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  • 2012 – A derecho sweeps across the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead and millions without power.
  • 2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
  • 1995 – Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.
  • 1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
  • 1974 – Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina.
  • 1972 – The United States Supreme Court rules in the case Furman v. Georgia that arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
  • 1956 – The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
  • 1927 – The Bird of Paradise, a U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker tri-motor, completes the first transpacific flight, from the mainland United States to Hawaii.
  • 1889 – Hyde Park and several other Illinois townships vote to be annexed by Chicago, forming the largest United States city in area and second largest in population at the time.
  • 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island.


  • 1991 – Kawhi Leonard, American basketball player. Kawhi Anthony Leonard (/kəˈwaɪ/, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1985 – Quintin Demps, American football player. He played college football at Texas-El Paso, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • 1983 – Aundrea Fimbres, American singer-songwriter and dancer. She is a soprano and was known for her melismatic vocal runs, and falsetto registered harmonies and also for having the highest vocal range of her fellow band members.
  • 1983 – Jeremy Powers, American cyclist. Jeremy Powers (born June 29, 1983 in Niantic, Connecticut) is an American professional racing cyclist who has won over 90 UCI victories, four USA Cyclocross national championships, the 2015 Pan American Championship and the most cyclocross races won by an American male.
  • 1982 – Lily Rabe, American actress. Rabe is best known for her multiple roles on the FX anthology horror series American Horror Story, and her lead role as Claire Bennigan on the ABC science fiction series The Whispers.
  • 1981 – Shmuly Yanklowitz, American rabbi, author, and educator. The Forward named Yanklowitz one of the 50 most influential Jews of 2016.
  • 1978 – Nicole Scherzinger, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and released the albums PCD (2005) and Doll Domination (2008) becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.
  • 1973 – George Hincapie, American cyclist. George Hincapie (born June 29, 1973) is an American former road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1994 and 2012.
  • 1968 – Judith Hoag, American actress and educator. She is also known for her role as Tandy Hampton in the ABC drama series Nashville.
  • 1967 – Jeff Burton, American race car driver. Jeffrey Tyler Burton (born June 29, 1967), nicknamed "The Mayor", is an American former professional stock car racing driver and current racing commentator.
  • 1967 – Melora Hardin, American actress and singer. Hardin currently stars as magazine editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle on the Freeform comedy-drama The Bold Type, which premiered in July 2017.
  • 1965 – Tripp Eisen, American guitarist. Tripp Eisen (born Tod Rex Salvador; June 29, 1965), is an American musician, best known as the former guitarist of the industrial metal band Static-X. He is the guitarist for Face Without Fear and a former member of Dope, Murderdolls, Fractured Mirror (Ace Frehley tribute band), and Roughhouse (formerly Teeze)
  • 1962 – George D. Zamka, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut. George David "Zambo" Zamka (born 1962) is an American NASA astronaut and United States Marine Corps pilot with over 3500 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft.
  • 1961 – Sharon Lawrence, American actress, singer, and dancer. The role garnered her three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
  • 1957 – Michael Nutter, American politician, 98th Mayor of Philadelphia. He is a previous member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 4th district and had served as the 52nd Ward Democratic Leader until 1990.
  • 1956 – David Burroughs Mattingly, American illustrator and painter. David Burroughs Mattingly (born June 29, 1956, Fort Collins, Colorado) is an American illustrator and painter, best known for his numerous book covers of science fiction and fantasy literature.
  • 1955 – Charles J. Precourt, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut. He served in the US Air Force, piloted numerous jet aircraft, and piloted and commanded the Space Shuttle.
  • 1954 – Rick Honeycutt, American baseball player and coach. He pitched in 30 post-season games, including 20 League Championship Series games and seven World Series games, and never lost a game, going 3-0.
  • 1953 – Don Dokken, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dokken). Donald Maynard Dokken (born June 29, 1953) is an American heavy metal vocalist, best known for being the lead singer, occasional guitarist, and founder of the band Dokken.
  • 1951 – Craig Sager, American sportscaster (d. 2016), was an American sports reporter, covering, from 1981 until the year of his death, an array of sports for CNN and its sister stations, TBS and TNT.
  • 1950 – Bobby London, American illustrator. Bobby London (born June 29, 1950 in Brooklyn) is an American underground comix and mainstream comics artist.
  • 1949 – Ann Veneman, American lawyer and politician, 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, was the executive director of UNICEF from 2005 to 2010. Her appointment was announced on January 18, 2005 by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
  • 1949 – Dan Dierdorf, American football player and sportscaster. Daniel Lee Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is an American sportscaster and former football offensive lineman.
  • 1948 – Fred Grandy, American actor and politician. Fredrick Lawrence Grandy (born June 29, 1948) is an American actor who played "Gopher" on the sitcom The Love Boat and who later became a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa.
  • 1944 – Gary Busey, American actor. Gary also made guest appearances on television shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, Impractical Jokers, and Entourage.
  • 1944 – Seán Patrick O'Malley, American cardinal. O'Malley is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, commonly known as the Capuchins.
  • 1943 – Little Eva, American singer (d. 2003). Although some sources claim that her stage name was inspired by a character from the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, she stated in an interview that she was named after her aunt, which prompted her family to call her "Little Eva."
