Wednesday, June 16, 2010
HISTORY FOR WEDSNESDAY JUNE 16, 2010
Today is Wednesday, June 16, the 167th day of 2010 with 198 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Neptune, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus. The evening stars are Venus and Mars.
This Day in History, June 16
On June 16th, 1903, the Ford Motor Company incorporated.
Other Notable Events, June 16
In 1883, the New York Giants had the first Ladies' Day baseball game.
In 1917, the first Congress of Soviets was convened in Russia.
In 1958, the leader of the unsuccessful Hungarian uprising against Soviet rule, former Premier Imre Nagy, was executed.
In 1963, the Soviet Union put the first woman into space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
In 1977, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party since 1964, was elected president of the Supreme Soviet, thereby becoming both head of party and head of state.
In 1986, South African blacks marked the 10th anniversary of the Soweto uprising with a 1-day strike. Eleven blacks were killed in the resulting violence.
In 1987, the last surviving dusky seaside sparrow died at Walt Disney World.
In 1992, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin met at the White House for the first U.S.-Russian summit.
Also in 1992, former U.S. Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger was indicted on five felony counts of lying to Congress and investigators in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal.
In 1999, U.S. Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 2004, the U.S. commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks said Iraq played no role in the attacks and the CIA knew of a plot in June.
In 2005, the U.S. Army awarded the first Silver Star for bravery in combat to a female soldier in the Iraq war, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, 23, of Bowling Green, Ky.
In 2007, the bodies of 13 members of the Iraqi Olympic tae kwon do martial arts team were found near Ramadi, over a year after the athletes were abducted while driving to a Jordan training camp.
In 2008, one month after the California Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting gay marriage, couples flooded into city halls all over the state to get married. California was the second state, behind Massachusetts, to legalize same-sex marriage.
In 2009, U.S. Sen. John Ensign, a prominent Republican from Nevada, acknowledged a 9-month extramarital affair with a former staff member. He resigned his chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee but remained in the Senate.
Also in 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order granting some healthcare benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Notable Birthdays for June 16
Those born on this date include:
- Scottish golf legend Old Tom Morris in 1821
- American-Indian leader Geronimo in 1829
- Film comedian Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) in 1890
- Newspaper publisher Katharine Graham in 1917
- Author Erich Segal in 1937 (age 73)
- Author Joyce Carol Oates in 1938 (age 72)
- Country singer Billy Crash Craddock in 1939 (age 71)
- Actor Joan Van Ark in 1943 (age 67)
- Boxer Roberto Duran in 1951 (age 59)
- Singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli in 1952 (age 58)
- Actress Laurie Metcalf in 1955 (age 55)
- Professional golfer Phil Mickelson in 1970 (age 40)
- Rapper Tupac Shakur in 1971
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