2008 – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to abuses at a Canadian Indian residential school.
2002 – Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
1987 – Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant are elected as the first black MPs in Great Britain.
1971 – The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.
1970 – After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.
1968 – Lloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens that could differentiate among different cell types.
1963 – American Civil Rights Movement: Governor of Alabama George Wallace defiantly stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
1963 – John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would revolutionize American society by guaranteeing equal access to public facilities, ending segregation in education, and guaranteeing federal protection for voting rights.
1956 – Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
1944 – USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.
1942 – World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.
1919 – Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown.
1895 – Paris–Bordeaux–Paris, sometimes called the first automobile race in history or the "first motor race", takes place.
1892 – The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
1825 – The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
1775 – The American Revolutionary War's first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.
1157 – Albert I of Brandenburg, also called The Bear (Ger: Albrecht der Bär), becomes the founder of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, Germany and the first Margrave.
1993 – Brittany Boyd, American basketball player. She was selected by New York in the first round of the 2015 WNBA draft with the ninth overall pick.
1989 – Maya Moore, American basketball player. Maya April Moore (born June 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) who is on sabbatical.
1986 – Shia LaBeouf, American actor. Shia Saide LaBeouf (/ˈʃaɪ.ə ləˈbʌf/ (listen); born June 11, 1986) is an American actor, performance artist, and filmmaker.
1983 – Chuck Hayes, American basketball player. Charles Edward Hayes Jr. (born June 11, 1983) is a retired American professional basketball player and a player development coach for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1982 – Diana Taurasi, American basketball player. Diana Lorena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
1982 – Joey Graham, American basketball player. Joseph Graham (born June 11, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player who played six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1982 – Stephen Graham, American basketball player. Stephen Joseph Graham (born 3 August 1973) is an English actor.
1978 – Joshua Jackson, Canadian-American actor. He is known for his starring role as Pacey Witter in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), Peter Bishop in the science fiction series Fringe (2008–2013), Cole Lockhart in the drama series The Affair (2014–18), and Mickey Joseph in the drama miniseries When They See Us (2019).
1969 – Peter Dinklage, American actor and producer. He also received a Golden Globe for the role in 2011.
1966 – Bruce Robison, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. His self-titled debut album was released in 1995.
1964 – Kim Gallagher, American runner (d. 2002), was an American middle-distance runner who won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
1963 – Gioia Bruno, American singer-songwriter. Gioia Bruno (born Carmen Gioia Bruno 11 June 1963, sometimes professionally credited as just Gioia) is an Italian-born American popular music singer, most noted as a member of the vocal group Exposé.
1960 – Mehmet Oz, American surgeon, author, and television host. Mehmet Cengiz Öz (Turkish: ; born June 11, 1960), known professionally as Dr.
1956 – Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American bass player and bandleader. He was a bandleader on the Gramavision label and worked with Ornette Coleman during the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in Coleman's Prime Time band.
1956 – Joe Montana, American football player and sportscaster, was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. After winning a national championship at Notre Dame, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, where he played for the next 14 seasons.
1954 – Johnny Neel, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player. He is best known for his songwriting, stage, and being a member of the Allman Brothers Band and the Dickey Betts Band.
1953 – Barbara Minty, American model, was the third wife and widow of American film star Steve McQueen.
1952 – Donnie Van Zant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the middle of three sons; his older brother Ronnie was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in a 1977 plane crash Mississippi, and his younger brother Johnny has been the lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd since 1987.
1945 – Adrienne Barbeau, American actress. In 1980 she began appearing in horror and science fiction films, including The Fog (1980), Creepshow (1982), Swamp Thing (1982) and Escape from New York (1981).
1943 – Henry Hill, American mobster (d. 2012), was an American mobster who was associated with the Lucchese crime family of New York City between 1955 and 1980. In 1980, Hill was arrested on narcotics charges and became an FBI informant.
1937 – Chad Everett, American actor and director (d. 2012), was an American actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television series. He was well known for his role as Dr.
1933 – Gene Wilder, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2016), was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author.
1932 – Athol Fugard, South African-American actor, director, and playwright. Fugard was an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego.
1930 – Charles Rangel, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, was a U.S. Representative for districts in New York from 1971 to 2017.
1926 – Carlisle Floyd, American composer and educator. His best known opera, Susannah (1955), is based on a story from the Biblical Apocrypha, transferred to contemporary, rural Tennessee, and is set in a Southern dialect.
1925 – William Styron, American novelist and essayist (d. 2006), was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.
1920 – Hazel Scott, Trinidadian-American singer, actress, and pianist (d. 1981), was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actor. She was an active and acclaimed performing artist from the 1930s till her death, and also portrayed herself in several films.
1920 – Shelly Manne, American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 1984), was an American jazz drummer. Most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs.
1918 – Ruth Aarons, American table tennis player and manager (d. 1980), was a US table tennis player, vaudeville entertainer, and talent manager.
1917 – Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessman and religious leader (d. 2008), was an American businessman, religious leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was sustained to the Twelve on October 4, 1986, and ordained an apostle on October 9, 1986, by Thomas S.
