UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Battle of Midway began, the first U.S. spacewalk, Obama clinched nomination … on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  June 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Tuesday, June 3, the 154th day of 2014 with 211 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, in 1808; automaker Ransom Olds in 1864; British King George V in 1865; race car driver Barney Oldfield in 1878; British actor Maurice Evans in 1901; opera tenor Jan Peerce in 1904; jazz dancer and singer Josephine Baker in 1906; actors Paulette Goddard in 1910, Ellen Corby in 1911, Colleen Dewhurst in 1924 and Tony Curtis in 1925; country blues singer Jimmy Rogers in 1924; poet Allen Ginsberg in 1926; sax virtuoso Boots Randolph in 1927; TV producer Chuck Barris in 1929 (age 85); authors Marion Zimmer Bradley in 1930 and Larry McMurtry in 1936 (age 78); Cuban President Raul Castro in 1931 (age 83); singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield in 1942; singer Deniece Williams in 1950 (age 64); actor Scott Valentine in 1958 (age 56); journalist Anderson Cooper in 1967 (age 47); comedic author John Hodgman in 1971 (age 43); and tennis player Rafael Nadal in 1986 (age 28).

On this date in history:

In 1888, the comic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was published in the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Examiner.

In 1937, the duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, married divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson of Baltimore after abdicating the British throne.

In 1942, the battle of Midway began. (It raged for four days and was the turning point for the United States in the World War II Pacific campaign against Japan.)

In 1965, Gemini IV astronaut Ed White made the first American "walk" in space.

In 1985, an accord between Italy and the Vatican ended Roman Catholicism's position as "sole religion of the Italian state."

In 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic revolution, died.

In 1997, French Socialist Party leader Lionel Jospin became prime minister.

In 2004, CIA Director George Tenet resigned.

In 2008, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on the final day of the party's primary season.

In 2009, New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signed legislation allowing same-sex marriage, effective January 2010.

In 2011, Jack Kevorkian, 83, the Michigan physician known as "Dr. Death," died. His advocacy for assisted suicide created havoc for medical ethicists and law agencies.

In 2012, a Dana Air jetliner crashed into a two-story apartment building in a densely populated suburb of Lagos, Nigeria, killing 153 people on the plane and 10 on the ground.

In 2013, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., World War II veteran and oldest member of the Senate, died of viral pneumonia at age 89

A thought for the day: In 2006, a fundraising letter for future President Barack Obama said, "What Washington needs is adult supervision."

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