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

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Holidays and observances

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Memphis: Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates.
  • 1844 – The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.
  • 1844 – The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.
  • 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.

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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