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  • 2009 – Two American journalists are found guilty of illegally entering North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of penal labour.
  • 2004 – The first Venus Transit in well over a century takes place, the previous one being in 1882.
  • 1992 – The first World Oceans Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1966 – An F-104 Starfighter collides with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2, destroying both aircraft during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force Base. Joseph A. Walker, a NASA test pilot, and Carl Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot, are both killed.
  • 1966 – The National Football League and American Football League announced a merger effective in 1970.
  • 1966 – Topeka, Kansas, is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita scale: The first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • 1959 – The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
  • 1953 – The United States Supreme Court rules that restaurants in Washington, D.C. cannot refuse to serve black patrons.
  • 1929 – Margaret Bondfield is appointed Minister of Labour. She is the first woman appointed to the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
  • 1918 – A solar eclipse is observed at Baker City, Oregon by scientists and an artist hired by the United States Navy.
  • 1887 – Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,781 for the 'Art of Compiling Statistics', which was his punched card calculator.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys: Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson save the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Tennessee secedes from the Union.
  • 1789 – James Madison introduces twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in Congress.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: American attackers are driven back at the Battle of Trois-Rivières.


  • 2004 – Francesca Capaldi, American actress. Francesca Angelucci Capaldi (born June 8, 2004) is an American actress, who is best known for her role as Chloe James in the Disney Channel sitcom Dog with a Blog.
  • 1989 – Mitchell Schwartz, American football player. Mitchell Bryan Schwartz (born June 8, 1989) is an American football offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) and author.
  • 1986 – Patrick Kaleta, American ice hockey player. Patrick Kaleta (born June 8, 1986) is an American former professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Buffalo Sabres from 2006 until 2015.
  • 1983 – Coby Karl, American basketball player. Coby Joseph Karl (born June 8, 1983) is an American professional basketball coach and former basketball player who is currently head coach for the South Bay Lakers of the NBA G League.
  • 1983 – Gaines Adams, American football player (d. 2010), was an American professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for Clemson University, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American.
  • 1981 – Alex Band, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Alexander Max Band (born June 8, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor, best known for his work under the band name The Calling and their hit song "Wherever You Will Go", which topped the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks and garnered the number one spot on Billboard magazine's "top 10 hits of the last decade".
  • 1981 – Sara Watkins, American singer-songwriter and fiddler. In addition to singing and fiddling, Watkins also plays the ukulele and the guitar, and also played percussion while touring with the Decemberists.
  • 1979 – Derek Trucks, American guitarist and songwriter. In 2010 he formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.
  • 1979 – Pete Orr, Canadian-American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1979 – Rob Holliday, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Rob Holliday is a professional musician.
  • 1978 – Maria Menounos, American television journalist. Maria Menounos (/məˈnuːnoʊs/, Greek: Μαρία Μενούνος; born June 8, 1978) is an American entertainment reporter, television personality, professional wrestler, actress, and businesswoman.
  • 1977 – Kanye West, American rapper, producer, director, and fashion designer. His music has spanned a broad range of styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including hip hop, soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel.
  • 1976 – Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player and coach. Davenport is one of five women who have been the year-end World No. 1 at least four times (1998, 2001, 2004, and 2005) since 1975; the others are Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams.
  • 1975 – Bryan McCabe, Canadian-American ice hockey player. Bryan McCabe (born June 8, 1975) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) playing for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.
  • 1973 – Bryant Reeves, American basketball player. He was nicknamed "Big Country" by his college teammate Byron Houston after Reeves was amazed following his first airplane flight across the United States, having grown up in the small community of Gans, Oklahoma.
  • 1971 – Mark Feuerstein, American actor, director, and producer. He co-wrote, co-produced as well as starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom 9JKL.
  • 1970 – Gabrielle Giffords, American businesswoman and politician. Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords (born June 8, 1970) is an American politician and gun control advocate who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Arizona's 8th congressional district from January 2007 until January 2012, when she resigned due to a severe brain injury suffered during an assassination attempt.
  • 1970 – Kwame Kilpatrick, American educator and politician, 68th Mayor of Detroit. He was sentenced to four months in jail and was released on probation after serving 99 days.
  • 1970 – Troy Vincent, American football player. Troy Darnell Vincent (born June 8, 1970) is a former American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1969 – J. P. Manoux, American actor. Jean-Paul Christophe Manoux (born June 8, 1969) is an American actor, director and writer, best known for his work in multiple Disney productions, including S.T.A.N. in Aaron Stone, Curtis the Caveman and Vice Principal Hackett in Phil of the Future, and the voice of Kuzco in The Emperor's New School (replacing David Spade).
  • 1969 – Marcos Siega, American director and producer. Marcos Siega (born June 8, 1969 in New York City) is a film, television, commercial, and music video director.
  • 1966 – Julianna Margulies, American actress. She also voiced Neera in Dinosaur (2000) and appeared in the miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001).
  • 1965 – Kevin Farley, American screenwriter. Kevin Peter Farley (born June 8, 1965) is an American actor, production designer, singer, dancer, occasional composer, and stand-up comic.
