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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 24, 2024

On June 24, 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift.

By United Press International
U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47 transport planes prepare to take off from Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin airlift in August 1948. On June 24, 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million people of the divided German city. File Photo by USAF
1 of 2 | U.S. Air Force Douglas C-47 transport planes prepare to take off from Tempelhof Airport during the Berlin airlift in August 1948. On June 24, 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million people of the divided German city. File Photo by USAF

Today is Monday, June 24, the 176th day of 2024 with 190 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 clergyman Henry Ward Beecher in 1813; writer Ambrose Bierce in 1842; basketball player/shoe designer Chuck Taylor in 1901; astronomer Fred Hoyle in 1915; author Norman Cousins in 1915; Basketball Hall of Fame member Sam Jones in 1933; actor Michele Lee in 1942 (age 82); musician Jeff Beck (Yardbirds) in 1944; actor Peter Weller in 1947 (age 77); musician Mick Fleetwood in (Fleetwood Mac) 1947 (age 77); musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) in 1949 (age 75); actor Nancy Allen in 1950 (age 74); actor Tommy Lister in 1958; musician Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) in 1959 (age 65); actor Iain Glen in 1961 (age 63); musician Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) in 1961 (age 63); actor Sherry Stringfield in 1967 (age 57); actor Carla Gallo in 1975 (age 49); actor Mindy Kaling, born Vera Mindy Chokalingam, in 1979 (age 45); actor Minka Kelly in 1980 (age 44); actor Vanessa Ray in 1981 (age 43); musician Solange Knowles in 1986 (age 38); soccer player Lionel Messi in 1987 (age 37); actor Candice Patton in 1988 (age 36); actor Max Ehrich in 1991 (age 33); actor Beanie Feldstein in 1993 (age 31); actor Erin Moriarty in 1994 (age 30); actor Harris Dickinson in 1996 (age 28).

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On this date in history:

In 1901, Pablo Picasso's artwork had its first exhibition in Paris.

In 1908, former president Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, N.J., at the age of 71.

In 1948, Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin, setting the stage for the Berlin airlift to support the 2 million people of the divided German city.

In 1970, the Senate repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, named for the 1964 incident the U.S. government used to justify war against Vietnam. The resolution gave President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization for the war, but the vote was largely symbolic because the Nixon administration didn't use it for legal authority to be in Vietnam.

In 1975, an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 en route from New Orleans crashed at New York's Kennedy International airport, killing 113 people. There were 11 survivors.

In 1986, Raquel Welch won a $10.8 million verdict against MGM, which she said ruined her career by firing her from the 1980 movie Cannery Row.

In 1993, a Yale professor was injured by a mail bomb, the second sent by Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber, in two days. It was the 14th bomb Kaczynski sent since the 1970s.

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In 2009, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. He resigned as chairman of the GOP governors association but stayed on as governor and was later elected to Congress.

In 2010, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut in a first-round match played over three days at Wimbledon. The match -- longest in pro-tennis history -- took 11 hours, 5 minutes and 183 games to decide a winner.

In 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt. The military removed him from the office in 2013 and he was later sentenced to death for his role in a mass prison break in 2011.

In 2013, Belgian Steve Darcis, ranked 135th in the world, upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, the first time the Spanish star ever lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam event.

In 2021, the 12-story Champlain Towers condo building in Surfside, Fla., collapsed, killing 98 people and injuring 11 others.

In 2022, the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that overturned its 1973 opinion in Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide.

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A thought for the day: "The rule in the art world is: You cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can't have both." -- American writer Ben Hecht

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