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- 2010 – John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
- 2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.
- 1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
- 1954 – First Indochina War: Battle of Mang Yang Pass: Viet Minh troops belonging to the 803rd Regiment ambush G.M. 100 of France in An Khê.
- 1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
- 1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
- 1940 – World War II: Operation Collar, the first British Commando raid on occupied France, by No 11 Independent Company.
- 1922 – The American Professional Football Association is renamed the National Football League.
- 1918 – First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
- 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
- 1880 – First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
- 1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.
- 1793 – The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.
- 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
- 1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London.
- 1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
- 1597 – The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Banten, Java.
- 1497 – John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland leading the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
- 1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce.
- 972 – Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place.
- 1986 – Phil Hughes, American baseball player. Philip Joseph Hughes (born June 24, 1986) is an American right-handed professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.
- 1986 – Solange Knowles, American singer-songwriter and actress. Solange Piaget Knowles (/soʊˈlɑːnʒ/; born June 24, 1986), also known mononymously as Solange, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, performance artist, and actress.
- 1984 – J.J. Redick, American basketball player. Jonathan Clay "JJ" Redick (born June 24, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
- 1980 – Minka Kelly, American actress. Since 2018, Kelly portrays Dawn Granger / Dove in the DC Universe series Titans.
- 1979 – Mindy Kaling, American actress and producer. In addition to acting in it, she was a writer, executive producer, and director.
- 1978 – Ariel Pink, American singer-songwriter. Ariel Marcus Rosenberg (/ˈɑːriɛl/ AR-ee-el; born June 24, 1978), also known as Ariel Pink, is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter whose work draws heavily from 1970s–1980s pop radio.
- 1976 – Brock Olivo, American football player and coach, was a running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. He most recently served as the Assistant Special Teams Coordinator for the NFL's Chicago Bears.
- 1970 – Glenn Medeiros, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has remained regularly involved in the music industry in his home State of Hawaii (including several headliner and related musical variety shows in Waikiki) long after achieving global success decades ago.
- 1968 – Alaa Abdelnaby, Egyptian-American basketball player and sportscaster. Abdelnaby is currently a basketball broadcaster/analyst for NBCS Philadelphia, CBS Sports Network, and Westwood One Radio.
- 1967 – Jeff Cease, American guitarist. Jeff Cease (born June 24, 1967) is an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist of the American blues-rock band The Black Crowes from 1989–1991.
- 1967 – Sherry Stringfield, American actress. Susan Lewis on the NBC medical drama ER, a role for which she received three Emmy Award nominations.
- 1966 – Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006), was an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She became known for roles in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1990's Trust.
- 1966 – Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter and musician (Mazzy Star). Sandoval has toured and collaborated with other artists, including Massive Attack, for whom she sang "Paradise Circus" on the 2010 album Heligoland, and "The Spoils" on the 2016 eponymous single.
- 1964 – Gary Suter, American ice hockey player and scout. Gary Lee Suter (born June 24, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1985 and 2002.
- 1963 – Mike Wieringo, American author and illustrator (d. 2007), was an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics' The Flash, Marvel Comics' Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, as well as his own creator-owned series, Tellos. In 2017, the Ringo Award was created in honor of Wieringo.
- 1963 – Preki, Serbian-American soccer player and coach. Predrag Radosavljević (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Радосављевић; born June 24, 1963), better known by the nickname Preki (/ˈprɛki/), is a Serbian-American former U.S. international soccer manager.
- 1961 – Dennis Danell, American singer and guitarist (d. 2000), was an American musician, guitarist and co-founding member of the Southern California punk rock band Social Distortion.
- 1961 – Ralph E. Reed, Jr., American journalist and activist. Ralph Eugene Reed Jr. (born June 24, 1961) is an American political consultant and lobbyist, best known as the first executive director of the Christian Coalition during the early 1990s.
- 1960 – Siedah Garrett, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Deborah Christine "Siedah" Garrett (born June 24, 1960) is an American singer and songwriter, who has written songs and performed backing vocals for many recording artists in the music industry, such as Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson among others.
- 1958 – John Tortorella, American ice hockey player and coach. Tortorella was previously the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001–2008), the New York Rangers (2009–2013) and the Vancouver Canucks (2013–2014).
- 1957 – Mark Parkinson, American lawyer and politician, 45th Governor of Kansas. Mark Vincent Parkinson (born June 24, 1957) is the president and chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).
