Today is Friday, June 20, the 171st day of 2003 with 194 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include author-playwright Lillian Hellman in 1907; actor Errol Flynn in 1909; World War II hero Audie Murphy in 1924; actors Martin Landau and Olympia Dukakis, both in 1931 (age 72), Danny Aiello in 1933 (age 70), and John Mahoney ("Frasier") in 1940 (age 63); songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 61); singer Anne Murray in 1945 (age 58); TV handyman Bob Vila and concert pianist Andre Watts, both in 1946 (age 57); singer Lionel Richie in 1949 (age 54); actor John Goodman in 1952 (age 51); pop singer Cyndi Lauper in 1953 (age 50); and actors Michael Landon Jr. in 1964 (age 39) and Nicole Kidman in 1967 (age 36).
On this date in history:
In 1893, a jury in Fall River, Mass., found Lizzy Borden not guilty 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 Peking.
In 1963, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot line communications link between Washington, D.C., 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 1986, President Reagan had two benign polyps removed from his colon at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1990, President Bush broke off U.S. diplomatic contact with the Palestine Liberation Organization after the PLO refused to act against a factional leader who plotted to attack Israel.
Also in 1990, South African nationalist Nelson Mandela began a triumphant U.S. fund-raising tour in New York.
In 1991, the German parliament voted in favor of moving its capital from Bonn to Berlin.
Also in 1991, Boris Yeltsin, then president of the Soviet republic of Russia, met with President Bush in Washington, D.C.
In 1994, O.J. Simpson pleaded "100 percent not guilty" to charges he murdered his ex-wife and her friend.
In 1995, a military court acquitted Air Force Capt. James Wang of charges in connection with the April 1994 downing of two U.S Army helicopters over Iraq. He'd been the senior director of an AWACS plane that failed to warn two U.S. jets that the choppers were friendly.
In 1996, Attorney General Janet Reno asked that the Whitewater counsel be allowed to investigate the matter of FBI background checks. A panel of judges agreed the next day.
In 1997, four major U.S. tobacco companies and several state attorneys general, after months of negotiations, agreed to a $368.5 billion settlement to recover the costs of smoking-related illnesses.
In 1999, NATO formally ended its bombing campaign of Yugoslavia as Serb forces completed their withdrawal from Kosovo.
In 2000, Taiwan's new president invited his Chinese counterpart to take part in a peace effort similar to one begun by North and South Korea.
A thought for the day: Plutarch felt that "Character is simply habit long continued."