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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
June 01
Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman

American actor

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Ted Turner

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1980

Debut of CNN

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Conan O'Brien
2009: American comedian Conan O'Brien made his debut as host of the The Tonight Show, NBC's long-running late-night talk show; however, he left after less than one year. [Sort fact from fiction in our pop culture quiz.]
General Motors headquarters
2009: American motor-vehicle manufacturer General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; it soon emerged from the reorganization and in 2010 returned to the stock market with one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history. [Test your knowledge of American industry and innovation.]
Prague
2002: The Czech Republic became the first country to enact a law to address light pollution; all outdoor fixtures were required to have a shield that prevented light from extending above the horizontal. [Watch an overview of light pollution.]
Charles de Gaulle
1958: Following the outbreak of an insurrection in Algiers, Charles de Gaulle came before the French National Assembly as prime minister designate. [Test your knowledge of French history.]

ALSO BORN ON THIS DAY

1926

Marilyn Monroe

American actress

1937

Morgan Freeman

American actor

1974

Alanis Morissette

Canadian musician

1973

Heidi Klum

German American model and businesswoman

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