Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 2017. There are 207 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner is 88. Singer Tom Jones is 77. Actor Ronald Pickup is 77. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 74. Actor Ken Osmond (TV: ‘‘Leave It to Beaver”) is 74. Former talk show host Jenny Jones is 71. Actor Liam Neeson is 65. Actress Colleen Camp is 64. Singer-songwriter Actor William Forsythe is 62. Vice President Mike Pence is 58. Rock musician Dave Navarro is 50. Actress Helen Baxendale is 47. Actor Karl Urban is 45. Tennis player Anna Kournikova is 36. . Rapper Fetty Wap is 26.
In 1654, King Louis XIV, age 15, was crowned in Rheims, 11 years after the start of his reign.
In 1917, the Lions Clubs service organization was founded in Chicago.
In 1929, Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
In 1942, the Battle of Midway ended in a decisive victory for American naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a turning point in the Pacific War.
Author-critic Dorothy Parker, famed for her caustic wit, died in New York at age 73.
In 2007, at the G-8 summit in Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin, bitterly opposed to a US missile shield in Europe, presented President George W. Bush with a surprise counterproposal built around a Soviet-era radar system in Azerbaijan; Bush promised to consider the idea, but ended up essentially rejecting it.
In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder clashed with Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee seeking more information about a flawed gun-trafficking investigation in Arizona known as ‘‘Operation Fast and Furious.’’
Last year, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump claimed their parties’ presidential nominations following contests in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.