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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 7, 2024

On June 7, 1998, three white supremacists killed James Byrd Jr. by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas.

By United Press International
President Barack Obama (L) claps with Louvon Harris (C) and Betty Byrd Boatner, the sisters of James Byrd, Jr., who was a victim of a hate crime, as he delivers remarks on the passing of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, at the White House in Washington on October 28, 2009. On June 7, 1998, three white supremacists killed Byrd by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
1 of 2 | President Barack Obama (L) claps with Louvon Harris (C) and Betty Byrd Boatner, the sisters of James Byrd, Jr., who was a victim of a hate crime, as he delivers remarks on the passing of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, at the White House in Washington on October 28, 2009. On June 7, 1998, three white supremacists killed Byrd by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Today is Friday, June 7, the 159th day of 2024 with 207 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Pope Gregory XIII in 1502; British fashion plate George "Beau" Brummell in 1778; French post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in 1848; actor Jessica Tandy in 1909; actor/singer Dean Martin in 1917; Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, in 1917; singer Tom Jones in 1940 (age 84); Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 1942; former talk-show host Jenny Jones in 1946 (age 78); Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis in 1951 (age 73); Turkish author Orhan Pamuk in 1952 (age 72); actor Liam Neeson in 1952 (age 72); singer/songwriter Prince in 1958; former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in 1959 (age 65); actor Lance Reddick in 1962; guitarist Dave Navarro in 1967 (age 57); TV personality Michael "Bear" Grylls in 1974 (age 50); basketball hall of fame member Allen Iverson in 1975 (age 49); actor Bill Hader in 1978 (age 46); former pro tennis player Anna Kournikova in 1981 (age 43); actor Michael Cera in 1988 (age 36); rapper Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, in 1990 (age 34); actor/model Emily Ratajkowski in 1991 (age 33); rapper Fetty Wap, born Willie Maxwell II, in 1991 (age 33); actor Aaron Pierre in 1994 (age 30); actor Gavin Leatherwood in 1994 (age 30).

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On this date in history:

In 1776, the Lee Resolution, which led to the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was introduced in the Continental Congress.

In 1864, Republican delegates meeting in Baltimore nominated Abraham Lincoln for his second term as president. His running mate was Andrew Johnson.

In 1942, Japanese forces occupied Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. U.S. forces retook the islands one year later.

In 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut law banning contraceptives.

In 1967, Israeli troops captured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

In 1975, the first videocassette recorder went on sale to the public.

In 1983, one day after Nicaragua expelled three U.S. diplomats, the Reagan administration ordered six Nicaraguan consulates closed and expelled six of the country's diplomats.

In 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a 4-year-old nationwide state of emergency in all but the strife-torn Indian Ocean province of Natal.

In 1998, three white supremacists killed James Byrd Jr. by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. The three men were convicted of murder -- one was executed in 2011, another is on death row and a third was sentenced to life in prison. The lynching spurred a Texas hate crime law as well as the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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In 2002, U.S. missionary Martin Burnham, captured in the Philippines by a Muslim group more than a year earlier, was fatally shot during a rescue attempt.

In 2008, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., officially ended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president.

In 2013, an arsonist set fire to a bus in Xiamen, China, killing 42 people and injuring 30 others.

In 2013, six people were killed and five injured in a Santa Monica, Calif., shooting rampage that started at a private home and ended on a college campus. The dead included the 23-year-old gunman, who was shot by police.

In 2021, two express trains collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens.


A thought for the day: "I'm like an expensive menu ... you can look but you can't afford." -- Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova

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