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  • 1986 – The famous Hand of God goal, scored by Diego Maradona in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and England, ignites controversy. This was later followed by the Goal of the Century. Argentina wins 2–1 and later goes on to win the World Cup.
  • 1984 – Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London Gatwick Airport.
  • 1978 – Charon, Pluto's first satellite, was discovered at the United States Naval Observatory by James W. Christy.
  • 1948 – The ship MV Empire Windrush brought the first group of 492 Jamaican immigrants to Tilbury, marking the start of modern immigration to the United Kingdom.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: The US Fifth Army Corps lands in Cuba.
  • 1870 – The United States Department of Justice is created by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1813 – War of 1812: After learning of American plans for a surprise attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario, Laura Secord sets out on a 30 kilometer journey on foot to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.
  • 1807 – In the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacks and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake.


  • 1984 – Dustin Johnson, American golfer. He first became the world number 1-ranked golfer in February 2017 and remained there for 64 consecutive weeks, the 5th longest run as number 1.
  • 1982 – Ian Kinsler, American baseball player. Ian Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982) is an American former professional baseball second baseman.
  • 1979 – Joey Cheek, American speed skater. Currently Cheek is a media entrepreneur.
  • 1978 – Champ Bailey, American football player. He is the brother of former NFL linebacker Boss Bailey.
  • 1973 – Carson Daly, American radio and television host. Carson Jones Daly (born June 22, 1973) is an American television host, radio personality, producer, and television personality.
  • 1972 – Wangechi Mutu, Kenyan-American painter and sculptor. Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan-American, born 1972) is a prominent international contemporary visual artist known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film and performance work.
  • 1971 – Kurt Warner, American football player and sportscaster. Louis Rams, the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals.
  • 1971 – Mary Lynn Rajskub, American actress and comedian. Show, and in the films Dude, Where's My Car?, Sweet Home Alabama, Punch-Drunk Love, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Kings of Summer and Night School, among others.
  • 1968 – Darrell Armstrong, American basketball player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, who won the championship in the 2010–11 season.
  • 1964 – Amy Brenneman, American actress. Amy Frederica Brenneman (born June 22, 1964) is an American actress, writer, and producer.
  • 1964 – Cadillac Anderson, American basketball player. Gregory Wayne "Cadillac" Anderson (born June 22, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player.
  • 1964 – Dan Brown, American author and academic. Daniel Gerhard Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author best known for his thriller novels, including the Robert Langdon novels Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), The Lost Symbol (2009), Inferno (2013) and Origin (2017).
  • 1963 – John Tenta, Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2006), was a Canadian professional wrestler and sumo wrestler (rikishi) best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation as Earthquake. After a promising start to his sumo career, using the name Kototenzan, Tenta switched to professional wrestling and became a high-profile star for the WWF, feuding with Hulk Hogan and winning the WWF Tag Team Championship with partner, and personal friend, Typhoon.
  • 1962 – Clyde Drexler, American basketball player and coach. He was a ten-time NBA All-Star and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
  • 1960 – Erin Brockovich, American lawyer and environmentalist, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Her successful lawsuit was the subject of a 2000 film, Erin Brockovich, which starred Julia Roberts.
  • 1960 – Tracy Pollan, American actress. She is best known for portraying Ellen Reed on the sitcom Family Ties from 1985 to 1987 and for her theater roles.
  • 1958 – Bruce Campbell, American actor, director, producer and writer. He has starred in many low-budget cult films such as Crimewave (1985), Maniac Cop (1988), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), and Bubba Ho-Tep (2002).
  • 1956 – Tim Russ, American actor, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on Samantha Who?, and as Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly.
  • 1954 – Freddie Prinze, American comedian and actor (d. 1977), was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Prinze was the star of NBC-TV sitcom Chico and the Man from 1974 until his death in 1977.
  • 1953 – Cyndi Lauper, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985.
  • 1951 – Craig Gruber, American bass player (d. 2015). Gruber (June 15, 1951 – May 5, 2015) was an American rock bassist, best known as the original bassist in Rainbow and most recently was a member for the band Zvekan.
  • 1949 – Alan Osmond, American singer and producer. Alan Ralph Osmond (born June 22, 1949) is a member of the family musical group The Osmonds.
  • 1949 – Elizabeth Warren, American academic and politician. Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and former academic, serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013.
