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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 1998 – In Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court decides that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.
  • 1993 – Kim Campbell is sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
  • 1984 – American singer Prince releases his most successful studio album Purple Rain.
  • 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
  • 1960 – Two cryptographers working for the United States National Security Agency left for vacation to Mexico, and from there defected to the Soviet Union.
  • 1944 – World War II: United States Navy and British Royal Navy ships bombard Cherbourg to support United States Army units engaged in the Battle of Cherbourg.
  • 1938 – Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated as the first President of Ireland.
  • 1923 – Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH.4B biplane
  • 1913 – American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1910 – The United States Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes”; the ambiguous language would be used to selectively prosecute people for years to come.
  • 1900 – The Taoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China.
  • 1788 – Virginia becomes the tenth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1786 – Gavriil Pribylov discovers St. George Island of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.
  • 1678 – Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy when she graduates from the University of Padua.

Births

  • 2006 – Mckenna Grace, American actress. Best known recently for her role as Penny Kirkman in the ABC/Netflix show Designated Survivor.
  • 1996 – Pietro Fittipaldi, Brazilian-American racing driver. Pietro Fittipaldi da Cruz (born 25 June 1996) is a Brazilian racing driver, the grandson of two time Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi and brother of racing driver Enzo Fittipaldi.
  • 1987 – Brian Canter, American bull rider. Brian Canter (born June 25, 1987) is an American professional bull rider on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour.
  • 1986 – Charlie Davies, American soccer player. Charles Desmond Davies (born June 25, 1986) is a retired American soccer player.
  • 1985 – Daniel Bard, American baseball player. In 2011, Bard set the Red Sox club record with 25 consecutive scoreless appearances.
  • 1984 – Lauren Bush, American model and fashion designer. Lauren Pierce Bush (born June 25, 1984) is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects.
  • 1978 – Aramis Ramírez, Dominican-American baseball player. Aramis Nin Ramírez (/əˈrɑːmɪs/; born June 25, 1978) is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman, who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 1978 – Luke Scott, American baseball player. Luke Brandon Scott (born June 25, 1978) is an American former professional baseball designated hitter and left fielder.
  • 1978 – Marcus Stroud, American football player. Marcus LaVar Stroud (born June 25, 1978) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons.
  • 1975 – Linda Cardellini, American actress. She also guest starred in the period drama Mad Men (2013–15), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination.
  • 1975 – Michele Merkin, American model and television host. Michele Merkin (born June 25, 1975) is an American model and television presenter.
  • 1972 – Carlos Delgado, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach. He is one of only six players in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in ten consecutive seasons, becoming the fourth player to do so.
  • 1970 – Aaron Sele, American baseball player and scout. Aaron Helmer Sele (born June 25, 1970) is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who is currently a special assignment scout for the Chicago Cubs.
  • 1970 – Ariel Gore, American journalist and author. Gore's fiction and nonfiction work also explores creativity, spirituality, queer culture, and positive psychology.
  • 1969 – Hunter Foster, American actor and singer. Hunter Foster (born June 25, 1969) is an American musical theatre actor, singer, librettist, playwright and director.
  • 1969 – Zim Zum, American guitarist and songwriter. Timothy Michael Linton (born June 25, 1969), more commonly known as Zim Zum, is an American rock musician-songwriter and former guitarist for Life, Sex & Death and Marilyn Manson (1996–1998).
  • 1966 – Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese-American basketball player. Outside basketball, he has become well known for his humanitarian work.
  • 1964 – Dell Curry, American basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 until 2002 and retired as the Charlotte Hornets' all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929).
  • 1964 – Greg Raymer, American poker player and lawyer. Gregory Raymer (born June 25, 1964) nicknamed "Fossilman," is a professional poker player.
  • 1963 – Mike Stanley, American baseball player, was a catcher in Major League Baseball for fifteen years. Stanley played college baseball for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Texas Rangers (1986–1991), New York Yankees (1992–1995, 1997), Boston Red Sox (1996–1997, 1998–2000), Toronto Blue Jays (1998) and Oakland Athletics (2000).
  • 1956 – Anthony Bourdain, American chef and author, was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
  • 1954 – David Paich, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer. David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional singer of the rock band Toto since 1976.
  • 1954 – Sonia Sotomayor, American lawyer and judge. Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: ; born June 25, 1954) is an American lawyer and jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1953 – Olivier Ameisen, French-American cardiologist and educator (d. 2013), was a French-American cardiologist who wrote a best-selling book about curing alcoholism using the drug baclofen.
  • 1946 – Allen Lanier, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2013), was an American musician who played keyboards and rhythm guitar. He was an original member of Blue Öyster Cult.
