Born On This Day:
- King Edward I, 1239
- Charles XII Sweden, 1682
- John Wesley, 1703
- Charles Gounod, 1818
- Martin Bormann, 1900
- Sammy Fain, 1902
- Ralph Bellamy, 1904
- John Hersey, 1914
- Dean Martin, 1917
- Kingman Brewster, 1919
- Beryl Reid, 1920
- Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, 1923
- Tigran Petrosian, 1929
- Ken Loach, 1936
- Newt Gingrich, 1943
- Ken Livingstone, 1945
- Barry Manilow, 1946
- Joe Piscopo, 1951
- Mark Linn-Baker, 1953
- Greg Kinnear, 1963
- Venus Williams, 1980
Died On This Day:
- John III Poland, 1696
- Joseph Addison, 1719
- Jeff Chandler, 1961
- John Boulting, 1985
- Kate Smith, 1986
- Cyd Charisse, 2008
- 1579 - Sir Francis Drake in The Golden Hind anchors north of San Francisco Bay; claims land for England.
- 1700 - Massachusetts passes law giving Roman Catholic priests three months to leave the State.
- 1775 - Battle of Bunker Hill-British lose half their troops-1,054 men- but are still victorious.
- 1843 - Maori revolts against British in New Zealand.
- 1856 - First national convention of Republican party in Philadelphia.
- 1863 - Travelers Insurance Co of Hartford, CT chartered, becoming first accident insurance co.
- 1914 - First transcontinental telephone line; U.S. telephone system wired from coast to coast.
- 1938 - America's first ski lift opens-Cannon Mountain Tramway at Franconia, N.H.
- 1939 - Last public guillotining in France; Eugene Weidmann dies for murder of American female dancer.
- 1940 - Russians occupy Latvia.
- 1940 - German planes sink Cunard liner The Lancastria; 3,000-5,000 British troops and refugees killed.
- 1944 - British cities bombed for first time by jets with no pilots. WWII
- 1944 - Iceland free of Denmark-proclaimed independent republic.
- 1950 - Dr. Richard Harold Lawler performs first kidney transplant in Chicago.
- 1961 - Rudolph Nureyev becomes first Russian ballet star to defect to West at Paris' Le Bourget airport.
- 1967 - China announced successful hydrogen bomb test.
- 1970 - Polaroid camera patented by Edwin Land.
- 1971 - President Richard Nixon declares war on drugs.
- 1972 - 5 intruders caught burgling Democratic National Committee HQ at Watergate apartments at 2:00 a.m.
- 1991 - South Africa finally repeals Population Registration Act, legal basis of apartheid, after 40 years.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Botolph (or Botulf)
- Day of Orpheus and King Solomon
- Republic Day in Ireland (1944)
- Independence Day in Iceland
- Bunker Hill Day celebrated in Boston and Suffolk County, Massachusetts
- SAVITRI-VRATA, Hindu Festival for women
- TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
- TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
- SHAVUOT or Feast of Weeks (Jewish), on 6th or 7th of lunar month Sivan.
- ASCENSION (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
- PENTECOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
- TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
- CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
- FATHER'S DAY (U.S.) Third Sunday in June.
- ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
- RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
- CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
- CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
- GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE DAY - Last Sunday in June
- CHAGU-CHAGU UMAKKO or horse Festival in Morioka celebrated second Saturday in June
- HARE KRISHNA RATHA YATRA CHARIOT CARNIVAL celebrated 3rd week in June.
- AMBUBACHI MELA Festival at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, India celebrated third week in June for 5 days
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