2004 – Noël Mamère, Mayor of Bordeaux, celebrates marriage for two men for the first time in France.
1995 – The Bose–Einstein condensate is first created.
1981 – The "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
1976 – The Teton Dam in Idaho, United States, collapses.
1975 – The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.
1975 – The United Kingdom holds its first country-wide referendum on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC).
1959 – The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.
1949 – Thailand elects Orapin Chaiyakan, the first female member of Thailand's Parliament.
1947 – Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.
1942 – World War II: The United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
1933 – The U.S. Congress abrogates the United States' use of the gold standard by enacting a joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.
1917 – World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day".
1916 – Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; he is the first American Jew to hold such a position.
1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.
1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
1990 – DJ Mustard, American record producer and songwriter. Dijon Isaiah McFarlane (born June 5, 1990), known professionally as Mustard (formerly DJ Mustard), is an American record producer, DJ, record executive, rapper, and songwriter.
1989 – Cam Atkinson, American ice hockey player. Cameron Thomas Atkinson (born June 5, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently an alternate captain for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1986 – Vernon Gholston, American football player. He was also a member of the Chicago Bears and St.
1985 – Jeremy Abbott, American figure skater. He represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he placed ninth, and at the 2014 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the team event.
1983 – Marques Colston, American football player. He played college football at Hofstra University, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
1982 – Ryan Dallas Cook, American trombonist (d. 2005), was one of two trombone players in third-wave ska band Suburban Legends.
1979 – Pete Wentz, American singer-songwriter, bass player, actor, and fashion designer. Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, A&R consultant, and record executive.
1977 – Liza Weil, American actress. Liza Rebecca Weil (born June 5, 1977) is an American actress.
1976 – Aesop Rock, American rapper and producer. Ian Matthias Bavitz (born June 5, 1976), better known by his stage name Aesop Rock, is an American hip hop recording artist and producer residing in Portland, Oregon.
1976 – Torry Holt, American football player and sportscaster, was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and retired with the 10th most receiving yards, including a record six consecutive seasons with 1,300 yards.
1975 – Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuanian-American basketball player. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuanian: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas; Lithuanian pronunciation: (listen); born June 5, 1975) is a Lithuanian American retired professional basketball center of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1974 – Russ Ortiz, American baseball player. Russell Reid Ortiz (born June 5, 1974) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher.
1973 – Lamon Brewster, American boxer. Lamon Tajuan Brewster (born June 5, 1973) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2010.
1972 – Chuck Klosterman, American journalist and author. Charles John Klosterman (born 1972) is an American author and essayist whose work focuses on American popular culture.
1971 – Mark Wahlberg, American model, actor, producer, and rapper. He is also known by his former stage name Marky Mark, from his career as frontman for the group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with whom he released the albums Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992).
1969 – Brian McKnight, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. McKnight's work has earned him 16 Grammy Awards nominations, albeit never been awarded one.
1967 – Joe DeLoach, American sprinter. Joseph ("Joe") Nathaniel DeLoach (born June 5, 1967) is a former American sprinter; the 1988 Olympic champion in the 200 m.
1967 – Matt Bullard, American basketball player and sportscaster. Matthew Gordon Bullard (born June 5, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA and current color analyst for the Houston Rockets on AT&T SportsNet Southwest.
1967 – Ray Lankford, American baseball player. Raymond Lewis Lankford (born June 5, 1967) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the St.
1967 – Ron Livingston, American actor. Livingston is known for his starring role as Peter Gibbons in the 1999 film Office Space, as well as his role as Captain Lewis Nixon in the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.
1965 – Alfie Turcotte, American ice hockey player. Real Jean "Alfie" Turcotte (born June 5, 1965) is a former American ice hockey player.
1965 – Michael E. Brown, American astronomer and author. Brown (born June 5, 1965) is an American astronomer, who has been professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2003.
