Today's History Trivia for June 3
2004 Iraq War CIA Director George Tenet resigns.
1993 Ireland approves the sale of condoms They were removed from the official list of birth-control devices, making them available for sale in vending machines.
1972 First U.S. woman Rabbi 25-year-old Sally Jane Priesand is ordained at Wise Temple of Cincinnati, Ohio.
1949 First woman Treasurer of the U.S. Georgia Neese Clark is nominated by Pres. Truman.
1937 The Duke of Windsor marries American divorcee Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson. He gave up his throne as King of England (1936) to marry her.
1916 Mary Edwards Walker's Medal of Honor is revoked She was the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor. It was reinstated in 1977.
1888 Casey at the Bat The famous poem by Ernest L. Thayer is first published.
1851 First baseball team to wear uniforms The New York Knickerbockers.
Today's Birthdays for June 3
1979 Randy Ray American AIDS victim. He was one of three HIV infected hemophiliac brothers who won a federal court order allowing them in school after they were barred in 1986. Their family home was burned down a week after the court decision.
1958 Scott Valentine American actor. TV: Family Ties (Nick).
1946 Michael Clarke d. 1993 American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer, with The Byrds. Music: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965, #1) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (1966).
1929 Chuck Barris American producer. TV: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and the Gong Show.
1917 Leo Gorcey d. 1969 American actor. Film: He played Spit, leader of the hooligans in the movies featuring the Dead End Kids, East Side Kids, and Bowery Boys.
1906 Josephine Baker d. 1975 American-born French singer, actress. At the height of her career she was the highest-paid European entertainer.
1901 Maurice Evans d. 1989 British-born American Shakespearean actor. TV: Bewitched (Samantha's father).
1844 Garret Augustus Hobart d. 1899 24th U.S. Vice-President (1897-99).
1808 Jefferson Davis d. 1889 president of the Confederacy (1861-65).
Deaths for June 3
1961 G.I. Joe b. 1943 American carrier pigeon. In 1943, during WWII, the carrier pigeon known as G.I. Joe is credited with saving over 1,000 British troops. U.S. air bombings were scheduled against German positions at Calvi Vecchia, Italy. However, British troops had captured the village. Unable to get a message to the Americans to stop the bombings, they sent G.I. Joe. The pigeon travelled the 20 miles in 20 minutes, just in time to halt the bombings.
2016 Muhammad Ali b. 1942 (Cassius Clay), American boxer, three-time world heavyweight champion (1964-67, 74-78, 78-79). He was stripped of his title in 1967 for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.
2011 James Arness b. 1923 (James Aurness), American 6′ 7″ (2.01 m) tall actor. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during WWII. TV: Gunsmoke (1955-75, Marshal Matt Dillon). Film: The Thing from Another World (1951, The Thing).
2010 Rue McClanahan b. 1934 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Maude (1972-78, Vivian) and The Golden Girls (1985-92, Blanche).
2009 David Carradine b. 1936 (John Arthur Carradine), American actor. TV: Kung Fu (1972-75, Kwai Chang Caine) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993-97, plays the grandson of his character in Kung Fu).
2001 Anthony Quinn b. 1915 (Antonio Rudolfo Oaxaca Quinn), Irish-Mexican Oscar-winning actor. Film: Lust for Life (1956, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, even though he was only in the film for only eight minutes) and Zorba the Greek (1964).
1995 John Presper Eckert Jr b. 1919 American computer pioneer. He was co-inventor with John W. Mauchly of first all-purpose stored-program computer (1945, ENIAC). He and Mauchly also started the first computer company (1947).
1992 William Maxwell Gaines b. 1922 American comic-book publisher. Comic books: Mad Magazine.
1990 Robert Norton Noyce b. 1927 American businessman, nicknamed "Mayor of Silicon Valley." He co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) and Intel (1968). He and Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit (1961).
1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini b. 1902 religious leader of Iran, Time Magazine's 1979 Man of the Year. He led the 1979 revolution which overthrew the Shah of Iran and became the country's Supreme Leader (1979-89). He issued fatwa calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses (1988).
1975 Ozzie Nelson b. 1906 (Oswald George Nelson), American actor, musician. TV: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (creator and star).
1963 John XXIII b. 1881 (Angelo Roncalli), 261st Pope (1958-63). He was the first pope named Time magazine's Man of the Year.
1949 A. P. Giannini b. 1870 (Amadeo Pietro Giannini), American businessman, founder of Bank of America.
1933 William Muldoon b. 1845 American wrestler, 1880 heavyweight champion, inventor of the medicine ball. He was undefeated for his Greco-Roman Championship. Muldoon got John L. Sullivan back in shape for his famous 75-round win against Jake Kilrain for the world heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing championship (1889).
1899 Johann Strauss b. 1825 Austrian composer, "The Waltz King."
1861 Stephen Arnold Douglas b. 1813 American statesman, Lincoln debater. He was called "The Little Giant."
1841 Nicolas Appert b. 1749 French scientist and chef. The Father of Canning. He was the first person to preserve food in jars (1804), opened the first canning factory, and invented the bouillon cube.
1657 William Harvey b. 1578 English physician. He discovered the function of the heart and circulatory system.