1915 – Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress (d. 1997), was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite, and the elder sister of Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor.
1915 – Nicholas Metropolis, American mathematician and physicist (d. 1999), was a Greek-American physicist.
1913 – Risë Stevens, American soprano and actress (d. 2013), was an American operatic mezzo-soprano. Beginning in 1938, she sang for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for more than two decades during the 1940s and 1950s.
1913 – Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 1970), was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.
1912 – James Algar, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1998), was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He worked for the Walt Disney Productions for 43 years and received the Disney Legends award in 1998.
1912 – William Baziotes, American painter and academic (d. 1963), was an American painter influenced by Surrealism and was a contributor to Abstract Expressionism.
1910 – Carmine Coppola, American flute player and composer (d. 1991), was an American composer, flautist, pianist, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, and The Godfather Part III, all directed by his son Francis Ford Coppola. In the course of his career, he won both Academy Award for Best Original Score and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, with BAFTA Award and Grammy Award nominations.
1910 – Jacques Cousteau, French biologist, author, and inventor, co-developed the aqua-lung (d. 1997), was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.
1909 – Natascha Artin Brunswick, German-American mathematician and photographer (d. 2003). Natascha Artin Brunswick was the daughter of Naum Jasny , a Russian Jewish economist from Kharkiv.
1903 – Ernie Nevers, American football player and coach (d. 1976), was an American football and baseball player and football coach. Widely regarded as one of the best football players in the first half of the 20th century, he played as a fullback and was a triple-threat man known for his talents in running, passing, and kicking.
1897 – Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian activist, founded the Hindustan Republican Association (d. 1927), was an Indian revolutionary who participated in Mainpuri conspiracy of 1918, and the Kakori conspiracy of 1925, and struggled against British imperialism. As well as being a freedom fighter, he was a patriotic poet and wrote in Hindi and Urdu using the pen names Ram, Agyat and Bismil.
1894 – Kiichiro Toyoda, Japanese businessman, founded Toyota (d. 1952), was a Japanese businessman and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to change Toyoda's focus from automatic loom manufacture into automobile manufacturing created what would become Toyota Motor Corporation.
1888 – Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-American anarchist and convicted criminal (d. 1927). Nicola Sacco (pronounced ; April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (pronounced ; June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were two Italian migrant anarchists who were controversially convicted of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920, armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States.
1880 – Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician (d. 1973), was an American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S.
1879 – Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and manager (d. 1944). Roger Philip Bresnahan (June 11, 1879 – December 4, 1944), nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee", was an American player and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1876 – Alfred L. Kroeber, American-French anthropologist and ethnologist (d. 1960), was an American cultural anthropologist. He received his PhD under Franz Boas at Columbia University in 1901, the first doctorate in anthropology awarded by Columbia.
1846 – William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920), was born June 11, 1846, in Washington, Kentucky, a scion of the family of Chief Justice John Marshall. At age 16 he enlisted in the 10th Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army.
1832 – Lucy Pickens, American wife of Francis Wilkinson Pickens (d. 1899), was a 19th-century American socialite of Tennessee and Texas, known during and after her lifetime as the "Queen of the Confederacy". She was also a First Lady of South Carolina.
1807 – James F. Schenck, American admiral (d. 1882), was a rear admiral in the United States Navy who served in the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War.
1741 – Joseph Warren, American physician and general (d. 1775), was an American physician who played a leading role in Patriot organizations in Boston during the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as President of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British garrison in Boston was setting out to raid the town of Concord and arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
2015 – Jim Ed Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1934)
2015 – Ornette Coleman, American saxophonist, violinist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1930)
2014 – Carlton Sherwood, American soldier and journalist (b. 1947)
2014 – Ruby Dee, American actress (b. 1922)
2014 – Susan B. Horwitz, American computer scientist, engineer, and academic (b. 1955)
2013 – Carl W. Bauer, American lawyer and politician (b. 1933)
2013 – James Grimsley, Jr., American general (b. 1921)
2013 – Miller Barber, American golfer (b. 1931)
2013 – Robert Fogel, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
2012 – Ann Rutherford, Canadian-American actress (b. 1917)
2011 – Seth Putnam, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1968)
2007 – Imre Friedmann, American biologist and academic (b. 1921)
2007 – Mala Powers, American actress (b. 1931)
2003 – David Brinkley, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
2001 – Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (b. 1968)
1999 – DeForest Kelley, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1920)
1986 – Chesley Bonestell, American painter and illustrator (b. 1888)
1979 – Alice Dalgliesh, Trinidadian-American author and publisher (b. 1893)
1979 – John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
1976 – Jim Konstanty, American baseball player (b. 1917)
1970 – Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic (b. 1884)
1941 – Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator, founded the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)
1937 – R. J. Mitchell, English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire (b. 1895)
1936 – Robert E. Howard, American author and poet (b. 1906)
1920 – William F. Halsey, Sr., American captain (b. 1853)
1911 – James Curtis Hepburn, American physician and missionary (b. 1815)