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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of June 30


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Birthdays
  • 1685 - John Gay, British writer (d. 1732)
  • 1803 - Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (d. 1849)
  • 1807 - Friedrich Theodor von Vischer, German narrator
  • 1884 - Georges Duhamel, French author (d. 1966)
  • 1891 - Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (d. 1953)
  • 1891 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler (d. 1966)
  • 1899 - Madge Bellamy, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1906 - Ralph Allen, English footballer (d. 1981)
  • 1906 - Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (d. 1967)
  • 1908 - Winston Graham, British writer (d. 2003)
  • 1912 - Dan Reeves,
  • 1913 - Harry Wismer, owner of the New York Jets (d. 1967)
  • 1917 - Susan Hayward, American actress (d. 1975)
  • 1917 - Lena Horne, American actress and singer
  • 1929 - James Goldman, American screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1931 - Andrew Hill, American jazz pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1933 - Lea Massari, Italian actress
  • 1933 - Orval Tessier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1934 - Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician (d. 1997)
  • 1936 - Nancy Dussault, American actress
  • 1936 - Tony Musante, American actor
  • 1936 - Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1938 - Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (d. 1999)
  • 1939 - José Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet
  • 1940 - Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
  • 1941 - Peter Pollock, South African cricket player
  • 1942 - Ron Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1943 - Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes) (d. 1976)
  • 1944 - Terry Funk, American professional wrestler
  • 1944 - Ron Swoboda, American baseball player
  • 1950 - Leonard Whiting, British actor
  • 1951 - Stanley Clarke, American musician
  • 1952 - David Garrison, Broadway and television actor
  • 1953 - Hal Lindes, British-American musician (Dire Straits)
  • 1955 - David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian
  • 1957 - Sterling Marlin, American race car driver (NASCAR)
  • 1959 - Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • 1959 - Brendan Perry, British musician (Dead Can Dance)
  • 1960 - Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles)
  • 1962 - Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball player
  • 1963 - Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist
  • 1965 - Mitch Richmond, American basketball player
  • 1965 - Steve Duchesne, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965 - Gary Pallister, English footballer
  • 1966 - Mike Tyson, American former boxer
  • 1966 - Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
  • 1968 - Philip Anselmo, American musician
  • 1969 - Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1970 - Brian Bloom, American actor
  • 1970 - Mark Grudzielanek, American baseball player
  • 1971 - Anette Michel, Mexican actress
  • 1971 - Monica Potter, American actress
  • 1972 - Sandra Cam, Belgian swimmer
  • 1972 - James Martin, English celebrity chef
  • 1973 - Chan-ho Park, South Korean baseball player
  • 1974 - Melanie Lambert American ice skater,
  • 1975 - Ralf Schumacher, German race car driver (F1)
  • 1978 - Ben Cousins, Australian Football League player
  • 1979 - Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • 1979 - Rick Gonzalez, Hispanic-American actor
  • 1979 - Travis Minor, National Football League Runningback
  • 1980 - Rade Prica, Swedish footballer
  • 1981 - Can Artam, Turkish racing driver
  • 1981 - Matt Kirk, Canadian football Player
  • 1981 - Ben Utecht, American football Player
  • 1982 - Dan Jacobs, American guitarist (Atreyu)
  • 1982 - Andy Knowles, British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1982 - Mitch Maier, American baseball player
  • 1982 - Lizzy Caplan, American actress
  • 1983 - Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1983 - Marlin Jackson, American football player
  • 1983 - Patrick Wolf, British musician
  • 1983 - Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1984 - Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • 1984 - Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985 - Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist
  • 1985 - Michael Phelps, American swimmer
  • 1985 - Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer
  • 1985 - Cody Runnels, American wrestler
  • 1986 - Victoria Crawford, American wrestler and model
  • 1991 - Kaho, Japanese actress


Deaths
  • 1666 - Alexander Brome, English poet (b. 1620)
  • 1890 - Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (b. 1819)
  • 1953 - Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • 1966 - Giuseppe Farina, Italian Formula One champion. First person to win an F1 championship. (b. 1906)
  • 1971 - Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1976 - Firpo Marberry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1984 - Lillian Hellman, American playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1993 - George "Spanky" McFarland, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1993 - Wong Ka Kui, Hong Kong singer (b. 1962)
  • 1995 - Gale Gordon, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1995 - Phyllis Hyman, American jazz vocalist (b. 1949)
  • 1997 - Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 2001 - Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2001 - Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1937)
  • 2003 - Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)
  • 2003 - Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2004 - Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 - Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • 2009 - Pina Bausch, 68, German modern dance choreographer, cancer.
  • 2014 - Paul Mazursky, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Events
  • 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.
  • 1422 - Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
  • 1520 - The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan.
  • 1651 - The Deluge: Khmelnytsky Uprising
  • 1688 - The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William, continuing the struggle for English independence from Rome which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution.
  • 1758 - Seven Years' War: The Battle of Domstadtl takes place.
  • 1805 - The U.S. Congress organizes the Michigan Territory.
  • 1859 - French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
  • 1860 - The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place.
  • 1864 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation".
  • 1886 - The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal. It arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4.
  • 1905 - Albert Einstein publishes the article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", in which he introduces special relativity.
  • 1906 - The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.
  • 1908 - The Tunguska event occurs in Siberia.
  • 1912 - The Regina Cyclone hits Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28. It remains Canada's deadliest tornado event.
  • 1921 - U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1934 - The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler's violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place.
  • 1935 - The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its first congress.
  • 1941 - World War II: Operation Barbarossa
  • 1944 - World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
  • 1953 - The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
  • 1956 - A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 (Flight 718) collide above the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing all 128 on board the two planes.
  • 1960 - Congo gains independence from Belgium.
  • 1963 - Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo.
  • 1968 - Solemni hac liturgia by Pope Paul VI.
  • 1969 - Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra.
  • 1971 - The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve.
  • 1971 - Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.
  • 1972 - One leap second is added to the UTC time system.
  • 1977 - Virginia Wade wins the Ladies Singles title at Wimbledon, the last British champion at the All England Club to date.
  • 1985 - Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
  • 1986 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
  • 1987 - The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
  • 1988 - French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1990 - East Germany and West Germany merge their economies.
  • 1992 - Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joins the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
  • 1997 - The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
  • 2005 - Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • 2007 - A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.
  • 2009 - Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros, killing all but one of the 153 passengers and crew.


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