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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 17, 2024

On June 17, 1994, former NFL player O.J. Simpson led California Highway Patrol on a low-speed chase in his white Bronco.

By United Press International
Lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran (L) and defendant O.J. Simpson listen to testimony March 21, 1995. On June 17, 1994, Simpson led California Highway Patrol on a low-speed chase in his white Bronco. File Photo by Myung J. Chun/UPI
1 of 4 | Lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran (L) and defendant O.J. Simpson listen to testimony March 21, 1995. On June 17, 1994, Simpson led California Highway Patrol on a low-speed chase in his white Bronco. File Photo by Myung J. Chun/UPI | License Photo

Today is Monday, June 17, the 169th day of 2024 with 197 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 Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1703; John Robert Gregg, inventor of the Gregg shorthand system, in 1867; musician Igor Stravinsky in 1882; artist M.C. Escher in 1898; author John Hersey in 1914; director Ken Loach in 1936 (age 88); Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in 1942 (age 82); former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1943 (age 81); musician Barry Manilow in 1943 (age 81); musician George S. Clinton in 1947 (age 77); comedian Joe Piscopo in 1951 (age 73); actor Mark Linn-Baker in 1954 (age 70); actor Jon Gries in 1957 (age 67); musician Jello Biafra, born Eric Boucher, (Dead Kennedys) in 1958 (age 66); filmmaker Bobby Farrelly in 1958 (age 66); actor Thomas Haden Church in 1960 (age 64); actor Greg Kinnear in 1963 (age 61); Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen in 1965 (age 59); actor Jason Patric in 1966 (age 58); fashion designer Tory Burch in 1966 (age 58); Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye in 1968 (age 56); actor Will Forte in 1970 (age 54); musician Paulina Rubio in 1971 (age 53); tennis star Venus Williams in 1980 (age 44); actor Jodie Whittaker in 1982 (age 42); actor Arthur Darvill in 1982 (age 42); musician Candace "Mickey" Guyton in 1983 (age 41); Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Kendrick Lamar in 1987 (age 37); actor Sasha Calle in 1995 (age 29); actor KJ Apa in 1997 (age 27).

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On this date in history:

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, arrived in New York Harbor.

In 1967, China announced it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1972, the Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.

In 1982, Argentina's President Leopoldo Galtieri resigned in response to Britain's victory in the Falkland Islands war.

In 1991, a coroner in Kentucky exhumed the remains of the 12th U.S. president, Zachary Taylor, to prove or disprove rumors he was killed by arsenic poisoning. The testing proved he wasn't.

In 1994, former NFL player O.J. Simpson led California Highway Patrol on a low-speed chase in his white Bronco. The 90-minute televised chase occurred shortly after he was charged for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

In 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon and co-founder of al-Qaida, moved up to assume leadership of the terrorist network six weeks after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden.

In 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in a mass shooting. He was sentenced to death in January 2017.

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In 2017, the USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, killing seven U.S. sailors.

In 2019, Mohamed Morsi, who became Egypt's first democratically elected president shortly after the Arab Spring only to be deposed a year later, fainted and died during his trial on espionage charges.

In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a law formally making Juneteenth a federal holiday, marking the end of slavery in the United States.


A thought for the day: "The ocean is a mighty harmonist." -- English poet William Wordsworth

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