Today in History: June 4

Thousands of British and French troops massed on the beach of Channel port in Dunkirk, France on June 4, 1940 awaiting ships to return them to England. British reports estimated 335,000 allied troops were evacuated from the German held pocket in Flanders in what was described as the greatest retreat in military history. (AP Photo)

In 1940, during World War II, the Allied military evacuation of some 338,000 troops from Dunkirk, France, ended. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” Here, thousands of British and French troops massed on the beach of Channel port in Dunkirk, France awaiting ships to return them to England. (AP Photo) (AP)

The U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, left, and other fighting ships of the U.S. task force in the Pacific, throw up an umbrella of anti-aircraft fire to fight off a squadron of Japanese torpedo planes attacking the carrier during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. A small column of smoke, far left, rises from a Japanese plane that was shot down near the carrier. (AP Photo)

In 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific. Here, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, left, and other fighting ships of the U.S. task force in the Pacific, throw up an umbrella of anti-aircraft fire to fight off a squadron of Japanese torpedo planes attacking the carrier during the Battle of Midway. A small column of smoke, far left, rises from a Japanese plane that was shot down near the carrier. (AP Photo) (AP)

FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the  Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard has been hospitalized at a prison medical center in Butner, N.C., since April 4.  (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker, File)
In 1986, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to conspiring to deliver information related to the national defense to Israel. (Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, was released on parole on Nov. 20, 2015.) In this 1998 file photo, Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker, File) (AP/Karl DeBlaker)
In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018, photo, Pamela Hampton votes in Sandy Springs, Ga. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, about 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (AP/John Bazemore)
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In 1998, a federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2004 file photo, convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, is led from the Pittsburg County Courthouse in McAlester, Okla., after his sentencing in the state’s murder case against him. Nichols was tried and convicted on federal charges and was convicted of murder following a separate trial in Oklahoma. Nichols received multiple life prison sentences. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam) (AP)
Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton
In 2000, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Putin ended their summit by conceding differences on missile defense, agreeing to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium and pledging early warning of missile and space launches. FILE In this Saturday, July 21, 2000 file photo President Bill Clinton shares a light moment with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a tree-planting ceremony at Bankokushinryokan or “bridge to the world,” before the Group of Eight meeting in Nago, Okinawa, Japan. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) (AP/Vincent Yu)
Martha Stewart
In 2003, Martha Stewart stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charged her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud and lying to investigators. (Stewart was later convicted of lying about why she’d sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before the stock price plunged.) FILE – In this April 11, 2019, file photo, television personality Martha Stewart attends The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Most Powerful People in Media cocktail reception at The Pool in New York. The Martha Stewart brand is getting a new home. Sequential Brands Group, which bought the Martha Stewart brand nearly four years ago for about $353 million, said Tuesday, April 16, that it is selling it to Marquee Brands for about $175 million. As part of the deal, Marquee will also acquire the brand of TV chef Emeril Lagasse. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Thousands of British and French troops massed on the beach of Channel port in Dunkirk, France on June 4, 1940 awaiting ships to return them to England. British reports estimated 335,000 allied troops were evacuated from the German held pocket in Flanders in what was described as the greatest retreat in military history. (AP Photo)
The U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, left, and other fighting ships of the U.S. task force in the Pacific, throw up an umbrella of anti-aircraft fire to fight off a squadron of Japanese torpedo planes attacking the carrier during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. A small column of smoke, far left, rises from a Japanese plane that was shot down near the carrier. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the  Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Jay Pollard has been hospitalized at a prison medical center in Butner, N.C., since April 4.  (AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker, File)
In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018, photo, Pamela Hampton votes in Sandy Springs, Ga. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, about 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton
Martha Stewart

Today is Tuesday, June 4, the 155th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

On this date:

In 1812, the Louisiana Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory, to avoid confusion with the recently admitted state of Louisiana. The U.S. House of Representatives approved, 79-49, a declaration of war against Britain.

In 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification.

In 1939, the German ocean liner MS St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast by U.S. officials.

In 1940, during World War II, the Allied military evacuation of some 338,000 troops from Dunkirk, France, ended. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

In 1943, the president of Argentina, Ramon Castillo, was overthrown in a military coup.

In 1944, U-505, a German submarine, was captured by a U.S. Navy task group in the south Atlantic; it was the first such capture of an enemy vessel at sea by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812. The U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome.

In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according “complete independence” to Vietnam.

In 1986, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in Washington to conspiring to deliver information related to the national defense to Israel. (Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, was released on parole on Nov. 20, 2015.)

In 1990, Dr. Jack Kevorkian carried out his first publicly assisted suicide, helping Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from Portland, Oregon, end her life in Oakland County, Michigan.

In 1998, a federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Putin (POO’-tihn) ended their summit by conceding differences on missile defense, agreeing to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium and pledging early warning of missile and space launches.

In 2003, Martha Stewart stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after federal prosecutors in New York charged her with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, securities fraud and lying to investigators. (Stewart was later convicted of lying about why she’d sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before the stock price plunged.)

Ten years ago: Speaking at Cairo University, President Barack Obama called for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims” and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe. Actor David Carradine, 72, was found dead in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room.

Five years ago: On the second day of a visit to Poland, President Barack Obama held up the nation as a guidepost for neighboring Ukraine as it sought to fend off a pro-Russian insurgency; later that same day, in Brussels, Obama attended a meeting of the Group of Seven major industrial nations, with the pointed exclusion of Russia from the gathering. A gunman fatally wounded three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounded two others in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Justin Bourque was convicted of the shootings and sentenced to life in prison.) Baseball player, manager and coach Don Zimmer, 83, died in Dunedin, Florida.

One year ago: President Donald Trump claimed that he had an “absolute right” to pardon himself, but that it wouldn’t be necessary because had had “done nothing wrong;” Trump also tweeted that the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe was “totally unconstitutional.” The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, but it was a limited decision that didn’t address the larger issue of whether a business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. Howard Schultz announced that he was stepping down as executive chairman of Starbucks, and said public service may be in his future. Saudi Arabia issued its first driver’s licenses to women as the kingdom prepared to lift the world’s only ban on women driving.

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