UPI Almanac for Monday, June 16, 2014

A Russian woman travels into space, a U.S. woman gets the Silver Star … on this date in history.
By United Press International   |   June 16, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, June 16, the 167th day of 2014 with 198 to follow.

The moon is waning. 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 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 76); country singer Billy Crash Craddock in 1939 (age 75); actor Joan Van Ark in 1943 (age 71); boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 63); singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli in 1952 (age 62); actor Laurie Metcalf in 1955 (age 59); professional golfer Phil Mickelson in 1970 (age 44); 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 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

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

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

In 2005, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, 23, of Bowling Green, Ky., became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star for bravery in combat in the Iraq war.

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 until 2011.

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.

In 2013, Justin Rose won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia. He was the first player from England to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

A thought for the day: Bob Hope said a bank is "a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."

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