Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017 with 191 to follow.

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


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 80); U.S. Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph in 1940; Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine in 1943 (age 74); actor Ted Shackelford in 1946 (age 71); actor Bryan Brown in 1947 (age 70); U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1948 (age 69); actor Frances McDormand in 1957 (age 60); golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie in 1963 (age 54); musician Jason Mraz in 1977 (age 40).


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 U.P., 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 (G-7) industrialized democracies agreed to offer the Soviet Union associate membership in the International Monetary Fund.

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.”


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

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