Today is the 172nd day of 2015 and the first day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, New Hampshire ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the ninth state.
In 1898, U.S. troops captured the island of Guam.
In 1964, three civil rights workers were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag was a form of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
In 2004, SpaceShipOne, piloted by Mike Melvill, became the first privately sponsored craft to carry a human into space.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003), cartoonist; Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), philosopher; Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), writer; Jane Russell (1921-2011), actress; Ray Davies (1944- ), guitarist/songwriter; Tony Scott (1944-2012), film director/producer; Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007), Pakistani politician; Berkeley Breathed (1957- ), cartoonist; Kevin Harlan (1960- ), sportscaster; Juliette Lewis (1973- ), actress; Chris Pratt (1979- ), actor; Prince William (1982- ), Duke of Cambridge.
TODAY'S FACT: James Buchanan was the only U.S. president who never married.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, the first Women's National Basketball Association game kicked off the league's debut season.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "In a word, man must create his own essence: It is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines himself." -- Jean-Paul Sartre, "Characterizations of Existentialism"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 142,000 -- population of New Hampshire in 1790, following ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 16) and first quarter moon (June 24).