  • 1949 – Larry Junstrom, American bass player. Junstrom (June 22, 1949 – October 6, 2019) was an American bassist, best known for having been in the rock band .38 Special from 1977 until 2014.
  • 1949 – Lindsay Wagner, American actress. Lindsay Jean Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is an American film and television actress, model, author, singer, acting coach, and adjunct professor.
  • 1949 – Meryl Streep, American actress and singer. Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three.
  • 1948 – Todd Rundgren, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia.
  • 1947 – Howard Kaylan, American pop-rock singer-songwriter and musician (The Turtles; Flo & Eddie). Howard Kaylan (born Howard Kaplan, June 22, 1947) is an American rock and roll musician and writer, best known as a founding member and lead singer of the 1960s band The Turtles, and as "Eddie" in the 1970s rock band Flo & Eddie.
  • 1947 – Octavia E. Butler, American author (d. 2006), was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.
  • 1947 – Pete Maravich, American basketball player (d. 1988), was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, and raised in the Carolinas.
  • 1943 – Brit Hume, American journalist and author. Alexander Britton "Brit" Hume (born June 22, 1943) is an American conservative television commentator and political commentator.
  • 1941 – Ed Bradley, American journalist (d. 2006), was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley.
  • 1939 – Don Matthews, American-Canadian football player and coach (d.2017). Matthews, a.k.a. "The Don", (June 22, 1939 – June 14, 2017) was a head coach of several professional football teams, mostly in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
  • 1939 – Ed Paschke, Polish-American painter and academic (d. 2004), was an American painter of Polish descent. His childhood interest in animation and cartoons, as well as his father's creativity in wood carving and construction, led him toward a career in art.
  • 1937 – Chris Blackwell, English record producer, co-founded Island Records. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which Blackwell was inducted in 2001, he is “the single person most responsible for turning the world on to reggae music."
  • 1936 – Kris Kristofferson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein.
  • 1934 – James Bjorken, American physicist, author, and academic. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the fall of 1962.
  • 1933 – Dianne Feinstein, American politician. Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (/ˈfaɪnstaɪn/; born Dianne Emiel Goldman, June 22, 1933) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from California.
  • 1928 – Ralph Waite, American actor and director (d. 2014), was an American actor and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons (1972–1981), which he occasionally directed. He also had recurring roles in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, and Bones, as Seeley Booth's grandfather.
  • 1926 – George Englund, American film editor, director, producer and actor. Englund, the son of actress Mabel Albertson and nephew of actor Jack Albertson, was born as George Howe Ripley in Washington, D.C.
  • 1922 – Bill Blass, American fashion designer, founded Bill Blass Group (d. 2002), was an American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the recipient of many fashion awards, including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).
  • 1922 – Clair Cameron Patterson, American scientist (d. 1995), was an American geochemist. Born in Mitchellville, Iowa, Patterson graduated from Grinnell College.
  • 1921 – Barbara Vucanovich, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013), was an American Republican politician, the first woman and first Hispanic woman to represent Nevada elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives, in which she served from 1983 to 1997.
  • 1921 – Joseph Papp, American director and producer (d. 1991), was an American theatrical producer and director. He established The Public Theater in what had been the Astor Library Building in lower Manhattan.
  • 1920 – James H. Pomerene, American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2008), was an electrical engineer and computer pioneer.
  • 1919 – Gower Champion, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980), was an American actor, theatre director, choreographer, and dancer.
  • 1916 – Johnny Jacobs, American television announcer (d. 1982), was an American television announcer, often for Chuck Barris productions—namely, The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game.
  • 1916 – Richard Eastham, American actor (d. 2005), was an American actor of stage, film, and television and a concert singer known for his deep baritone voice.
  • 1915 – Cornelius Warmerdam, American pole vaulter and coach (d. 2001), was an American pole vaulter who held the world record between 1940 and 1957. He missed the Olympics due to World War II, and retired from senior competitions in 1944, though he continued to vault into his sixties.
  • 1915 – Randolph Hokanson, American pianist, was an American pianist and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was noted for his recordings of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn, and gave over 100 performances, including the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas.
  • 1915 – Thomas Quinn Curtiss, American writer, and film and theatre critic (d. 2000), was an American writer, and film and theater critic. He is also known for his relationship to author Klaus Mann.
