Today is Thursday, June 9, the 160th day of 2022 with 205 to go.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Russian Tsar Peter the Great in 1672; the composer Cole Porter in 1891; composer/conductor/inventor Fred Waring in 1900; guitarist/pioneer Les Paul recording in 1915; Robert S. McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense/President of the World Bank, in 1916; journalist Marvin Kalb in 1930 (92); comedian Jackie Mason in 1931; soul singer Jackie Wilson in 1934; sports commentator Dick Vitale in 1939 (age 83); the writer Patricia Cornwell in 1956 (age 66); religious leader TD Jakes in 1957 (age 65); writer/producer Aaron Sorkin in 1961 (age 61); actor Michael J. Fox in 1961 (age 61); actor Johnny Depp in 1963 (59 years old); actor Gloria Reuben in 1964 (age 58); actor Tamela Mann in 1966 (age 56); rock musician Matthew Bellamy in 1978 (age 44); actor Natalie Portman in 1981 (age 41); actor Mae Whitman in 1988 (age 34); actor Logan Browning in 1989 (age 33); US Olympic gold medalist gymnast Laurie Hernandez in 2000 (age 22); actor Xolo Maridueña in 2001 (21 years old).
On this historical date:
In 1534, French navigator Jacques Cartier became the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River in what is now Quebec.
In 1898 Britain leased Hong Kong from China for 99 years. The territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
In 1934, Donald Duck made his first screen appearance in “The Wise Little Hen”.
In 1973 Secretariat, after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, claimed the Triple Crown of racing with a dramatic victory in the Belmont Stakes. The big chestnut colt, ridden by Ron Turcotte, was the first horse to do so since Citation in 1948.
In 1982, General Efrain Rios Montt declared himself President of Guatemala. He overthrew the government in a coup in March 1982 and was himself overthrown in August 1983 by Defense Minister Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores.
In 1993, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito married former diplomat Masako Owada in Tokyo in a Shinto ceremony.
In 1997, acknowledging the findings of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, which unanimously recommended new federal legislation banning the creation of human babies by cloning, President Bill Clinton urged Congress to ban human cloning, saying that it reflects ‘our humanity and it’s the right thing to do.’
In 1998, General Abdulsalam Abubakar was sworn in as Nigeria’s military leader, a day after General Sani Abacha died of a heart attack.
In 2005, after weeks of protests, Bolivian President Carlos Mesa resigned.
In 2008, internet service providers Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner agreed to block access to websites that distribute child pornography.
In 2014, actor Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time. “People have to be willing to let go of what they think they know about what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. Because that doesn’t necessarily mean anything on its own,” she told the magazine. .
In 2018, Justify won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown and only the second to do so while still going undefeated.
In 2019, Ali Stroker became the first actor to use a wheelchair to win an acting Tony Award. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Oklahoma!
In 2020, the Senate voted unanimously to make General Charles Q. Brown the 22nd Air Force Chief of Staff, the first black official to head a U.S. military branch.
In 2021, Carrie Underwood won the top prize at the 2021 CMT Music Awards.
A thought for the day: “Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.” — Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw