Today is Tuesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2014 with 190 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include clergyman Henry Ward Beecher in 1813; writer and satirist Ambrose Bierce in 1842; heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey in 1895; basketball player and shoe designer Chuck Taylor in 1901, band leader Phil Harris in 1904; British astronomer Fred Hoyle and author/editor Norman Cousins, both in 1915; golf Hall of Fame member Billy Casper in 1931 (age 83); basketball Hall of Fame member Sam Jones in 1933 (age 81); British members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jeff Beck in 1944 (age 70) and Mick Fleetwood in 1947 (age 67); actors Michele Lee in 1942 (age 72), Peter Weller in 1947 (age 67) and Nancy Allen in 1950 (age 64); and Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, four-time FIFA Player of the Year, in 1987 (age 27).
On this date in history:
In 1812, Napoleon's army entered Russia.
In 1901, Pablo Picasso's artwork had its first exhibition in Paris.
In 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million people of the divided German city.
In 1975, an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 en route from New Orleans crashed at New York's Kennedy International airport, killing 113 people. There were 11 survivors.
In 1986, Raquel Welch won a $10.8 million verdict against MGM, which she said ruined her career by firing her from the 1980 movie "Cannery Row."
In 1987, comedian/actor Jackie Gleason died at the age of 71.
In 2003, author Leon Uris, who wrote "Exodus," the story of the struggle to establish and defend the state of Israel, and other famous novels, died at age 78.
In 2009, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. (He resigned as chairman of the GOP governors association but stayed on as governor and was later elected to Congress.)
In 2010, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a first-round match played over three days at Wimbledon. The match -- longest in pro-tennis history -- took 11 hours, 5 minutes and 183 games to decide a winner.
In 2011, New York state legislators approved same-sex marriage. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who pushed for the proposal, promptly signed it into law.
In 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt. (The military removed him from the office in 2013.) In 2013, Belgian Steve Darcis, ranked 135th in the world, upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, the first time the Spanish star ever lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam event.
A thought for the day: "Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead."-- Gen. Omar Bradley