  • 1910 – Konrad Zuse, German computer scientist and engineer, invented the Z3 computer (d. 1995), was a German civil engineer, pioneering computer scientist, inventor and businessman. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941.
  • 1909 – Katherine Dunham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2006), was an African-American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years.
  • 1909 – Mike Todd, American producer and manager (d. 1958), was an American theater and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in 80 Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He is known as the third of Elizabeth Taylor's seven husbands, and is the only one whom she did not divorce (he died in a private plane accident a year after their marriage).
  • 1906 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American pilot and author (d. 2001), was an American author and aviator, and the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh.
  • 1906 – Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002), was an Austrian-born American film director and screenwriter whose career spanned more than five decades. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of the Hollywood Golden Age of cinema.
  • 1903 – Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (d. 1988), was an American Major League Baseball player. He was a pitcher for the New York Giants of the National League from 1928 to 1943, and remained on the team's payroll for the rest of his life, long after their move to San Francisco.
  • 1903 – John Dillinger, American criminal (d. 1934), was an American gangster in the Great Depression-era United States. He operated with a group of men known as the "Dillinger Gang" or "The Terror Gang" which was accused of robbing 24 banks and four police stations, among other crimes.
  • 1902 – Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (d. 1950), was an American film actress, most notably of the silent film era.
  • 1900 – Oskar Fischinger, German-American abstract artist, filmmaker, and painter (d. 1967), was a German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animation many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos. He created special effects for Fritz Lang's 1929 Woman in the Moon, one of the first sci-fi rocket movies, and influenced Disney's Fantasia.
  • 1899 – Richard Gurley Drew, American engineer, invented Masking tape (d. 1980), was an American inventor who worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co., and 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape.
  • 1897 – Edmund A. Chester, American journalist and broadcaster (d. 1973), was a senior Vice President and executive at the CBS radio and television networks during the 1940s. As Director of Latin American Relations he collaborated with the Department of State to develop CBS's "La Cadena de Las Americas" radio network in support of Pan-Americanism during World War II.
  • 1888 – Harold Hitz Burton, American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Cleveland (d. 1964), was an American politician and lawyer. He served as the 45th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, as a U.S.
  • 1884 – James Rector, American sprinter and lawyer (d. 1949), was an American athlete. He was the first Arkansas-born athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
  • 1845 – Tom Dula, American soldier (d. 1868). Dula (June 22, 1845 – May 1, 1868) was a former Confederate soldier who was convicted of murdering Laura Foster.
  • 1837 – Ernst Ziller, German-Greek architect, designed the Presidential Mansion (d. 1923), was a German born university teacher and architect who later became a Greek national. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he was a major designer of royal and municipal buildings in Athens, Patras, and other Greek cities.
  • 1837 – Paul Morphy, American chess player (d. 1884). He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion.


  • 2015 – James Horner, American composer and conductor (b. 1953)
  • 2014 – Fouad Ajami, Lebanese-American author and academic (b. 1945)
  • 2013 – Henning Larsen, Danish architect, designed the Copenhagen Opera House (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Dody Goodman, American actress and dancer (b. 1914)
  • 2008 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor, and author (b. 1937)
  • 2004 – Bob Bemer, American computer scientist and engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 – Mattie Stepanek, American poet and author (b. 1990)
  • 1995 – Al Hansen, American sculptor and author (b. 1927)
  • 1993 – Pat Nixon, American educator, 44th First Lady of the United States (b. 1912)
  • 1988 – Dennis Day, American singer and actor (b. 1916)
  • 1987 – Fred Astaire, American actor and dancer (b. 1899)
  • 1984 – Joseph Losey, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1909)
  • 1977 – Peter Laughner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu) (b. 1952)
  • 1969 – Judy Garland, American actress and singer (b. 1922)
  • 1966 – Thaddeus Shideler, American hurdler (b. 1883)
  • 1965 – David O. Selznick, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1902)
  • 1936 – Mary Haviland Stilwell Kuesel, American pioneer dentist (b. 1866)
  • 1928 – A. B. Frost, American illustrator and painter (b. 1851)
  • 1905 – Francis Lubbock, American colonel and politician, 9th Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1868 – Heber C. Kimball, American religious leader (b. 1801)