UPI Almanac for Friday, June 12, 2015

Yeltsin wins Russia's first open presidential election ... on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  June 12, 2015 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Friday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2015 with 202 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include John Augustus Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1806; film/television producer Irwin Allen in 1916; cartoonist Dave Berg in 1920; former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in 1924 (age 91); singer Vic Damone in 1928 (age 87); Anne Frank, whose diary told of hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland, in 1929; actor/singer Jim Nabors in 1930 (age 85); author Rona Jaffe in 1932; jazz musician Chick Corea in 1941 (age 74); sportscaster Marv Albert in 1941 (age 74); actor Timothy Busfield in 1957 (age 58); musician John Linnell in 1959 (age 56); comedian Scott Thompson in 1959 (age 56); software developer Blake Ross in 1985 (age 30).

On this date in history:

In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated at Cooperstown, N.Y.

In 1963, a sniper killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss.

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states couldn't outlaw interracial marriages.

In 1971, Tricia Nixon, daughter of U.S. President Richard Nixon, married Edward Finch Cox in the first wedding in the Rose Garden of the White House.

In 1979, Bryan Allen, 26, pedaled the 70-pound Gossamer Albatross 22 miles on the first human-powered flight across the English Channel.

In 1982, an estimated 700,000 people gathered in New York's Central Park to call for world nuclear disarmament.

In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that white workers who believe they were treated unfairly because of affirmative action programs can sue for remedies under civil rights legislation.

In 1991, Boris Yeltsin became the first freely elected Russian president. (Yeltsin, a key figure in the demise of the Soviet Union, was president until his resignation in 1999.)

In 1999, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, son of the former president, announced his candidacy for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination.

In 2003, television news pioneer David Brinkley, part of the Huntley-Brinkley evening news team and host of the long-running Sunday public affairs program "This Week," died at his home in Houston. He was 82.

In 2010, Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old California girl trying to sail solo around the world, was rescued by a French fishing vessel after her boat lost its mast in rough weather in the Indian Ocean.

In 2011, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party won a third term in a parliamentary election.

In 2012, Ron Barber, former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was seriously wounded in a shooting rampage, won a special election to replace her. Six people were killed and a dozen others, including Barber, were wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack by Jared Lee Loughner.

In 2013, the National Security Agency director, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told Congress "dozens" of terrorism threats had been thwarted by the agency's surveillance methods, including collection of millions of domestic telephone records.

In 2014, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush parachuted from a helicopter near his summer home at Kennebunkport, Me. -- on his 90th birthday. Bush jumped in tandem with Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team.

A thought for the day: "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and, best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." -- Walt Disney

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