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One hundred years ago, on June 9, 1891, composer-lyricist Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana. Porter, noted for his witty and sophisticated songs, created the scores for musicals such as "Anything Goes" and "Kiss Me, Kate," and wrote standards that include "Begin the Beguine" and "Night and Day." He died in 1964.

On this date:- In A.D. 68, the Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide.

- In 1860, the first dime novel - titled "Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter" - was published.

- In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Godshill, England.

- In 1940, Norway surrendered to the Nazis during World War II.

- In 1954, in a dramatic confrontation of the Senate-Army hearings, Army counsel Joseph N. Welch assailed Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, telling him, "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

- In 1973, Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York.

- In 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended the priesthood to all worthy males.

- In 1985, American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon - he remains in captivity.

- In 1953, about 100 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Mass.

- Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin vigorously defended his country's attack on an Iraqi nuclear reactor two days earlier, saying, "There won't be another Holocaust. Never again."

- In 1784, John Carroll, who would become the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, was appointed supervisor of U.S. Catholic missions.


Former World Bank president and former defense secretary Robert S. McNamara is 75. Baseball player Dave Parker is 40. Actor Michael J. Fox is 30.

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"Peace without justice is tyranny." - William Allen White, American writer and newspaper editor (1868-1944).