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World Almanac June 23

 TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1894, the International Olympic Committee was founded in Paris. In 1947, the Senate overrode President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which restricts the activities and power of labor unions. In 1972, an audio recording captured President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff conspiring to obstruct the FBI's investigation of the Watergate break-ins. In 2016, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.

 TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alan Turing (1912-1954), mathematician; Bob Fosse (1927-1987), choreographer/director; June Carter Cash (1929-2003), singer-songwriter; Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), Olympic sprinter; Clarence Thomas (1948- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Randy Jackson (1956- ), musician/TV personality; Frances McDormand (1957- ), actress; Joss Whedon (1964- ), filmmaker; Joel Edgerton (1974- ), actor; Jason Mraz (1977- ), singer-songwriter.

 TODAY'S FACT: Host country Greece won 47 medals, more than any other participating country, at the first modern Summer Olympics in 1896.

 TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1917, Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth walked the first batter of a game against the Washington Senators. When Ruth was ejected for arguing the call, he punched the umpire. Ruth's replacement, Ernie Shore, went on to retire all 26 batters he faced.

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