World Microbiome Day (was launched by the APC Microbiome Ireland. Microbiomes are communities of bacteria, fungi and virus that are found everywhere, from inside our bodies to soil and water)
1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the Soviet Union's first nuclear power station, opens in Obninsk, near Moscow.
1950 – The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
1895 – The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
1864 – Confederate forces defeat Union forces during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War.
1806 – British forces take Buenos Aires during the first British invasions of the River Plate.
1358 – The Republic of Ragusa is founded.
1996 – Lauren Jauregui, Cuban-American singer. Jauregui began experimenting with different sounds and exploring solo songwriting, and collaborated on songs with Marian Hill, Steve Aoki and Halsey.
1988 – Kate Ziegler, American swimmer. Kate Marie Ziegler (born June 27, 1988) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in freestyle and long-distance events.
1986 – Drake Bell, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Bell also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Pokémon Red and Blue, but is best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh.
1984 – Khloé Kardashian, American model, businesswoman, and radio host. Khloé Alexandra Kardashian (born June 27, 1984) is an American media personality, socialite, and model.
1980 – Craig Terrill, American football player. Craig Adam Terrill (born June 27, 1980) is a former National Football League (NFL) defensive tackle who played for the Seattle Seahawks.
1980 – Jennifer Goodridge, American keyboard player. She provided background vocals on Blaqk Audio's album CexCells, on the song "Again, Again, and Again".
1976 – Johnny Estrada, American baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and the Washington Nationals.
1976 – Leigh Nash, American singer-songwriter. Leigh Anne Bingham Nash (/liː næʃ/; born June 27, 1976) is an American singer and songwriter who is the lead vocalist for the pop band Sixpence None the Richer and is also a member of Fauxliage and Movement Nashville.
1975 – Ace Darling, American wrestler. Charleston Diggler (born June 27, 1974) is an American professional wrestler, best known by his ring name Ace Darling.
1975 – Bianca Del Rio, American drag queen & comedian. Roy Haylock (born June 27, 1975), better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, is an American drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
1975 – Daryle Ward, American baseball player. Daryle Lamar Ward (born June 27, 1975) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and left fielder.
1975 – Tobey Maguire, American actor. His other major films include Pleasantville (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), Wonder Boys (2000), Seabiscuit (2003), The Good German (2006), Brothers (2009), and The Great Gatsby (2013).
1974 – Christian Kane, American singer-songwriter and actor. He is known for his roles in the television shows Angel, Leverage, The Librarians and Into the West, and the movies Just Married, Taxi, and Secondhand Lions.
1974 – Christopher O'Neill, English-American businessman. Christopher Paul O'Neill, KNO (born 27 June 1974) is a British-American financier and husband of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
1970 – Jim Edmonds, American baseball player and sportscaster. James Patrick Edmonds (born June 27, 1970) is an American former center fielder in Major League Baseball and a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest.
1968 – Kelly Ayotte, American lawyer and politician, New Hampshire Attorney General. She is a Republican.
1966 – J.J. Abrams, American director, producer, and screenwriter. J." Abrams (born June 27, 1966), known professionally as J.
1966 – Jeff Conine, American baseball player and sportscaster. Jeffrey Guy Conine (/ˈkoʊnaɪn/; born June 27, 1966) is an American former professional baseball left fielder / first baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 17 seasons, with six teams.
1964 – Chuck Person, American basketball player and coach. Person played college basketball at Auburn University and was selected fourth overall in the 1986 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers, for whom he played six seasons.
1963 – Johnny Benson, Jr., American race car driver. Jonathan Benson Jr. (born June 27, 1963) is an American retired stock car racing driver and the son of former Michigan modified driver John Benson Sr.
1960 – Craig Hodges, American basketball player and coach. Craig Anthony Hodges (born June 27, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.
1959 – Dan Jurgens, American author and illustrator. Dan Jurgens (/ˈdʒɜːrɡənz/; born June 27, 1959) is an American comic book writer and artist.
1959 – Lorrie Morgan, American singer. Morgan has been active as a singer since the age of 13, and charted her first single in 1979.
1958 – Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996), was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and author. He was one of the founding members of the band The Gun Club, and also released material as a solo artist.
1958 – Lisa Germano, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She began her career as a violinist for John Mellencamp.
1953 – Alice McDermott, American novelist. National Book Award for Fiction.
1951 – Julia Duffy, American actress. Julia Margaret Duffy (née Hinds; June 27, 1951) is an American film, stage, and television actress.
1949 – Vera Wang, American fashion designer. Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City.
1948 – Camile Baudoin, American guitarist. The Radiators, also known as The New Orleans Radiators, are a rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana, who combined the traditional musical styles of their native city with more mainstream rock and R&B influences to form a bouncy, funky variety of swamp-rock they called fish-head music.
1945 – Joey Covington, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 2013), was an American drummer, best known for his involvements with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship.
1945 – Norma Kamali, American fashion designer. She is best known for the "sleeping bag" coat, garments made from silk parachutes, and versatile multi-use pieces.
1944 – Angela King, English environmentalist and author, co-founded Common Ground, was a Jamaican diplomat. She worked for the United Nations for 38 years, from 1966 to 2004, working mainly for equal rights for women.
1943 – Ravi Batra, Indian-American economist and academic. His books center on his idea that financial capitalism breeds excessive inequality and political corruption which inevitably succumbs to financial crisis and economic depression.
1942 – Bruce Johnston, American singer-songwriter and producer. Johnston then became a contributing member on subsequent albums.
1942 – Danny Schechter, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015), was an American television producer, independent filmmaker, blogger, and media critic. He wrote and spoke about many issues including apartheid, civil rights, economics, foreign policy, journalistic control and ethics, and medicine.
1941 – Bill Baxley, American lawyer and politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. William Joseph Baxley II (born June 27, 1941), is an American Democratic politician and attorney from Dothan, Alabama.
1938 – Bruce Babbitt, American lawyer and politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Interior. A member of the Democratic Party, Babbitt served as the 16th governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987, and as the United States Secretary of the Interior from 1993 through 2001.
1937 – Joseph P. Allen, American physicist and astronaut. Joseph Percival "Joe" Allen IV, Ph.D. (born June 27, 1937) is a former NASA astronaut.
1937 – Kirkpatrick Sale, American author and scholar. Kirkpatrick Sale (born June 27, 1937) is an author who has written prolifically about political decentralism, environmentalism, luddism and technology.
1936 – Lucille Clifton, American author and poet (d. 2010), was an American poet, writer, and educator from Buffalo, New York. From 1979 to 1985 she was Poet Laureate of Maryland.
1932 – Anna Moffo, American operatic soprano (d. 2006), was an American opera singer, television personality, and actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility.
1932 – Eddie Kasko, American baseball player and manager. Edward Michael Kasko (born June 27, 1931) is a former infielder, manager, scout and front office executive in American Major League Baseball.
1931 – Charles Bronfman, Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist. With an estimated net worth of $2 billion (as of 2013), Bronfman was ranked by Forbes as the 14th wealthiest Canadian and 736th in the world.
1930 – Ross Perot, American businessman and politician, was an American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, and politician. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems.
1929 – Dick the Bruiser, American football player and wrestler (d. 1991), was an American professional wrestler and football player, better known by his ring name, Dick the Bruiser.
1929 – Peter Maas, American journalist and author (d. 2001). He was born in New York City and attended Duke University.
1928 – James Lincoln Collier, American journalist and author. James Lincoln Collier (born June 29, 1928) is an American journalist, professional musician, and author of books, primarily non-fiction for adult readers and fiction for children.
1928 – Rudy Perpich, American dentist and politician, 34th Governor of Minnesota (d. 1995), was an American politician and the longest-serving governor of Minnesota, serving a total of just over 10 years. A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, he served as the 34th and 36th Governor of Minnesota from December 29, 1976 to January 4, 1979 and again from January 3, 1983 to January 7, 1991.
1927 – Bob Keeshan, American actor and producer (d. 2004), was an American television producer and actor. He created and played the title role in the children's television program Captain Kangaroo, which ran from 1955 to 1984, the longest-running nationally broadcast children's television program of its day.
1925 – Doc Pomus, American singer-songwriter (d. 1991), was an American blues singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits.
1925 – Leonard Lerman, American geneticist and biologist (d. 2012), was an American scientist most noted for his work on DNA.
1923 – Elmo Hope, American pianist and composer (d. 1967). He grew up playing and listening to jazz and classical music with Bud Powell, and both were close friends of another influential pianist, Thelonious Monk.
1918 – Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (d. 2017), was an American competition swimmer, Olympic competitor, the last surviving gold medalist of the 1936 Summer Olympics and former world record-holder. He was the first man in the world to swim the 100-yard backstroke in under one minute.
1915 – Grace Lee Boggs, American philosopher, author, and activist (d. 2015), was an American author, social activist, philosopher and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C.
1915 – John Alexander Moore, American zoologist and academic (d. 2002), was an American zoology professor emeritus.
