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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

1995, U.S. Marines rescued downed American pilot Scott O'Grady in Bosnia.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 8, 2021
US Air Force Captains T.O. Hanford (L), Scott F. O'Grady (C) and Bob Wright speak at a news conference on June 10, 1995. On June 2, 1995, O'Grady's F-16 Fighting Falcon was shot down over Bosnia while he was flying in support of Operation Deny Flight. File Photo by Senior Airman Tana R. Hamilton/Department of Defense

Today is Tuesday, June 8, the 159th day of 2021 with 206 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include astronomer/mathematician Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1625; German composer Robert Schumann in 1810; former first lady Ida McKinley in 1847; architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1867; science fiction publisher John W. Campbell in 1910; British geneticist Francis Crick, who helped determine the "double helix" structure of DNA, in 1916; College Football Hall of Fame member/U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White in 1917; painter LeRoy Neiman in 1921; former first lady Barbara Bush in 1925; actor Jerry Stiller in 1927; comedian Joan Rivers in 1933; actor/singer James Darren in 1936 (age 85); astronaut Bruce McCandless II in 1937; singer Nancy Sinatra in 1940 (age 81); actor Colin Baker in 1943 (age 78); singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs in 1944 (age 77); actor Kathy Baker in 1950 (age 71); singer Bonnie Tyler in 1951 (age 70); actor Griffin Dunne in 1955 (age 66); "Dilbert" cartoonist Scott Adams in 1957 (age 64); comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans in 1958 (age 63); rock musician Nick Rhodes in 1962 (age 59); actor Frank Grillo in 1965 (age 56); actor Julianna Margulies in 1966 (age 55); gun control advocate/former Rep. Gabby Giffords in 1970 (age 51); rapper Kanye West in 1977 (age 44); TV personality Maria Menounos in 1978 (age 43); Ashley Biden, daughter of President Joe Biden, in 1981 (age 40); actor Torrey Devitto in 1984 (age 37).

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On this date in history:

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In 1789, James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

In 1869, Ives McGaffney of Chicago obtained a patent for a "sweeping machine," the first vacuum cleaner.

In 1949, an FBI report identified several Hollywood figures -- including Frederic March, Dalton Trumbo, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson -- as members of the Communist Party. The document's release came amid a so-called Red Scare in the United States.

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In 1967, the USS Liberty, an intelligence ship sailing in international waters off Egypt, was attacked by Israeli jet planes and torpedo boats. Thirty-four Americans were killed in the attack, which Israel said was a case of mistaken identity.

In 1968, James Earl Ray, an escaped convict, was arrested in London and charged with the April 4 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Ray died in prison in 1998.

In 1986, Austrian voters elected Kurt Waldheim as president. The former U.N. secretary-general's campaign was plagued with allegations he was involved in Nazi war crimes.

In 1994, two of the major warring factions in Bosnia, the Muslim-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serbs, signed a cease-fire agreement.

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In 1995, U.S. Marines rescued downed American pilot Scott O'Grady in Bosnia.

In 2006, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and seven others were confirmed killed in an airstrike on a house north of Baquba.

In 2009, North Korea sentenced American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 years in prison for "illegal entry." They were released after a visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In 2012, U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, apologized to the Afghan people for the deaths of 18 civilians, including children, in an airstrike.

In 2013, Princess Madeleine of Sweden married British-American businessman Christopher O'Neill.

In 2020, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the country had eliminated domestic transmission of COVID-19.


A thought for the day: Actor and motivational speaker Mr. T said, "For many people it's easy to quit, but don't; that's what separates the winners from the losers, what separates the all-stars from the also-rans."

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