Five years ago: Thirty-five people were killed in the bombing of a police academy bus in Kabul, Afghanistan; the Taliban claimed responsibility. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') swore in a new government and outlawed Hamas militias. Angel Cabrera (AHN'-hehl kuh-BREHR'-uh) held off Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a stroke to capture the U.S. Open. Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, known as the "architect of fashion," died in Milan at age 62.
One year ago: The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries. A Saudi woman defiantly drove through Riyadh while others brazenly cruised by police patrols in the first forays of a challenge to Saudi Arabia's male-only driving rules. Rory McIlroy (MAK'-ihl-roy) became the first player in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open to reach 13-under par.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Lupus is 80. Actor William Lucking is 71. Singer Barry Manilow is 69. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 61. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 58. Musician Philip Chevron (The Pogues) is 55. Actor Jon Gries (gryz) is 55. Movie producer-director-writer Bobby Farrelly is 54. Actor Thomas Haden Church is 51. Actor Greg Kinnear is 49. Actress Kami Cotler (TV: "The Waltons") is 47. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Dan Jansen is 47. Actor Jason Patric is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kevin Thornton is 43. Actor-comedian Will Forte is 42. Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio is 41. Tennis player Venus Williams is 32. Actor-rapper Herculeez (AKA Jamal Mixon) is 29. Actor Damani Roberts is 16.
Thought for Today: "Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be tough." — Wilhelm Busch, German illustrator and poet (1832-1908).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, June 17)
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