  • 1945 – Carly Simon, American singer-songwriter. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include "Anticipation" (No. 13), "You Belong To Me" (No. 6), "Coming Around Again" (No. 18), and her four Gold certified singles "Jesse" (No. 11), "Mockingbird" (No. 5, a duet with James Taylor), "You're So Vain" (No. 1), and "Nobody Does It Better" (No. 2) from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • 1945 – Harry Womack, American singer (d. 1974), was an American singer and musician, most notable for his tenure as a member of the family R&B quintet The Valentinos.
  • 1944 – Gary David Goldberg, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013), was an American writer and producer for television and film. Goldberg was best known for his work on Family Ties (1982–89), Spin City (1996–2002), and his semi-autobiographical series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93).
  • 1942 – Willis Reed, American basketball player, coach, and manager. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • 1940 – Mary Beth Peil, American actress and singer. Mary Beth Peil (born June 25, 1940) is an American actress and singer.
  • 1939 – Allen Fox, American tennis player and coach. Fox attended Beverly Hills High School, and played tennis for the school.
  • 1937 – Eddie Floyd, American R&B/soul singer-songwriter. Edward Lee Floyd (born June 25, 1937) is an American soul-R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s including the number 1 R&B hit song "Knock on Wood".
  • 1935 – Charles Sheffield, English-American mathematician, physicist, and author (d. 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction writer who served as a President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronautical Society.
  • 1935 – Larry Kramer, American author, playwright, and activist, co-founded Gay Men's Health Crisis. Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist.
  • 1934 – Jack W. Hayford, American minister and author. Jack Williams Hayford (born June 25, 1934) is an American author, Pentecostal minister, and Chancellor Emeritus of The King's University (formerly The King's College and Seminary).
  • 1934 – Jean Geissinger, American baseball player (d. 2014), was an infielder and outfielder who played from 1951 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with the Fort Wayne Daisies (1951-1952, 1953–1954) and the Grand Rapids Chicks (1952). Listed at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 120 lb (54.4 k), she batted and threw right-handed.
  • 1933 – Álvaro Siza Vieira, Portuguese architect, designed the Porto School of Architecture. He is internationally known as Álvaro Siza (Portuguese pronunciation: ) and in Portugal as Siza Vieira (Portuguese pronunciation: ).
  • 1929 – Eric Carle, American author and illustrator. His career as an illustrator and children's book author took off after he collaborated on Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? He has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote, and more than 145 million copies of his books have been sold around the world.
  • 1928 – Alex Toth, American animator and screenwriter (d. 2006), was an American cartoonist active from the 1940s through the 1980s. Toth's work began in the American comic book industry, but he is also known for his animation designs for Hanna-Barbera throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 1928 – Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Russian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017), was a Soviet, Russian and American theoretical physicist whose main contributions are in the field of condensed matter physics. He was the co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics, with Vitaly Ginzburg and Anthony James Leggett, for theories about how matter can behave at extremely low temperatures.
  • 1928 – Bill Russo, American pianist and composer (d. 2003), was an American composer, arranger, and musician from Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • 1926 – Virginia Patton, American actress. In 1949, Patton retired from acting, with her final film credit being The Lucky Stiff (1949).
  • 1925 – Clifton Chenier, American singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 1987), was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Creole music, with R&B, jazz, and blues influences. He played the accordion and won a Grammy Award in 1983.
  • 1925 – June Lockhart, American actress. June Lockhart (born June 25, 1925) is an American actress, primarily in 1950s and 1960s television, also with performances on stage and in film.
  • 1925 – Robert Venturi, American architect and academic, was an American architect, founding principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and one of the major architectural figures of the twentieth century.
  • 1924 – Sidney Lumet, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011), was an American director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award: four for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Prince of the City (1981).
  • 1924 – William J. Castagna, American lawyer and judge. William John Castagna (born June 25, 1924) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
  • 1923 – Dorothy Gilman, American author (d. 2012), was an American writer. She is best known for the Mrs.
  • 1923 – Sam Francis, American soldier and painter (d. 1994), was an American painter and printmaker.
  • 1922 – Johnny Smith, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2013), was an American cool jazz and mainstream jazz guitarist. He wrote "Walk, Don't Run" in 1954.
  • 1921 – Celia Franca, English-Canadian ballerina and choreographer, founded the National Ballet of Canada (d. 2007), was a co-founder of The National Ballet of Canada (1951) and its artistic director for 24 years.
  • 1920 – Lassie Lou Ahern, American actress. She was best known for her recurring appearances in the Our Gang films.
  • 1915 – Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (d. 1990), was a Canadian professional wrestler best known by his ring name "Whipper" Billy Watson, and was a two-time world heavyweight wrestling champion.
