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Today in History and Celebrity Birthdays


Today in History for June 6: On this date: In 1683, the first public museum, The Ashmolean, was opened in Oxford, England.


Today in History for June 8: On this date: In 632, the Prophet Mohammad died. His teachings, recorded in the Qur'an, forged a new religion -- Islam.


Today in History for June 5: On this date: In 754, St. Boniface died. He was known as the apostle of Germany for his missionary work in Europe.


Today in History for June 4: On this date: In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 24: Actor-comedian-impressionist Stanley Baxter is 98. Artist Robert Bateman is 94. Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp is 87. Comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong is 86.


Today in History for May 24: In 1543, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died in Frombork, Poland. He proposed the heliocentric, or sun-centred, system whereby the planets orbit around the sun. He was born Feb. 19, 1473, in Torum, Poland.


Today in Music History for May 24: In 1859, the song "Ave Maria," featuring a melody by French composer Charles Gounod superimposed on a theme from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier," was first performed in Paris by opera singer Marie Caroline Miolan-Car


Celebrity Birthdays for May 23: Actress Barbara Barrie is 92. Actress Joan Collins is 91. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer John Newcombe is 80. Actress Lauren Chapin ("Father Knows Best") is 79. Country singer Misty Morgan is 79.


Today in History for May 23: In 1275, King Edward I of England ordered the cessation of the persecution of French Jews. In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.


Today in Music History for May 23: In 1889, Mary Susanne Edgar, a Canadian YWCA leader who wrote a number of hymns during her years of leading a Christian camping ministry with girls, was born.