Tyco CEO resigns under pressure.
Tyco International's board forces the resignation of its CEO Dennis Kozlowski. If it had fired him, Tyco would have probably had to pay Kozlowski a severance package of at least $120 million. Kozlowski also resigned on 03 June as a director of the Raytheon Company.
Kozlowski's resignation deepens the crisis at Tyco, a conglomerate that has a quarter-million employees and manufactures, designs, and sells electronic components, undersea cable, disposable medical supplies, fire suppression and detection equipment, security systems and flow control products. Tyco's stock (TYC) has lost three-quarters of its value in the first five months of 2002, leaving investors $85 billion poorer. It had traded as high as $62.19 on 22 January 2001. But on 03 June 2002 it drops as low as $15.25 (below its 5-year low of $15.66 on 09 June 1997) closing at $16.05, from the previous close of $21.95. [5~year TYC price chart >]
If Tyco cannot raise cash and regain investors' confidence by selling assets, it may face a cash squeeze, with $12 billion in debt coming due by the end of 2003. The forced resignation of Kozlowski represents the end of the stock market boom of the 1990's. He is the epitome of a group of swashbuckling C.E.O.'s who came along in the 1990s and who called themselves, audaciously, the serial acquirers. Kozlowski was the most aggressive of all. Other executives, like Bernard J. Ebbers, who lost his job in April as chief executive of WorldCom, confined themselves to one industry. Kozlowski sought to build a giant multi-industry corporation, following in the footsteps of the conglomerate builders of the 1960's, like Harold Geneen of ITT.
The next day Kozlowski is indicted on 04 June 2002 for conspiring with art galleries and consultants in New York and London to avoid paying more than $1 million in state and city sales taxes on artworks costing millions of dollars.
MORE AT ART 4 JUNE
The US Supreme Court unanimously rejects an appeal by Texas, which wanted
to execute Calvin Jerold Burdine, even though his lawyer Joe Frank Cannon
(died since) slept some 10 times for up to 10 minutes each during Burdine's
23~27 Jan 1984 trial in Houston for the 18 April 1983 stabbing murder
of his homosexual mate W.T. Dub Wise at the trailer home
the two shared in Houston during a robbery which Burdine admits perpetrating
jointly with Douglas McCreight. Burdine said he was angry because Wise
had asked him to prostitute himself to earn more money. However Burdine
pled not guilty, and McCreight pled guilty to the actual murder, yet
McCreight was released from prison on parole after serving 8 years.
2001 Presidential elections in Peru: Alejandro Toledo, 55, a shoeshine boy with Amerindian ancestry who rose from poverty to become a World Bank economist, is elected president over former president Alan Garcia. Raul Diez Canseco, a Toledo ally, is elected first vice-president (of the 2 that Peru has).
[photo: Toledo greets supporters from a boat after a trip on Nanai river, in Iquitos, 29 May 2001 >]
2000 US President Clinton holds talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin on topics including missile defense.
2000 Ancient lost cities discovered under sea. ^top^
Archaeologists scouring the Mediterranean seabed announce that they have found the 2500-year-old ruins of submerged Pharaonic cities that until now were known only through Greek tragedies, travelogues and legends.
Among the stunning discoveries at the sites where the cities of Herakleion, Canopus and Menouthis once stood are remarkably preserved houses, temples, port infrastructure and colossal statues that stand testimony to the citizens' luxuriant lifestyle, which some travelers had described as decadent.
This is the first time that historians have found physical evidence of the existence of the lost cities, which were famous not only for their riches and arts, but also for numerous temples dedicated to the gods Isis, Serapis and Osiris, making the region an important pilgrimage destination for various cults.
Herakleion, once a customs port where commerce flourished until the founding of Alexandria by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., was found in its entirety. "We have an intact city, frozen in time," French archaeologist Franck Goddio, who led the international team in the search, announces.
The team worked for two years off Alexandria in waters 6 to 10 meters deep, using modern technology including the use of magnetic waves to map the area.
"It is the most exciting find in the history of marine archaeology. It has shown that land is not enough for Egyptian antiquities," comments Gaballa Ali Gaballa, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt's top archaeology body.
At the news conference, underwater television footage of the site was shown. Some of the treasure was also on display - a basalt head of a pharaoh, a bust of the curly haired and bearded god Serapis and a life-size headless black granite statue of the goddess Isis, sculpted as if wearing a diaphanous cloth held together by knots at her breast.
"At long last, these lost cities of Menouthis and Herakleion have been located," exclaims Gaballa, adding that the cities probably built during the waning days of the pharaohs in the 7th or 6th century B.C. - will be left as they are in the sea and only smaller pieces will be retrieved for museums.