1964 – Karl Sanders, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Karl Sanders (born June 5, 1963) is an American musician, most widely known as the founding member of the American ancient Egyptian-themed technical death metal band Nile.
1964 – Lisa Cholodenko, American director and screenwriter. She has also directed television, including the miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014) and Unbelievable (2019).
1962 – Jeff Garlin, American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. He played Jeff Greene on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mort Meyers on Arrested Development for Fox and Netflix and Murray Goldberg, the patriarch of the eponymous family in the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
1961 – Anthony Burger, American singer and pianist (d. 2006), was an American pianist and singer, most closely associated with Southern gospel music.
1961 – Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (d. 1999), was an American voice actress and voice-over teacher. Bergman was the lead female voice actress on South Park from the show's 1997 debut until her death.
1957 – Charles Nolan, American fashion designer (d. 2011). He was the fifth in a family of nine children and was raised in the New City borough of Brooklyn and the New York City suburb of Massapequa, Long Island.
1956 – Kenny G, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer. Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American jazz saxophonist.
1954 – Nancy Stafford, American model and actress. Nancy Elizabeth Stafford (born June 5, 1954) is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television.
1952 – Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (d. 2001), was an American singer best known for her work in French music. She was the younger sister of Taj Mahal.
1951 – Suze Orman, American financial adviser, author, and television host. The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002, running for 13 years in the U.S. and internationally.
1950 – Ronnie Dyson, American singer and actor (d. 1990). Born in Washington, D.C., Dyson grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he sang in church choirs.
1947 – Freddie Stone, American singer, guitarist, and pastor. Freddie Stone (born Frederick Jerome Stewart, June 5, 1947, Vallejo, California) is an American pastor and musician, best known as a co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist in the band Sly and the Family Stone, fronted by his brother Sly and including his sisters Rosie and Vet.
1947 – Laurie Anderson, American singer-songwriter and violinist. Laura Phillips Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects.
1946 – Patrick Head, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Williams F1. Sir Patrick Head (born 5 June 1946) is co-founder and former Engineering Director of the Williams Formula One team.
1945 – André Lacroix, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach. André Lacroix is the name of:
1945 – John Carlos, American runner and football player. He went on to tie the world record in the 100-yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record (although the latter achievement was never certified).
1944 – Whitfield Diffie, American cryptographer and academic. Bailey Whitfield 'Whit' Diffie (born June 5, 1944), ForMemRS, is an American cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography along with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle.
1941 – Robert Kraft, American businessman, founded The Kraft Group. He is the owner of the National Football League's New England Patriots, Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium, where both teams play.
1941 – Spalding Gray, American writer, actor, and monologist (d. 2004), was an American actor and writer. He is best known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as for his film adaptations of these works, beginning in 1987.
1934 – Bill Moyers, American journalist, 13th White House Press Secretary. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.
1932 – Dave Gold, American businessman, founded the 99 Cents Only Stores (d. 2013), was an American businessman who established the 99 Cents Only chain of discount stores.
1928 – Robert Lansing, American actor (d. 1994), was an American lawyer and high government official who served as Counselor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I, and then as United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson from 1915 to 1920. A conservative pro-business Democrat, he was pro-British and a strong defender of American rights at international law.
1928 – Tony Richardson, English-American director and producer (d. 1991), was an English filmmaker. He was best known for directing the films Tom Jones (1963), which won him the Academy Award for Best Director; The Hotel New Hampshire (1984); and his final film, Blue Sky (1994).
1926 – Paul Soros, Hungarian-American engineer and businessman (d. 2013), was a Hungarian-born American mechanical engineer, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Soros founded Soros Associates, which designs and develops bulk handling and port facilities.
1924 – Art Donovan, American football player and radio host (d. 2013), was an American football defensive tackle who played for three National Football League (NFL) teams, most notably the Baltimore Colts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
1924 – Lou Brissie, American baseball player and scout (d. 2013), was a professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 1947 to 1953 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians.