- 1955 – Loren Roberts, American golfer. Loren Lloyd Roberts (born June 24, 1955) is an American professional golfer, who has played on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.
- 1953 – William E. Moerner, American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate. William Esco Moerner (born June 24, 1953) is an American physical chemist and chemical physicist with current work in the biophysics and imaging of single molecules.
- 1950 – Mercedes Lackey, American author. Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born June 24, 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels.
- 1947 – Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer. Michael John Kells Fleetwood (born 24 June 1947) is a British musician and actor, best known as the drummer, co-founder, and de facto leader of the rock band Fleetwood Mac.
- 1947 – Peter Weller, American actor and director. Peter Frederick Weller (born June 24, 1947) is an American film and stage actor, television director, and art historian.
- 1946 – Ellison Onizuka, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1986), was an American astronaut and engineer from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C. He died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, on which he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L.
- 1946 – Robert Reich, American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor. He was Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997.
- 1945 – George Pataki, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of New York. In 1994, Pataki ran for Governor of New York against three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo, defeating him by a margin of more than three points as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994.
- 1944 – Kathryn Lasky, American author. Kathryn Lasky (born June 24, 1944) is an American children's writer who also writes for adults under the names Kathryn Lasky Knight and E.
- 1942 – Michele Lee, American actress and singer. She was the only performer to appear in all 344 episodes of the series.
- 1938 – Lawrence Block, American author. Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic P.I.
- 1937 – Anita Desai, Indian-American author and academic. Anita Desai, born Anita Mazumdar (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and the Emerita John E.
- 1935 – Terry Riley, American composer and educator. Terrence Mitchell Riley (born June 24, 1935) is an American composer and performing musician best known as a pioneer of the minimalist school of composition.
- 1931 – Billy Casper, American golfer and architect (d. 2015), was an American professional golfer. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.
- 1930 – William Bernard Ziff, Jr., American publisher (d. 2006), was an American publishing executive. His father, William Bernard Ziff Sr., was the co-founder of Ziff Davis Inc. and when the elder Ziff died in 1953, Ziff took over the management of the company.
- 1929 – Carolyn S. Shoemaker, American astronomer. Carolyn Jean Spellmann Shoemaker (born June 24, 1929) is an American astronomer and is a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.
- 1927 – James B. Edwards, American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Energy (d. 2014), was an American politician and administrator from South Carolina. He was the first Republican to be elected the Governor of South Carolina since the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era in the 1800s.
- 1927 – Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014), was an American chemical engineer and physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995 for his discovery of the tau lepton.
- 1919 – Al Molinaro, American actor (d. 2015). He was known for his television sitcom roles as Al Delvecchio on Happy Days and Officer Murray Greshler on The Odd Couple.
- 1918 – Mildred Ladner Thompson, American journalist and author (d. 2013), was an American journalist, writer and columnist. Her career included tenures at The Wall Street Journal, where she became one of its first female reporters, as well as the Associated Press and Tulsa World.
- 1917 – David Easton, Canadian-American political scientist and academic (d. 2014), was a Canadian-born American political scientist. Easton, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, came to the United States in 1943.
- 1917 – Ramblin' Tommy Scott, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013), was an American country and rockabilly musician.
- 1916 – William B. Saxbe, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 70th United States Attorney General (d. 2010), was an American politician affiliated with the Republican Party, who served as a U.S. Senator for Ohio, and was the Attorney General for Presidents Richard M.
- 1914 – Jan Karski, Polish-American activist and academic (d. 2000), was a Polish resistance-fighter soldier, and later a professor at Georgetown University.
- 1906 – Willard Maas, American poet and educator (d. 1971), was an American experimental filmmaker and poet.
- 1905 – Fred Alderman, American sprinter (d. 1998), was an American sprint runner who won a gold medal in 4 × 400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics. He also won the NCAA Championships in 100 yd (91 m) and 220 yd (200 m) and IC4A Championships in 440 yd (400 m) in 1927.
- 1904 – Phil Harris, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1995), was an American comedian, actor, singer, and jazz musician. As a voice actor, he played Baloo in The Jungle Book (1967), Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats (1970), and Little John in Robin Hood (1973).
- 1901 – Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (d. 1974), was an American composer, music theorist, and creator of musical instruments. He composed using scales of unequal intervals in just intonation, and was one of the first 20th-century composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales.
- 1895 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer and soldier (d. 1983), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey's aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history.
- 1893 – Roy O. Disney, American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1971). He was the older brother of Walt Disney.
