Today is Friday, June 18, the 169th day of 2021 with 196 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Cyrus Curtis, founder/publisher of the Ladies' Home Journal, in 1850; journalist/publisher Edward W. Scripps in 1854; British mountain climber George Mallory in 1886; Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna in 1901; singer/actor Jeanette MacDonald in 1903; actor Keye Luke in 1904; vintner Robert Mondavi in 1913; financial journalist Sylvia Porter in 1913; actor Richard Boone in 1917; author Gail Godwin in 1937 (age 84); baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Brock in 1939; film critic Roger Ebert in 1942; singer/composer Paul McCartney in 1942 (age 79); actor Carol Kane in 1952 (age 69); actor Isabella Rossellini in 1952 (age 69); actor Kim Dickens in 1965 (age 56); country singer Blake Shelton in 1976 (age 45); actor David Giuntoli in 1980 (age 41); actor Richard Madden in 1986 (age 35); drummer Josh Dun in 1988 (age 33); actor Jeremy Irvine in 1990 (age 31); actor Willa Holland in 1991 (age 30).
On this date in history:
In 1812, the United States declared war on Britain, beginning the War of 1812.
In 1815, England's Duke of Wellington and Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in Belgium.
In 1975, Saudi Arabian Prince Museid was publicly beheaded in Riyadh for the assassination of King Faisal.
In 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a strategic arms control treaty (SALT II) in Vienna.
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space after the shuttle Challenger was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
In 1990, gunman James Edward Pough, 42, whose car had been repossessed, killed nine people and wounded four before killing himself at a General Motors Acceptance Corp. loan office in Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators said he had killed two people and injured two others a day earlier.
In 1997, Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan resigned under pressure after his governing coalition lost its majority in Parliament.
In 2004, U.S. hostage Paul Johnson Jr., 49, was killed by his Saudi captors despite pleas from senior Muslim clerics.
In 2018, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Defense to create a sixth branch of the military -- a Space Force.
In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against by the Trump administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
A thought for the day: "There's more to life than cheekbones." -- British actor Kate Winslet