Good morning, it’s Monday, June 8, the 160th day of 2020. There are 206 days left in the year. We’ll start the day in the mid-70s and we’re expecting afternoon highs in the upper 90s before temperatures drop back into the 70s overnight.
On June 8, 1911—109 years ago today--cereal magnate C. W. Post launched a three-year effort to encourage precipitation along the Caprock in West Texas by firing explosives into the air. Five years earlier, Post had purchased 225,000 acres of ranch land along the Caprock in Garza and Lynn counties south of Lubbock, and created a town in the center of Garza County he named Post City (Post, as it’s known today, is still Garza County’s seat). He tried a number of innovations in dry-land farming including automatic machinery, but his most spectacular effort involved the firing of 4-pound dynamite charges every four minutes for several hours at a time from firing stations along the rim of the Caprock. He spent thousands before abandoning the effort in 1914. Despite the failure, he’s credited with helping to open the region to agricultural development.
On June 8, 1915, Abner McCall, who served as Baylor’s president from 1961 to 1981, was born in Perrin in Jack County. (McCall died on June 11, 1995)
On June 8, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill authored by Central Texas State Rep. Kyle Kacal that requires ammonium nitrate dealers to allow State Fire Marshal’s Office inspections, sets a 30-foot buffer between fertilizer and flammable materials, and requires reporting to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rather than the Department of State Health Services. It was the first legislation regulating fertilizer plants since the deadly April 17, 2013 explosion in West.
On June 8, 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 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore.
In 1867, modern American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
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 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970.
In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1972, during the Vietnam War, an Associated Press photographer took a picture of a screaming 9-year-old girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, as she ran naked and severely burned from the scene of a South Vietnamese napalm attack.
In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nevada, ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.
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.
In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston to be its president.
In 2009, North Korea's highest court sentenced American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to 12 years' hard labor for trespassing and "hostile acts." (The women were pardoned in early August 2009 after a trip to Pyongyang by former President Bill Clinton.)
In 2018, celebrity chef, author and CNN host Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in eastern France in what authorities determined was a suicide.
In high-profile Republican state primaries, Meg Whitman won the nomination for California governor while Carly Fiorina got the nod to oppose three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer; in Nevada, Sharron Angle won the right to oppose Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (All three ended up losing their respective contests.) In South Carolina, political unknown Alvin Greene won the Democratic primary to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (Greene lost in November).
Acknowledging setbacks, President Barack Obama said at the close of a G-7 summit in Germany that the United States still lacked a "complete strategy" for training Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Siding with the White House in a foreign-policy power struggle with Congress, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Americans born in the disputed city of Jerusalem could not list Israel as their birthplace on passports. The NCAA approved multiple rule changes to men's basketball for the 2015-16 season, including a 30-second shot clock and fewer timeouts for each team.
Eighth-seeded Ash Barty won her first major tennis championship, beating Marketa Vondrousova in the French Open women’s final.
Actress Millicent Martin is 86. Actor James Darren is 84. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 80. Singer Chuck Negron is 78. Musician Boz Scaggs is 76. Author Sara Paretsky is 73. Actress Sonia Braga is 70. Actress Kathy Baker is 70. Country musician Tony Rice is 69. Rock singer Bonnie Tyler is 69. Actor Griffin Dunne is 65. "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is 63. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 62. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 60. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 58. Rhythm-and-blues singer Doris Pearson (Five Star) is 54. Actress Julianna Margulies is 53. Actor Dan Futterman is 53. Actor David Sutcliffe is 51. Actor Kent Faulcon is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nicci Gilbert is 50. Actress Kelli Williams is 50. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is 50. Actor Mark Feuerstein is 49. Contemporary Christian musician Mike Scheuchzer (MercyMe) is 45. Actor Eion Bailey is 44. Former tennis player Lindsay Davenport is 44. Rapper Kanye West is 43. TV personality-actress Maria Menounos is 42. Country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson is 42. Blues-rock musician Derek Trucks (The Derek Trucks Band) is 41. Rock singer Alex Band (The Calling) is 39. Folk-bluegrass singer-musician Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 39. Former tennis player Kim Clijsters is 37. Actress Torrey DeVitto is 36. Tennis player Jelena Ostapenko is 23.
"Love hath no physic for a grief too deep." - Robert Nathan, American author and poet (1894-1985).