The almanac

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Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2013 with 198 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury, Saturn and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Scottish economist Adam Smith in 1723; Scottish golf legend Old Tom Morris in 1821; American Indian leader Geronimo in 1829; British film comedian Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) in 1890; newspaper publisher Katharine Graham in 1917; authors Erich Segal in 1937 and Joyce Carol Oates in 1938 (age 75); country singer Billy Crash Craddock in 1939 (age 74); actor Joan Van Ark in 1943 (age 70); boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 62); singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli in 1952 (age 61); actor Laurie Metcalf in 1955 (age 58); professional golfer Phil Mickelson in 1970 (age 43); and rapper Tupac Shakur in 1971.

On this date in history:

In 1883, the New York Giants had the first Ladies' Day baseball game.


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.

In 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

In 1977, Leonid Ilyich 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 1987, the last dusky seaside sparrow died at Walt Disney World.

In 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin met at the White House for the first U.S.-Russian summit.

In 1999, U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 2005, the U.S. Army awarded the first Silver Star for bravery in combat to a female soldier in the Iraq war, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, 23, of Bowling Green, Ky.

In 2008, one month after the California Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, couples flooded into city halls all over the state to get married. California was the second state, behind Massachusetts, to legalize same-sex marriage.


In 2009, U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., acknowledged a nine-month extramarital affair with a former staff member. He resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee but remained in the Senate.

In 2011, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., announced he would resign after admitting he sent sexually suggestive photos on online social networks Facebook and Twitter. He left office the following week.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia announced the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud eight months after he became heir to the throne. He was succeeded as crown prince by Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

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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