Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019 with 197 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British clergyman John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1703; John Robert Gregg, inventor of the Gregg shorthand system, in 1867; Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky in 1882; Dutch artist M.C. Escher in 1898; author John Hersey in 1914; director Ken Loach in 1936 (age 82); Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in 1942 (age 77); former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1943 (age 76); singer Barry Manilow in 1943 (age 76); musician/songwriter George S. Clinton in 1947 (age 72); comedian Joe Piscopo in 1951 (age 68); actor Mark Linn-Baker in 1954 (age 65); actor Thomas Haden Church in 1960 (age 59); actor Greg Kinnear in 1963 (age 56); Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen in 1965 (age 54); actor Jason Patric in 1966 (age 53); fashion designer Tory Burch in 1966 (age 53); actor Will Forte in 1970 (age 49); singer Paulina Rubio in 1971 (age 48); tennis star Venus Williams in 1980 (age 39); actor Jodie Whittaker in 1982 (age 37); actor Arthur Darvill in 1982 (age 37); Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar in 1987 (age 32); actor KJ Apa in 1997 (age 22).


On this date in history:

In 1885, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the United States, arrived in New York Harbor.

In 1967, China announced it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1972, the Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.

In 1982, Argentina's President Leopoldo Galtieri resigned in response to Britain's victory in the Falkland Islands war.

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In 1991, a coroner in Kentucky exhumed the remains of the 12th U.S. president, Zachary Taylor, to prove or disprove rumors he was killed by arsenic poisoning. The testing proved he wasn't.

In 1994, former NFL player O.J. Simpson led California Highway Patrol on a low-speed chase in his white Bronco. The 90-minute televised chase occurred shortly after he was charged for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

In 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon and co-founder of al-Qaida, moved up to assume leadership of the terrorist network six weeks after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden.

In 2015, Dylann Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in a mass shooting. He was sentenced to death in January 2017.

In 2017, the USS Fitzgerald Navy destroyer collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, killing seven U.S. sailors.

In 2018, Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open, becoming only the seventh golfer to win back-to-back titles at the prestigious event.

A thought for the day: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." -- Martin Luther King Jr.