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Saturday, June 13

June 6, 2015

Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2015. There are 201 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

323 B.C. - Alexander the Great dies of a fever at age 33 in Babylon. He leaves no heir, and his empire dissolves.

1653 - British fleet defeats Dutch off North Foreland.

1839 - Milos Obrenovic, king of Serbia, abdicates because of opposition to his autocratic methods, and is succeeded by his son Milan.

1886 - Bavaria’s King Louis II drowns himself. His psychiatrist also drowns trying to save him.

1888 - Elderly Prime Minister Charles Floquet of France inflicts a severe wound on populist leader Gen. George Boulanger in a duel in Paris.

1900 - The dowager empress of China orders the army to block foreign troops trying to save Europeans under attack in the Boxer Rebellion.

1940 - With German troops not far off, Paris is declared an open city.

1944 - Germany launches first V-1 missiles against London.

1956 - Last British troops leave Suez Canal base, turning the waterway over to Egypt after operating it for 74 years.

1969 - Withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from South Vietnam begins with pullout of unit fighting in Mekong Delta.

1971 - New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam that strengthens domestic opposition to the war.

1973 - United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Viet Cong sign new pact in Paris designed to reinforce Vietnam cease-fire.

1982 - Saudi Arabia’s King Khaled dies and Crown Prince Fahd assumes the throne.

1988 - Turkish Premier Turgut Ozal visits Athens in an historic bid to improve ties between Greece and Turkey.

1993 - Kim Campbell becomes Canada’s first female prime minister.

1997 - Timothy J. McVeigh is sentenced to death for bombing a U.S. government building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.

1999 - The day after moving into Kosovo, NATO peacekeepers kill two Serbs who attack them, and two German journalists and their Macedonian translator are killed by unknown gunmen.

2000 - Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

2001 - One of Mexico’s most-wanted alleged drug traffickers, Ramon Alcides Magana, is arrested.

2003 - The 105-delegate European Convention completes 16 months of work by endorsing a new draft constitution for the European Union.

2008 - Three armed robbers steal two Pablo Picasso prints from a Sao Paulo art museum in a rapid strike in which the thieves bypassed more valuable works to grab the stolen pieces.

2009 - Opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clash with police in the heart of Iran’s capital, pelting them with rocks and setting fire in the worst unrest in a decade.

2011 - Libyan rebels break out toward Tripoli from the opposition-held port of Misrata, cracking a government siege as fighters across the country mount a resurgence in their four-month-old revolt against Moammar Gadhafi.

2012 - A military court convicts Tunisia’s dictator in absentia for his role in the bloody suppression of demonstrations in the country’s interior, ordering him to serve life in prison.

2013 - A proposal to build a massive rival to the Panama Canal across Nicaragua is overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers, capping a lightning-fast approval process that has provoked skepticism among shipping experts and concern among environmentalists.

2014 - Iraq’s Shiite clerical leadership calls on all Iraqis to defend their country from Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

Today’s Birthdays:

Richard Barnfield, English poet (1574-1627); James Clerk Maxwell, British physicist (1831-1879); William B. Yeats, Irish poet (1865-1939); Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese writer (1888-1935); Ralph Edwards, host (“This Is Your Life”) (1913-2005); Siegfried, magician with Siegfried & Roy (1939--); Malcolm McDowell, British actor (1943--); Tim Allen, actor/comedian (1953--); Ally Sheedy, U.S. actress (1962--); Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, U.S. actresses (1986--); David Gray, British folk/rock singer/songwriter (1968--).

Thought For Today:

One is easily fooled by that which one loves — Moliere, French actor-playwright (1622-1673).

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