1923 – Daniel Pinkham, American organist and composer (d. 2006), was an American composer, organist, and harpsichordist.
1920 – Cornelius Ryan, Irish-American journalist and author (d. 1974), was an Irish journalist and author mainly known for his writings on popular military history, especially his World War II books: The Longest Day: 6 June 1944 D-Day (1959), The Last Battle (1966), and A Bridge Too Far (1974).
1920 – Marion Motley, American football player and coach (d. 1999), was an American football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He was a leading pass-blocker and rusher in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and ended his career with an average of 5.7 yards per carry, a record for running backs that still stands.
1919 – Richard Scarry, American-Swiss author and illustrator (d. 1994), was an American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million worldwide.
1916 – Eddie Joost, American baseball player and manager (d. 2011). In 1954, Joost became the third and last manager in the 54-year history of the Philadelphia Athletics.
1913 – Conrad Marca-Relli, American-Italian painter and academic (d. 2000), was an American artist who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists whose artistic innovation by the 1950s had been recognized across the Atlantic, including Paris. New York School Abstract Expressionism, represented by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Marca-Relli and others became a leading art movement of the postwar era.
1912 – Dean Amadon, American ornithologist and author (d. 2003), was an American ornithologist and an authority on birds of prey.
1905 – Wayne Boring, American illustrator (d. 1987), was an American comic book artist best known for his work on Superman from the late 1940s to 1950s. He occasionally used the pseudonym Jack Harmon.
1902 – Arthur Powell Davies, American minister, author, and activist (d. 1957), was the minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. from 1944 until his death in 1957. A prolific author of theological books and sermon collections, he came to national prominence in the U.S. through his liberal activism advocating civil rights for African-Americans and women and ethical stands against post-war nuclear proliferation and the methods employed by the American government during the era of McCarthyism.
1899 – Otis Barton, American diver, engineer, and actor, designed the bathysphere (d. 1992), was an American deep-sea diver, inventor and actor.
1898 – Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian shoe designer, founded Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. (d. 1960), was an Italian shoe designer and the founder of luxury goods high-end retailer Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. One of the most innovative shoe designers of the 20th century, Salvatore Ferragamo, rose to fame in the 1930s.
1884 – Frederick Lorz, American runner (d. 1914), was an American long distance runner who won the 1905 Boston Marathon. Lorz is also known for his "finish" in the marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics for not having crossed the "half-way mark" and still winning.
1877 – Willard Miller, Canadian-American sailor, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1959), was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Spanish–American War.
1850 – Pat Garrett, American sheriff (d. 1908), was an American Old West lawman, bartender and customs agent who became renowned for killing Billy the Kid. He was the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico as well as Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
2016 – Jerome Bruner, American psychologist (b. 1915)
2014 – Don Davis, American songwriter and producer (b. 1938)
2012 – Hal Keller, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
2012 – Mihai Pătrașcu, Romanian-American computer scientist (b. 1982)
2012 – Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
2009 – Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1978)
2006 – Edward L. Moyers, American businessman (b. 1928)
2006 – Frederick Franck, Dutch-American painter, sculptor, and author (b. 1909)
2004 – Ronald Reagan, American actor turned politician, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)
2002 – Dee Dee Ramone, American singer-songwriter and bass player (b. 1951)
2000 – Don Liddle, American baseball player (b. 1925)
1999 – Mel Tormé, American singer-songwriter (b. 1925)
1998 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
1998 – Sam Yorty, American soldier and politician, 37th Mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1909)
1997 – J. Anthony Lukas, American journalist and author (b. 1933)
1993 – Conway Twitty, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1933)
1947 – Nils Olaf Chrisander, Swedish-American actor and director (b. 1884)
1913 – Chris von der Ahe, German-American businessman (b. 1851)
1910 – O. Henry, American short story writer (b. 1862)
1900 – Stephen Crane, American poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1871)