Coral Triangle Day (The CTD was first held on June 10, 2012, as a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day. During the 8th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (a multilateral partnership to safeguard the Coral Triangle's marine and coastal biological resources) Senior Official Meeting, member countries declared to designate the Coral Triangle Day to be held annually. The region covers the exclusive economic zones of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste)
1959 – The USS George Washington is launched. It is the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.
1957 – First ascent of Broad Peak by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl.
1954 – McCarthyism: Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashes out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the Army giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
1928 – Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.
1915 – William Jennings Bryan resigns as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States' handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.
1862 – American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson concludes his successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign with a victory in the Battle of Port Republic; his tactics during the campaign are now studied by militaries around the world.
1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.
1986 – Ashley Postell, American gymnast. During that time she was the world champion on balance beam in 2002 and the national champion on floor exercise in 2003.
1986 – Doug Legursky, American football player. He played college football at Marshall.
1985 – Sebastian Telfair, American basketball player. He had committed to the University of Louisville during his senior year, but decided to turn professional instead.
1983 – Danny Richar, Dominican-American baseball player. In a three-season Major League Baseball career as a second baseman for the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, Richar had a .229 batting average, six home runs, and 18 runs batted in.
1983 – Josh Cribbs, American football player. He has tied the NFL career record with eight kickoff returns for touchdowns, and also the NFL record with two kickoffs of 100 yards or more returned for touchdowns in a single game.
1981 – Natalie Portman, Israeli-American actress, director, and producer. Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag, Hebrew: נטע-לי הרשלג; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship.
1980 – Mike Fontenot, American baseball player. Michael Eugene Fontenot (born June 9, 1980), is an American former professional baseball infielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies.
1980 – Udonis Haslem, American basketball player. Udonis Johneal Haslem (/juːˈdɒnɪs dʒɒˈniːl ˈhæzləm/ born June 9, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1979 – Amanda Lassiter, American basketball player. Amanda Lassiter (born June 9, 1979 in San Francisco, California) is an American professional women's basketball player with the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
1978 – Hayden Schlossberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Hayden Schlossberg (born June 9, 1978) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer best known for his work on Cobra Kai (with Jon Hurwitz and Josh Heald) and the Harold & Kumar films (with Hurwitz).
1978 – Heather Mitts, American soccer player. Heather Mitts Feeley (born June 9, 1978), née Heather Blaine Mitts, is an American former professional soccer defender.
1978 – Shandi Finnessey, American model and actress, Miss USA 2004. She previously held the title of Miss Missouri 2002 and competed in Miss America, where she won a preliminary award.
1977 – Olin Kreutz, American football player, was a center in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He played college football for University of Washington, and earned consensus All-American honors.
1973 – Tedy Bruschi, American football player and sportscaster, was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the University of Arizona, and was a two-time consensus All-American.
1969 – Eric Wynalda, American soccer player, coach, and sportscaster. Eric Boswell Wynalda (born June 9, 1969) is an American soccer coach and television commentator and retired player.
1967 – Dean Dinning, American rock musician (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Toad the Wet Sprocket is an American alternative rock band formed in 1986.
1964 – Gloria Reuben, Canadian-American actress. She is known for her role as Jeanie Boulet on the medical drama ER (1995–1999, 2008), for which she was twice-nominated for an Emmy Award, and for portraying Elizabeth Keckley in the 2012 Academy Award-winning film Lincoln.
1964 – Slaid Cleaves, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. An alumnus of Tufts University, where he majored in English and philosophy, Cleaves lives in Austin, Texas.
1964 – Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player and bass player (d. 2009), was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All American at the University of Oklahoma, he was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
1963 – David Koepp, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Koepp is the ninth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a total gross of over $2.3 billion.
1963 – Johnny Depp, American actor. John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician.
1961 – Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. For writing The Social Network, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among other awards.
1961 – Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor, producer, and author. Michael Andrew Fox OC (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J.
1961 – Thomas Benson, American football player, was the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.
1958 – David Ancrum, American basketball player and coach. Subsequently, he had a professional basketball career, and played in several leagues, most notably in the CBA, Greece and Israel.
1956 – Patricia Cornwell, American journalist and author. Patricia Cornwell (born Patricia Carroll Daniels; June 9, 1956) is an American crime writer.
1954 – Elizabeth May, American-Canadian environmentalist, lawyer, and politician. Elizabeth Evans May OC MP (born June 9, 1954) is a Canadian politician who served as leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2006 to 2019 and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands since 2011.
1954 – George Pérez, American author and illustrator. George Pérez (/ˈpɛrɛz/; born June 9, 1954) is a retired American comic book artist and writer, whose titles include The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman.
1954 – Gregory Maguire, American author. Many of Maguire's adult novels are inspired by classic children's stories; Wicked transforms the Wicked Witch of the West from L.
1953 – Ken Navarro, Italian-American guitarist and composer. Ken Navarro (born June 9, 1953) is an American contemporary jazz guitarist.
