UPI Almanac for Monday, June 18, 2018

Today is Monday, June 18, the 169th day of 2018 with 196 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Cyrus Curtis, founder/publisher of the Ladies’ Home Journal, in 1850; journalist/publisher Edward W. Scripps in 1854; British mountain climber George Mallory in 1886; singer/actor Jeanette MacDonald in 1903; actor Keye Luke in 1904; vintner Robert Mondavi in 1913; financial journalist Sylvia Porter in 1913; actor Richard Boone in 1917; author Gail Godwin in 1937 (age 81); baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Brock in 1939 (age 79); film critic Roger Ebert in 1942; former South African President Thabo Mbeki in 1942 (age 76); singer/composer Paul McCartney in 1942 (age 76); actor Carol Kane in 1952 (age 66); actor Isabella Rossellini in 1952 (age 66); singer Jemma Griffiths, known by stage name Jem, in 1975 (age 43); country singer Blake Shelton in 1976 (age 42); actor Richard Madden in 1986 (age 32); actor Willa Holland in 1991 (age 27).

On this date in history:

In 1812, the United States declared war on Britain, beginning the War of 1812.

In 1815, England’s Duke of Wellington and Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in Belgium.

In 1908, William Howard Taft was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

In 1975, Saudi Arabian Prince Museid was publicly beheaded in Riyadh for the assassination of King Faisal.

In 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a strategic arms control treaty (SALT II) in Vienna.

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space after the shuttle Challenger was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1990, gunman James Edward Pough, 42, whose car had been repossessed, killed nine people and wounded four before killing himself at a General Motors Acceptance Corp. loan office in Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators said he had killed two people and injured two others a day earlier.

In 1997, Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan resigned under pressure after his governing coalition lost its majority in Parliament.

In 2004, U.S. hostage Paul Johnson Jr., 49, was killed by his Saudi captors despite pleas from senior Muslim clerics.

In 2007, U.S. and European Union officials announced they would resume aid to Palestinians.

In 2013, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a funeral in Mardan, Pakistan. At least 34 people died and dozens of others were injured.

In 2014, Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicated the throne amid scandal, massive unemployment and regional separatism. His son was crowned King Felipe VI one day later.

In 2017, American Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open and his first major, shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Erin Hills. He would go on to win his second straight U.S. Open on June 17, 2018.

A thought for the day: “The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” — John Glenn