Thursday, June 27, is the 178th day of 2013. There are 187 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Business executive Ross Perot is 83. Former interior secretary Bruce Babbitt is 75. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (the Beach Boys) is 71. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 64. Actress Julia Duffy is 62. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 58. Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 54. Writer-director J.J. Abrams is 47. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is 45. Gold medal figure skater Viktor Petrenko is 44. TV personality Jo Frost (‘‘Supernanny”) is 43. Actor Tobey Maguire is 38. Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is 29.
In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
In 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
In 1893, the New York stock market crashed.
In 1950, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
In 1957, more than 500 people were killed when Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.
In 1963, President Kennedy spent the first full day of a visit to Ireland stopping by the County Wexford home of his great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, who’d emigrated to America in 1848.
In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement.