Today is Saturday, June 8, the 159th day of 2019. There are 206 days left in the year.

Today in history

On June 8, 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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In A.D. 632, the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.

In 1939, Britain’s King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Washington, D.C., where they were received at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1967, during the six-day Middle East war, 34 American servicemen were killed when Israel attacked the USS Liberty, a Navy intelligence-gathering ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Israel later said the Liberty had been mistaken for an Egyptian vessel.)

In 1995, U.S. Marines rescued Capt. Scott O’Grady, whose F-16C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June 2. ... Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant at a Dallas hospital; however, the baseball great died two months later.

Fun fact

Brain cells live longer than all of the other cells in your body.

They eat what?!

Surstromming is fermented Baltic herring that is eaten out of cans in northern Sweden. It is said to have an extremely putrid smell.

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Today’s birthdays

Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 92. Actress Millicent Martin is 85. Actor James Darren is 83. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 79. Singer Chuck Negron is 77. Musician Boz Scaggs is 75. Author Sara Paretsky is 72. Actress Sonia Braga is 69. Actress Kathy Baker is 69. Country musician Tony Rice is 68. Rock singer Bonnie Tyler is 68. Actor Griffin Dunne is 64. “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is 62. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 61. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 59. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 57. Actor Kent Faulcon is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 49. Actress Kelli Williams is 49. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is 49. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 48. Contemporary Christian musician Mike Scheuchzer (MercyMe) is 44. Actor Eion Bailey is 43. Former tennis player Lindsay Davenport is 43. Rapper Kanye West is 42. Country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson is 41. Blues-rock musician Derek Trucks (The Derek Trucks Band) is 40. Rock singer Alex Band (The Calling) is 38. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 38. Former tennis player Kim Clijsters is 36. Actress Torrey DeVitto is 35. Tennis player Jelena Ostapenko is 22.

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