Today is the 171st day of 2012 and the 92nd day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1865, with the arrival of federal troops, slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom. The day is celebrated as the holiday Juneteenth.
In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after a lengthy filibuster in the Senate.
In 1991, the last Soviet troops left Hungary after 45 years of occupation.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), philosopher/scientist; Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), baseball player; Lester Flatt (1914-1979), bluegrass guitarist; Salman Rushdie (1947- ), author; Kathleen Turner (1954- ), actress; Paula Abdul (1962- ), singer/TV personality; Poppy Montgomery (1975- ), actress; Zoe Saldana (1978- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, the Dallas Stars won hockey's Stanley Cup, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a game that went into three overtime periods and lasted more than four hours (including breaks).
TODAY'S FACT: Juneteenth has been celebrated as an official state holiday in Texas since 1980.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short." -- Blaise Pascal
TODAY'S NUMBER: 83 -- days for which senators in opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act filibustered the bill.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (June 19).