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Matthew Hedger
06/17/2014 1:37 PM

Today is Tuesday, June 17, the 168th day of 2014 with 197 to follow.

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

In 1967, China announced it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

In 1972, the Watergate scandal began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.

In 1981, a walkway collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., killing 144 people.

In 1982, Argentina's President Leopoldo Galtieri resigned in response to Britain's victory in the Falkland Islands war.

In 1986, Kate Smith, one of America's most popular singers in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, died at the age of 79.

In 1996, ValuJet Airlines shut down about a month after a crash in the Florida Everglades led to questions about the carrier's safety and maintenance records.

In 2003, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien promised legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country.

In 2009, in a speech to the American Medical Association, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that without action on healthcare reform the rolls of the uninsured will swell to include millions more Americans.

In 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon and co-founder of al-Qaida, moved up to assume leadership of the terrorist network six weeks after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's requirement of proof of citizenship before voter registration violated federal law.

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