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Holidays and observances

  • National Paper Airplane Day (United States)

Events

  • 2004 – United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 1998 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.
  • 1998 – The first "National Sorry Day" was held in Australia, and reconciliation events were held nationally, and attended by over a million people.
  • 1991 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.
  • 1972 – The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • 1970 – The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2.
  • 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.
  • 1948 – The U.S. Congress passes Public Law 80-557, which permanently establishes the Civil Air Patrol as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
  • 1938 – In the United States, the House Un-American Activities Committee begins its first session.
  • 1923 – The first 24 Hours of Le Mans was held and has since been run annually in June.
  • 1908 – At Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
  • 1897 – The original manuscript of William Bradford's history, "Of Plymouth Plantation" is returned to the Governor of Massachusetts by the Bishop of London after being taken during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1896 – Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, is the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, Texas.
  • 1864 – Montana is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1783 – A Great Jubilee Day held at North Stratford, Connecticut, celebrated the end of fighting in American Revolution.

Births

  • 1993 – Jimmy Vesey, American ice hockey player
  • 1988 – Damian Williams, American football player
  • 1981 – Ben Zobrist, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1979 – Amanda Bauer, American astronomer and academic
  • 1979 – Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
  • 1978 – Phil Elvrum, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Raina Telgemeier, American author and cartoonist
  • 1976 – Justin Pierre, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1976 – Kenny Florian, American mixed martial artist and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1973 – Naomi Harris, Canadian-American photographer
  • 1971 – Matt Stone, American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer
  • 1969 – Siri Lindley, American triathlete and coach
  • 1964 – Caitlín R. Kiernan, Irish-American paleontologist and author
  • 1964 – Lenny Kravitz, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor
  • 1962 – Bobcat Goldthwait, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Genie Francis, Canadian-American actress
  • 1961 – Steve Pate, American golfer
  • 1961 – Tarsem Singh, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Doug Hutchison, American actor
  • 1960 – Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Margaret Colin, American actress
  • 1958 – Ronnie Black, American golfer
  • 1955 – Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese-American chef
  • 1955 – Wesley Walker, American football player and educator
  • 1953 – Dan Roundfield, American basketball player (d. 2012)
  • 1953 – Kay Hagan, American lawyer and politician
  • 1952 – David Meece, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1951 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012)
  • 1949 – Hank Williams Jr., American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Pam Grier, American actress
  • 1949 – Philip Michael Thomas, American actor
  • 1949 – Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer, developed the first wiki
  • 1948 – Stevie Nicks, American singer-songwriter
  • 1947 – Carol O'Connell, American author and painter
  • 1945 – Garry Peterson, Canadian-American drummer
  • 1944 – Phil Edmonston, American-Canadian journalist and politician
  • 1944 – Sam Posey, American race car driver and journalist
  • 1941 – Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and criminal
  • 1940 – Levon Helm, American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1939 – Brent Musburger, American sportscaster
  • 1939 – Herb Trimpe, American author and illustrator (d. 2015)
  • 1938 – William Bolcom, American pianist and composer
  • 1933 – Edward Whittemore, American soldier and author (d. 1995)
  • 1928 – Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, author, and assisted suicide activist (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Miles Davis, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)
  • 1923 – James Arness, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1922 – Troy Smith, American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (d. 2009)
  • 1920 – Peggy Lee, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1915 – Vernon Alley, American bassist (d. 2004)
  • 1914 – Frankie Manning, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)
  • 1912 – Jay Silverheels, Canadian-American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1911 – Henry Ephron, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1907 – John Wayne, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1979)
  • 1898 – Ernst Bacon, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1895 – Dorothea Lange, American photographer and journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1895 – Paul Lukas, Hungarian-American actor and singer (d. 1971)
  • 1894 – Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (d. 1957)
  • 1886 – Al Jolson, American singer and actor (d. 1950)
  • 1883 – Mamie Smith, American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946)
  • 1880 – W. Otto Miessner, American composer and educator (d. 1967)
  • 1865 – Robert W. Chambers, American author and illustrator (d. 1933)
  • 1822 – Edmond de Goncourt, French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Hedy Epstein, German-born American human rights activist and Holocaust survivor (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Dayton Waller, American soldier and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Robert Kraft, American astronomer and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Miodrag Radulovacki, Serbian-American academic and neuropharmacologist (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – William R. Roy, American physician, journalist, and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Jack Vance, American author (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – John Bierwirth, American lawyer and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Ray Barnhart, American businessman and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Tom Lichtenberg, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Leo Dillon, American illustrator (b. 1933)
  • 2010 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (b. 1912)
  • 2008 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2007 – Howard Porter, American basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 2005 – Eddie Albert, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Leslie Smith, English businessman, co-founded Lesney Products (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Ruth Laredo, American pianist and educator (b. 1937)
  • 2003 – Kathleen Winsor, American journalist and author (b. 1919)
  • 2001 – Anne Haney, American actress (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – Waldo Semon, American chemist and engineer (b. 1898)
  • 1997 – Ralph Horween, American football player and coach (b. 1896)
  • 1995 – Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1906)
  • 1994 – Sonny Sharrock, American guitarist (b. 1940)
  • 1984 – Elizabeth Peer, American journalist (b. 1936)
  • 1979 – George Brent, Irish-American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1969 – Allan Haines Loughead, American engineer, co-founded the Lockheed Corporation (b. 1889)
  • 1966 – Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1959 – Philip Kassel, American gymnast (b. 1876)
  • 1956 – Al Simmons, American baseball player and coach (b. 1902)
  • 1951 – Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer (b. 1880)
  • 1943 – Edsel Ford, American businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1939 – Charles Horace Mayo, American physician, co-founded Mayo Clinic (b. 1865)
  • 1933 – Jimmie Rodgers, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1924 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor, founded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (b. 1859)
  • 1914 – Jacob August Riis, Danish-American journalist, photographer, and reformer (b. 1849)
  • 1908 – Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya movement (b. 1835)
  • 1902 – Almon Brown Strowger, American soldier and inventor (b. 1839)
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