Thursday, June 13, is the 164th day of 2013. There are 201 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Magician Siegfried (Siegfried Roy) is 74. Actor Richard Thomas is 62. Comedian Tim Allen is 60. Actress Ally Sheedy is 51. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 51. Singer David Gray is 45. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 43. Actor Chris Evans is 32. Actress twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is 27.
In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 that had been leaked to the paper by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.
In 1983, the US space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
In 2003, US forces killed 27 Iraqi fighters after the Iraqis attacked an American tank patrol north of Baghdad. Israel broadened its campaign against Palestinian militants, saying it would strike political as well as military leaders who targeted Israel with terrorism. Hundreds of pro-cleric militants and security forces in Tehran clashed with Iranians throughout the capital.
In 2008, Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s ‘‘Meet the Press,’’ died while preparing for his weekly broadcast; he was 58.