Today in History

Today is the 167th day of 2018. There are 198 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 16, 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; Tereshkova spent 71 hours in flight.

On this date:

In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland.

In 1779, the nearly four-year Great Siege of Gibraltar began as Spain declared war on Britain.

In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

In 1944, George Stinney, a 14-year-old black youth, was electrocuted for the murders of two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7.

Ten years ago: A California Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state’s bans on same-sex marriage became final at 5:01 p.m. prompting dozens of gay couples to tie the knot.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Eileen Atkins is 84. Actor Bill Cobbs is 84. Author Joyce Carol Oates is 80. Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock is 80. Rhythm and blues singer Eddie Levert is 76. Actress Joan Van Ark is 75. Rhythm and blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 68. Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 67. Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 66. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 50. Rapper MC Ren is 49.

Thought for Today: “We seldom stop to think how many people’s lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed.” — Ivy Baker Priest, former U.S. Treasurer (1905-1975).