Born On This Day:
- Charles VIII of France, 1470
- John Gay, 1685
- Willie Sutton, 1901
- Lena Horne, 1917
- Buddy Rich, 1917
- Susan Hayward, 1919
- Harry Blackstone Jr., 1932
- Martin Landau, 1933
- Nancy Dussault, 1936
- Florence Ballard, 1943
- Mike Tyson, 1966
- Ralf Schumacher, 1975
Died On This Day:
- Montezuma, 1520
- Charles Guiteau hanged, 1882
- Nancy Mitford, 1973
- Mary Livingstone, 1983
- Estelle Winwood, 1984
- Lillian Hellman, 1984
- Chet Atkins, 2001
- Buddy Hackett, 2003
- Paul Mazursky, 2014
- 1859 - Niagara Falls crossed on tightrope by French acrobat Blondin.
- 1864 - Yosemite Valley becomes state park granted to California by act of Congress.
- 1894 - Tower Bridge, London, officially opened - the only moveable bridge of the 29 Thames bridges.
- 1908 - 80 million trees knocked down by meteor shockwave in Tunguska, central Siberia; 1,000 times more powerful than atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
- 1933 - Screen Actors Guild founded in Hollywood.
- 1936 - Margaret Mitchell's novel 'Gone With the Wind' published; will go on to sell 8 million copies.
- 1940 - Luftwaffe takes Channel Islands occupying Guernsey at 7 p.m.- only German invasion of Britain.WWII
- 1948 - Bell Telephone Labs demonstrate their new invention-the transistor.
- 1952 - Radio soap opera 'Guiding Light' moves to television and becomes long-lasting daytime series.
- 1966 - U.S. planes bomb demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Vietnam.
- 1971 - U.S. ends draft.
- 1971 - 26th Amendment to constitution giving 18 year-olds right to vote comes into effect.
- 1971 - Russian astronauts die re-entering atmosphere from space in Soyuz XI.
- 1982 - Equal Rights Amendment crashes and burns; ratification fails despite Congressional extension.
- 1989 - Burma declares to U.N. that country's name has been changed to Myanmar and Rangoon now Yangon.
- 1997 - First Harry Potter novel by J. K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," published by Bloomsbury Press in London.
- 1997 - Historic handover of Hong Kong from Britain to People's Republic of China to be official at midnight.
- 1999 - Last two smallpox virus stocks to be destroyed; first deliberate extinction of a species.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Independence Day Zaire (1960)
- 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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