UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 23, 2018

Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018 with 191 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 Cancer. They include French Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon, in 1763; pioneer sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in 1894; Alan Turing, British computer scientist, in 1912; former U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers in 1913; director/choreographer Bob Fosse in 1927; singer June Carter Cash in 1929; Finnish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari in 1937 (age 81); U.S. Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph in 1940; former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine in 1943 (age 75); actor Ted Shackelford in 1946 (age 72); actor Bryan Brown in 1947 (age 71); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1948 (age 70); music producer Randy Jackson in 1956 (age 62); actor Frances McDormand in 1957 (age 61); golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie in 1963 (age 55); actor Selma Blair in 1972 (age 46); musician Jason Mraz in 1977 (age 41); actor Melissa Rauch in 1980 (age 38); singer Duffy, born Amy Anne Duffy, in 1984 (age 34).

On this date in history:

In 1845, the Congress of the Republic of Texas agreed to annexation by the United States.

In 1865, the last Confederate holdouts formally surrendered in the Oklahoma Territory.

In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris.

In 1933, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, in an interview with Roy Howard of United Press, stressed the importance of friendship with the United States.

In 1947, the U.S. Congress enacted the Taft-Hartley labor act over the veto of President Harry Truman.

In 1956, Gamel Abdel Nasser was elected first president of the Republic of Egypt.

In 1985, Air India Flight 182, flying from Montreal to London, was brought down by a terrorist bomb off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard.

In 1991, the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized democracies agreed to offer the Soviet Union associate membership in the International Monetary Fund.

In 1993, John Bobbitt made headlines when his wife, Lorena Bobbitt, cut off his penis while he slept. She testified she did so because he sexually and emotionally abused her during four-year marriage. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.

In 1996, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu retired as archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld affirmative action in a University of Michigan case by a 5-4 vote. The high court also upheld the Children’s Internet Protection Act, under which federally funded libraries must block obscene material from computers to which minors have access.

In 2010, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigned as commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan after he and senior aides made disparaging remarks in a magazine interview about administration officials.

In 2012, the bodies of 14 people were found in a truck outside a Mante, Mexico, shopping center. Authorities said they believed the Zetas criminal organization was responsible.

In 2013, daredevil Nik Wallenda walked on a 2-inch thick cable across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon in Arizona — 1,500 feet above the gorge — in just under 23 minutes.

In 2014, the World Health Organization said 350 Ebola virus deaths had been reported since March in West Africa. A doctor called it an epidemic “out of control.”

In 2017, a landslide in the village of Xinmo in China, killed 10 people and left dozens missing.

A thought for the day: “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — L.M. Montgomery