1952 – Billy Knight, American basketball player. Playing with the Indiana Pacers in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and later the National Basketball Association (NBA), he was both an ABA and NBA All-Star.
1951 – Dave Parker, American baseball player and coach. David Gene Parker (born June 9, 1951), nicknamed "The Cobra", is an American former player in Major League Baseball.
1951 – James Newton Howard, American composer, conductor, and producer. His film scores include Pretty Woman (1990), Grand Canyon (1991), The Fugitive (1993), The Devil's Advocate (1997), Dinosaur (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Treasure Planet (2002), King Kong (2005), Batman Begins (2005), Blood Diamond (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Bourne Legacy (2012), The Hunger Games series (2012–2015) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
1951 – Michael Patrick Cronan, American graphic designer and academic (d. 2013), was an American graphic designer, artist and a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was one of the founders of the San Francisco Bay Area postmodern movement in graphic design that became known as the "Pacific Wave".
1950 – Giorgos Kastrinakis, Greek-American basketball player. Giorgos Kastrinakis (alternate spellings: Georgios, George) (Greek: Γιώργος Καστρινάκης) (born June 9, 1950) is a retired Greek American professional basketball player.
1946 – Deyda Hydara, Gambian journalist and publisher, co-founded The Point (d. 2004), was a co-founder and primary editor of The Point, a major independent Gambian newspaper. He was also a correspondent for both AFP News Agency and Reporters Without Borders for more than 30 years.
1944 – Wally Gabler, American football player and sportscaster. He was the starting quarterback for the 1965 Michigan Wolverines football team and played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) as the starting quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts (1966–1969), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1969–1970), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1970–1972).
1943 – Charles Saatchi, Iraqi-English businessman, co-founded Saatchi & Saatchi. In the same year, the brothers formed a new agency called M&C Saatchi.
1939 – Dick Vitale, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster. He is known for catchphrases such as "this is awesome baby" and "diaper dandy" (outstanding freshman player), as well as enthusiastic and colorful remarks he makes during games, and has authored nine books and appeared in several movies.
1938 – Charles Wuorinen, American composer and educator. Charles Peter Wuorinen ( /ˈwɔːrɪnən/, born June 9, 1938) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer of contemporary classical music based in New York City.
1935 – Dutch Savage, American wrestler and promoter (d. 2013), was an American professional wrestler and wrestling promoter, best known for his time spent competing in Pacific Northwest Wrestling under the ring name Dutch Savage.
1934 – Jackie Wilson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984), was an American soul singer and performer. A tenor with a four-octave range, Wilson was a prominent figure in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul.
1933 – Al Cantello, American javelin thrower and coach. He is currently the coach of the men's distance running program at the United States Naval Academy where he has been since 1963.
1931 – Bill Virdon, American baseball player, coach, and manager. William Charles Virdon (born June 9, 1931) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1931 – Jackie Mason, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He is ranked #63 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time.
1929 – Johnny Ace, American singer and pianist (d. 1954), was an American rhythm-and-blues singer. He had a string of hit singles in the mid-1950s.
1927 – Jim Nolan, American basketball player (d. 1983). James Nolan (born 1977) is an Irish athlete and athletics coach.
1926 – Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, American singer and bass player (d. 2010), was an American electric blues bassist and singer. He worked with many blues musicians, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, the Legendary Blues Band, Mississippi Heat, James Cotton, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Little Walter and Elmore James.
1926 – Happy Rockefeller, American philanthropist, 31st Second Lady of the United States (d. 2015), was a philanthropist and the second wife of the 49th governor of New York and 41st vice president of the United States, Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). She was first lady of New York from her marriage to then-Governor Rockefeller in 1963 until he resigned in 1973, and second lady of the United States during her husband's tenure as Vice President from December 19, 1974 until his term ended on January 20, 1977.
1925 – Herman Sarkowsky, German-American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded the Seattle Seahawks (d. 2014), was a Seattle, Washington, United States businessman, philanthropist, thoroughbred breeder, and former sports executive. He was a co-founder of two Pacific Northwest sports franchises, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.
1925 – Keith Laumer, American soldier and author (d. 1993), was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service.
1924 – Ed Farhat, American wrestler and manager (d. 2003), was a Lebanese-American professional wrestler best known by his ring name The Sheik (sometimes called The Original Sheik to distinguish him from The Iron Sheik, who debuted in 1972). He is also one of the originators of what became the hardcore wrestling style, as the promoter of Big Time Wrestling, and the uncle of ECW wrestler Sabu.
1922 – George Axelrod, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003), was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and also adapted Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
1922 – John Gillespie Magee, Jr., Chinese-American pilot and poet (d. 1941), was a World War II Anglo-American Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot and poet, who wrote the poem High Flight. He was killed in an accidental mid-air collision over England in 1941.
1921 – Arthur Hertzberg, American rabbi and scholar (d. 2006), was a Conservative rabbi and prominent Jewish-American scholar and activist.
