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UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 22, 2024

On June 22, 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.

By United Press International
President Richard Nixon and Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev exchange pens used in signing an agreement on June 22, 1973, to avoid military confrontations and threats of force that might trigger nuclear war. The ceremony was in the East Room of the White House in Washington. File Photo by Frank Cancellare/UPI
1 of 3 | President Richard Nixon and Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev exchange pens used in signing an agreement on June 22, 1973, to avoid military confrontations and threats of force that might trigger nuclear war. The ceremony was in the East Room of the White House in Washington. File Photo by Frank Cancellare/UPI | License Photo

Today is Saturday, June 22, the 174th day of 2024 with 192 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mercury and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include writer H. Rider Haggard in 1856; writer Erich Remarque in 1898; bank robber John Dillinger in 1903; Baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Hubbell in 1903; filmmaker Billy Wilder in 1906; writer/aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1906; musician/actor Kris Kristofferson in 1936 (age 88); filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in 1940; TV journalist Ed Bradley in 1941; news commentator Brit Hume in 1943 (age 81); actor Klaus Maria Brandauer in 1943 (age 81); writer Octavia Butler in 1947; Basketball Hall of Fame member Pete Maravich in 1947; musician Todd Rundgren in 1948 (age 76); actor Meryl Streep in 1949 (age 75); actor Lindsay Wagner in 1949 (age 75); musician Alan Osmond in 1949 (age 75); actor Graham Greene in 1952 (age 72); musician Cyndi Lauper in 1953 (age 71); actor Freddie Prinze in 1954; musician Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) in 1956 (age 68); musician Garry Beers (INXS) in 1957 (age 67); actor Bruce Campbell in 1958 (age 66); musician Alan Anton (Cowboy Junkies) in 1959 (age 65); actor Tracy Pollan in 1960 (age 64); activist Erin Brockovich in 1960 (age 64); Basketball Hall of Fame member Clyde Drexler in 1962 (age 62); actor Amy Brenneman in 1964 (age 60); writer Dan Brown in 1964 (age 60); musician Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) in 1970 (age 54); actor Mary Lynn Rajskub in 1971 (age 53); TV personality Carson Daly in 1973 (age 51); actor Donald Faison in 1974 (age 50); actor Lecy Goranson in 1974 (age 50); comedian Mike O'Brien in 1976 (age 48); TV personality Jai Rodriguez in 1979 (age 45); actor/performer Bob the Drag Queen, born Christopher Caldwell, in 1986 (age 38); musician Dinah Jane Hansen (Fifth Harmony) in 1997 (age 27).

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On this date in history:

In 1918, an empty troop train rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Ind., killing 53 circus performers and many animals. The circus train had stopped to fix its brakes.

In 1940, France fell to Germany in World War II. Nazi and French leaders signed the second armistice at Compiègne, France, in Ferdinand Foch's Railway Car.

In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.

In 1977, former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell entered a federal prison for Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.

In 2011, reputed former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, indicted in 19 homicides, was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., ending a 16-year manhunt. Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2012, accused child-molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted on 45 sex-abuse charges. He was sentenced to up to 60 years in prisoned and died in 2018.

In 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that all five people aboard the Titan submersible that lost contact during a dive to view the Titanic wreckage were presumed dead. Searchers had earlier discovered a debris field on the ocean floor in their quest for the men.

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A thought for the day: "Every failure is a step to success." -- English scientist William Whewell

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