Today is Wednesday, June 5, the 156th day of 2019 with 209 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British furniture maker Thomas Chippendale in 1718; Scottish economist Adam Smith in 1723; Lincoln County, N.M., Sheriff Pat Garrett, who shot Billy the Kid, in 1850; Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1878; actor William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) in 1895; Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo in 1898; Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca in 1898; author/illustrator Richard Scarry in 1919; actor Robert Lansing in 1928; journalist/commentator Bill Moyers in 1934 (age 85); British novelist Margaret Drabble in 1939 (age 80); New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in 1941 (age 78); Olympic athlete John Carlos in 1945 (age 74); Welsh author Ken Follett in 1949 (age 70); financial adviser Suze Orman in 1951 (age 68); producer Kathleen Kennedy in 1953 (age 66); entertainer Kenny G in 1956 (age 63); author Rick Riordan in 1964 (age 55); singer Brian McKnight in 1969 (age 50); actor/producer Mark Wahlberg in 1971 (age 48); actor Chad Allen in 1974 (age 45); actor Liza Weil in 1977 (age 42); actor Nick Kroll in 1978 (age 41); musician Pete Wentz in 1979 (age 40); Russian Olympic figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya in 1998 (age 21).
On this date in history:
In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill abolishing the gold standard.
In 1967, the Six-Day War began between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
In 1976, the Teton River Dam in Idaho collapsed as it was being filled for the first time, killing 14 people, flooding 300 square miles and causing an estimated $1 billion damage.
In 1991, in a step away from apartheid, South African legislators repealed the Land Acts of 1913 and 1936, which reserved 87 percent of land for whites.
In 1998, members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at a General Motors plant in Flint, Mich., over frozen wages. The strike ended seven weeks later with GM promising not to close facilities and buying new equipment for workers, and some workers increasing output by 15 percent.
In 2000, Ukrainian officials announced that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the worst radiation accident in history, would be closed.
In 2003, officials said U.S. troops would withdraw from the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, bringing an end to 50 years of guard duty.
In 2008, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States told a military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he wanted to plead guilty to the charges to become a martyr. Khalid Sheik Mohammed said he expected to face the death penalty.
A thought for the day: U.S. President Ronald Reagan said, "You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit."