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By United Press International  |  June 16, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2002 with 198 to follow.

The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.

The morning star is Mercury.

The evening stars are Venus, Mars and Jupiter.

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 65) and Joyce Carol Oates in 1938 (age 64); actress Joan Van Ark ("Knots Landing") in 1946 (age 56); boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 51); and actress Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne") in 1955 (age 47).

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 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. 11 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.

A thought for the day: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" comes from "Hamlet." And the line about a bank being "a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it" comes from Bob Hope.

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