  • 1912 – William T. Cahill, American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1996), was an American Republican Party politician who served as the 46th Governor of New Jersey, from 1970 to 1974, and who represented New Jersey's 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967 and the state's 6th district from 1967 to 1970.
  • 1911 – William Howard Stein, American chemist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980), was an American biochemist.
  • 1908 – Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and academic (d. 2000), was an American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, recognized as "one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century." From 1930 until his death 70 years later, Quine was continually affiliated with Harvard University in one way or another, first as a student, then as a professor of philosophy and a teacher of logic and set theory, and finally as a professor emeritus who published or revised several books in retirement. He filled the Edgar Pierce Chair of Philosophy at Harvard from 1956 to 1978.
  • 1905 – Rupert Wildt, German-American astronomer and academic (d. 1976). He was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in that country during World War I and its aftermath.
  • 1903 – Anne Revere, American actress (d. 1990). She was best known for her performances on Broadway and film portrayals of motherly characters.
  • 1901 – Harold Roe Bartle, American businessman and politician, 47th Mayor of Kansas City (d. 1974), was an American businessman, philanthropist, executive, and professional public speaker who served two terms as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. After Bartle helped lure the Dallas Texans American Football League team to Kansas City in 1962, owner Lamar Hunt renamed the franchise the Kansas City Chiefs after Bartle's nickname, "The Chief."
  • 1898 – Kay Sage, American painter and poet (d. 1963), was an American Surrealist artist and poet. She was active between 1936 and 1963.
  • 1887 – George Abbott, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995), was an American theater producer and director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director and producer whose career spanned nine decades.
  • 1886 – Henry H. Arnold, American general (d. 1950), was an American general officer holding the ranks of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), Commanding General of the U.S.
  • 1874 – Rose O'Neill, American cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer (d. 1944). She built a successful career as a magazine and book illustrator and, at a young age, became the best-known and highest- paid female commercial illustrator in the United States.
  • 1852 – Antoni Gaudí, Spanish architect, designed the Park Güell (d. 1926), was a Catalan architect known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works have a highly individualized, one-of-a-kind style.

Deaths

  • 2014 – Paul Patterson, American neuroscientist and academic (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Green Wix Unthank, American soldier and judge (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Harry Parker, American rower and coach (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Mildred Ladner Thompson, American journalist (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Robert E. Gilka, American photographer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • 2012 – Edgar Ross, American boxer (b. 1949)
  • 2012 – George Randolph Hearst, Jr., American businessman (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Lucella MacLean, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 2011 – Annie Easley, American computer scientist and mathematician (b. 1933)
  • 2010 – Richard B. Sellars, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1915)
  • 2009 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2009 – Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (b. 1958)
  • 2009 – Sky Saxon, American singer-songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 2007 – J. Fred Duckett, American journalist and educator (b. 1933)
  • 2006 – Jaap Penraat, Dutch-American humanitarian (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – John Fiedler, American actor and voice artist (b. 1925)
  • 2004 – Morton W. Coutts, New Zealand inventor (b. 1904)
  • 2003 – Lester Maddox, American businessman and politician, 75th Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • 1992 – Jerome Brown, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 1990 – Ronald Gene Simmons, American sergeant and murderer (b. 1940)
  • 1988 – Hillel Slovak, Israeli-American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1962)
  • 1987 – Boudleaux Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • 1979 – Dave Fleischer, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1894)
  • 1979 – Philippe Halsman, Latvian-American photographer (b. 1906)
  • 1976 – Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter, co-founded Capitol Records (b. 1909)
  • 1972 – Jan Matulka, Czech-American painter and illustrator (b. 1890)
  • 1960 – Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player and manager (b. 1869)
  • 1949 – Buck Freeman, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1949 – James Steen, American water polo player (b. 1876)
  • 1948 – William C. Lee, American general (b. 1895)
  • 1947 – Jimmy Doyle, American boxer (b. 1924)
  • 1918 – Jake Beckley, American baseball player and coach (b. 1867)
  • 1916 – Thomas Eakins, American painter, photographer, and sculptor (b. 1844)
  • 1906 – Stanford White, American architect, designed the Washington Square Arch (b. 1853)
  • 1876 – Boston Custer, American civilian army contractor (b. 1848)
  • 1876 – George Armstrong Custer, American general (b. 1839)
  • 1876 – James Calhoun, American lieutenant (b. 1845)
  • 1876 – Myles Keogh, Irish-American officer (b. 1840)
  • 1876 – Thomas Custer, American officer, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1845)
  • 1870 – David Heaton, American lawyer and politician (b. 1823)
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