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  • 1971 – The United States Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • 1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting the states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
  • 1942 – World War II: Aleutian Islands Campaign: Imperial Japanese soldiers begin occupying the American islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of Midway ends in American victory.
  • 1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.
  • 1899 – American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.
  • 1866 – One thousand eight hundred Fenian raiders are repelled back to the United States after looting and plundering the Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg areas of Quebec.
  • 1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons–Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.
  • 1810 – The newspaper Gazeta de Buenos Ayres is first published in Argentina.
  • 1776 – Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1099 – First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins.


  • 1992 – Sara Niemietz, American singer-songwriter and actress. A substantial portion of her YouTube offerings are live performance music-videos and her channel has surpassed 25 million views.
  • 1991 – Fetty Wap, American rapper. Willie Junior Maxwell II (born June 7, 1991), known professionally as Fetty Wap, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter.
  • 1990 – Allison Schmitt, American swimmer. Allison Rodgers Schmitt (born June 7, 1990) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in freestyle events, and is an eight-time Olympic medalist.
  • 1986 – Keegan Bradley, American golfer. He is one of four golfers to win in his major debut, along with Ben Curtis, Willie Park, Sr. and Francis Ouimet.
  • 1981 – Larisa Oleynik, American actress. During her period as a teen idol, she was described as "one of America's favorite 15-year-olds", and "the proverbial girl next door".
  • 1978 – Bill Hader, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He rose to fame as a cast member on the NBC variety series Saturday Night Live (2005–2013) for which he received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Peabody Award.
  • 1978 – Mini Andén, Swedish-American model, actress, and producer. Susanna Clara Elisabeth "Mini" Andén (born 7 June 1978) is a Swedish model, actress, occasional host and producer.
  • 1975 – Allen Iverson, American basketball player. Iverson was an 11-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001.
  • 1971 – Alex Mooney, American lawyer and politician. Alexander Xavier Mooney (born June 5, 1971) is the U.S.
  • 1970 – Mike Modano, American ice hockey player. Michael Thomas Modano Jr. (/moʊˈdɑːnoʊ/; born June 7, 1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player, who played primarily for the Minnesota/Dallas Stars franchise.
  • 1967 – Dave Navarro, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. David Michael Navarro (born June 7, 1967) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, presenter and actor.
  • 1966 – Eric Kretz, American drummer, songwriter, and producer. Eric Kretz (born June 7, 1966) is an American musician and producer, best known as the drummer for the rock band Stone Temple Pilots.
  • 1966 – Tom McCarthy, American director, screenwriter and actor. Thomas McCarthy (also Tom and Tommy) may refer to:
  • 1965 – Mick Foley, American wrestler, actor, and author. Michael Francis "Mick" Foley (born June 7, 1965) is an American actor, author, retired professional wrestler and color commentator.
  • 1963 – Gordon Gano, American musician, vocalist of the Violent Femmes. Gordon James Gano (born June 7, 1963) is an American musician widely known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter of American folk punk band Violent Femmes.
  • 1961 – Dave Catching, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He is a founding member of the California stoner rock band earthlings?, a touring member of Eagles of Death Metal and the co-founder of the Rancho De La Luna recording studio.
  • 1960 – Bill Prady, American screenwriter and producer. William Scott Prady (born June 7, 1960) is an American television writer and producer who has worked on American sitcoms and variety programs, including Married... with Children, Dream On, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men and Gilmore Girls and is the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory and The Muppets.
  • 1959 – Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States. He is the younger brother of U.S.
  • 1958 – Prince, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor (d. 2016). A prince is a male ruler (ranked below a king, grand prince, and grand duke) or member of a monarch's or former monarch's family.
  • 1956 – L.A. Reid, American songwriter and producer, co-founded LaFace Records. Antonio Marquis "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is an American record executive, record producer, composer, former drummer, songwriter, A&R representative, film producer, businessman and author.
  • 1955 – Tim Richmond, American race car driver (d. 1989), was an American race car driver from Ashland, Ohio. He competed in IndyCar racing before transferring to NASCAR's Winston Cup Series.
  • 1954 – Louise Erdrich, American novelist and poet. Louise Erdrich (born Karen Louise Erdrich, June 7, 1954) is an American author, writer of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings.
  • 1952 – Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" and "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time".
  • 1952 – Orhan Pamuk, Turkish-American novelist, screenwriter, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. One of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages, making him the country's best-selling writer.
  • 1948 – Jim Walton, American businessman. James Carr Walton (born June 7, 1948) is an heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world's largest retailer.
  • 1947 – Don Money, American baseball player and coach. Donald Wayne "Easy" Money (born June 7, 1947), is an American former professional baseball infielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.
  • 1947 – Thurman Munson, American baseball player (d. 1979), was an American professional baseball catcher who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1969 until his death in 1979. A seven-time All-Star, Munson had a career batting average of .292 with 113 home runs and 701 runs batted in (RBIs).
  • 1944 – Clarence White, American guitarist and singer (The Byrds) (d. 1973), was an American bluegrass and country guitarist and singer. He is best known as a member of the bluegrass ensemble the Kentucky Colonels and the rock band the Byrds, as well as for being a pioneer of the musical genre of country rock during the late 1960s.
  • 1935 – Harry Crews, American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2012), was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He often made use of violent, grotesque characters and set them in regions of the Deep South.
