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Matthew Hedger
06/10/2014 2:50 PM

Today is Tuesday, June 10, the 161st day of 2014 with 204 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranis and Venus. Evening stars Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.

In 1652, silversmith John Hull, in defiance of English colonial law, established the first mint in America.

In 1692, Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and hanged in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials,

In 1898, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

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

In 1942, the German Gestapo burned the tiny Czech village of Lidice after shooting 173 men and shipping the women and children to concentration camps.

In 1943, Hungarian Laszlo Biro invented the ballpoint pen.

In 1998, a jury in Jacksonville, Fla., found the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. liable in the lung-cancer death of a smoker. The jury awarded his family $950,000, including $450,000 in punitive damages -- the first such assessment in a smoking-related lawsuit.

In 2000, Syrian President Hafez Assad died from a heart attack at age 69. He had ruled the country since 1970.

In 2003, a three-member Ontario Court of Appeal in Canada ordered that full marriage rights be extended to same-sex couples.

In 2004, Ray Charles, a 12-time Grammy-winning singer-pianist who pioneered the blending of country and R&B, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 73.

In 2006, three detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, hanged themselves.

In 2009, Chrysler, one of America's Big 3 automakers, climbed out of bankruptcy with a reconstruction plan that included a partnership deal with Italian carmaker Fiat.

In 2012, wildfires burned numerous structures and forced evacuations in Colorado and New Mexico but no serious injuries were reported.

In 2013, car bombings killed at least 57 people in central and northern Iraq. In Afghanistan, seven Taliban insurgents with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a military area near Kabul's airport and all were killed by security forces.

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