  • 1964 – Butch Reynolds, American runner and coach. Harry "Butch" Reynolds (born June 8, 1964) is an American former track and field athlete who competed in the 400 meter dash.
  • 1963 – Karen Kingsbury, American journalist and author. Karen Kingsbury (born June 8, 1963) is an American Christian novelist born in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • 1962 – John Gibbons, American baseball player and manager. John Michael Gibbons (born June 8, 1962) is an American former professional baseball player and former manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).
  • 1958 – Keenen Ivory Wayans, American actor, director, and screenwriter. He has produced, directed and/or written several films, starting with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co wrote, in 1987.
  • 1957 – Scott Adams, American author and illustrator. Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business.
  • 1955 – Griffin Dunne, American actor, director, and producer. He is best known in acting as Jake Bixler in My Girl.
  • 1955 – Tim Berners-Lee, English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee proposed an information management system, on 12 March 1989, then implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the internet, in mid-November of the same year.
  • 1954 – Greg Ginn, American punk rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Black Flag). Gregory Regis "Greg" Ginn (born June 8, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known for being the leader of and primary songwriter for the hardcore punk band Black Flag, which he founded and led from 1976–86, and again in 2003.
  • 1951 – Tony Rice, American guitarist and songwriter. Tony Rice (born David Anthony Rice, June 8, 1951) is an American guitarist and bluegrass musician.
  • 1950 – Kathy Baker, American actress. She received the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in Street Smart (1987).
  • 1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish-American pianist and educator. He is a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School.
  • 1947 – Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, geneticist, and academic Nobel Prize laureate. Eric Francis Wieschaus (born June 8, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana) is an American evolutionary developmental biologist and 1995 Nobel Prize-winner.
  • 1947 – Sara Paretsky, American author. Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focused on the female protagonist V.
  • 1945 – Steven Fromholz, American singer-songwriter, producer, and poet (d. 2014), was an American entertainer, singer-songwriter who was selected as the Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007.
  • 1944 – Boz Scaggs, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.
  • 1944 – Mark Belanger, American baseball player (d. 1998), was an American professional baseball player and coach. He played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball as a shortstop from 1965 through 1982, most notably as a member of the Baltimore Orioles dynasty that won four American League pennants and two World Series championships between 1966 and 1971.
  • 1943 – William Calley, American lieutenant. William Laws Calley Jr. (born June 8, 1943) is an American former United States Army officer convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War.
  • 1943 – Willie Davenport, American colonel and hurdler (d. 2002). Davenport (June 8, 1943 – June 17, 2002) was an American sprint runner.
  • 1940 – Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress. She is the elder daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy (née Barbato) Sinatra, and is widely known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".
  • 1939 – Herb Adderley, American football player. Herbert Anthony Adderley (born June 8, 1939) is a former American football cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL), and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • 1936 – James Darren, American actor. James William Ercolani (born June 8, 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is an American television and film actor, television director, and singer.
  • 1936 – Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013), was an American theoretical physicist and a pioneer in leveraging computers for studying particle physics. He was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on phase transitions—illuminating the subtle essence of phenomena like melting ice and emerging magnetism.
  • 1933 – Joan Rivers, American comedian, actress, and television host (d. 2014), was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians.
  • 1933 – Rommie Loudd, American football player and coach (d. 1998), was an American former collegiate and professional American football player, coach, and executive. He was the first black assistant coach in the American Football League and the first black majority owner of a major league sports team.
  • 1931 – James Goldstone, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999), was an American film and television director whose career spanned over thirty years.
  • 1930 – Robert Aumann, German-American mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize laureate. Robert John Aumann (Hebrew name: .mw-parser-output .script-hebrew,.mw-parser-output .script-Hebr{font-size:1.15em;font-family:"Ezra SIL","Ezra SIL SR","Keter Aram Tsova","Taamey Ashkenaz","Taamey David CLM","Taamey Frank CLM","Frank Ruehl CLM","Keter YG","Shofar","David CLM","Hadasim CLM","Simple CLM","Nachlieli","SBL BibLit","SBL Hebrew",Cardo,Alef,"Noto Serif Hebrew","Noto Sans Hebrew","David Libre",David,"Times New Roman",Gisha,Arial,FreeSerif,FreeSans}ישראל אומן, Yisrael Aumann; born June 8, 1930) is an Israeli-American mathematician, and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.
  • 1927 – Jerry Stiller, American actor, comedian and producer. He later played Frank Costanza on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on the CBS comedy series The King of Queens.
  • 1925 – Barbara Bush, American wife of George H. W. Bush, 41st First Lady of the United States, was the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W.
  • 1924 – Kenneth Waltz, American political scientist and academic (d. 2013), was an American political scientist who was a member of the faculty at both the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University and one of the most prominent scholars in the field of international relations. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.
  • 1921 – Alexis Smith, Canadian-born American actress and singer (d. 1993), was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress and singer. She appeared in several major Hollywood films in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972.
