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UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 8, 2024

On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, an intelligence ship sailing in international waters off Egypt, was attacked by Israeli jet planes and torpedo boats.

By United Press International
The USS Liberty (AGTR-5) receives assistance from units of the Sixth Fleet, after she was attacked and seriously damaged by Israeli forces off the Sinai Peninsula on June 8 1967. An SH-3 helicopter is near her bow. File Photo courtesy U.S Navy
1 of 4 | The USS Liberty (AGTR-5) receives assistance from units of the Sixth Fleet, after she was attacked and seriously damaged by Israeli forces off the Sinai Peninsula on June 8 1967. An SH-3 helicopter is near her bow. File Photo courtesy U.S Navy

Today is Saturday, June 8, the 160th day of 2024 with 206 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 astronomer/mathematician Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1625; first lady Ida McKinley in 1847; architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1867; 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; artist LeRoy Neiman in 1921; first lady Barbara Bush in 1925; actor Jerry Stiller in 1927; comedian Joan Rivers in 1933; actor/musician James Darren in 1936 (age 88); astronaut Bruce McCandless II in 1937; musician Nancy Sinatra in 1940 (age 84); musician Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) in 1942 (age 82); actor Colin Baker in 1943 (age 81); musician William "Boz" Scaggs (Steve Miller Band) in 1944 (age 80); actor Sônia Braga in 1950 (age 74); actor Kathy Baker in 1950 (age 74); musician Bonnie Tyler in 1951 (age 73); actor Griffin Dunne in 1955 (age 69); cartoonist Scott Adams in 1957 (age 67); comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans in 1958 (age 66); musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) in 1962 (age 62); actor Frank Grillo in 1965 (age 59); actor Julianna Margulies in 1966 (age 58); actor Dan Futterman in 1967 (age 57); actor David Sutcliffe in 1969 (age 55); gun control advocate/former Rep. Gabby Giffords in 1970 (age 54); actor Mark Feuerstein in 1971 (age 53); actor Eion Bailey in 1976 (age 48); musician Ye, born Kanye West, in 1977 (age 47); musician Sturgill Simpson in 1978 (age 46); TV personality Maria Menounos in 1978 (age 46); Ashley Biden, daughter of President Joe Biden, in 1981 (age 43); actor Torrey Devitto in 1984 (age 40); actor E.R. Fightmaster in 1992 (age 32).

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On this date in history:

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.

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 2022, Iman Vellani became the first on-screen Muslim superhero with the release of Ms. Marvel on Disney+.


A thought for the day: "There's more to life than cheekbones." -- British actor Kate Winslet

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