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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 12, 2024

On June 12, 1974, after 35 years of existence, the Little League organization asked Congress to change the wording of its charter to allow girls to play on teams.

By United Press International
Members of the Wrigley Little League Dodgers of Los Angeles wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson as they stand on the baseline during a tee ball game on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 2007. On June 12, 1974, after 35 years of existence, the Little League organization asked Congress to change the wording of its charter to allow girls to play on teams. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
1 of 5 | Members of the Wrigley Little League Dodgers of Los Angeles wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson as they stand on the baseline during a tee ball game on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 15, 2007. On June 12, 1974, after 35 years of existence, the Little League organization asked Congress to change the wording of its charter to allow girls to play on teams. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 164th day of 2024 with 202 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 John Augustus Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1806; artist Egon Schiele in 1890; artist/writer Djuna Barnes in 1892; entrepreneur David Rockefeller in 1915; cartoonist Dave Berg in 1920; U.S. President George H.W. Bush in 1924; musician Vic Damone in 1928; Anne Frank, whose diary told of hiding from the Nazis in occupied Holland, in 1929; actor/musician Jim Nabors in 1930; musician Chick Corea in 1941; sportscaster Marv Albert in 1941 (age 83); actor Sonia Manzano in 1950 (age 74); musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) in 1950 (age 74); actor Timothy Busfield in 1957 (age 67); musician Meredith Brooks in 1958 (age 66); musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) in 1959 (age 65); comedian Scott Thompson in 1959 (age 65); actor Rick Hoffman in 1970 (age 54); actor Jason Mewes in 1974 (age 50); actor Timothy Simons in 1978 (age 46); musician Robyn, born Robin Miriam Carlsson, in 1979 (age 45); model Adriana Lima in 1981 (age 43); musician John Gourley (Portugal. The Man) in 1981 (age 43); software developer Blake Ross in 1985 (age 39); actor Dave Franco in 1985 (age 39).

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On this date in history:

In 1935, U.S. Congress passed legislation establishing Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas. The park opened to visitors in July 1944.

In 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated at Cooperstown, N.Y.

In 1963, a sniper killed civil rights leader Medgar Evers outside his home in Jackson, Miss.

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states couldn't outlaw interracial marriages.

In 1971, Tricia Nixon, daughter of U.S. President Richard Nixon, married Edward Finch Cox in the first wedding in the Rose Garden of the White House. The event featured a 7-foot-tall, 350-pound lemon wedding cake.

In 1974, after 35 years of existence, the Little League organization asked Congress to change the wording of its charter to allow girls to play on teams. A decade later, Belgian outfielder Victoria Roche became the first girl to play on the championship roster of the Little League Baseball World Series.

In 1979, Bryan Allen, 26, pedaled the 70-pound Gossamer Albatross 22 miles on the first human-powered flight across the English Channel.

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In 1982, an estimated 700,000 people gathered in New York's Central Park to call for world nuclear disarmament.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan asked Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

In 1991, Boris Yeltsin became the first freely elected Russian president. Yeltsin, a key figure in the demise of the Soviet Union, was president until his resignation in 1999.

In 2010, Abby Sunderland, a 16-year-old California girl trying to sail solo around the world, was rescued by a French fishing vessel after her boat lost its mast in rough weather in the Indian Ocean.

In 2012, Ron Barber, former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was seriously wounded in a shooting rampage, won a special election to replace her. Six people were killed and a dozen others, including Barber, were wounded in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack by Jared Lee Loughner.

In 2014, former President George H.W. Bush parachuted from a helicopter near his summer home at Kennebunkport, Maine, on his 90th birthday. Bush jumped in tandem with Mike Elliott, a retired member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team.

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In 2016, gunman Omar Mateen killed 50 people in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. It was the deadliest attack on the American LGBTQ community in U.S. history and the shooter pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

In 2018, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took part in a summit in Singapore to discuss denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

In 2020, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation banning police from using chokeholds on citizens and making race-based false police reports a crime.

In 2022, MJ, Company, Take Me Out and A Strange Loop each won multiple statues at the Tony Awards, which were held for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


A thought for the day: President George H.W. Bush, speaking of the United States' varied communities and organizations, said, "a brilliant diversity spreads like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."

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