On June 22, 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.
Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2019 with 192 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 Cancer. They include English adventure novelist H. Rider Haggard in 1856; German novelist Erich Remarque in 1898; bank robber John Dillinger in 1903; baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Hubbell in 1903; movie director Billy Wilder in 1906; author/aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1906; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in 1933 (age 86); singer/actor Kris Kristofferson in 1936 (age 83); TV journalist Ed Bradley in 1941; news commentator Brit Hume in 1943 (age 76); writer Octavia Butler in 1947; basketball Hall of Fame member Pete Maravich in 1947; rock musician Todd Rundgren in 1948 (age 71); actor Meryl Streep in 1949 (age 70); actor Lindsay Wagner in 1949 (age 70); actor Graham Greene in 1952 (age 67); pop singer Cyndi Lauper in 1953 (age 66); actor Freddie Prinze in 1954; actor Tracy Pollan in 1960 (age 59); activist Erin Brockovich in 1960 (age 59); basketball Hall of Fame member Clyde Drexler in 1962 (age 57); actor Amy Brenneman in 1964 (age 55); writer Dan Brown in 1964 (age 55); television host Carson Daly in 1973 (age 46); singer Dinah Jane Hansen in 1997 (age 22).
On this date in history:
In 1918, an empty troop train rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train in Ivanhoe, Ind., killing 53 circus performers and many animals. The circus train had stopped to fix its brakes.
In 1940, France fell to Germany in World War II.
In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
In 1969, show business legend Judy Garland died of what a coroner called an unintentional overdose of sleeping pills. She was 47.
In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pledge to try to avoid nuclear war.
In 1977, former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell entered a federal prisonfor Watergate crimes. He was released for medical reasons 19 months later.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate content and marketing of tobacco products for adults. It also outlawed cigarette ads in school and playground areas and the sale of flavored cigarettes designed for young people.
In 2011, reputed former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, indicted in 19 homicides, was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., ending a 16-year manhunt. Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2012, accused child-molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted on 45 sex-abuse charges. He was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.
In 2018, Eurozone countries brokered a historic relief deal offering Greece more time to pay off billions in debt.
A thought for the day: “We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society, for nothing suffocates the promise of America more than unbounded cynicism and indifference.” — Joe Biden