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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Father's Day can fall, while June 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Sunday in June. (United States, and most other countries.)

Events

  • 2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.
  • 1992 – The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the United States for trial, without approval from those other countries.
  • 1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
  • 1977 – After the death of dictator (in 1975) Francisco Franco, the first democratic elections took place in Spain on this day.
  • 1944 – In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government in North America.
  • 1944 – World War II: Battle of Saipan: The United States invade Japanese-occupied Saipan.
  • 1936 – First flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
  • 1934 – The United States Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.
  • 1921 – Bessie Coleman earns her pilot's license, becoming the first female pilot of African-American descent.
  • 1919 – John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they reach Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.
  • 1916 – United States President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
  • 1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Second Battle of Petersburg begins.
  • 1859 – Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between United States and British/Canadian settlers.
  • 1846 – The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • 1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
  • 1804 – New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document.
  • 1670 – The first stone of Fort Ricasoli is laid down in Malta.
  • 1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.
  • 1648 – Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1300 – The city of Bilbao is founded.

Births

  • 1997 – Madison Kocian, American gymnast
  • 1991 – Emily Harman, American tennis player
  • 1989 – Bryan Clauson, American racing driver (d. 2016)
  • 1986 – Trevor Plouffe, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Derek Anderson, American football player
  • 1981 – Billy Martin, American guitarist, songwriter, and illustrator
  • 1981 – Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Zach Day, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Michael Doleac, American basketball player and manager
  • 1973 – Neil Patrick Harris, American actor and singer
  • 1972 – Andy Pettitte, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Justin Leonard, American golfer
  • 1970 – Christian Bauman, American soldier and author
  • 1970 – Leah Remini, American actress and producer
  • 1969 – Ice Cube, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1969 – Idalis DeLeón, American singer and actress
  • 1965 – Adam Smith, American lawyer and politician
  • 1964 – Courteney Cox, American actress and producer
  • 1963 – Helen Hunt, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1962 – Brad Armstrong, American wrestler (d. 2012)
  • 1959 – Eileen Davidson, American model and actress
  • 1958 – Scott Norton, American wrestler
  • 1958 – Wade Boggs, American baseball player
  • 1957 – Brad Gillis, American guitarist
  • 1956 – Lance Parrish, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1955 – Julie Hagerty, American model and actress
  • 1955 – Polly Draper, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Jim Belushi, American actor
  • 1954 – Terri Gibbs, American country music singer and keyboard player
  • 1951 – Steve Walsh, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Kansas)
  • 1951 – Vance A. Larson, American painter (d. 2000)
  • 1949 – Dusty Baker, American baseball player and manager
  • 1949 – Jim Varney, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1948 – Henry McLeish, Scottish footballer, academic, and politician, 2nd First Minister of Scotland
  • 1948 – Mike Holmgren, American football player and coach
  • 1947 – John Hoagland, American photographer and journalist (d. 1984)
  • 1946 – John Horner, American paleontologist and academic
  • 1945 – Lawrence Wilkerson, American colonel
  • 1944 – Robert D. Keppel, American police officer and academic
  • 1942 – Ian Greenberg, Canadian broadcaster, founded Astral Media
  • 1942 – John E. McLaughlin, American diplomat
  • 1941 – Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1941 – Neal Adams, American illustrator
  • 1939 – Ward Connerly, American activist and businessman, founded the American Civil Rights Institute
  • 1938 – Billy Williams, American baseball player and coach
  • 1937 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
  • 1936 – William Levada, American cardinal
  • 1934 – Ruby Nash Garnett, American R&B singer (Ruby & the Romantics)
  • 1932 – Bernie Faloney, American-Canadian football player and sportscaster (d. 1999)
  • 1932 – Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Miguel Méndez, American author and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Ross Andru, American illustrator (d. 1993)
  • 1922 – Jaki Byard, American pianist and composer (d. 1999)
  • 1921 – Erroll Garner, American pianist and composer (d. 1977)
  • 1920 – Keith Andrews, American racing driver (d. 1957)
  • 1920 – Sam Sniderman, Canadian businessman, founded Sam the Record Man (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – John Fenn, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1917 – Lash LaRue, American actor and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1916 – Herbert A. Simon, American political scientist and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2001)
  • 1916 – Olga Erteszek, Polish-American fashion designer (d. 1989)
  • 1915 – Thomas Huckle Weller, American biologist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1914 – Hilda Terry, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914 – Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (d. 1999)
  • 1913 – Tom Adair, American songwriter, composer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)
  • 1910 – David Rose, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1909 – Elena Nikolaidi, Greek-American soprano and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1906 – Gordon Welchman, English-American mathematician and author (d. 1985)
  • 1902 – Erik Erikson, German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1994)
  • 1900 – Otto Luening, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1996)
  • 1898 – Hubertus Strughold, German-American physiologist and academic (d. 1986)
  • 1894 – Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and conductor (d. 1981)
  • 1884 – Harry Langdon, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1944)
  • 1878 – Margaret Abbott, Indian-American golfer (d. 1955)
  • 1835 – Adah Isaacs Menken, American actress, painter, and poet (d. 1868)
  • 1805 – William B. Ogden, American businessman and politician, 1st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1877)
  • 1801 – Benjamin Wright Raymond, American merchant and politician, 3rd Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)
  • 1789 – Josiah Henson, American minister, author, and activist (d. 1883)
  • 1767 – Rachel Jackson, American wife of Andrew Jackson (d. 1828)
  • 1765 – Martin Baum, American businessman and politician, Mayor of Cincinnati (d. 1831)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Lois Duncan, American author (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Kirk Kerkorian, American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation (b. 1917)
  • 2014 – Casey Kasem, American radio host, producer, and voice actor, co-created American Top 40 (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Daniel Keyes, American short story writer and novelist (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Moise Safra, Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (b. 1934)
  • 2013 – Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Stan Lopata, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • 2012 – Barry MacKay, American tennis player and sportscaster (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Capitola Dickerson, American pianist and educator (b. 1913)
  • 2012 – Jerry Tubbs, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Phillip D. Cagan, American economist and author (b. 1927)
  • 2011 – Bill Haast, American herpetologist and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2003 – Hume Cronyn, Canadian-American actor (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Choi Hong Hi, South Korean general and martial artist, founded Taekwondo (b. 1918)
  • 1996 – Dick Murdoch, American wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 1996 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • 1995 – John Vincent Atanasoff, American physicist and inventor, invented the Atanasoff–Berry computer (b. 1903)
  • 1993 – John Connally, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1917)
  • 1992 – Chuck Menville, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 1991 – Happy Chandler, American businessman and politician, 49th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1898)
  • 1985 – Andy Stanfield, American sprinter (b. 1927)
  • 1984 – Meredith Willson, American playwright, composer, and conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1976 – Jimmy Dykes, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1896)
  • 1971 – Wendell Meredith Stanley, American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1968 – Sam Crawford, American baseball player, coach, and umpire (b. 1880)
  • 1968 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1925)
  • 1849 – James K. Polk, American lawyer and politician, 11th President of the United States (b. 1795)
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