is the 168th day of the year (169th in June 17 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 197 days remaining until the end of the year.
1462 - Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate Mehmed II in The Night Attack, and the latter is forced to retreat from Wallachia.
1497 - Battle of Deptford Bridge - Forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat troops led by Michael An Gof.
1565 - Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru.
1579 - Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls (modern Nova Albion California) for England.
1631 - Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years to build her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1773 - Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
1775 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill
1789 - In France, the Third Estate declares itself the national assembly.
1839 - In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace is later established as a result.
1863 - Battle of Aldie in the Gettysburg Campaign of the American Civil War.
1876 - Indian Wars: Battle of the Rosebud - 1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory.
1877 - Indian Wars: Battle of White Bird Canyon - The Nez Perce defeat the US Cavalry at White Bird Canyon in the Idaho Territory.
1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.
1898 - The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.
1901 - The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.
1930 - U.S. President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.
1932 - Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.
1933 - Union Station Massacre: In Kansas City, four FBI agents and captured fugitive Frank Nash were gunned down by gangsters attempting to free Nash.
1939 - Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre.
1940 - World War II: Operation Ariel begins - Allied troops start to evacuate France, following Germany's takeover of Paris and most of the nation.
1940 - World War II: Sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
1940 - The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fall under the occupation of the Soviet Union.
1944 - Iceland becomes a republic; French troops land on German-held Elba.
1948 - A Douglas DC-6 carrying United Airlines Flight 624 crashes near Mount Carmel, killing all 43 people on board.
1953 - Workers Uprising: In East Germany, the Soviet Union orders a division of troops into East Berlin to quell a rebellion.
1960 - Ted Williams becomes the fourth member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland.
1961 - The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.
1963 - The United States Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in against allowing the reciting of Abington School District v. Schempp Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.
1971 - Representatives of Japan and the United States sign the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, setting out a plan where the U.S. would return control of Okinawa.
1972 - Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.
1972 - The Vendome Hotel fire kills 9 Boston fire fighters, the worst tragedy in the history of the Boston Fire Department.
1982 - The body of "God's Banker", Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London.
1987 - With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.
1991 - Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required all racial classification of all South Africans at birth.
1992 - A 'Joint Understanding' agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin (this would be later codified in START II).
1994 - Following a televised low-speed highway chase and a failed attempt at suicide, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1239 - King Edward I of England (d. 1307)
1603 - Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint (d. 1663)
1682 - King Charles XII of Sweden (d. 1718)
1691 - Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)
1693 - Johann Georg Walch, German theologian (d. 1775)
1704 - John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)
1714 - Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, German philosopher (d. 1762)
1714 - César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer (d. 1784)
1718 - George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
1742 - William Hooper, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1790)
1808 - Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
1810 - Ferdinand Freiligrath, German writer (d. 1876)
1811 - Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter (d. 1879)
1818 - Charles Gounod, French composer (d. 1893)
1818 - Sophie of Württemberg, queen of the Netherlands (d. 1877)
1832 - Sir William Crookes, English physicist and chemist (d. 1919)
1839 - Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
1861 - Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
1861 - Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940
1867 - John Robert Gregg, inventor of shorthand system (d. 1948)
1867 - Henry Lawson, Australian poet (d. 1922)
1880 - Carl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (d. 1964)
1881 - Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer (d. 1955)
1882 - Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (d. 1971)
1888 - Heinz Guderian, German General (d. 1954)
1898 - M.C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)
1898 - Carl Hermann, German physicist (d. 1961)
1900 - Martin Bormann, Nazi official (d. 1945)
1902 - Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (d. 1989)
1902 - Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)
1903 - Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)
1904 - Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)
1907 - Charles Eames, American designer and architect (d. 1978)
1909 - Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
1909 - Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor (d. 2004)
1910 - Red Foley, American musician (d. 1968)
1910 - George Hees, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
1914 - John Hersey, American author (d. 1993)
1915 - Karl Targownik, Hungarian psychiatrist (d. 1996)
1915 - David "Stringbean" Akeman, American banjo player and actor (d. 1973)
1917 - Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician
1918 - Ajahn Chah, Buddhist meditation master
1920 - Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (d. 1981)
1920 - François Jacob, French biologist, Nobel laureate
1923 - Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, American football player (d. 2004)
1927 - Martin Böttcher, German conductor
1929 - Tigran Petrosian, Armenian chess player (d. 1984)
