Death of Conan I of Brittany
Death of St. Ladislaus I, King of Hungary
Zug and Aeusser Amt join the Swiss Confederation
Louis XII, King of France born
Execution of Myghal an Gof
Charles IX, King of France born
Death of Giorgio Vasari, painter and writer
Execution of Cyril Lucar, Patriarch of Istanbul
New Amsterdam (now New York City) imposes the first speed limit in the U.S., specifying that it is illegal for traffic within the city limits to proceed at a gallop.
King Charles XII, Charles the Great, of Sweden born
Thomas Hickey, one of George Washington's guards, was convicted of plotting to deliver George Washington to the British and became the first person to be executed by the army of the U.S.
Edward Gibbon completed "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
British forces captured Cairo and the French began withdrawing from Egypt in one of the Napoleonic Wars.
Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.
Irish patriot Charles Stewart Parnell born
The first telegraph wire links were established between New York City and Boston.
Mildred J. Hill - Composer, Musician, Schoolteacher; Happy Birthday To You born
Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar born
Blind and deaf author Helen Keller born
Lawrence Corcoran pitched his third no-hit baseball game this day, leading Chicago to a 6-0 win over Providence. Corcoran set a baseball record for no-hitters for the feat.
Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the gramophone. The patent was granted on May 4, 1886.
The New York stock market crashed.
Actor John McIntire (Honkytonk Man, Rooster Cogburn, Summer and Smoke, Psycho, Elmer Gantry) born
Actress Audrey Christie (Splendor in the Grass, Harper Valley P.T.A., Frankie and Johnny) born
Billiard Player Willie Mosconi (World American Straight Pool champion: 6 times between 1941-1956) born
Composer Ben Homer (Sentimental Journey) born
Screen WriterI.A.L. Diamond (Some Like It Hot, Irma La Douce, The Apartment) born
Country Singer Julie Bedra) Rosalie Allen (He Taught Me How to Yodel) born
Songwriter Jerome 'Doc' Pomus (Boogie Woogie Country Girl, A Teenager in Love, Turn Me Loose, Can't Get Used to Losing You, Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment) born
"Captain Kangaroo," Bob Keeshan born
Business executive Ross Perot born
Opera singer Anna Moffo born
The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General John Shalikashvili born
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt born
The BBC began using the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth as a morale-boosting motif for listeners in the parts of Europe that had been overrun by the Nazis. In Morse Code, "dit-dit-dit dahhh" stands for the letter "V" and "V" stood for "Victory."
Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Frank Mills (Music Box Dancer) born
The FBI announced the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from a submarine on New York's Long Island.
Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) born
During World War Two, American forces completed their capture of the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.
"Bathing Beauty", the first film where Esther Williams swam, opened at the Astor.
Fashion designer Norma Kamali born
George Templeton Strong, Junior, died in Switzerland at the age of 92. Strong had been a promising American composer but gave up music to paint, and gave up America to live in Europe. Strong felt America was insufficiently cultured.
The Communist composer Alan Bush was present for the premiere of his symphony on the story of Robin Hood. It was played in Nottingham.
President Truman ordered U.S. naval and air forces to help repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea.
President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
Actress Isabelle Adjani born
The nation's first automobile seat belt legislation is enacted in Illinois.
The first of the "Wide Wide World" shows was broadcast on NBC-TV. Dave Garroway of the "Today" show was the program host.
More than 500 people were killed when Hurricane "Audrey" slammed through coastal Louisiana and Texas.
Country singer Lorrie Morgan born
The play, "West Side Story", with music by Leonard Bernstein, closed after 734 performances on Broadway. The show remains one of the brightest highlights in the history of the Great White Way.
Actor Brian Drillinger born
Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. The couple broke up 38 days later.
R.C., "People" by Barbra Streisand peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.
"Dark Shadows", TV Daytime Sci-Fi Soap; debut on ABC.
Patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, clashed with police in an incident considered the birth of the homosexual rights movement.
Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
Sonny and Cher (Bono) called it quits as husband and wife. They were divorced soon after their CBS-TV variety show was canceled.
Actor Tobey Maguire ("Pleasantville") born
Gospel singer Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) born
President Carter signed legislation reviving draft registration.
The legendary Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, passed into history as officials decertified the road.
The White House announced that a final laboratory analysis of two polyps removed from President Reagan's colon showed they were benign.
President Bush, criticizing a Supreme Court decision upholding desecration of the American flag as a form of political protest, called for a constitutional amendment to protect the Stars and Stripes.
NASA announced that a flaw in the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope was preventing the instrument from achieving optimum focus.
Actress Madylin Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") born
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black to sit on the nation's highest court, announced his retirement.
The Supreme Court ruled that juries considering life or death for convicted murderers may take into account the victim's character and the suffering of relatives.
Authorities found the body of kidnapped Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso buried in a makeshift grave in Bass River State Park in New Jersey. (Arthur and Irene Seale were later convicted and sentenced to prison.)
