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King James I1566 King James I of England was born.

1623 French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist Blaise Pascal was born.

1669 The Polish Parliament selected Litouwer Michael Wisniopwiecki as King.

Albany Congress1754 The Albany Congress convened.

Valley Forge1778 The Continental Army left its winter encampment at Valley Forge.

Nathanael Greene1786 Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene died.

1790 The French National Assembly decreed the abolishment of all noble titles, orders, and privileges.

Richard Henry Lee1794 Richard Henry Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence, died.

1801 Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War General who betrayed his country, died.

1811 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase died.

1846 The New York Nines defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1 at Hoboken, New Jersey, in the first offically recognized baseball game.

1867 J. Gilpatrick rode Ruthless to victory in the first Belmont Stakes.
Emperor Maxmilian of Mexico died.

1894 Willie Simms rode Henry of Navarre to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

1896 Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was born.

1897 Juliette Atkinson defeated Elisabeth Moore for the U. S. Women's National Championship.
Moe Howard1897 Moe Howard, leader of The Three Stooges, was born.

1902 Band leader Guy Lombardo was born.

1903 Baseball player Lou Gehrig was born.

1908 James Braid won the British Golf Open.

Father's Day1910 The first Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington.
Abraham Fortas1910 U. S. Supreme Court Justice Abraham Fortas was born.

1914 Harry Vardon won the British Golf Open.
U.S. Senator Alan Cranston was born.
1914 Musician Lester Flatt was born.

1915 Actor Pat Buttram was born.

1923 The comic strip "Moon Mullins" debuted.

1926 Painter Mary Cassatt died.

1928 Actress Nancy Marchand was born.

1932 Hailstones killed about 200 people in China's Hunan Province.

1934 The Federal Communications Commission was created.

1936 Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis to claim the World Heavyweight Championship.
1936 Author G. K. Chesterton died.

1937 Author J. M. Barrie died.

1938 Italy defeated Hungary for the FIFA World Cup.

1940 The comic strip "Brenda Starr" debuted.
1940 Auto racer Shirley Muldowney was born.

1947The Constituent Assembly of Burma began its first session.
Author Salman Rushdie was born.

1948 Actress Phylicia Rashad was born.

1950 Musician Ann Wilson was born.

1952 "I've Got A Secret" debuted on CBS-TV.

1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for passing U. S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1954 The cartoon character Tasmanian Devil debuted in "Devil May Hare."
1954 Ed Furgol won the U. S. Golf Open.
1954 Actress Kathleen Turner was born.

1955 Jack Fleck won the U. S. Golf Open.

1956 Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin ended their movie partnership.

NORAD1958 The Canadian House of Commons approved the North American Air Defense Command Agreement.

Freedomland U.S.A.1960 Freedomland U.S.A., billed as the world's largest amusement park, opened.

Kuwait1961 Kuwait became fully independent of the United Kingdom.

1962 Singer Paula Abdul was born.

1963 The charter members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame were chosen.

1964 A submarine cable between Japan and Hawaii began operations.

Ahmed Ben Bella1965 Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella was deposed by Defense Minister Colonel Houari Boumedienne.
1965 Typhoon Dinah killed 31 persons in Formosa.

1966 Actor Ed Wynn died.

1967 U.S. Secretary of the Navy designate John T. McNaughton was killed in an airplane crash in North Carolina.

Poor People's March1968 Ralph Abernathy led more than 50,000 people in the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C.

1970 The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed.
1970 Soyuz 9 landed in the Soviet Union after a record 17 days 16 hours 59 minutes in space.

1975 Crime boss Sam Giancana died.

1976 Viking 1 went into Martian orbit after a 10-month flight from Earth.

1977 Hubert Green won the U. S. Golf Open.
1977 John Nepomucene Neumann was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI.
Actress Geraldine Brooks died.

1978 The comic strip "Garfield" debuted.

1980 A battle between police and demonstrators in Cape Town, South Africa, left 34 persons dead.

1986 Basketball player Len Bias died.

1991 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrendered to police.

1992 Evander Holyfield defeated Larry Holmes in 12 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
The movie Batman Returns was released.

1994 Composer Henry Mancini died.

1999 Author Stephen King was hit by a car while walking on the shoulder of a highway in Lovell, Maine.
1999 The Dallas Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres for the Stanley Cup.

2000 The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Indiana Pacers for the NBA Championship.
2000 Tiger Woods won the U. S. Open.

2005 Michael Campbell won the U. S. Open.

2006 The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers for the Stanley Cup.

2007 Kurt Waldheim, German politician and former Secretary General of the United Nations, died.

2011 Rory McIlroy won the U. S. Open.

2013 Armed bandits killed 48 persons in Zamfara State, Nigeria.
Actor James Gandolfini died.
2013 Country singer Slim Whitman died.

2016 Dustin Johnson won the U. S. Open.
2016 The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship.

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