  • 1921 – Gordon McLendon, American broadcaster and businessman (d. 1986), was a radio broadcaster. He was nicknamed "the Maverick of Radio." McLendon is widely credited for perfecting, during the 1950s and 1960s, the commercially successful Top 40 radio format created by Todd Storz.
  • 1921 – LeRoy Neiman, American soldier and painter (d. 2012), was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events.
  • 1919 – John R. Deane, Jr., American general (d. 2013). Major General John Russell Deane (March 18, 1896 – July 14, 1982), United States Army, served as Chief of the United States Military Mission in the U.S.
  • 1918 – John D. Roberts, American chemist and academic (d. 2016). Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry (1967) Tolman Award (1974) Willard Gibbs Award (1983) Priestley Medal (1987) Welch Award (1990) National Medal of Science (1990) Glenn T.
  • 1918 – John H. Ross, American captain and pilot (d. 2013), was a decorated World War II pilot who flew 96 missions for the 22nd Reconnaissance Squadron as part of the 7th Reconnaissance Group in the 8th Air Force. Ross flew the Lockheed P-38 Lightning as a photo-recon pilot out of RAF Mount Farm in England during the war.
  • 1917 – Byron White, American football player and judge (d. 2002), was an American lawyer and professional football player who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1962 to 1993. Born and raised in Colorado, he played college football, basketball, and baseball for the University of Colorado, finishing as the runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1937.
  • 1916 – Richard Pousette-Dart, American painter and educator (d. 1992), was an American artist most recognized as a founder of the New York School of painting. His artistic output also includes drawing, sculpture, and fine-art photography.
  • 1912 – Harry Holtzman, American painter (d. 1987), was an American artist and founding member of the American Abstract Artists group.
  • 1910 – C. C. Beck, American illustrator (d. 1989). Charles Clarence Beck (June 8, 1910 – November 22, 1989), usually cited as C.
  • 1910 – Fernand Fonssagrives, French-American photographer, sculptor, and painter (d. 2003), was a photographer known for his 'beauty photography' in the early 1940s, and as the first husband of the model Lisa Fonssagrives. He died in 2003 at Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • 1910 – John W. Campbell, American journalist and author (d. 1971), was an American science fiction writer and editor. He was editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later called Analog Science Fiction and Fact) from late 1937 until his death and was part of the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
  • 1903 – Ralph Yarborough, American colonel and politician (d. 1996), was a Texas Democratic politician who served in the United States Senate from 1957 to 1971 and was a leader of the progressive wing of his party. Along with Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B.
  • 1900 – Lena Baker, African-American maid executed for capital murder, later pardoned posthumously (d. 1945), was an African American maid in Cuthbert, Georgia, United States, who was convicted of capital murder of her white employer, Ernest Knight. She was executed by the state of Georgia in 1945.
  • 1868 – Robert Robinson Taylor, American architect (d. 1942), was an American architect; the first accredited African-American architect. He was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888.
  • 1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designed the Price Tower and Fallingwater (d. 1959), was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.
  • 1842 – John Q. A. Brackett, American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918), was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. A Republican and temperance advocate, he served one term as the 36th Governor of Massachusetts, from 1890 to 1891.
  • 1831 – Thomas J. Higgins, Canadian-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1917). Higgins (June 8, 1831 – August 15, 1917) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who was a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Vicksburg.
  • 1788 – Charles A. Wickliffe, American politician, 14th Governor of Kentucky (d. 1869), was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
  • 1724 – John Smeaton, English engineer, designed the Coldstream Bridge and Perth Bridge (d. 1794), was an English civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. He was also a capable mechanical engineer and an eminent physicist.


  • 2014 – Alexander Imich, Polish-American chemist, parapsychologist, and academic (b. 1903)
  • 2013 – Paul Cellucci, American soldier and politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1948)
  • 2013 – Taufiq Kiemas, Indonesian politician, 5th First Spouse of Indonesia (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Pete Brennan, American basketball player (b. 1936)
  • 2006 – Jaxon, American illustrator and publisher, co-founded Rip Off Press (b. 1941)
  • 2004 – Charles Hyder, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2004 – Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2001 – Alex de Renzy, American director and producer (b. 1935)
  • 2000 – Jeff MacNelly, American cartoonist (b. 1948)
  • 1997 – Karen Wetterhahn, American chemist and academic (b. 1948)
  • 1987 – Alexander Iolas, Egyptian-American art collector (b. 1907)
  • 1982 – Satchel Paige, American baseball player and coach (b. 1906)
  • 1970 – Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic (b. 1908)
  • 1968 – Elizabeth Enright, American author and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1929 – Bliss Carman, Canadian-American poet and playwright (b. 1861)
  • 1874 – Cochise, American tribal chief (b. 1805)
  • 1845 – Andrew Jackson, American general, judge, and politician, 7th President of the United States (b. 1767)
  • 1809 – Thomas Paine, English-American theorist and author (b. 1737)
  • 1621 – Anne de Xainctonge, French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (b. 1567)