From May to September 1565 the Ottoman Empire besieged this Mediterranean island
Today in History: Born on June 6
Pierre Corneille, French author.
Nathan Hale, American revolutionary.
John Trumbull, American painter.
Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer (Boris Godunov, The Queen of Spades).
Robert F. Scott, British explorer.
Alexandra, the last Russian Czarina.
Thomas Mann, German novelist and essayist, forced into exile by the Nazis.
Jimmie Lunceford, bandleader.
Bill Dickey, professional baseball player.
Maxine Kumin, poet novelist and children's author.
Bill Moyers, American broadcast journalist, press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson.
Marian Wright Edelman, first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.