Today is Wednesday, June 14, the 165th day of 2017 with 200 to follow.
This is Flag Day in the United States.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Saturn, Neptune, Venus, Uranus, and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1811; bookseller John Bartlett, compiler of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, in 1820; German physician Alois Alzheimer in 1864; singer/composer Cliff Edwards (also the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio) in 1895; photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in 1904; actor/folksinger Burl Ives in 1909; actor Dorothy McGuire in 1916; actor Gene Barry in 1919; Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in 1928; actor Marla Gibbs in 1931 (age 86); musician Junior Walker in 1931; Joe Arpaio, sheriff in Arizona, in 1932 (age 85); rock musician Rod Argent in 1945 (age 72); real estate mogul Donald Trump in 1946 (age 71); former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in 1950 (age 67); women's basketball Coach Pat Summitt in 1952; Olympic gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden in 1958 (age 59); singer Boy George (George O'Dowd) in 1961 (age 56); TV journalist Campbell Brown in 1968 (age 49); tennis star Steffi Graf in 1969 (age 48); Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in 1982 (age 35); actors Daryl and Evan Sabara in 1992 (age 25).
On this date in history:
In 1623, in the first breach-of-promise lawsuit in the United States, the Rev. Greville Pooley sued Cicely Jordan in Charles City, Va., for jilting him for another man.
In 1775, the Continental Congress established the Army as the first U.S. military service.
In 1777, the Stars and Stripes became the national U.S. flag.
In 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to broadcast a message over the radio. The occasion was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial in Baltimore.
In 1933, the first Superman comic book -- Action Comic No. 1 -- was published.
In 1940, German troops marched down Paris' Champs-Élysées as Allied forces abandoned the French capital.
In 1951, Univac I, the world's first commercial computer, designed for the U.S. Census Bureau, was introduced.
In 1954, the phrase "under God" was formally added to U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1985, Shiite Muslim gunmen highjacked TWA Flight 847 carrying 153 passengers and crew from Athens to Rome. The ordeal ended 17 days later in Beirut, where one of the hostages, a U.S. sailor, was killed.
In 1990, flash floods killed at least 26 people and damaged or destroyed more than 800 homes in four eastern Ohio counties.
In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated federal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. She succeeded Justice Byron White.
In 1998, the Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA title in eight years and third in a row, defeating the Utah Jazz in the championship series.
In 1999, the South African National Assembly elected Thabo Mbeki as president, succeeding Nelson Mandela. Mbeki had served as deputy president under Mandela.
In 2002, U.S. Roman Catholic Church leaders adopted new rules for all dioceses calling for removal from active service of any priest found to have abused a minor and for the reporting of accusations to civil authorities.
In 2003, the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly to join the European Union.
In 2008, heavy rains flooded Iowa and other Midwestern states, claiming at least 24 lives and damaging millions of acres of corn and soybeans.
In 2012, ousted Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, in exile and tried in absentia, was sentenced to life imprisonment for ordering the shooting of protesters.
In 2013, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran.
In 2014, former NFL running back Rodney Thomas (Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons) died in Groveton, Texas, of a heart attack at the age of 41.
A thought for the day: "A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy." -- Nelson Mandela