Numerous ancient texts speak of the importance of the region and the cities, before they were covered over by the sea, probably following an earthquake.
Greek historian Herodotus, who visited Egypt in 450 B.C., wrote about Herakleion and its temple dedicated to Hercules. The sites were also named in Greek tragedies Greek mythology tells the story of Menelaos, king of Spartans, who stopped in Herakleion during his return from Troy with Helena. His helmsman Canopus was bitten by a viper and subsequently transformed into a god. Canopus and his wife Menouthis were immortalized by two cities that bore their names.
Authors such as Strabo describe the geographic location of the cities and their rich lifestyle, while others, such as Seneca, condemn their moral corruption.
Herakleion lost its economic importance after the building of Alexandria. It was probably destroyed by an earthquake, indicated by the position of collapsed columns and walls. They had all fallen systematically in one direction, said Amos Nur, a geophysicist from Stanford University who did the magnetic mapping of the area. The sea encroached on the land following the quake, and ruins of Herakleion are now about six kilometers from land in the Bay of Abu Qir. The sea also engulfed Canopus and Menouthis. The destruction most likely happened in the 7th or 8th century. Divers found Islamic and Byzantine coins and jewelry from that period, but none more recent.
1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin won the runoff vote against Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov to retain the presidency.
1996 NATO foreign ministers backed a deal that boosted the role of European members within the Atlantic alliance.
1996 The FBI disconnects the electricity to the Freemen ranch in Montana, to persuade the occupants to negotiate an end to the 71-day-old standoff.
1996 During joint war games in the Pacific, a Japanese destroyer mistakenly shoots down a US attack plane; two US Navy aviators eject safely.
1989 China's crackdown on pro-democracy dissidents protesting
in Tiananmen Square began.
1987 In France, Klaus Barbie, the Nazi "butcher of Lyon," was jailed for life for wartime crimes against humanity.
1972 In Cincinnati, Ohio, Sally J. Priesand, 25, becomes the first woman in Reform Judaism to be ordained as a rabbi.
1940 L'évacuation de Dunkerque, commencée le 28 mai, se termine. Près de 340'000 hommes ont réussi à gagner l'Angleterre Les Allemands bombardent Paris.
1940 The king of Norway is no quisling
Despite the fact that the British Expeditionary Force is on the verge of completing its evacuation at Dunkirk, and that France is on the verge of collapse to the German invaders, the British War Cabinet is informed that Norway's king, Haakon, has expressed complete confidence that the Allies will win in the end. The king, having made his prediction, then flees Norway for England, his own country now under German occupation.
1937 Duke of Windsor weds Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France. He had abdicated as Edward VIII for that purpose.
1935 French Normandie sets Atlantic crossing record of 1077 hours
1933 Pope Pius XI encyclical On oppression of the Church in Spain.
1929 Border dispute between Peru and Chile resolved.
1918 US Supreme Court rules child labor laws unconstitutional.
1916 Le dernier pigeon du Fort de Vaux [photo >] mérite la citation qui lui vaudra la Bague de Guerre: Dans la journée du 3 juin 1916, malgré une brume intense, a porté le 3e message du Commandant Raynal annonçant l'encerclement du fort de Vaux, et l'héroïque résistance de la garnison.
1928 John Logie Baird transmitted the world's first color television pictures in London.
1898 The US Navy defeats the Spanish fleet in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.
1863 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana continues
1863 Siege on Vicksburg, Mississippi continues
1862 Evacuation of Fort Pillow, Tennessee
1861 first Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, Virginia (now West Virginia)
1539 Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain.
| Deaths which
occurred on a June 03: ^top^
2000 William Simon, 72, in Santa Barbara, California, former US Treasury Secretary and onetime "energy czar"
1988 All 290 aboard an Iran Airbus A300 shot down by US warship Vincennes over the Persian Gulf, in the last weeks of the Iran-Iraq war.
1980 Akhiezer, mathematician
1971 Heinz Hopf, mathematician
1963 Pope John XXIII, 81. He would be succeeded by Pope Paul VI.
1949 Amadeo Peter Giannini, 79, American banker, founder of the California-based Bank of Italy later the Bank of America which, by the 1930s, was the world's largest commercial bank. He was a major pioneer of branch banking.
1921 Some 120 by a sudden cloudburst near Pikes Peak, Colorado
1903 Gegenbauer, mathematician
1881 Japanese giant salamander, 55, in Dutch zoo; oldest amphibian
1875 Georges Bizet France, composer (...and that's no Bull!)
1850 Telokite, Tomahas, Clokomas, Isiaasheluckas, and Kiamasumkin, Cayute Indians publicly executed for being guilty of the Whitman massacre of 20 November 1847.
