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Wednesday 6 June 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Engineer's Day (Taiwan)
  • National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day (United States)
  • Normandy landings of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (D-Day), a.k.a. Operation Neptune, part of Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Queensland Day (Queensland)
  • UN Russian Language Day (United Nations)

Events

  • 2005 – In Gonzales v. Raich, the United States Supreme Court upholds a federal law banning cannabis, including medical marijuana.
  • 1993 – Mongolia holds its first direct presidential elections.
  • 1971 – A midair collision between a Hughes Airwest Douglas DC-9 jetliner and a United States Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter near Duarte, California, claims 50 lives.
  • 1946 – The Basketball Association of America is founded in New York City; the BAA was the precursor to the modern National Basketball Association
  • 1944 World War II: The Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.
  • 1934 New Deal: The U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • 1933 – The first drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, United States.
  • 1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon ( 1⁄4¢/L) sold.
  • 1912 The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
  • 1894 Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike.
  • 1892 The Chicago "L" elevated rail system begins operation.
  • 1889 The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Memphis: Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates.
  • 1859 Australia: Queensland is established as a separate colony from New South Wales (Queensland Day).
  • 1844 – The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.
  • 1844 The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
  • 1822 Alexis St. Martin is accidentally shot in the stomach, leading to William Beaumont's studies on digestion.
  • 1813 – War of 1812: Battle of Stoney Creek: A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force twice its size under William Winder and John Chandler.
  • 1749 – The Conspiracy of the Slaves in Malta is discovered.
  • 1586 Francis Drake's forces raid St. Augustine in Spanish Florida.

Births

  • 1995 – Julian Green, American footballer
  • 1993 – Vic Mensa, American rapper
  • 1990 – Anthony Rendon, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Junichi Tazawa, Japanese-American baseball player
  • 1977 – Mark Ellis, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Patrick Rothfuss, American author and academic
  • 1972 – Natalie Morales, American television journalist and anchor
  • 1970 – James Shaffer, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1969 – Erik Prince, American soldier and businessman, co-founded Academi
  • 1967 – Max Casella, American actor
  • 1967 – Paul Giamatti, American actor
  • 1964 – Jay Bentley, American singer and bass player
  • 1963 – Ahmed Johnson, American football player, wrestler, and actor
  • 1963 – Eric Cantor, American lawyer and politician
  • 1961 – Tom Araya, Chilean-American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1960 – Steve Vai, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1959 – David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1959 – Jimmy Jam, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1955 – Lee Smolin, American theoretical physicist
  • 1955 – Sam Simon, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1955 – Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian
  • 1954 – Harvey Fierstein, American actor and playwright
  • 1951 – Dwight Twilley, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist
  • 1949 – Holly Near, American folk singer-songwriter
  • 1948 – Arlene Harris, American entrepreneur, inventor, investor and policy advocate
  • 1947 – Robert Englund, American actor
  • 1946 – Tony Levin, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1945 – David Dukes, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1944 – Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1944 – Tommie Smith, American runner and football player
  • 1943 – Joe Stampley, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1943 – Richard Smalley, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)
  • 1941 – Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-American journalist and author (d. 2012)
  • 1939 – Eddie Giacomin, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1939 – Gary U.S. Bonds, American singer-songwriter
  • 1936 – D. Ramanaidu, Indian actor, director, and producer, founded Suresh Productions (d. 2015)
  • 1936 – Levi Stubbs, American singer (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – Eli Broad, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded KB Home
  • 1932 – David Scott, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut
  • 1925 – Frank Chee Willeto, American soldier and politician, 4th Vice President of the Navajo Nation (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Maxine Kumin, American poet and author (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – V. C. Andrews, American author, illustrator, and painter (d. 1986)
  • 1918 – Edwin G. Krebs, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Kirk Kerkorian, American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation (d. 2015)
  • 1915 – Vincent Persichetti, American pianist and composer (d. 1987)
  • 1913 – Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American author, critic, and academic (d. 1991)
  • 1907 – Bill Dickey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1993)
  • 1902 – Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1947)
  • 1900 – Manfred Sakel, Ukrainian-American psychiatrist and physician (d. 1957)
  • 1898 – Walter Abel, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1890 – Ted Lewis, American singer, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1971)
  • 1884 – Jock Hutchison, Scottish-American golfer (d. 1977)
  • 1867 – David T. Abercrombie, American surveyor and businessman, founded Abercrombie & Fitch (d. 1931)
  • 1850 – Karl Ferdinand Braun, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1918)
  • 1756 – John Trumbull, American soldier and painter (d. 1843)
  • 1755 – Nathan Hale, American soldier (d. 1776)
  • 1622 – Claude-Jean Allouez, French-American missionary and explorer (d. 1689)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Ronnie Gilbert, American singer-songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Vincent Bugliosi, American lawyer and author (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – Eric Hill, English-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Eugen Merzbacher, German-American physicist and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Jerome Karle, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2010 – Marvin Isley, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1953)
  • 2009 – Jim Owens, American football player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Arnold Newman, American photographer and educator (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – Billy Preston, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1946)
  • 2005 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Dana Elcar, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003 – Ken Grimwood, American author (b. 1944)
  • 1997 – Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (b. 1915)
  • 1996 – George Davis Snell, American geneticist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1994 – Barry Sullivan, American actor (b. 1912)
  • 1991 – Stan Getz, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 1982 – Kenneth Rexroth, American poet and academic (b. 1905)
  • 1980 – Ruth Aarons, American table tennis player and manager (b. 1918)
  • 1979 – Jack Haley, American actor (b. 1898)
  • 1976 – J. Paul Getty, American businessman, founded the Getty Oil Company (b. 1892)
  • 1975 – Larry Blyden, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1968 – Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (b. 1925)
  • 1963 – William Baziotes, American painter and academic (b. 1912)
  • 1951 – Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1941 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, founded Chevrolet and Frontenac Motor Corporation (b. 1878)
  • 1922 – Lillian Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1860)
  • 1878 – Robert Stirling, Scottish minister and engineer, invented the stirling engine (b. 1790)
  • 1865 – William Quantrill, American captain (b. 1837)
  • 1862 – Turner Ashby, American colonel (b. 1828)
  • 1840 – Marcellin Champagnat, French priest and saint, founded the Marist Brothers (b. 1789)
  • 1813 – Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect, designed the Hôtel de Mademoiselle de Condé (b. 1739)
  • 1799 – Patrick Henry, American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (b. 1736)
  • 1740 – Alexander Spotswood, Moroccan-American colonial and politician, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (b. 1676)
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