Today is Wednesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2018 with 187 to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Irish patriot Charles Stewart Parnell in 1846; anarchist Emma Goldman in 1869; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1872; blind/deaf author Helen Keller in 1880; "Captain Kangaroo" Bob Keeshan in 1927; U.S. businessman/former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot in 1930 (age 88); singer/songwriter Bruce Johnston (the Beach Boys) in 1942 (age 76); fashion designer Norma Kamali in 1945 (age 73); fashion designer Vera Wang in 1949 (age 69); actor Julia Duffy in 1951 (age 67); actor Isabelle Adjani in 1955 (age 63); film/television writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams in 1966 (age 52); actor Christian Kane in 1974 (age 44); actor Tobey Maguire in 1975 (age 43); TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian in 1984 (age 34); actor Drake Bell in 1986 (age 32); actor Sam Claflin in 1986 (age 32); actor Matthew Lewis in 1989 (age 29); singer Lauren Jauregui in 1996 (age 22); actor Shannon Purser in 1997 (age 21); actor Chandler Riggs in 1999 (age 19).

 

On this date in history:

In 1829, English scientist James Smithson left a will that eventually funded the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington -- in a country he never visited.

In 1844, Mormon founder Joseph Smith was slain by a mob at a jail in Carthage, Ill.

In 1847, the first telegraph wire links were established between New York City and Boston.

In 1859, Louisville, Ky., schoolteacher Mildred Hill composed a tune for her students and called it "Good Morning To You." Her sister, Patty, who wrote the lyrics, later added a verse that began "Happy Birthday To You."

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In 1950, U.S. President Harry S. Truman ordered naval and air forces to help repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled private employers could give special preferences to black people to eliminate "manifest racial imbalance" in traditionally white-only jobs.

In 1991, Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall announced he was retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first African American to sit on the high court.

In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a historic mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. Docking occurred two days later.

In 2001, screen legend Jack Lemmon died at the age of 76.

In 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a long-awaited nationwide registry for people who want to block unwanted telemarketing calls.

In 2005, Dennis Rader, the so-called "BTK" (bind, torture, kill) killer, pleaded guilty to 10 slayings in the Wichita, Kan., area. He was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2007, Tony Blair officially stepped down after a decade as British prime minister, submitting his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. Blair was succeeded by Gordon Brown and became Britain's envoy to the Middle East.

In 2009, a top health official said the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, killed 127 people of the more than 1 million infected in the United States. About 3,000 were reported hospitalized.

In 2011, a federal court jury in Chicago convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 felony corruption charges that included trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after the 2008 presidential election. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In 2012, Tanzanian Deputy Interior Minister Pereira Silima said about 42 migrants died of asphyxiation riding in a truck packed with more than 120 people.

In 2013, Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's prime minister for the second time in three years, regaining the post after defeating Julia Gillard in a Labor Party leadership vote. He then resigned in September after the party was defeated.

In 2017, the FARC rebel group officially disarms in a ceremony with the Colombian government.

A thought for the day: "Without a strong educational system, democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power, it is the citadel of human freedom." -- Harry S. Truman