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Famous People & Celebrities Born on June 1st:

  • Rene Auberjonois
    (1940) - Played Constable Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Played Father Mulcahy in the movie MASH.
  • Brigham Young
    (1801) - Young was married to 27 women and fathered 56 children. Former San Francisco Forty Niners quarterback Steve Young is a descendent of Brigham Young. In 1847 Young and his Mormon followers arrived at what is now known as Salt Lake City. When Utah became a state in 1896, the Mormons wanted to call it "Deseret" -- a name from the Book of Mormon which means "land of honeybees." However, Congress didn't like the name and told the settlers they'd have to be happy with "Utah," a Navajo word meaning "higher up" or "upper." Young died in 1877 from what is thought to be a case of appendicitis. He was 76. Young specified in his will that he wanted a redwood coffin large enough that he could turn a little to the left or right.
  • Simon Gallup
    (1960) - The Cure.
  • Andy Griffith
    (1926) - Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was a big fan of The Andy Griffith Show, and according to his father, the guitarist especially loved the title sequence where Andy and Opie walk back from the fishing hole accompanied by the whistling theme. Before Andy became TV's favorite sheriff, he was a high school teacher. He remembers his teaching days with distaste -- partly because the students were bigger than him and referred to him as "Sport." Matlock, The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Marilyn Monroe
    (1926) - She was born in Los Angeles in 1926 with the name Norma Jean Baker. Playboy magazine selected Monroe as "The Sexiest Women of the Century." Marilyn hated wearing underwear and once told a Hollywood reporter, "...pants gag me." She once proclaimed that all she wore to bed was Chanel No. 5. Brigitte Bardot claims she had a one-night lesbian romp with Marilyn in 1952 at a party for Queen Elizabeth. Bardot says they both wound up in the ladies room and Marilyn smelled of Chanel No. 5. "She seduced me in 30 seconds," says Brigitte. Marilyn died August 5, 1962 from what the L.A. coroner called "...acute barbiturate poisoning." In a slurred phone conversation with actor Peter Lawford just minutes before her death, Marilyn told him, "Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president and say goodbye to yourself, because you're a nice guy." A CIA document supposedly dated two days before her death suggests Marilyn may have been bumped off because of her knowledge concerning extraterrestrials and the U.S. government. The alleged document reveals Monroe was planning to hold a press conference to reveal secrets told to her by President John Kennedy. When Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies, he'll be buried right next to Marilyn at L.A.'s Westwood Memorial Park. Hefner reportedly paid $1 million to buy the plot just so he can be buried next to her. On the day of Marilyn's death, a record was set for the most number of floral arrangements sent in one day. The record remained unbroken until 1977 when Elvis Presley died. These days Monroe's estate receives all sorts of odd requests to license Marilyn's name and likeness. Some of the tackier ideas include a man who wanted to sell dead flowers from Monroe's grave site and a scheme to sell brass rubbings of the lettering on her crypt.
  • Pat Corley
    (1930) - Played Phil the bartender on Murphy Brown. Corley once performed as a ballet dancer with the Stockton, California, Symphony Ballet.
  • Edward Woodward
    (1930) - Played Robert McCall on The Equalizer.(1985-89)
  • Pat Boone
    (1934) - The squeaky clean singer came out with his own line of shoes based on the white buck shoes he wears himself. Boone says fans have gone to extreme measures to get a pair of his trademark shoes -- including trying to steal them off his feet. He claims some fans have even paid thousands of dollars for his old shoes at auctions. Can you believe it? Boone says he supports the right of raunchy rap star Eminem to sing foul lyrics -- including the ditty about how his mother is a marijuana abuser. However, he admits Eminem's lyrics aren't to his taste. When Boone recorded a version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" in 1996 many of his conservative Christian fans threw hissy fits. He tried to smooth things over by telling them he couldn't find anything evil in "Stairway To Heaven" -- just some vague poetry. While the majority of music fans knew the metal album was supposed to be a joke, Boone's mother still needed to be reassured her son wasn't dropping his Christian values for rock success.
  • Morgan Freeman
    (1937) - Before becoming a well-known actor, Freeman played "The Easy Reader" on the 1970s-era kids TV show The Electric Company. Freeman flicks: An Unfinished Life (2004), The Big Bounce (2004), Bruce Almighty (2003), Dreamcatcher (2003), Levity (2003).
  • Superman
    (1938) - The Man of Steel was "born" in Action Comics #1 (cover date June 1938). The first issue told the story of a baby boy named Kal-El who was born on the planet Krypton and shot to Earth in a rocket just moments before the planet exploded. The baby landed in Smalltown, U.S.A. and was adopted by the Kent family who named him Clark. When he grew up, Clark became a reporter for The Daily Planet newspaper in Metropolis. In 1992 Superman was killed by a monster named "Doomsday" but the Man of Steel was brought back to life on August 24, 1993. Several movie and TV actors who have played Superman have been the victim of "The Curse of Superman" -- a jinx supposedly initiated in the late 1950s by Native American spirits who were angry over the way American Indians had been treated by the "white man." The first victim of the curse was TV Superman George Reeves who either committed suicide or was mysteriously murdered. Years later, movie Superman Christopher Reeve broke his neck while riding a horse.
  • Cleavon Little
    (1939) - He played the sheriff in Blazing Saddles. Cleavon won a 1970 Tony award for the musical Purlie. He died October 22, 1992.
  • Ron Wood
    (1947) - The Rolling Stones guitarist confesses that these days he doesn't remember the lyrics to many of the Stones' biggest hits, including "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." He now uses a teleprompter during concerts.
  • Ronnie Dunn
    (1953) - Brooks & Dunn. Ever since he was a boy, Ronnie wanted be a singer just like his daddy, Eugene "Jesse" Dunn. Ronnie's wife, Janine, once said success drove Ronnie so crazy that she nearly left him. She packed her bags so many times she lost count but love prevailed and she stayed put. The question Janine's most often asked is "How does Ronnie get his hair to look like that?" Her answer? "It just grows that way."
  • Lisa Hartman
    (1956) - The actress is married to country star Clint Black. Lisa says they both enjoy eating food in bed while watching old movies. Played Cathy Geary Rush on Knots Landing (1983-86).
  • Alan Wilder
    (1959) - Depeche Mode.
  • Alanis Morissette
    (1974) - Her father is French Canadian and her mother Hungarian. She has a twin brother named Wade. Madonna once described Morissette as a younger version of herself: slightly awkward but extremely self-possessed and straightforward. In 1995 Morissette's Jagged Little Pill was named Album of the Year -- but not everyone was impressed. The editors of Entertainment Weekly selected Jagged Little Pill as one of the worst albums of 1995. The magazine referred to Alanis as the "Debbie Gibson of Canada." Albums: So-Called Chaos 2004
Famous and Noteworthy Events on June 1st:
(1638) - The first recorded earthquake in the United States took place at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

