Summer is Here!

Summer officially begins on June 20th, and many students are getting excited about the arrival of summer vacation. The New Jersey Devils defeat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 games to 3 in the Stanley Cup Championship Finals on June 9th. The Devils win in New Jersey and Anaheim's John-Sebasien Giguere is named the MVP of the series.

June 9th finds Operation Desert Scorpion, which features 4,000 soldiers circling an area north of Baghdad where insurgents are still strong.

A convention of the Future Europe ends on June 12th, and a new constitution is released, which includes more than 400 articles. It grants European Union laws precedence over individual nations' laws and it calls for two permanent presidents, a parliament and a foreign minister.

On June 13, the state of Maine announces it will offer low-cost, universal health care coverage to all residents by 2009.

The NBA finals come to a close on June 15th. The San Antonio SpursNew Jersey Nets 4 games to 2, and San Antonio's Tim Duncan is named the MVP of the finals. defeat the

Father's Day falls on June 15th, and it's a great time to tell dad just how much you love him. Perhaps you'll want to cook him a special meal or take him out for dinner. Cards and gifts are also popular for the holiday, but we have it on good authority that dad's really love to hear how much we love them.

In the face of growing U.S. casualties in Iraq since Bush's victory speech on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, Bush claims Hussein loyalists are responsible and are attempting to "kill and intimidate" Americans.

On June 27th, Israeli forces begin leaving occupied parts of the Gaza Strip. Palestinians are supposed to assume security duties in the area, and the move is looked upon as a first step in the peace process. Hamas and Islamic Jihad vow to end attacks on Israeli targets for three months on June 29th, while Al Fatah claims they will hold a six-month truce.

June 28th is the date of release for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," which is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport and Jonathan Pryce. And "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" comes to the big screen on June 30th. The film stars Arnold Schwarzeneger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews and Earl Boen.

Katherine Hepburn dies at age 96 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, on June 29th. Her movies with Spencer Tracy earned her a special place in America's heart as a witty female with enough backbone to go the distance with any man. Her most famous films include "Adam's Rib," "The African Queen," "The Philadelphia Story" and "On Golden Pond." The next day, Buddy Hackett dies at age 78 in Malibu, California, on June 30th. Hackett put his comedic talent to work on stage, film and television productions for more than 50 years. A comic's comic, Hackett was known for his timing and choice of words. His film appearances include roles in "God's Little Acre," "All Hands on Deck," "The Music Man," "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "The Love Bug" and "Paulie."

Helpful links for June:

  • IMDB: Katherine Hepburn - Read about the motion picture star's life and work at this offering from the Internet Movie Database.
  • Wikipedia: Buddy Hackett - Features information about the comedian, including a filmography, a biography and more.
  • ESPN: - NBA Playoffs 2003 Reviews the highlights of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Jersey Nets. Includes interviews, photographs, history and movie clips.