1918 – John Hospers, American philosopher and politician (d. 2011), was an American philosopher and political activist. Hospers was interested in Objectivism, and was once a friend of Ayn Rand, though she later broke with him.
1916 – Robert McNamara, American businessman and politician, 8th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2009), was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B.
1915 – Les Paul, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2009), was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his techniques served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul.
1912 – Ingolf Dahl, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1970), was a German-born American composer, pianist, conductor, and educator.
1910 – Robert Cummings, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1990), was an American film and television actor known mainly for his roles in comedy films such as The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and Princess O'Rourke (1943), but was also effective in dramatic films, especially two of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, Saboteur (1942) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Cummings received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance in 1955.
1908 – Branch McCracken, American basketball player and coach (d. 1970). He served as the head basketball coach at Ball State University from 1930 to 1938 and at Indiana University Bloomington from 1938 to 1943 and again from 1946 to 1965.
1908 – Luis Kutner, American lawyer, author, and activist (d. 1993), was a US human rights activist and lawyer who co-founded Amnesty International with Peter Benenson in 1961, and created the concept of a living will. He was also notable for his advocacy of "world habeas corpus", the development of an international writ of habeas corpus to protect individual human rights.
1906 – Robert Klark Graham, American eugenicist and businessman, founded Repository for Germinal Choice (d. 1997), was an American eugenicist and businessman who made millions by developing shatterproof plastic eyeglass lenses and who later founded the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for geniuses, in the hope of implementing a eugenics program.
1903 – Marcia Davenport, American author and critic (d. 1996), was an American author and music critic.
1902 – Skip James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1969), was an American Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter.
1900 – Fred Waring, American singer, bandleader, and television host (d. 1984), was a musician, bandleader, and radio and television personality, sometimes referred to as "America's Singing Master" and "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing". He was also a promoter, financial backer and eponym of the Waring Blendor, the first modern electric blender on the market.
1895 – Archie Weston, American football player and journalist (d. 1981), was an American football player who was a quarterback for the University of Michigan in 1917 and a halfback in 1919. He was selected as a first-team All-American in 1917 by Chicago Tribune sports editor Walter Eckersall.
1893 – Irish Meusel, American baseball player and coach (d. 1963), was an American baseball left fielder.
1891 – Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter (d. 1964). Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.
1879 – Harry DeBaecke, American rower (d. 1961), was an American rower who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
1851 – Charles Joseph Bonaparte, American lawyer and politician, 46th United States Attorney General (d. 1921), was an American lawyer and political activist for progressive and liberal causes. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he served in the cabinet of the 26th U.S.
1845 – Frank Norton, American baseball player (d. 1920), was an American professional baseball player, who played in one game for the Washington Olympics on May 5, 1871. He struck out in his only at-bat and played third base and outfield in the game.
1842 – Hazard Stevens, American military officer, mountaineer, politician and writer (d. 1918). He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Union army during the American Civil War at the Battle of Fort Huger.
1781 – George Stephenson, English engineer, designed the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (d. 1848), was a British civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", Stephenson was considered by the Victorians a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement.
1768 – Samuel Slater, English-American engineer and businessman (d. 1835), was an early English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" (a phrase coined by Andrew Jackson) and the "Father of the American Factory System". In the UK, he was called "Slater the Traitor" because he brought British textile technology to America, modifying it for United States use.
2017 – Adam West, American actor and investor (b. 1928)
2014 – Alicemarie Huber Stotler, American lawyer and judge (b. 1942)
2014 – Elsie Quarterman, American ecologist and academic (b. 1910)
2014 – Gustave Tassell, American fashion designer (b. 1926)
2012 – Abram Wilson, American-English trumpet player and educator (b. 1973)
2012 – Hawk Taylor, American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)
2009 – Dick May, American race car driver (b. 1930)
2008 – Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American author and critic (b. 1931)
2007 – Frankie Abernathy, American purse designer, cast-member on The Real World: San Diego (b. 1981)
2004 – Brian Williamson, Jamaican activist, co-founded J-FLAG (b. 1945)
2004 – Rosey Brown, American football player and coach (b. 1932)
2000 – Jacob Lawrence, American painter and academic (b. 1917)
2000 – John Abramovic, American basketball player (b. 1919)
1998 – Lois Mailou Jones, American painter and academic (b. 1905)
1997 – Stanley Knowles, American-Canadian academic and politician (b. 1908)
1993 – Alexis Smith, Canadian-born American actress (b. 1921)
1991 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean-American pianist and educator (b. 1903)
1989 – George Wells Beadle, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
1984 – Helen Hardin, American painter (b. 1943)
1981 – Allen Ludden, American game show host (b. 1917)
1973 – Chuck Bennett, American football player and coach (b. 1907)
1960 – Harry S. Hammond, American football player and businessman (b. 1884)
1953 – Ernest Graves, Sr., American football player, coach, and general (b. 1880)
1929 – Margaret Lawrence, American actress (b. 1889)
1889 – Mike Burke, American baseball player (b. 1854)