Melania Trump attends Ford’s Theatre gala

First lady Melania Trump attended the Ford’s Theatre annual gala on Sunday evening, paying tribute to President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. It was one of her first public appearances since surgery last month.

“Tonight reminds all of us about the power the arts have in cultivating the American voice,” the first lady, who served as the honorary chairman, said in a statement. “Thank you to Ford’s Theatre Society for tonight, and your continued dedication to education and leadership in the arts — the impact they have on society is invaluable and something we will continue to cherish throughout time.”

Trump attended the event with President Donald Trump last year, but went solo due to the commander in chief’s presence in Singapore for his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The first lady is beginning to return to a more public schedule after spending nearly three weeks out of the limelight following a kidney procedure.

Robert Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington, June 8, 1968

On this day 50 years ago, Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), three days after being felled by an assassin in California, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, 30 yards from the grave of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Robert Kennedy, 42, was struck down at a Los Angeles hotel while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. He died two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Like King, Kennedy had stressed the need for social justice and had called for an end to the Vietnam War.

Thousands of mourners attended Kennedy’s funeral mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In his eulogy, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) said, “My brother need not be idolized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. [He should] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering, and tried to heal it, saw war, and tried to stop it.

“Those of us who loved him, and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us, and what he wished for others, will someday come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: ‘Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?”’”

A special funeral train then brought Kennedy’s casket from New York to Washington, D.C., while hundreds of thousands of people lined the tracks. It took the train eight hours to make the usually four-hour journey. Members of Kennedy’s large family walked through the train to talk with the invited travelers who made the sad trip with them.

In the April 3 issue of The New Yorker, Louis Menand wrote: “Trains in the Northeast corridor do not run through upscale neighborhoods. The people who spontaneously turned out to watch the funeral train pass by — Kennedy’s biographer Evan Thomas says there were a million — were, by appearance, mostly working class, and there were whites and African-Americans often standing in clusters together.

“In 2018, looking back at those images, as the train approaches the terminal and the light begins to fade, you realize that you are watching the final hours of the great Democratic coalition that had dominated American politics since the election of Franklin Roosevelt, in 1932 — the coalition that would fracture six months later with the election of Richard Nixon, and which is now as dead as Robert Kennedy.”

The train arrived at Union Station shortly after 9 p.m. Many mourners who had made the 210-mile journey walked from the station down Constitution Avenue to Arlington to attend the only nighttime burial in the cemetery’s history.

Patrick Henry dies in Virginia at age 63, June 6, 1799

On this day in 1799, Patrick Henry, the first post-colonial governor of Virginia and, for a time, an outspoken critic of the federal government, died at Red Hill, his 520-acre plantation near Brookneal, Virginia, in Charlotte County. He was 63.

Capitalizing on his courtroom skills, Henry launched his political career in 1765 by winning a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he challenged the British Parliament’s colonial tax policies. In 1774 and 1775, he represented Virginia at the First and Second Continental Congresses, respectively, in Philadelphia. On the eve of the American Revolution, Henry famously proclaimed: “Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace — but there is not peace. The war is actually begun! … I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

In 1784, Henry was again elected governor of Virginia and served until 1786. He declined to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787, reputedly saying that he “smelt a rat in Philadelphia, tending toward the monarchy.”

Henry sought to sway his fellow Virginians against ratifying the U.S. Constitution. He nearly succeeded, arguing that it gave away too much power to the federal government. Once it passed, however, he was instrumental in attaching the Bill of Rights to the founding document.

President George Washington offered him multiple posts, including secretary of state, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and minister to Spain. Henry turned them all down.

In the wake of the French Revolution, which took a radical turn, Henry, fearing a similar fate could befall the new republic, which was beginning to experience popular unrest, altered his views and became a Federalist. He supported the policies of Washington and John Adams and denounced the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions, which argued that states had the right to nullify federal laws that they regarded as unconstitutional.

As historian Richard Beeman noted in a 1974 biography, Henry was a man who “did not bother to write much of anything down.” The lack of primary source materials regarding Henry — only a handful of papers and a few of his speeches survive — has frustrated Henry’s biographers.

Two years before publishing his biography of Henry in 1817, William Wirt (1772-1834), a historian who also served as a U.S. attorney general, commented, “It is all speaking, speaking, speaking. ‘Tis true he could talk — Gods! how he could talk! but … to make the matter worse, from 1763 to 1789 … not one of his speeches lives in print, writing or memory.”

For his part, Beeman wrote that “the revolutionary firebrand, whatever his achievements, possessed a miserable sense of history.” By contrast, Beeman noted, Thomas Jefferson, who survived Henry by a quarter century, got to fill the paucity of historical information about Henry with his own largely negative recollections and opinions.

Democrat on Facebook report: ‘Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress’

A top congressional Democrat slammed Facebook over a report alleging the company shared its users’ personal data with a range of device makers.

“Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have ‘complete control’ over who sees our data on Facebook. This needs to be investigated and the people responsible need to be held accountable,” tweeted David Cicilline, the ranking member of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee.

The New York Times reported late Sunday that Facebook “reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade.” The story says Facebook began winding down the partnerships in April, but raises questions about whether they violated a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission.

The social network has been under growing pressure over its handling of user data. Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April over the Cambridge Analytica controversy, defending his company against criticism that it allowed the President Donald Trump-linked firm to improperly access information on as many as 87 million Facebook users via an academic researcher.Facebook, in a blog post, pushed back against the Times story, saying that the arrangements with device makers “allowed companies to recreate Facebook-like experiences for their individual devices or operating systems” and that the company “controlled them tightly from the get-go.”