UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 16, 2018

Today is Saturday, June 16, the 167th day of 2018 with 198 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 Scottish golf legend Old Tom Morris in 1821; American Indian leader Geronimo in 1829; British film comedian Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) in 1890; newspaper publisher Katharine Graham in 1917; author Joyce Carol Oates in 1938 (age 80); country singer Billy Crash Craddock in 1939 (age 79); actor Joan Van Ark in 1943 (age 75); boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 67); singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli in 1952 (age 66); actor Laurie Metcalf in 1955 (age 63); professional golfer Phil Mickelson in 1970 (age 48); rapper Tupac Shakur in 1971; actor John Cho in 1972 (age 46); actor Missy Peregrym in 1982 (age 36); comedian Abby Elliott in 1987 (age 31); actor Isaak Presley in 2002 (age 16).


On this date in history:

In 1883, the New York Giants had the first Ladies’ Day baseball game.

In 1909, President William Howard Taft, in a message to Congress, recommended the adoption of a constitutional amendment giving the federal government the right to levy and collect an income tax.

In 1940, Marshal Henri-Philippe Petain becomes prime minister of the Vichy government in France.

In 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

In 1999, police arrested Kathleen Ann Soliah, a member of the terrorist Symbionese Liberation Army, which kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. She pleaded guilty to planting bombs and a role in killing a bank customer during a robbery. She was released from prison in 2009.

In 2005, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, 23, of Bowling Green, Ky., became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star for bravery in combat in the Iraq war.

In 2009, U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., acknowledged a nine-month extramarital affair with a former staff member. He resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee but remained in the Senate until 2011.

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced he would resign after admitting he sent sexually suggestive photos on social networks Facebook and Twitter. He left office the following week.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia announced the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud eight months after he became heir to the throne. He was succeeded as crown prince by Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

In 2013, Justin Rose won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia. He was the first player from Britain to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

In 2014, Tony Gwynn, who was one of Major League Baseball’s greatest hitters (he won a record eight National League batting championships) died of cancer in Poway, Calif. He was 54.

In 2017, President Donald Trump reinstated restrictions on U.S. business and tourism in Cuba.


A thought for the day: Bob Hope said a bank is “a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

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