Today is Tuesday, June 9, the 160th day of 2015. There are 205 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
68 - Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide after being ousted in a military coup.
1572 - Turkish fleet puts to sea to complete capture of Cyprus.
1752 - French forces at Trichinopoly, now Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, surrender to British.
1800 - Austrians are defeated by French in Battle of Montebello, Italy.
1815 - Representatives from 200 states, governorships, cities and corporations from all over Europe adopt the Congress Act in Vienna, rearranging Europe after the Napoleonic Wars.
1896 - Russo-Japanese agreement recognizes Russia's position in Korea.
1924 - A military coup in Bulgaria overthrows the popular reformist government of Aleksandur Stamboliyski.
1940 - Norway's army surrenders to Germans.
1946 - Ananda Mahidol, the young king of Thailand who recently returned to take up his duties, is found dead in his bed with a gunshot wound.
1967 - Gamal Abdel Nasser resigns as president of Egypt after his country is defeated in Six-Day War with Israel.
1972 - U.S. planes raid perimeters of Hanoi and Haiphong in most concentrated bombing of North Vietnam's military heartland in more than four years.
1991 - King Hussein and Jordanian politicians sign a document to revive multiparty democracy 34 years after political parties were banned.
1993 - The United States announces it has sent heavily armed aircraft to bolster U.N. troops fighting Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid.
1996 - Iraqi officials and U.N. experts begin dismantling a major biological weapons factory outside Baghdad.
1998 - Signaling a possible easing of Indonesia's tight control, new President B.J. Habibie says he's ready to grant special status to East Timor in exchange for peace in the disputed territory.
1999 - The NATO commander in Macedonia signs a peace agreement for Kosovo with Yugoslav generals, providing for the withdrawal of Serb forces, suspension of the NATO air campaign and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.
2000 - France and Germany agree to strengthen a common European defense that will be less dependent on the United States.
2001 - Iranian president Mohammed Khatami wins re-election with a landslide 75 percent of the vote. The mandate points toward the people's unmistakable demand that conservative clerics must loosen their grip on Iran.
2003 - Britain decides to delay adopting the euro, the European Union's single currency.
2007 - Thailand expels 163 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers who had been detained near a large refugee settlement.
2008 - Scientists at a U.S. government weapons laboratory announce they have built the world's fastest computer, capable of sustaining 1,000 trillion operations per second. It will be used to help maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
2009 - Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo detainee walks into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time, underscoring the Obama administration's determination to close the Cuban prison and hold trials in the United States despite Republican opposition.
2012 -- Europe is to offer Spain a bailout package of up to euro100 billion ($125 billion) to help rescue the country's banks and keep the 17-nation eurozone from breaking apart.
2013 -- A 29-year-old intelligence analyst who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA is revealed as the source of The Guardian's and The Washington Post's disclosures about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs.
2014 --The Pakistani Taliban threaten more violence after a five-hour assault on the nation's busiest airport killed 29 people -- including all 10 attackers -- raising a new challenge to the U.S. ally trying to end years of fighting.
Peter I the Great, czar of Russia (1672-1725); George Stephenson, English engineer, principal inventor of the locomotive (1781-1848); Otto Nicolai, German composer (1810-1849); Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician (1836-1917); Cole Porter, U.S. songwriter (1893-1964); Joe Santos, U.S. actor (1936--); Michael J. Fox, U.S. actor (1961--); Johnny Depp, U.S. actor (1963--); Natalie Portman, Israeli-U.S. actress (1981--); Aaron Sorkin, U.S. writer/producer (1961--).
Thought For Today:
Be the inferior of no man, nor of any be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart -- William Saroyan, American playwright (1908-1981).