  • 1929 – Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (d. 1983), was an American professional wrestling manager. Not a wrestler himself due to his small stature, he was noted for his flamboyant outfit of sequined jackets, wraparound sunglasses, and a brightly colored turban decorated with jewels and feathers.
  • 1928 – James Ivory, American director, producer, and screenwriter. All three were principals in Merchant Ivory Productions, whose films have won six Academy Awards; Ivory himself has been nominated for four Oscars, winning one.
  • 1927 – Paul Salamunovich, American conductor and educator (d. 2014), was a Grammy-nominated, American conductor and educator.
  • 1917 – Dean Martin, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1995), was an American actor, singer and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.
  • 1917 – Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (d. 2000), was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community.
  • 1911 – Brooks Stevens, American engineer and designer, designed the Wienermobile (d. 1995), was an American industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles and motorcycles — as well as a graphic designer and stylist. Stevens founded Brooks Stevens, Inc. headquartered in Allenton, Wisconsin.
  • 1910 – Bradford Washburn, American mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer (d. 2007), was an American explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer. He established the Boston Museum of Science, served as its director from 1939–1980, and from 1985 until his death served as its Honorary Director (a lifetime appointment).
  • 1910 – Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (d. 1990), was a noted American photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression documenting poverty and deprivation.
  • 1910 – Mike Sebastian, American football player and coach (d. 1989), was an American football halfback in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Pirates, (later renamed the Steelers) and the Cleveland Rams. Nicknamed the Rose of Sharon, he also played for the Rams while they were still members of the second American Football League as well as the AFL's Rochester Tigers.
  • 1909 – Jessica Tandy, English-American actress (d. 1994). Tandy appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV, receiving such accolades as an Academy Award, four Tony Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
  • 1909 – Peter W. Rodino, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 2005), was a Democratic United States congressman from New Jersey from 1949 to 1989. Rodino rose to prominence as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where he oversaw the impeachment process against Richard Nixon that eventually led to the president's resignation.
  • 1909 – Virginia Apgar, American anesthesiologist and pediatrician, developed the Apgar test (d. 1974), was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist, best known as the inventor of the Apgar Score, a way to quickly assess the health of a newborn child immediately after birth in order to combat infant mortality. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and introduced obstetrical considerations to the established field of neonatology.
  • 1906 – Glen Gray, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1963), was a jazz saxophonist and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra.
  • 1905 – James J. Braddock, American lieutenant and boxer (d. 1974), was an American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937.
  • 1902 – Herman B. Wells, American banker, author, and academic (d. 2000), was the eleventh president of Indiana University (Bloomington) and its first university chancellor. He was pivotal in the transformation of Indiana University from a small, locally oriented college into a world-class institution of higher learning through expanded enrollment, recruitment of new faculty, construction of new buildings, new program offerings, and campus beautification projects.
  • 1897 – George Szell, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1970), was a Hungarian-born American conductor and composer. He is widely considered one of the twentieth century's greatest conductors.
  • 1896 – Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986), was an American physicist and chemist, primarily responsible for the early development of molecular orbital theory, i.e. the elaboration of the molecular orbital method of computing the structure of molecules. Mulliken received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1966 and the Priestley Medal in 1983.
  • 1894 – Alexander P. de Seversky, Georgian-American pilot and engineer, co-designed the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt (d. 1974), was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.
  • 1888 – Clarence DeMar, American runner and educator (d. 1958), was a U.S. marathoner, winner of seven Boston Marathons, and Bronze medalist at the 1924 Paris Olympics. He was known by the nickname "Mr.
  • 1886 – Henri Coandă, Romanian engineer, designed the Coandă-1910 (d. 1972), was a Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer, and builder of an experimental aircraft, the Coandă-1910 described by Coandă in the mid-1950s as the world's first jet, a controversial claim disputed by some and supported by others. He invented a great number of devices, designed a "flying saucer" and discovered the Coandă effect of fluid dynamics.
  • 1883 – Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1948), was an American archaeologist, epigrapher, and Mayanist scholar who made significant contributions toward the study of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the early 20th century.
  • 1877 – Roelof Klein, Dutch-American rower and engineer (d. 1960), was a Dutch rower who competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Klein was part of the Dutch eight team that won a bronze medal with Hermanus Brockmann as the coxswain.
  • 1863 – Bones Ely, American baseball player and manager (d. 1952), was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He was born in North Girard, Pennsylvania.


  • 2008 – Jim McKay, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1921)
  • 2002 – Signe Hasso, Swedish-American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1996 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (b. 1904)
  • 1980 – Henry Miller, American novelist and essayist (b. 1891)
  • 1980 – Philip Guston, Canadian-American painter and educator (b. 1913)
  • 1979 – Asa Earl Carter, American Ku Klux Klan leader (b. 1925)
  • 1978 – Charles Moran, American race car driver (b. 1906)
  • 1968 – Dan Duryea, American actor and singer (b. 1907)
  • 1967 – Dorothy Parker, American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist (b. 1893)
  • 1965 – Judy Holliday, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 1963 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1937 – Jean Harlow, American actress and singer (b. 1911)
  • 1915 – Charles Reed Bishop, American banker and politician, founded the First Hawaiian Bank (b. 1822)
  • 1866 – Chief Seattle, American tribal chief (b. 1780)
  • 1863 – Antonio Valero de Bernabé, Latin American liberator (b. 1790)