Anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstrators, protesting a planned march by the KKK on July 17, 1988, burn an American flag. On June 11, 1990, the United States Supreme Court struck down an anti-flagellation law passed by Congress the previous year. UPI File Photo | License picture

Today is Saturday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2022 with 203 to follow.

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 the English playwright/poet Ben Jonson in 1572; the German composer Richard Strauss in 1864; Jeannette Rankin of Montana, the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives, in 1880; the underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau in 1910; Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame football coach, in 1913; singer/pianist Hazel Scott in 1920; author William Styron in 1925; actor Gene Wilder in 1933; Scottish race car driver Jackie Stewart in 1939 (83); actor Adrienne Barbeau in 1945 (age 77); drummer Frank Beard in 1949 (age 73); Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana in 1956 (age 66); actor Hugh Laurie in 1959 (age 63); TV host Dr Mahmet Oz, in 1960 (age 62); actor Peter Dinklage in 1969 (age 53); actor Joshua Jackson in 1978 (age 44); actor Shia LaBeouf in 1986 (age 36); actor Jimmy O. Yang in 1987 (age 35); actor Claire Holt in 1988 (age 34); rapper Kodak Black, born Bill Kahan Kapri, in 1997 (25 years old).

On this historical date:

In 1776, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman were appointed by the Continental Congress to draft a declaration of independence for the American colonies from England.

In 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.

In 1927, US President Calvin Coolidge welcomed Charles Lindbergh home after the pilot made history’s first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris.

In 1963, for a brief moment, Governor George Wallace blocked the enrollment of two African-American students at the University of Alabama. His acts of defiance would be short-lived as President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard, ordering them to end Wallace’s blockade of the school.

In 1967, protests and violence erupted in Tampa, Florida, after a police officer shot and killed 19-year-old Martin Chambers on suspicion of burglary. The race riots lasted for three days, during which several businesses were set on fire and a sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Don Williams – died of a heart attack.

In 1967, the Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ended with a UN-brokered ceasefire. Israeli forces won a quick and decisive victory.

In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan died at age 31 in a New Jersey nursing home, nearly 10 years after falling into an irreversible coma. His condition had sparked a national controversy over his “right to die”.

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister in 160 years to win three consecutive terms.

In 1990, the United States Supreme Court struck down an anti-flagellation law passed by Congress the previous year.

In 1993, jurassic park opened and broke the record for largest three-day opening weekend with approximately $48 million. This record has since been surpassed hundreds of times.

In 1994, after 49 years, the Russian military occupation of what had been East Germany ended with the departure of the Red Army from Berlin.

In 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed in Terre Haute, Ind., for the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds.

In 2004, Ronald Reagan reached his final resting place in his Southern California library, capping off a week of ceremony and tribute to the late president.

In 2011, the leader of al-Qaeda in East Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, was killed in a shootout with Somali soldiers at a checkpoint in Mogadishu.

In 2018, the Federal Communications Commission allowed net neutrality rules enacted under the Obama administration to expire. The rules had required internet service providers to allow access to all content and applications regardless of source and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

In 2021, a Massachusetts lobster diver survived being swallowed and then spat out by a humpback whale off Cape Cod.

Thought for the day: American actor John Wayne said, “Speak low, speak slowly and don’t say too much.”