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  • 1985 – Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
  • 1972 – The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.
  • 1966 – The National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, is founded.
  • 1959 – A United States Air Force F-100 Super Sabre from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, crashes into a nearby elementary school, killing 11 students plus six residents from the local neighborhood.
  • 1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
  • 1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
  • 1937 – The world's first emergency telephone number, 999, is introduced in London.
  • 1922 – In Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican Ambassador Francisco J. Peynado sign the Hughes–Peynado agreement, which ends the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic.
  • 1921 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1906 – The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.
  • 1886 – The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal. It arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4.
  • 1794 – Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery.


  • 1988 – Elisa Jordana, American singer-songwriter, radio and TV personality. Elisa Ann Schwartz, better known by her stage name, Elisa Jordana, is an American radio and TV personality, musician, writer, and online talk show host.
  • 1986 – Alicia Fox, American wrestler, model, and actress. Victoria Elizabeth Crawford (born June 30, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, former model, and occasional actress, best known for her time in WWE under the ring name Alicia Fox.
  • 1986 – Allegra Versace, Italian-American businesswoman. Allegra Versace Beck (Italian pronunciation: ; born 30 June 1986), commonly known as Allegra Versace, is an Italian heiress and socialite.
  • 1985 – Cody Rhodes, American wrestler. Cody Garrett Runnels Rhodes (born Cody Garrett Runnels; June 30, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, promoter, businessman, and actor, better known by the ring name Cody Rhodes or simply Cody.
  • 1985 – Michael Phelps, American swimmer. Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.
  • 1985 – Trevor Ariza, American basketball player. Trevor Anthony Ariza (born June 30, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1984 – Fantasia Barrino, American singer-songwriter and actress. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1983 – Cole Swindell, American singer. Records Nashville.
  • 1982 – Delwyn Young, American baseball player. He is currently the hitting coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
  • 1982 – Lizzy Caplan, American actress. She received wider recognition with roles in the films Mean Girls (2004) and Cloverfield (2008), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1982 – Mitch Maier, American baseball player. Mitchell William Maier (born June 30, 1982) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, coach, and current front office executive.
  • 1981 – Ben Utecht, American football player. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2004.
  • 1971 – Monica Potter, American actress. She also appeared in the horror films Saw (2004) and the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left.
  • 1970 – Brian Bloom, American actor and screenwriter. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Varric Tethras in Dragon Age II and Inquisition, B.J.
  • 1970 – Mark Grudzielanek, American baseball player and manager. Mark James Grudzielanek (/ˌɡrʌdzɪˈlɑːnɪk/; born June 30, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop.
  • 1968 – Phil Anselmo, American singer-songwriter and producer. Philip Hansen Anselmo (born June 30, 1968) is an American heavy metal musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual.
  • 1967 – Victoria Kaspi, American-Canadian astrophysicist and academic. Her research primarily concerns neutron stars and pulsars.
  • 1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer and actor. Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005.
  • 1965 – Mitch Richmond, American basketball player. He was a six-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, and a former NBA Rookie of the Year.
  • 1965 – Steve Duchesne, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach. Steve Duchesne (born June 30, 1965) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League with several teams from 1986 until 2002.
  • 1964 – Mark Waters, American director and producer. Popper's Penguins (2011), and Vampire Academy (2014).
  • 1961 – Lynne Jolitz, American computer scientist and programmer. Lynne Greer Jolitz (born June 30, 1961) is a figure in free software and founder of many startups in Silicon Valley, along with her husband William.
  • 1960 – Jack McConnell, Scottish educator and politician, 3rd First Minister of Scotland. Jack Wilson McConnell, Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, PC (born 30 June 1960) is a Scottish politician and a Labour life peer in the House of Lords.
  • 1959 – Daniel Goldhagen, American political scientist, author, and academic. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen (born June 30, 1959) is an American author, and former associate professor of government and social studies at Harvard University.
  • 1959 – Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor. He has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Saturn Awards, winning one for his supporting role in Men in Black.
  • 1957 – Bud Black, American baseball player and manager. Harry Ralston "Bud" Black (born June 30, 1957) is an American professional baseball manager and former player who is the manager of the Colorado Rockies.
  • 1957 – Sterling Marlin, American race car driver. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning the Daytona 500 in 1994 and 1995.
  • 1956 – David Alan Grier, American actor, singer, and comedian. He is best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.
  • 1953 – Hal Lindes, American-English guitarist and film score composer. Hal Andrew Lindes (born June 30, 1953 in Monterey, California) is an American–English guitarist and film score composer.
  • 1952 – David Garrison, American actor and singer. He also appeared in numerous theatrical plays, particularly that of The Wizard on Broadway and in many tours of the musical Wicked.
  • 1951 – Stanley Clarke, American bass player and composer. Stanley Clarke (born June 30, 1951) is an American bassist, film composer and founding member of Return to Forever, one of the first jazz fusion bands.
  • 1944 – Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist and author. Moody, Jr. (born June 30, 1944) is a philosopher, psychologist, physician and author, most widely known for his books about life after death and near-death experiences (NDE), a term that he coined in 1975 in his best-selling book Life After Life.
  • 1944 – Ron Swoboda, American baseball player and sportscaster. He played as an outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB), most notably as a member of the 1969 "Miracle Mets".
  • 1943 – Florence Ballard , American pop/soul singer (The Supremes) (d. 1976), was an American singer. Ballard was a founding member of the popular Motown vocal female group the Supremes.
