Today is Wednesday, June 16, the 168th day of 2004 with 198 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Neptune, Mercury, Venus, and Uranus. The evening stars are Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include film comedian Stan Laurel in 1890; publisher Katharine Graham in 1917; authors Erich Segal in 1937 (age 67) and Joyce Carol Oates in 1938 (age 66); actress Joan Van Ark in 1946 (age 58); boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 53); and actress Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") in 1955 (age 49).
On this date in history:
In 1883, the New York Giants hosted the first Ladies' Day baseball game.
In 1904, James Joyce met his future wife, Nora, for the second time and fell in love. He later chose the date as the single-day setting for his novel, "Ulysses."
In 1917, the first Congress of Soviets was convened in Russia.
In 1958, the leader of the unsuccessful Hungarian uprising against Soviet rule, former Premier Imre Nagy, was executed.
1977 Brezhnev is Soviet president
In 1977, Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party since 1964, was elected president of the Supreme Soviet, thereby becoming both head of party and head of state.
In 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
In 1986, South African blacks marked the 10th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with a one-day strike. Eleven blacks were killed in the resulting violence.
In 1987, the last surviving dusky seaside sparrow died at Walt Disney World.
In 1992, President Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin met at the White House for the first ever U.S.-Russian summit.
Also in 1992, former Defense Secretary Weinberger was indicted on five felony counts of lying to Congress and investigators in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal.
In 1993, the U.N. Security Council voted to impose a worldwide ban on oil shipments to Haiti.
In 1996, Boris Yeltsin won 35 percent of the vote in the Russian presidential election, forcing a runoff.
In 1998, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic indicated a willingness to resume peace talks with ethnic Albanian leaders about the rebellious Serbian province of Kosovo.
Also in 1998, the Detroit Red Wings won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup for the second straight year with a four-game sweep of the Washington Capitals.
In 1999, Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 2002, Tiger Woods won his second U.S. Open championship.
In 2003, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating resigned as head of a board set up by Roman Catholic bishops to monitor compliance with new sexual abuse policies, after accusing some bishops of listening too closely to their lawyers.
Also in 2003, the militant Palestinian group Hamas reportedly was ready to agree to a cease-fire with Israelis.