UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 10, 2018

Today is Sunday, June 10, the 161st day of 2018 with 204 to follow.

The moon is waning. 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 actor Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress in 1939 for Gone with the Wind), in 1895; Broadway composer Frederick Loewe in 1901; Nobel literature laureate Saul Bellow in 1915; Britain’s Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1921 (age 97); Hollywood icon Judy Garland in 1922; children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak in 1928; attorney F. Lee Bailey in 1933 (age 85); football Hall of Fame member Dan Fouts in 1951 (age 67); actor Andrew Stevens in 1955 (age 63); actor Carolyn Hennesy in 1962 (age 56); model/actor Elizabeth Hurley in 1965 (age 53); former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 1971 (age 47); singer Faith Evans in 1973 (age 45); screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in 1974 (age 44); actor Shane West in 1978 (age 40); country singer Lee Brice in 1979 (age 39); Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski in 1982 (age 36); Swedish Princess Madeleine in 1982 (age 36); actor/artist Leelee Sobieski in 1983 (age 35); model/actor Kate Upton in 1992 (age 26); Sasha Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama, in 2001 (age 17).

On this date in history:

In 1692, Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and hanged in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials.

In 1898, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

In 1916, whatever momentum former President Theodore Roosevelt had built up as he campaigned for the Republican nomination for president was extinguished when the progressive convention voted for reconciliation with the GOP.

In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

In 1942, the German Gestapo burned the tiny Czech village of Lidice after shooting 173 men and shipping the women and children to concentration camps.

In 1943, Hungarian Laszlo Biro secured a patent for his invention — the first successful and widely used ballpoint pen.

In 2000, Syrian President Hafez Assad died from a heart attack at age 69. He had ruled the country since 1970.

In 2003, a three-member Ontario Court of Appeal in Canada ordered that full marriage rights be extended to same-sex couples.

In 2004, Ray Charles, a 12-time Grammy-winning singer-pianist who pioneered the blending of country and R&B, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 73.

In 2006, three detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hanged themselves.

In 2009, Chrysler, one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, climbed out of bankruptcy with a reconstruction plan that included a partnership deal with Italian carmaker Fiat.

In 2013, car bombings killed at least 57 people in central and northern Iraq.

In 2014, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the U.S. House Republican leader, was defeated by Tea Party challenger David Brat, a college economics professor, in one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history.

In 2017, Tapwrit, ridden by Jose Ortiz, overtook favorite Irish War Cry deep in the stretch to win the Belmont Stakes.

A thought for the day: “Washington, D.C. is a city filled with people who believe they are important.” — David Brinkley