Born On This Day:
- Antoine Rivarol, 1753
- Abner Doubleday, 1819
- Bernard Berenson, 1865
- Sidney Howard, 1891
- Pearl Buck, 1892
- Willy Messerschmitt, 1898
- Stuart Symington, 1901
- Peter Lorre, 1904
- Col. Tom Parker, 1910
- Babe Zaharias, 1914
- Eleanor Parker, 1922
- Colin Wilson, 1931
- Claudio Abbado, 1933
- Charles Robb, 1939
- Georgie Fame, 1943
- Mick Jones, 1956
- Greg LeMond, 1961
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 1963
- Chris O'Donnell, 1970
- Derek Jeter, 1974
Died On This Day:
- Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate, AD 363
- Francisco Pizarro murdered, 1541
- Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1810
- King George IV, 1830
- Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1836
- Simon Cameron, 1889
- Ford Madox Ford, 1939
- Carl Foreman, 1984
- Roy Campanella, 1993
- Strom Thurmond, 2003
- Liz Claiborne, 2007
- Nora Ephron, 2012
- 1284 - Traditional date of the legend that a Pied Piper came to Hamelin Germany; 130 children disappeared.
- 1483 - Richard III begins rule of England.
- 1614 - First lottery in America held by the Virginia Company. Prize 4,500 crowns.
- 1797 - Charles Newbold of New Jersey granted patent on his cast iron plow.
- 1819 - First bicycle patent granted to William Clarkson of New York for 'improved curricle.'
- 1830 - On death of George IV, William IV ascends throne of England.
- 1858 - Treaty of Tientsin ends Anglo Chinese War. Ports open, opium trade legalized.
- 1870 - World's first boardwalk opens in Atlantic City, NJ; 1 mile long 10 foot wide path cost $5,000.
- 1896 - America's first cinema opens in New Orleans-Vitascope Hall, 400 seats.
- 1906 - First French Grand Prix of auto racing begins; oldest car race on European continent.
- 1909 - Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London.
- 1917 - American forces reach France, WWI.
- 1945 - 2 months and 1 day after first meeting, United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations at San Francisco. 1948-Berlin airlift-U.S. blocks roads so Soviets can't force Western powers out of Berlin.
- 1959 - Ingemar Johansson KO's Floyd Patterson in 3rd at N.Y. to become heavyweight boxing champ.
- 1959 - Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower officially open St. Lawrence Seaway. Queen's Yacht sails on it.
- 1963 - Kennedy greeted by million West Germans; famous speech 'Ich bin ein Berliner.'
- 1977 - Elvis Presley gives final performance at Indianapolis. (Dies 2 months later)
- 2000 - Scientists announce that 97% of the human genome has been mapped.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Independence Day Madagascar (1960)
- African Freedom Day
- 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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