Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017 with 194 to follow.
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 author-playwright Lillian Hellman in 1905; actor Errol Flynn in 1909; musician Chet Atkins in 1924; actor/World War II hero Audie Murphy, winner of the Medal of Honor, in 1924; actor Martin Landau in 1928 (age 89); actor Olympia Dukakis in 1931 (age 86); actor and James Tolkan in 1931 (age 86); actor Danny Aiello in 1933 (age 84); actor John Mahoney in 1940 (age 77); football Hall of Fame member Len Dawson in 1935 (age 82); songwriter Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 75); singer Anne Murray in 1945 (age 72); TV handyman Bob Vila in 1946 (age 71); concert pianist Andre Watts in 1946 (age 71); singer Lionel Richie in 1949 (age 68); former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 1950 (age 67); actor John Goodman in 1952 (age 65); musician Michael Anthony (Van Halen), in 1954 (age 63); actor Nicole Kidman in 1967 (age 50).
On this date in history:
In 1214, the University of Oxford in England was chartered.
In 1893, a jury in Fall River, Mass., acquitted Lizzy Borden in the ax murders of her father and stepmother.
In 1898, the U.S. Navy seized Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, during the Spanish-American War. The people of Guam were granted U.S. citizenship in 1950.
In 1900, in response to widespread foreign encroachment upon China's national affairs, Chinese nationalists launched the so-called Boxer Rebellion in Beijing.
In 1945, Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, Jr. approved the resettlement of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to the United States. Von Braun would go on to lead the U.S. space program.
In 1963, the United States and Soviet Union agreed to establish a hot-line communications link between Washington and Moscow.
In 1967, the American Independent Party was formed to back George Wallace of Alabama for president.
In 1977, oil began to flow through the $7.7 billion, 789-mile Alaska pipeline.
In 1991, the German Parliament voted to move its capital from Bonn to Berlin.
In 2004, Pakistan and India reached agreement on banning nuclear testing.
In 2009, insurgents, striking in a series of attacks as U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq as planned, set off a truck bomb near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, killing 82 people and injuring 250.
In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos easily defeated former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus to become Colombia's president.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a class-action lawsuit against Walmart that alleged sex discrimination against up to 1.5 million women.
In 2014, David Blatt, a longtime coach of European teams, was hired to coach the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. In Blatt's first season in his new job, the injury-plagued Cavs, led by LeBron James reached the NBA finals before losing in six games to Golden State.
A thought for the day: "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." -- Albert Einstein