Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018 with 194 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 author-playwright Lillian Hellman in 1905; actor Errol Flynn in 1909; musician Chet Atkins in 1924; actor/World War II hero Audie Murphy, winner of the Medal of Honor, in 1925; actor Martin Landau in 1928; actor Olympia Dukakis in 1931 (age 87); actor James Tolkan in 1931 (age 87); actor Danny Aiello in 1933 (age 85); actor John Mahoney in 1940; football Hall of Fame member Len Dawson in 1935 (age 83); songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 76); singer Anne Murray in 1945 (age 73); TV handyman Bob Vila in 1946 (age 72); concert pianist Andre Watts in 1946 (age 72); singer Lionel Richie in 1949 (age 69); former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 1950 (age 68); actor John Goodman in 1952 (age 66); musician Michael Anthony (Van Halen) in 1954 (age 64); actor Nicole Kidman in 1967 (age 51); actor Tika Sumpter in 1980 (age 38); actor/singer Alisan Porter in 1981 (age 37); actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse in 1989 (age 29).
On this date in history:
In 1214, the University of Oxford in England was chartered.
In 1893, a jury in Fall River, Mass., acquitted Lizzy Borden in the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
In 1898, the U.S. Navy seized Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, during the Spanish-American War. The people of Guam were granted U.S. citizenship in 1950.
In 1900, in response to widespread foreign encroachment upon China’s national affairs, Chinese nationalists launched the so-called Boxer Rebellion in Beijing.
In 1945, Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Jr. approved the resettlement of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to the United States. Von Braun would go on to lead the U.S. space program.
In 1963, the United States and Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot line communications link between Washington and Moscow.
In 1967, the American Independent Party was formed to back George Wallace of Alabama for president.
In 1977, oil began to flow through the $7.7 billion, 789-mile Alaska pipeline.
In 1988, armed forces commander Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy declared himself leader of Haiti in a military coup overthrowing President Leslie Manigat.
In 1991, the German Parliament voted to move its capital from Bonn to Berlin.
In 2004, Pakistan and India reached agreement on banning nuclear testing.
In 2009, insurgents, striking in a series of attacks as U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq as planned, set off a truck bomb near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, killing 82 people and injuring 250.
In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos easily defeated former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus to become Colombia’s president.
In 2017, Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned as the company’s chief executive officer after months of scandal saw investors lose faith in the controversial tech mogul.
A thought for the day: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” — Albert Einstein