1813 Johann-Christian-Jacob Friedrich, German artist born on 13 October 1746.
Condamnés à mort par la Révolution:
1794 (15 prairial an II):
AUSEL Pierre Jean Louis, teinturier, domicilié à Beauvais (Oise), comme émigré, par le tribunal criminel dudit département.
COSTE Jean (dit Costet), laboureur, domicilié à Bannes (Ardèche), comme séditieux, par le tribunal criminel dudit département.
SUGIER François, cultivateur, domicilié à Rabiac (Gard), comme séditieux, par le tribunal criminel du département de l'Ardèche.
PEIFFER Elisabeth, femme Lambin, marchand, domiciliée à Thionville (Moselle), comme distributrice de faux assignats, par le tribunal criminel dudit département.
DEFLANDRE Jean Joseph, 58 ans né à Chanast, département de l’Ain, brigadier de la 26ème division de gendarmerie, domicilié à Bouchain (Nord), comme conspirateur, par la commission révolutionnaire de Paris.
Domiciliés dans le département du Gard, comme conspirateurs, par le tribunal criminel dudit département:
ABAUZIT Pierre Firmin, nég. Admin. Du dép., dom. A Uzés.
GUIZOT Louis, agriculteur, administrateur du département du Gard, domicilié à Ste Genies.
MARSIAL Jean, agriculteur et administrateur du département du Gard, domicilié à Salle.
RAFFIN Marc Antoine Jean, cultivateur et administrateur du département du Gard, domicilié à Guisac.
RIBES Pierre, cultivateur et administrateur du département, domicilié à Aiguevives.
ROQUIER Jean Louis, administrateur du département, domicilié à Anduze.
SOULIER Pierre, ex ministre protestant, et administrateur du département, domicilié à Sauves.
Par le tribunal révolutionnaire de Paris:
FACESSOIS Claude, 55 ans, né à Montfaucot (Aisne), traiteur, ex notable de la commune de Sedan, domicilié à Lagny-Bagny (Ardennes), comme contre-révolutionnaire.
... comme conspirateurs:
BOISIERES Jean Antoine, agriculteur, ex administrateur du département du Gard, domicilié à Montfrin, canton de Beaucaire (Gard).
CORDELOIS Alexandre, 36 ans, né à Cambray, ci-devant adjudant de la Garde nationale du canton du Quesnoy, domicilié à Werlingue (Nord).
MARTIN Philippe, cordonnier, 65 ans, né et domicilié à Delut (Meuse).
LEFRANC Claude, chirurgien appointé dans le 7ème régiment d'hussards, né à Livry (Seine et Marne), domicilié à Paris.
... domiciliés dans le département des Ardennes:
BECHET Louis Joseph, manufacturier, officier municipal, domicilié à Philippeville, canton de Roc Libre.
GUIDET Arnoux, soldat-invalide, domicilié à Jouval.
... domiciliés à Sedan:
DELATRE Simon Jacques, 44 ans, tailleur, ex noble. DESROUSSEAUX Louis Georges, maire.
EDET Louis, menuisier notable, 66 ans, né à Sedan. FAUSSOIS Claude, traiteur notable.
FOURNIER Pierre Charles, épicier, officier municipal, 42 ans. GIGOUX-VERMON Pierre, 44 ans, né à Sedan, brasseur, ex notable de la dite commune.
GIGOUX-SAINT-SIMON Louis François, 61 ans, avant la révolution aide major de la place de Sedan, né à Marles (Deux-Sèvres).
GROSLIN Augustin, père, notable. HENNECY Etienne, libraire né à Sedan, ex notable de la commune, 46 ans.
HUSSIN Nicolas Rolin, père, 63 ans, officier municipal, fabricant de draps, né à Sedan. JEAMES Louis Edet, charpentier, notable.
... et notamment comme complices du traître Lafayette:
LECHANTEUR Jean Charles Nicolas, 31 ans, brasseur et administrateur de district, né à Vrillambois.
LEGARDEUR Jean Baptiste Delphine, fabricant et membre de la municipalité de Sedan, 52 ans, né . à Sedan.
LEGARDEUR François Pierre, fabricant de draps et président du bureau de paix, 60 ans, né à Verdun (Meuse).
LENOIR-PEYRE Jean Louis, teinturier et procureur de la commune, 39 ans, né à Sedan.
LUDET, chef armurier, 64 ans, né . à Sedan, ex notable de ladite commune.
MESMER Henri, laboureur, ex notable de la commune de Sedan, 52 ans, né à Sedan.
NOEL Michel (dit Laurant), confiseur, officier municipal, 63 ans, né à Sedan, ... et comme contre-révolutionnaire..