1914 – Robert Aickman, English author and activist, co-founded the Inland Waterways Association (d. 1981), was an English writer and conservationist. As a conservationist, he co-founded the Inland Waterways Association, a group which has preserved from destruction and restored England's inland canal system.
1913 – Elton Britt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972), was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician.
1913 – Philip Guston, American painter and academic (d. 1980), was a painter and printmaker in the New York School, an art movement that included many abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In the late 1960s Guston helped to lead a transition from abstract expressionism to neo-expressionism in painting, abandoning so-called "pure abstraction" in favor of more representational, simplified renderings of personal symbols and objects.
1913 – Willie Mosconi, American pool player (d. 1993), was an American professional pool (pocket billiards) player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between the years of 1941 and 1957, he won the World Straight Pool Championship an unmatched fifteen times.
1911 – Marion M. Magruder, American Marine officer, commander of the VMF(N)-533 squadron. (d. 1997), was an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and a pioneer in Radar Intercept Night Fighting. He was the first commanding officer of Marine aircraft squadron VMF(N)-533, then known as "Black Mac's Killers" , and led that squadron during the Battle of the Marshall Islands and Battle of Okinawa in World War II.
1907 – John McIntire, American actor (d. 1991), was an American character actor who appeared in 65 theatrical films and many more television series. McIntire is well known for having replaced Ward Bond, upon Bond's sudden death in November 1960, as the star of NBC's Wagon Train.
1906 – Vernon Watkins, Welsh-American poet and painter (d. 1967), was a Welsh poet, translator and painter. He was a close friend of fellow poet Dylan Thomas, who described him as "the most profound and greatly accomplished Welshman writing poems in English".
1901 – Merle Tuve, American geophysicist and academic (d. 1982), was an American geophysicist who was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He was a pioneer in the use of pulsed radio waves whose discoveries opened the way to the development of radar and nuclear energy.
1899 – Juan Trippe, American businessman, founded Pan American World Airways (d. 1981), was an American commercial aviation pioneer, entrepreneur and the founder of Pan American World Airways, one of the iconic airlines of the 20th century. He was instrumental in numerous revolutionary advances in airline history, including the development and production of the Boeing 314 Clipper, which opened trans-Pacific airline travel, the Boeing Stratoliner which helped to pioneer cabin pressurization, the Boeing 707 and the Boeing 747 which introduced the era of jumbo jets (evolved from Air Force bombers, tanker and transport design, respectively).
1888 – Antoinette Perry, American actress and director (d. 1946), was an American actress, director and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. She is the eponym of the Tony Awards.
1880 – Helen Keller, American author, academic, and activist (d. 1968), was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
1872 – Heber Doust Curtis, American astronomer (d. 1942). He participated in 11 expeditions for the study of solar eclipses.
1872 – Paul Laurence Dunbar, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1906), was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began to write stories and verse when still a child; he was president of his high school's literary society.
1870 – Frank Rattray Lillie, American zoologist and embryologist (d. 1947), was an American zoologist and an early pioneer of the study of embryology. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lillie moved to the United States in 1891 to study for a summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
1869 – Kate Carew, American illustrator and journalist (d. 1961), was an American caricaturist self-styled as "The Only Woman Caricaturist". She worked at the New York World, providing illustrated celebrity interviews.
1862 – May Irwin, Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 1938), was a Canadian actress, singer and star of vaudeville.
1838 – Paul Mauser, German weapon designer, designed the Gewehr 98 (d. 1914), was a German weapon designer and manufacturer/industrialist.
1696 – William Pepperrell, American merchant and soldier (d. 1759), was an American merchant and soldier in Colonial Massachusetts. He is widely remembered for organizing, financing, and leading the 1745 expedition that captured the French garrison at Fortress Louisbourg during King George's War.
2014 – Allen Grossman, American poet, critic, and academic (b. 1932)
2010 – Corey Allen, American film and television actor, writer, director, and producer (b. 1934)
2009 – Gale Storm, American actress (b. 1922)
2005 – John T. Walton, American businessman, co-founded the Children's Scholarship Fund (b. 1946)
2005 – Shelby Foote, American historian and author (b. 1917)
2004 – George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
2002 – Robert L. J. Long, American admiral (b. 1920)
2001 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (b. 1925)
1996 – Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer (b. 1909)
1991 – Milton Subotsky, American-English screenwriter and producer (b. 1921)
1970 – Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler and scholar (b. 1902)
1952 – Max Dehn, German-American mathematician and academic (b. 1878)
1946 – Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (b. 1893)