Sunday, June 22
By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2014-06-15 09:01 AM

Today is Sunday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2014. There are 192 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1826 - Pan-American Congress meets in Panama in effort to unite American republics.

1874 - The first telegraph link between Brazil and Europe is established.

1940 - After being overrun in a few weeks, France signs an armistice with Germany at Compiegne, in the same railway car used for the German armistice of 1918.

1941 - Germany invades the Soviet Union.

1969 - South Yemen's president, As Shaabi, is overthrown and replaced by five-man presidential council.

1973 - Skylab 1 astronauts return safely to Earth after record 28 days aboard first U.S. orbiting space station.

1990 - Freed South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela addresses United Nations during trip to New York.

1992 - Mortar shells rain down on battered Sarajevo, killing at least 21 people, wounding at least 135 others and shattering U.N. efforts to open the airport to relief supplies.

1993 - The United Nations resumes food distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia, 10 days after fighting between U.N. troops and those of warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid halt.

1994 - The World Wildlife Federation announces the discovery of the Vu Quang ox, a deer-like animal in Vietnam and only the seventh large land mammal discovered since 1900.

1995 - Facing a major political crisis, Russian President Boris Yeltsin threatens to disband Parliament if it votes to remove his Cabinet. The Parliament later backs down.

1996 - European Union members meeting in Florence, Italy, fail to agree on a plan to fight high unemployment in Europe and oppose U.S. efforts to punish foreign companies that do business in Cuba, Iran and Libya.

1999 - India claims it has recovered the bodies of seven Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir, saying they are evidence that the Pakistani army, not guerrillas, are behind an incursion.

2000 - A fire at a backpackers' hostel in Childers, Australia, kills 15.

2001- Shattering an 11-day cease-fire, government troops attack ethnic Albanian rebels with tanks and helicopter gunships, threatening talks aimed at averting civil war.

2002 - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad shocks Malaysia with the sudden announcement of his resignation after 21 years in office. He steps down on Oct. 25, 2003.

2003 - A U.S. marine is killed and eight other service members are injured by errant bombs dropped by a U.S. B-52 Stratofortress in Djibouti.

2004 - The United States announces it will transfer legal custody of Saddam Hussein and other top prisoners to Iraqi authorities as soon as Iraqi courts issue the necessary warrants.

2005 - An American U-2 spy plane crashes while returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates, killing the pilot after a mission in support of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

2006 - Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas kiss and embrace in the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in more than a year. Olmert also makes a rare apology for Palestinian civilian deaths in recent Israeli airstrikes.

2007 - NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces kill about 60 insurgents along the Afghan-Pakistan border in what is described as the largest insurgent formation crossing the border region in six months.

2008 - The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Somalia's capital is abducted from his home, the latest in a string of kidnappings in this chaotic African nation.

2009 - A U.S. judge orders a Guantanamo Bay detainee from Syria released after chastising prosecutors for claiming a man tortured, imprisoned and abandoned by al-Qaida and the Taliban could still be working with them.

2010 - Twenty-first century laser technology opens a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling find: the first known icons of the apostles Peter and Paul.

2011 - President Barack Obama announces the withdrawal of more than 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, hastening the end of the long conflict that has been more costly than ever envisioned when launched in response to the 2001 terror attacks on the U.S.

2012 -- Turkey says its air force jet that disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea was shot down by Syria in an action likely to worsen already strained relations between the neighboring countries.

2013 -- The Taliban signals a willingness to meet demands to keep their flag lowered as the U.S. warns that their newly opened political office in Qatar might have to be closed as talks aimed at ending the 12-year war in Afghanistan remain in limbo.

Today's Birthdays:

Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian nationalist leader (1805-1872); H. Rider Haggard, British writer (1856-1925); Erich Maria Remarque, German writer (1898-1970); Billy Wilder, Austrian-born film director (1906-2002); Ed Bradley, CBS correspondent (1941-2006); Kris Kristofferson, U.S. country singer/actor (1936--); Meryl Streep, U.S. actress (1949--); Cyndi Lauper, U.S. singer (1953--); Dan Brown, U.S. author (1964--).

Thought For Today:

He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave -- William Drummond, British writer (1585-1649).

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