(1792) - Kentucky became the 15th state. State nickname: Bluegrass State. State Song: "My Old Kentucky Home." Born in Kentucky: Muhammad Ali (boxer); Jefferson Davis (Confederate president); Crystal Gayle (singer); Abraham Lincoln (16th President); Loretta Lynn (singer); Diane Sawyer (Primetime Live); Hunter S. Thompson (gonzo journalist).

(1796) - Tennessee became the 16th state. State nickname: Volunteer State. State Animal: Raccoon. State Bird: Mockingbird. Born in Tennessee: Davy Crockett (frontiersman); Aretha Franklin (singer); Dolly Parton (singer); Cybil Shepherd (actress); Dinah Shore (singer); Tina Turner (singer).

(1880) - The world's first pay phone was installed in the Yale Bank Building in New Haven, Connecticut.

(1994) - After a month-long experiment in Columbia where possession of almost every drug was legal, the president of Columbia cracked down on the druggie free-for-all and reinstated curbs on drug use.

(1925) - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees played the first of what would turn into 2,130 consecutive baseball games. It was a major league record that remained unbeaten until the summer of 1995 when Cal Ripken, Jr. played his 2,131st game.

(1944) - The government of Mexico officially banned the siesta.

(1967) - The Beatles classic album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It went gold the very same day and by the end of the summer more than 2.5 million albums were sold.

(1980) - CNN began broadcasting as the world's first all-news television service.

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