Today is Saturday, June 10th, the 161st day of 2017. There are 204 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
1967: War in the Mideast ended as Israel and Syria accepted a United Nations-mediated cease-fire; during the six days of conflict with Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, Israeli forces captured the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Academy Award-winning actor Spencer Tracy died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 67.
1692: The first execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts took place as Bridget Bishop was hanged.
In 1892, the Republican national convention in Minneapolis nominated President Benjamin Harrison for re-election and Whitelaw Reid for vice president. (Harrison, however, lost the election to former President Grover Cleveland.)
1907: Eleven men in five cars set out on a race from “Peking to Paris.” (Prince Scipione Borghese (ship-ee-OH’-nay bohr-GAY’-seh) of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.)
1922: Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.
1942: During World War II, German forces massacred 173 male residents of Lidice (LIH’-dyiht-zeh), Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
1944: German forces massacred 642 residents of the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane.
1957: In Canadian elections, John Diefenbaker (DEE’-fehn-BAY’-kur) led the Progressive Conservatives to an upset victory over the Liberal party of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent (LOO’-ee sant law-RAHNT’).
1977: James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others; he was recaptured June 13.
1982: Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” had its world premiere in Los Angeles.
1991: 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard of South Lake Tahoe, California, was abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido; Jaycee was held by the couple for 18 years before she was found by authorities.
2002: Organized crime figure John Gotti died at a prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri, at age 61. A partial solar eclipse cast a shadow over parts of eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean and North America.
Britain’s Prince Philip is 96.
Attorney F. Lee Bailey is 84.
Actress Alexandra Stewart is 78.
Singer Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) is 76.
Actor Jurgen Prochnow is 76.
Media commentator Jeff Greenfield is 74.
Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts is 66.
Country singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler is 65.
Quotes Of The Day:
I really can't wait for the day that someone looks at me like I’m their everything and wants to keep hold of me forever.
Want to succeed? Then do not go to sleep hoping, stay awake achieving.