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Today is Monday, June 23, the 174th day of 2008. There are 191 days left in the year.

The Valley Then: In 1915 Wilkes-Barre police rounded up a gang of women shoplifters and found several wagon loads of stolen goods.

Highlight in History: On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-Writer.”

In 1757, forces of the East India Co. led by Robert Clive defeated troops loyal to the provincial governor of Bengal in the Battle of Plassey, which effectively marked the beginning of British colonial rule in India.

In 1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.

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