Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2019. There are 205 days left in the year.

Today in history

On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Also on this date:

In 1588, construction began on the present-day Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, with the laying of the first stone; the structure was completed in 1591.

In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943, which reintroduced federal income tax withholding from paychecks.

In 1972, heavy rains triggered record flooding in the Black Hills of South Dakota; the resulting disaster left at least 238 people dead and $164 million in damage.

In 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

Fun fact

There are around 2,000 different species of cactus that differ in size, shape, color and type of habitat.

Just for laughs

(Changing your duvet cover.)

- Remember to use your energy sparingly. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

- Make sure you stay hydrated.

- Don’t panic.

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Today’s birthdays

Comedian Jackie Mason is 91. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 89. Former baseball manager and player Bill Virdon is 88. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 80. Retired MLB All-Star Dave Parker is 68. Film composer James Newton Howard is 68. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 63. Actor Michael J. Fox is 58. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 58. Actor Johnny Depp is 56. Actress Gloria Reuben is 55. Gospel singer-actress Tamela Mann is 53. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 52. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 52. Musician Ed Simons is 49. Actress Keesha Sharp is 46. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 45. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 44. Actress Michaela Conlin is 41. Actress Natalie Portman is 38. Actress Mae Whitman is 31. Actor Lucien Laviscount is 27.

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