1930 - Brian Statham, English cricketer (d. 2000)
1933 - Harry Browne, American free-market libertarian writer, politician, and investment analyst (d. 2006)
1933 - Christian Ferras, French violinist (d. 1982)
1933 - Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (d. 1970)
1936 - Ken Loach, British film director
1940 - George Akerlof, American economist, Nobel laureate
1942 - Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian IAEA director, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1943 - Newt Gingrich, American politician
1943 - Barry Manilow, American musician
1945 - Frank Ashmore, American actor
1945 - Tommy Franks, American General
1945 - Ken Livingstone, English politician
1945 - Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist
1946 - Peter Rosei, Austrian writer
1947 - Paul Young, English singer and percussionist (d. 2000)
1948 - Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball player
1948 - Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player (d. 1992)
1949 - Snakefinger, British-born musician (d. 1987)
1951 - Joe Piscopo, American actor
1952 - Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive
1957 - Phil Chevron, Irish musician ( The Pogues, The Radiators From Space)
1957 - Martin Dillon, American opera singer (d. 2005)
1957 - Jon Gries, American actor
1957 - Jack Wouterse, Dutch actor
1958 - Jello Biafra, American musician and activist
1958 - Bobby Farrelly, American film director
1958 - Sam Hamad, Syrian-born Canadian politician
1958 - Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor
1960 - Thomas Haden Church, American actor
1962 - Michael Monroe, Finnish singer ( Hanoi Rocks)
1963 - Greg Kinnear, American actor
1964 - Michael Gross, German swimmer
1964 - Rinaldo Capello, Italian racing driver
1964 - Erin Murphy, American actress
1965 - Dermontti Dawson, American football player
1966 - Jason Patric, American actor
1967 - Eric Stefani, American musician
1968 - Minoru Suzuki, Japanese professional wrestler
1969 - Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
1970 - Jason Hanson, American football player
1970 - Sasha Sokol, Mexican singer and actress
1970 - Will Forte, American writer, actor and comedian
1970 - Stéphane Fiset, French Canadian ice hockey player
1971 - Paulina Rubio, Mexican singer
1971 - Mildred Fox, Irish politician
1973 - Krayzie Bone, American rapper ( Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
1973 - Leander Paes, Indian tennis player
1973 - Christian Claudio, Puerto Rican Business Consultant
1974 - Evangelia Psarra, Greek archer
1975 - Joshua Leonard, American actor
1975 - Chloe Jones, American actress (d. 2005)
1977 - Mark Tauscher, American football player
1977 - Branko Tomovic, Serbian actor
1977 - Roger Manganelli, American bassist/guitarist of Less Than Jake
1978 - Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
1978 - Isabelle Delobel, French European ice dancer
1979 - Nick Rimando, American soccer player
1980 - Kimeru, Japanese singer
1980 - Venus Williams, American tennis player
1981 - Amrita Rao, Indian model and actress
1981 - Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
1981 - Shane Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder
1983 - Lee Ryan, British singer, formerly of Blue
1983 - Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
1983 - Connie Fisher, English stage actress
1984 - John Gallagher Jr. American stage actor
1985 - Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
1985 - Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer
1025 - Bolesław I the Brave, first king of Poland
1091 - Dirk V, Count of Holland (b. 1052)
1285 - Yekuno Amlak, Emperor of Ethiopia and restorer of the Solomonic dynasty
 1463 - Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (b. 1436)
1565 - Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (b. 1536)
1694 - Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic Cardinal (b. 1629)
1696 - John III Sobieski, King of Poland (b. 1629)
1719 - Joseph Addison, English politician and writer (b. 1672)
1734 - Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshal of France (b. 1653)
1740 - Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
1762 - Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (b. 1674)
1775 - Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
1797 - Agha Muhammad Khan, Shah of Persia (b. 1742)
1813 - Charles Middleton, English sailor and politician (b. 1726)
1821 - Martín Miguel de Güemes Argentine military leader (b. 1785)
1858 - Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
1898 - Edward Burne-Jones, English artist (b. 1833)
1904 - Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov, Russian politician, Governor-General of Finland (assassinated) (b. 1839)
1939 - Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
1940 - Arthur Harden, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
1942 - Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician (b. 1853)
1952 - Jack Parsons, American rocket-fuel pioneer and renegade occultist (b. 1914)
1956 - Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
1956 - Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
1957 - Dorothy Richardson, English writer (b. 1873)
1961 - Jeff Chandler, American actor (b. 1918)
1968 - José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
1974 - Pamela Britton, American actress (b. 1923)
1979 - Duffy Lewis, baseball player (b. 1888)
1981 - Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
1981 - Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator ( Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
1982 - Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (b. 1920)
1983 - Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
1986 - Kate Smith, American singer ( God Bless America) (b. 1907)
1987 - Dick Howser, baseball player and manager (b. 1936)
1996 - Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
2001 - Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
2002 - Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
2002 - Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)
2004 - Gerry McNeil, Canadian hockey player (b. 1926)
2005 - Karl Mueller, American bassist ( Soul Asylum) (b. 1962)
2005 - Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
2006 - Cláudio Besserman Vianna, aka "Bussunda", Brazilian comedian (b. 1962)
2007 - Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
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^ A. K. Irvine, "Review: The Different Collections of Nägś Hymns in Ethiopic Literature and Their Contributions."
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies, 1985.
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