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DAILY ALMANAC for SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012; Historical events, Celebrity Birthdays

Today is Sunday, June 10, 2012. It is the 162nd day of the year. We have 204 days left before moving into 2013.

HISTORICAL EVENTS ON THIS DATE:

* In 1922, Singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn.

* In 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio.

* In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy.

* In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

* In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others. He was recaptured three days later.

* In 1978, Affirmed won horse racing’s Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes.

* In 2004, Singer-musician Ray Charles died at age 73.

* In 2007, The final episode of “The Sopranos” aired on HBO.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Gina Gershon, actress, singer turns 50 today. Seen here at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York City in June 2011 ( photo by Joella Marano via wikipedia commons)

79 F. LEE BAILEY, famous lawyer who helped successfully defended  O.J. Simpson in the Nicole Simpson/Ron Goldman murders in 1995

61 DAN FOUTS, Hall of Fame QB

51 MAXI PRIEST, singer

50 GINA GERSHON, actress, singer

47 ELIZABETH HURLEY, model & actress from the Austin Powers movies

39 FAITH EVANS, singer

30 TARA LIPINSKI, figure skater & Olympic Gold Medalist

11 SASHA OBAMA, youngest daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama

ENTERTAINMENT FOR MONDAY AUGUST 16, 2010: Alamanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Monday August 16, the 228th day of 2010. There are 137 days left before 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

* In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

American forces won the Revolutionary war on this date in 1777 (file photo)

* In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

* In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

* In 1894, George Meany, the first president of the AFL-CIO, was born in New York.

* In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

* In 1960, Britain dropped control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

* In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. told a Capitol Hill hearing that he did not commit the crime, saying he was set up by a man named “Raoul.”

* Ten years ago, August 16, 2000, Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al Gore for president.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

82 Ann Blyth, actress.

80 Frank Gifford, sportscaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Husband of Kathie Lee Gifford.

79 Eydie Gorme, singer and wife of entertainer Steve Lawrence.

57 Kathie Lee Gifford, TV personality, singer and wife of Frank Gifford.

52 Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone in the Detroit area, singer and dancer.

52 Angela Bassett, actress.

47 Steve Carell, actress.

38 Emily Robison, country singer of the Dixie Chicks.