Iraqis pulled their dead from the rubble of buildings wrecked by US missiles during an early morning raid ordered by President Clinton in reprisal for a reputed assassination plot against former President Bush.
Actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett were wed in Marion, Indiana. (The marriage ended in divorce.)
President Clinton replaced White House chief of staff Mack McLarty with budget director Leon Panetta.
U.S. Coast Guard cutters intercepted 1,330 Haitian boat people on the high seas in one of the busiest single days since refugees began leaving Haiti in droves following a 1991 military coup
Kenny Lofton is named "Player of the Week", becoming the third Indian to be named in consecutive weeks.
The San Francisco Chronicle received a message from the Unabomber threatening to blow up a plane by the July 4 weekend (the Unabomber later called the threat a prank).
Former WMMS engineer William Alford is sentenced to 10 days and a $1,000 fine for cutting the cable of the satellite feed during Howard Stern's broadcast from the Cleveland Flats in 1994.
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a historic flight to link up with Russia's space station Mir and bring home American astronaut Norman Thagard.
President Clinton and other Group of Seven leaders meeting in Lyon, France, pledged solidarity against terrorism following a truck bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans.
A Dallas police officer was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill football star Michael Irvin. (Johnnie Hernandez later pleaded guilty to solicitation of capital murder.)
The Supreme Court threw out a key part of the Brady gun-control law, saying the federal government could not make local police decide whether people are fit to buy handguns. However, the court left intact the five-day waiting period for gun purchases.
An earthquake in Ceyhan, Turkey, killed 144 people.
During a joint news conference beamed live to hundreds of millions of homes across China, President Clinton and President Jiang Zemin offered an uncensored airing of differences on human rights, freedom, trade and Tibet.
The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the final game at the Kingdome.
George Papadopoulos, the head of Greece's 1967-74 military dictatorship, died of cancer in Athens at age 80.
Juli Inkster won the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam (the first was Pat Bradley).
House Republicans cut a deal to allow direct sales of U-S food to Cuba for the first time in four decades.
President Robert Mugabe's ruling party was assured a majority in Zimbabwe's new parliament despite historic gains by the opposition.
U.S. Marines accused of assaulting Australian freed by U.S. military court
U.S. Supreme Court rules on government display of Ten Commandments
Israeli soldier convicted of killing British activist in Gaza Strip
Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger, Gargamel, dead at 82
Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court rules against file swapping companies
Lula tries to save the government with alliance with opposition party
Russia voids border treaty with Estonia
Actor John Fiedler, voice of Piglet and "Bob Newhart" regular, dead at 80
Russia probing Jewish law as "incitement"
Canterbury farmers to get aid because of snow
Dung appointed Vietnam's new PM
Australian government provides $15.8 million for North Adelaide Technical College
Drunk woman hits police car in Sydney
Brazil knock-out Ghana 3-0 to grab quarter-final place
Mauritanians vote for new constitution
Hamas strikes deal with Fatah
IPod manufacturer Foxconn broke labour laws
France out-wit Spain 3-1 and clinch quarter-final spot
Conditions in the womb determine male sexuality
W. Axl Rose arrested near Stockholm
Chinese government levies hefty 'sudden event' fines
Daughter of Yuko Ikeda kidnapped to ransom in Tokyo; freed 13 hours later
No survivors in Cambodian air crash
Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Tony Blair becomes the Quartet's envoy to the Middle East
America's Cup: Team New Zealand wins third race
III IDEAS Show to showcase achievements of Internet industry in Taiwan
US claims to have killed al-Qaida in Iraq leader
Asteroid slammed into Mars' northern hemisphere
Clinton and Obama call for unity in Democratic Party
North Korea destroys nuclear cooling tower
Indonesian military plane disappears
Microsoft without Bill Gates at the helm
Gordon Brown's troubled first year
Prime Minister of Thailand survives no-confidence vote
Former Polish Foreign Minister discusses anti-missile shield in Washington, DC
Divers safe from pesticide from MV Princess of the Stars
Obama gives check to Clinton campaign
Proton rocket launches Prognoz satellite
BBC spends Â£3.4m on sell-off
US House of Representatives passes 'clean energy bill'
Sales of Jackson songs and memorabilia rise after his death
Armed Forces Day to get underway in the UK
Death of Michael Jackson causes last minute changes to films and dramas
9 year old girl reported to be latest US swine flu death
Brazil ceases hunt for bodies from Air France crash
Farrah Fawcett's funeral arrangements announced
Kyrgyzstan votes on referendum for new constitution
FIFA World Cup: arrivederci Italia!
Fuel leak prompts 17,000-vehicle recall by Toyota
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visits Shakespeare's birthplace
Funeral held for former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba
Ryan Dunn twice over drink-drive limit at time of fatal accident
Internet hacking group LulzSec disbands
NSW appeal court acquits Jeffrey Gilham of parents' murders
US Supreme Court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional