Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2019. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today in history

On June 11, 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

Also on this date:

In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, “discovered” the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.

In 1947, the government announced the end of sugar rationing for households and “institutional users” (e.g., restaurants and hotels) as of midnight.

In 1955, in motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators.

In 1986, the John Hughes comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” starring Matthew Broderick, was released by Paramount Pictures.

Fun fact

The most expensive book ever purchased was sold for $30.8 million. It was “Codex Leicester” by Leonardo Da Vinci, and purchased by Bill Gates.

Riddle me this

I have branches, sometimes a few and other times hundreds or more, but I have no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I?

Spoiler alert — answer below the birthdays.

Trending words

“Millennial:” noun; (mil·​len·​ni·​al). Definition: A person born in the 1980s or 1990s.

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Today’s birthdays

Former U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., is 89. Comedian Johnny Brown is 82. International Motorsports Hall of Famer Jackie Stewart is 80. Singer Joey Dee is 79. Actor Roscoe Orman is 75. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 74. Rock musician Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 70. Animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 70. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant is 67. Actor Peter Bergman is 66. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 63. Actor Hugh Laurie is 60. TV personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., is 59. Singer Gioia Bruno (Expose) is 56. Rock musician Dan Lavery (Tonic) is 53. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison is 53. Actress Clare Carey is 52. Actor Peter Dinklage is 50. Country musician Smilin’ Jay McDowell is 50. Actor Lenny Jacobson is 45. Rock musician Tai Anderson (Third Day) is 43. Actor Joshua Jackson is 41. Americana musician Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers) is 41. Christian rock musician Ryan Shrout is 39. Actor Shia LaBeouf is 33.

Riddle answer: A bank.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at dmarshall@lmtribune.com.

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