Today is Wednesday, June 23, the 174th day of 2021 with 191 to follow.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include the French Empress Joséphine, wife of Napoleon, in 1763; the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in 1894; British King Edward VIII in 1894; Alan Turing, British computer scientist, in 1912; former US Secretary of State William Rogers in 1913; director / choreographer Bob Fosse in 1927; singer June Carter Cash in 1929; astronaut Donn Eisele in 1930; Finnish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari in 1937 (84 years old); US Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph in 1940; former Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine in 1943; actor Ted Shackelford in 1946 (75); actor Bryan Brown in 1947 (74); United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1948 (73); music producer Randy Jackson in 1956 (65); actor Frances McDormand in 1957 (64); Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie in 1963 (58 years old); filmmaker Joss Whedon in 1964 (age 57); actor Selma Blair in 1972 (49); musician Jason Mraz in 1977 (44); actor Melissa Rauch in 1980 (41); singer Duffy, born Amy Anne Duffy, in 1984 (37 years old).
At this date in history:
In 1845, the Congress of the Republic of Texas accepted annexation by the United States.
In 1865, the last Confederate resistance fighters officially surrendered to Oklahoma territory.
In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris.
In 1933, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, in an interview with Roy Howard of United Press, stressed the importance of friendship with the United States.
In 1947, the United States Congress enacted the Taft-Hartley Labor Act over President Harry Truman’s veto. The law limits the power of unions.
In 1956, Gamel Abdel Nasser was elected the first president of the Republic of Egypt.
In 1985, Air India Flight 182, from Montreal to London, was shot down by a terrorist bomb off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people on board.
In 1991, the Group of Seven Industrialized Democracies agreed to offer the Soviet Union associate member status in the International Monetary Fund.
In 1993, John Bobbitt made headlines when his wife, Lorena Bobbitt, cut off his penis while he was sleeping. She testified that she did it because he sexually and emotionally assaulted her during four years of marriage. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.
In 2010, US Army General Stanley McChrystal resigned his post as commander of US troops and NATO in Afghanistan after he and senior aides made derogatory remarks in a magazine interview on administration officials. President Barack Obama has appointed General David Petraeus as McChrystal’s replacement.
In 2013, daredevil Nik Wallenda walked a 2-inch-thick cable through the Little Colorado River Gorge, near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, 1,500 feet above the gorge, in a just under 23 minutes.
In 2014, the World Health Organization said 350 deaths from the Ebola virus had been reported since March in West Africa. One doctor called it an “out of control” epidemic.
In 2018, 12 members of a teenage football team and their coach got lost and trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand. They were extricated 18 days later in a rescue effort that left a former Thai Navy seal dead.
A thought for the day: Author / poet Maya Angelou said, “Any book that helps a child develop the habit of reading, making reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. .