  • 1942 – Robert Ballard, American lieutenant and oceanographer. Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired United States Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks.
  • 1940 – Mark Spoelstra, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007), was an American singer-songwriter and folk and blues guitarist.
  • 1938 – Billy Mills, American sprinter. William Mervin Mills (born June 30, 1938), also known as Tamakoce Te'Hila, is an Oglala Lakota former track and field athlete who won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
  • 1937 – Larry Henley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014), was an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing (with Jeff Silbar) the 1989 hit record "Wind Beneath My Wings."
  • 1936 – Dave Van Ronk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002), was an American folk singer. An important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City's Greenwich Village scene in the 1960s, he was nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street".
  • 1936 – Nancy Dussault, American actress and singer. In a career spanning over half a century, Dussault received two Tony Award nominations.
  • 1936 – Tony Musante, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013), was an American actor, best known for the TV series Toma.
  • 1935 – John Harlin, American pilot and mountaineer (d. 1966), was an American mountaineer and US Air Force pilot who was killed while making an ascent of the north face of the Eiger.
  • 1934 – Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician and author (d. 1997), was an American stage magician, author, and television performer. He is estimated to have pulled 80,000 rabbits from his sleeves and hats.
  • 1933 – Joan Murrell Owens, American educator and marine biologist (d. 2011), was an African-American educator and marine biologist specializing in corals. She received degrees in geology, fine art, and guidance counseling.
  • 1930 – Thomas Sowell, American economist, philosopher, and author. Thomas Sowell (/soʊl/; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist and social theorist who is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
  • 1927 – James Goldman, American screenwriter and playwright (d. 1998), was an American screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman.
  • 1927 – Shirley Fry Irvin, American tennis player. As of 2018, Fry Irvin is the longest surviving female Grand Slam singles champion.
  • 1926 – David Berglas, American magician and mentalist. He was one of the first magicians to appear on UK television.
  • 1926 – Paul Berg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. The award recognized their contributions to basic research involving nucleic acids.
  • 1925 – Fred Schaus, American basketball player and coach (d. 2010). Frederick Appleton Schaus (June 30, 1925 – February 10, 2010) was an American basketball player, head coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the National Basketball Association's Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, general manager and head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, head coach of Purdue University basketball, and a member of the NCAA Basketball Committee.
  • 1920 – Eleanor Ross Taylor, American poet and educator (d. 2011), was an American poet who published six collections of verse from 1960 to 2009. Her work received little recognition until 1998, but thereafter received several major poetry prizes.
  • 1919 – Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon (d. 2007), was the American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and is referred to as the "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon." He worked for a high-altitude research division of General Mills in the early 1950s when he left to establish Raven Industries in 1956, along with several colleagues from General Mills.
  • 1917 – Lena Horne, American actress, singer, and activist (d. 2010), was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater.
  • 1917 – Susan Hayward, American actress (d. 1975), was an American actress and model. She was best known for roles portraying women based on true stories.
  • 1917 – Willa Kim, American costume designer (d. 2016), was an American costume designer for stage, dance, and film.
  • 1914 – Allan Houser, American sculptor and painter (d. 1994), was a Chiricahua Apache sculptor, painter and book illustrator born in Oklahoma. He was one of the most renowned Native American painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century.
  • 1913 – Harry Wismer, American sportscaster (d. 1967), was an American sports broadcaster and the charter owner of the New York Titans franchise in the American Football League (AFL).
  • 1906 – Anthony Mann, American actor and director (d. 1967), was an American actor and film director, best remembered for his work in the film noir and Westerns genres. As a director, he often collaborated with the cinematographer John Alton.
  • 1899 – Madge Bellamy, American actress (d. 1990), was an American stage and film actress. She was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and early 1930s.
  • 1895 – Heinz Warneke, German-American sculptor and educator (d. 1983). His "role in the direct carving movement assured him a place in the annals of Twentieth Century American sculpture." In 1935 Heinz received the Widener Gold Medal for his sculpture Wild Boars.
  • 1891 – Man Mountain Dean, American wrestler and sergeant (d. 1953), was an American professional wrestler of the early 1900s, known by the ring name Man Mountain Dean.


  • 2015 – Charles W. Bagnal, American general (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Leonard Starr, American author and illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Robert Dewar, English-American computer scientist and academic (b. 1945)
  • 2014 – Frank Cashen, American businessman (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Paul Mazursky, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Kathryn Morrison, American educator and politician (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Michael J. Ybarra, American journalist and author (b. 1966)
  • 2009 – Harve Presnell, American actor and singer (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Robert McCloskey, American author and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2001 – Chet Atkins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Joe Henderson, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1937)
  • 1995 – Gale Gordon, American actor and voice artist (b. 1906)
  • 1984 – Lillian Hellman, American author and playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1976 – Firpo Marberry, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1898)
  • 1974 – Vannevar Bush, American engineer and academic (b. 1890)
  • 1971 – Herbert Biberman, American director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1961 – Lee de Forest, American inventor, invented the audion tube (b. 1873)
  • 1916 – Eunice Eloisae Gibbs Allyn, American correspondent, author, and poet (b. 1847)
  • 1890 – Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American organist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1882 – Charles J. Guiteau, American preacher and lawyer, assassin of James A. Garfield (b. 1841)
  • 1796 – Abraham Yates Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1724)