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


Celebrity Birthdays for June 4: Sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer is 96. Soprano Colette Boky is 89. Actor Bruce Dern is 88. Singer-actress Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and The Papas) is 80. Musician Roger Ball is 80.


Today in Music History for June 4: In 1894, Quebec singer and songwriter La Bolduc (Mary Rose-Anna Travers,) was born in Newport, Que.


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


Celebrity Birthdays for June 3: Former Cuban president Raul Castro is 93. Actress Irma P. Hall is 89. Rock singer Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) is 85. World Golf Hall-of-Famer Hale Irwin is 79. Singer Eddie Holman is 78.


Today in Music History for June 3: In 1875, French composer Georges Bizet died in Paris at age 36. In 1942, Curtis Mayfield, a driving force in R&B music as singer, writer, producer and record company owner, was born in Chicago.


Today in History for June 3: In 1097, Crusaders recaptured the ancient Christian city of Antioch, in present-day Turkey, from Muslim rule. In 1621, the Dutch West Indies Co. was founded to promote trade and colonization in the Americas.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 2: Singer Sammy Turner is 92. Actor Ron Ely ("Tarzan") is 86. Filmmaker and movie historian Kevin Brownlow is 86. Actor Stacy Keach is 83. Actor-director Charles Haid ("Hill Street Blues") is 81.


Today in Music History for June 2: In 1857, English composer Sir Edward Elgar was born. Music composed in 1897 for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee brought him public recognition.


Today in History for June 2: In 1615, the first missionaries to come to Canada, the Recoletts, arrived in Quebec. In 1740, the Marquis de Sade -- writer, philosopher and revolutionary -- was born in Paris. In 1835, P.T.