30 JUNE
   
 

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

Today's Events:

  • 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:

  • Martial of Limoges

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Zaire (1960)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • 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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