... comme complices des conspirations et complots formés avec le tyran Capet, ses agents, et notamment Lafayette en prenant et publiant de concert avec lui, des arrêtés et proclamations en date des 12 et 14 août 1792, tendantes à protéger sa trahison, et en retenant comme otage des représentants du peuple délégués par le corps législatif:
VERMON Pierre Gibou, brasseur, ex notable, 44 ans, né à Sedan.
PETIT Jean Baptiste, fils, médecin et officier municipal, 50 ans, natif de Mézières (Ardennes).
ROUSSEAU Antoine Charles, manufacturier, notable de la commune de Sedan, 56 ans, natif de Paris.
SAINT-PIERRE Yrou Georges Jacques, 55 ans, officier municipal de Sedan, natif d’Auxaussyeux (Seine Inférieure).
SERVAIS Hermes, manufacturier de poêles, ex notable de la commune de Sedan, 66 ans.
VAROQUIER Nicolas, notable de la commune de Sedan, 62 ans, natif de Givry.
Domiciliés dans le département des Landes, comme contre-révolutionnaires, par le tribunal criminel dudit département:
DUBROCA Pierre, domestique, domicilié à Couyon DUCLA Jean, (dit Machéhé), cadet, domicilié à Montgaillard.
|1720 Cristoforo Monari, Italian painter born in 1667.
1679 Jean-François Francisque Millet, French painter born on 27 April 1642. Not to be confused with the better known Jean-François Millet [04 Oct 1814 20 Jan 1875] MORE ON MILLET AT ART 4 JUNE LINKS Imaginary Landscape
1626 Juan de Oñate, cruel, discredited conquistador of New Mexico.
1592 Bartolomeo Passerotti, Bolognese painter born on 28 June 1529. MORE ON PASSEROTTI AT ART 4 JUNE LINKS Holy Family with the Infant St John the Baptist and St Catherine of Alexandria The Butcher's Shop The Fishmonger's Shop
1428 Andrea di Bartolo, Italian early Renaissance painter active since 1389. LINKS The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence
| Births which occurred on
a June 03: ^top^
1948 200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California.
1894 Herbert Boeckl, Austrian artist who died in 1966. [Not to be confused with US political cartoonist Herbert Lawrence Block Herblock (13 Oct 1909 07 Oct 2001)]
1887 August Macke, German expresssionist painter who died on 26 September 1914 (born 02 January 1887, according to some) MORE ON MACKE AT ART 4 JUNE LINKS Selbstbildnis Selbstporträt mit Hut Four Women in the Forest Three Girls in a Barque Garden Gate Hat Shop Girls and Trees Lady in the Green Coat Lady in a Green Jacket Tegernseer Bauernjunge Der Sturm Elisabeth Gerhardt Nähend Frau des Künstlers mit Hut Porträt mit Äpfeln: Frau des Künstlers Bildnis Franz Marc Der Mackesche Garten in Bonn Farewell Man Reading in the Park
1877 Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist painter who died on 23 March 1953. LINKS Nice Open Window *_ Nice Window * The Nice Casino (1927) *(Nice, the nice city on the French Riviera) Regatta at Cowes Flags Deauville Basin
1865 George V king of England (1910-36)
1844 Mansion, mathematician.
1842 Eugen Felix Prosper Bracht, Swiss German artist who died in 1921.
1819 Johan Barthold Jongkind, Dutch Realist painter and printmaker whose small, informal landscapes continued the tradition of the Dutch landscapists while also stimulating the development of Impressionism. He died on 09 February 1891. MORE ON JONGKIND AT ART 4 JUNE LINKS Le Pont de la Tournelle Clair de Lune Harbor Scene La Jetée en bois Moulins en Hollande Vue du Port à Chemin de Fer à Honfleur Cahier de 7 Eaux-Fortes - vues... Cahier de 7 Eaux-Fortes - vues The Seine and Notre-Dame à Paris In Holland; Boats near the Mill The Church of Overschie Honfleur
1808 Jefferson Davis, in Christian County, Ky.(only President of the Confederate States of America [1861-1865]; US Senator and Secretary of War)
1786 William Hilton the Younger, British artist who died on 30 December 1839. LINKS
1761 Henry Shrapnel English artillery officer, who in 1784 invented a type of antipersonnel projectile shrapnel artillery shell). Shrapnel projectiles contained small shot or spherical bullets, usually of lead, along with an explosive charge to scatter the shot as well as fragments of the shell. [early 21st century suicide bomber use nails instead].
1736 Augustin de Saint~Aubin, French artist who died on 09 November 1807. LINKS
1662 Willem van Mieris, Dutch painter who died on 27 January 1747. LINKS The Peepshow The Greengrocer The Spinner
1659 David Gregory, mathematician