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Friday, June 3, 2005

Today in history—June 3

1098: The First Crusade recaptures Antioch, which had been conquered by the Seljuk Turks from the Byzantines just 13 years earlier. The Crusaders will hold it for nearly 300 years.

1621: The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands Provinces grants the Dutch West India Co. a trade monopoly for West Africa and the Americas.

1800: John Adams becomes the first U.S. President to take up residence in Washington, D.C., although the official residence still isn’t finished.

1861: Stephen Arnold Douglas dies of typhoid fever. If he’d been willing to agree to put pro-slavery language in the 1860 Democratic Party platform, he would probably have become President of the United States.

1864: Ransom Eli Olds, the only man two have two major automobile companies named for him, is born at Geneva, Ohio. He will sell Oldsmobile in 1904 and later found REO, which will become part of White in 1960.

1888: Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s Casey at the Bat is published for the first time in the San Francisco Examiner.

1889: The Canadian Pacific Railway is completed from coast to coast.

1924: Insurance lawyer Franz Kafka dies at a sanatorium near Vienna, apparently of starvation.

1953: Billy Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge.near Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi.

1969: The last episode of TV’s Star Trek airs.

1969: The Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne accidentally runs over the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans, cutting it in half and sinking it. It'd something of a habit for the Melbourne, which had five years earlier run over and sunk an Australian destroyer.

1973: Jamaica's Island Records releases Exodus by Bob Marley & the Wailers. Time Magazine will later name it the greatest record album of the 20th century. Trivia question: What was the greatest record album of the 19th century?

1975: Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (Rutgers Law 1930), who did bandleader gigs to pay for his law school courses, dies at San Francisco, California.

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