National Running Day
Runners across the country celebrated their favorite exercise. The unofficial holiday, National Running Day, is celebrated every year on the first Wednesday in June to spread awareness of the importance of staying active.
Space Shuttle Reaches Final Destination
The Space Shuttle Enterprise reached its final destination Wednesday afternoon. A crowd of New Yorkers watched a crane hoist the shuttle from a barge on the Hudson River then carefully lower it onto the deck of its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. The shuttle goes on public display in July. The Enterprise was a prototype orbiter. It's the one shuttle in the fleet that never flew in space.
Same Sex Marriage Law on Hold
Washington state's gay marriage law was put on hold Wednesday, just one day before it was supposed to take effect. Opponents gathered more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November. They turned in boxes of petitions to the Secretary of State's office Wednesday morning. The law, passed earlier this year, and was supposed to have taken effect Thursday, allowing the state to have legal same-sex marriages. Those against the legislation say there's no need to redefine marriage. Election officials must verify that at least 120,577 signatures are valid for referendum 74 to qualify for the November 6th ballot.
Wednesday marked the anniversary of one of America's greatest days of sacrifice. Sixty eight years ago, allied forces launched an attack by air and sea, storming the beaches of Normandy in German occupied France. Around 160,000 troops landed on the coastline and 9,000 of them were killed or wounded by the end of the day. The invasion gave allied troops a foothold in France and eventually turned the tide of WWII.
Ray Bradbury Passes at 91
The master of science fiction fantasy, Ray Bradbury, has passed away. The legendary author, best known for his books "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes", passed away in Los Angeles Tuesday night. A stroke in recent years left Bradbury wheelchair bound, but it did not stop him from staying active. He wrote 27 novels and 600 short stories throughout his career. Bradbury leaves behind four daughters. He was 91 years old.