Today in History

  • Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 2:53pm
  • Life

Today is Sunday, June 24, the 176th day of 2012. There are 190 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight

On June 24, 1982, a British Airways Boeing 747 with 262 people aboard experienced the failure of all four engines at an altitude of 37,000 feet while passing through volcanic ash generated by Mount Galunggung in Indonesia. (By the time the crew was able to restart the engines, the jumbo jet had glided down to 12,000 feet before making a safe emergency landing in Jakarta.)

On this date

In 1509, Henry VIII was crowned king of England; his wife, Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen consort.

In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger — carrying America’s first woman in space, Sally K. Ride — coasted to a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Today’s birthdays

Actor-director Georg Stanford Brown is 69. Rock musician Jeff Beck is 68. Rock singer Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) is 67. Musician Mick Fleetwood is 65. Actor Peter Weller is 65. Rock musician John Illsley (Dire Straits) is 63. Actress Nancy Allen is 62. Reggae singer Astro (UB40) is 55. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 45. Actress Minka Kelly is 32. Actress Kaitlin Cullum is 26. Singer Solange Knowles is 26.

Thought for Today

“If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don’t know you have it, you don’t have it. If you don’t have it but you think you have it, then you have it.” — Jackie Gleason (1916-1987).

Associated Press