- 1888 – Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect, designed the Rietveld Schröder House (d. 1964), was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, Rietveld is famous for his Red and Blue Chair and for the Rietveld Schröder House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- 1884 – Frank Waller, American runner (d. 1941), was an American athlete who specialized in the 400 metres. He later became a vocal coach.
- 1883 – Arthur L. Newton, American runner (d. 1956), was an American athlete who competed mainly in the distance events. He was born in Upton, Massachusetts and died in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- 1883 – Frank Verner, American runner (d. 1966), was an American athlete and middle-distance runner who competed in the early twentieth century.
- 1883 – Victor Francis Hess, Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964), was an Austrian-American physicist, and Nobel laureate in physics, who discovered cosmic rays.
- 1880 – Oswald Veblen, American mathematician and academic (g. 1960), was an American mathematician, geometer and topologist, whose work found application in atomic physics and the theory of relativity. He proved the Jordan curve theorem in 1905; while this was long considered the first rigorous proof, many now also consider Camille Jordan's original proof rigorous.
- 1872 – Frank Crowninshield, American journalist and art and theatre critic (d. 1947), was an American journalist and art and theatre critic best known for developing and editing the magazine Vanity Fair for 21 years, making it a pre-eminent literary journal.
- 1867 – Ruth Randall Edström, American educator and activist (d. 1944), was an American peace activist and fighter for women's rights. She worked with the pre-work for the third peace conference in The Hague (after the first conferences in 1899 and 1907).
- 1865 – Robert Henri, American painter and educator (d. 1929), was an American painter and teacher. He was a leading figure of the Ashcan School of American realism and an organizer of the group known as "The Eight," a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design.
- 1856 – Henry Chapman Mercer, American archaeologist and author (d. 1930), was an American archeologist, artifact collector, tile-maker, and designer of three distinctive poured concrete structures: Fonthill, his home, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and the Mercer Museum.
- 1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American short story writer, essayist, and journalist (d. 1914), was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran. His book The Devil's Dictionary was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration.
- 1839 – Gustavus Franklin Swift, American businessman (d. 1903), was an American business executive. He founded a meat-packing empire in the Midwest during the late 19th century, over which he presided until his death.
- 1813 – Francis Boott, American composer (d. 1904), was an American physician and botanist who was resident in Great Britain from 1820.
- 1813 – Henry Ward Beecher, American minister and reformer (d. 1887), was an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial (see below).
- 1811 – John Archibald Campbell, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1889), was an American jurist. He was a successful lawyer in Georgia and Alabama, where he served in the state legislatures.
- 1804 – Willard Richards, American religious leader (d. 1854), was a physician and midwife/nurse trainer and an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. He served as Second Counselor to church president Brigham Young in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death.
- 1771 – Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, French chemist and businessman, founded DuPont (d. 1834). I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
- 1753 – William Hull, American general and politician, 1st Governor of Michigan Territory (d. 1825). He is most widely remembered, however, as the general in the War of 1812 who surrendered Fort Detroit to the British on August 16, 1812 following the Siege of Detroit.
- 2015 – Mario Biaggi, American police officer, politician and criminal (b. 1917)
- 2015 – Marva Collins, American author and educator (b. 1936)
- 2015 – Susan Ahn Cuddy, American lieutenant (b. 1915)
- 2014 – Eli Wallach, American actor (b. 1915)
- 2013 – Alan Myers, American drummer (b. 1955)
- 2013 – William Hathaway, American lawyer and politician (b. 1924)
- 2012 – Ann C. Scales, American lawyer, educator, and activist (b. 1952)
- 2012 – Darrel Akerfelds, American baseball player and coach (b. 1962)
- 2010 – Fred Anderson, American jazz tenor saxophonist (b. 1929)
- 2005 – Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
- 1997 – Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
- 1991 – Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-American author and playwright (b. 1917)
- 1987 – Jackie Gleason, American actor, comedian, and producer (b. 1916)
- 1976 – Minor White, American photographer, critic, and academic (b. 1908)
- 1969 – Willy Ley, German-American historian and author (b. 1906)
- 1947 – Emil Seidel, American politician, Mayor of Milwaukee (b. 1864)
- 1946 – Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)
- 1931 – Otto Mears, Russian-American businessman (b. 1840)
- 1909 – Sarah Orne Jewett, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (b. 1849)
- 1908 – Grover Cleveland, American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)
- 1817 – Thomas McKean, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1734)
- 1803 – Matthew Thornton, Irish-American judge and politician (b. 1714)