  • 1941 – John Boccabella, American baseball player. He played as a catcher and first baseman in Major League Baseball from 1963 to 1974 with the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants.
  • 1941 – Stokely Carmichael, Trinidadian-American activist (d. 1998), was a prominent American socialist organizer in the civil rights movement in the United States and the global Pan-African movement. Born in Trinidad, he grew up in the United States from the age of 11 and became an activist while attending Howard University.
  • 1936 – Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2011), was an American professional baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder. During his 22-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily with the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was a prolific power hitter who, at the time of his retirement, had the fourth most home runs in major league history.
  • 1934 – Corey Allen, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2010), was an American film and television director, writer, producer, and actor. He began his career as an actor but eventually became a television director.
  • 1933 – Bob Shaw, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010), was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980.
  • 1930 – Robert Evans, American actor and producer. Shapera; June 29, 1930 – October 26, 2019) was an American film producer and studio executive, best known for his work on Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
  • 1930 – Viola Léger, American-Canadian actress and politician. Viola Léger, OC ONB (born June 29, 1930) is an American-Canadian actress and former Canadian Senator.
  • 1929 – Pat Crawford Brown, American actress. Brown was born in New York to Charlotte (née Huber) and Thomas J.
  • 1929 – Pete George, American weightlifter. Because of his origin, and despite the long list of Bulgarian weightlifters with Olympic medals, he was the first one to win Olympic gold.
  • 1925 – Cara Williams, American actress. She is best known for her role as Billy's Mother in The Defiant Ones (1958), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her role as Gladys Porter on the 1960-1962 CBS television series Pete and Gladys, for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy.
  • 1925 – Chan Parker, American dancer and author (d. 1999), was a common-law wife of jazz musician Charlie Parker who later married musician Phil Woods.
  • 1925 – Francis S. Currey, American World War II Medal of Honor recipient, was a United States Army technical sergeant and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his heroic actions in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.
  • 1925 – Jackie Lynn Taylor, American actress (d. 2014), was an American child actress.
  • 1924 – Ezra Laderman, American composer and educator (d. 2015), was an American composer of classical music. He was born in Brooklyn.
  • 1924 – Roy Walford, American pathologist and gerontologist (d. 2004). D. (June 29, 1924 - April 27, 2004) was a professor of pathology at University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, a leading advocate of calorie restriction for life extension and health improvement, and a crew member of Biosphere 2.
  • 1923 – Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer and educator, was a Chinese American composer of contemporary classical music. He emigrated in 1946 to the United States and received his music training at the New England Conservatory and Columbia University.
  • 1922 – John William Vessey, Jr., American general (d. 2016), was a career officer in the United States Army. He attained the rank of general, and is most notable for his service as the tenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • 1922 – Ralph Burns, American songwriter, bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and pianist (d. 2001). Burns (June 29, 1922 – November 21, 2001) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.
  • 1921 – Harry Schell, French-American race car driver (d. 1960), was an American Grand Prix motor racing driver. He was the first American driver to start a Formula One Grand Prix.
  • 1920 – Ray Harryhausen, American animator and producer (d. 2013), was an American artist, designer, visual effects creator, writer and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation".
  • 1919 – Slim Pickens, American actor and rodeo performer (d. 1983), was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor. During much of his career, Pickens played mainly cowboy roles, and is perhaps best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr.
  • 1918 – Francis W. Nye, United States Air Force major general, was a United States Air Force Major General who was a B-24 Liberator and B-29 Superfortress combat pilot. He was commander, Field Command, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Sandia Base, New Mexico.
  • 1916 – Ruth Warrick, American actress and activist (d. 2005), was an American singer, actress and political activist, best known for her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children, which she played regularly from 1970 until her death in 2005.
  • 1914 – Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek-American mathematician and academic (d. 1976), was a Greek mathematician specializing in geometric topology.
  • 1914 – Rafael Kubelík, Czech-American conductor and composer (d. 1996), was a Czech-born conductor and composer.
  • 1913 – Earle Meadows, American pole vaulter (d. 1992), was an American pole vaulter who won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. His winning vault is featured in Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia.
  • 1912 – John Toland, American historian and author (d. 2004), was an Irish rationalist philosopher and freethinker, and occasional satirist, who wrote numerous books and pamphlets on political philosophy and philosophy of religion, which are early expressions of the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment. Born in Ireland, he was educated at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leiden and Oxford and was influenced by the philosophy of John Locke.
  • 1911 – Bernard Herrmann, American composer and conductor (d. 1975), was an American composer best known for his work in composing for motion pictures. As a conductor, he championed the music of lesser-known composers.
  • 1911 – Katherine DeMille, Canadian-American actress (d. 1995), was an American actress who played 25 credited film roles from the mid-1930s to the late 1940s.
  • 1910 – Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (d. 1993), was a Major League Baseball second baseman from 1933 to 1946. He played for the St.
  • 1910 – Frank Loesser, American composer and conductor (d. 1969), was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics and music to the Broadway musicals Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, among others. He won separate Tony Awards for the music and lyrics in both shows, as well as sharing the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the latter.
  • 1908 – Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor (d. 1975), was an American composer of short, light concert pieces, of which many were introduced by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. John Williams described him as "one of the great American masters of light orchestral music."
  • 1901 – Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor (d. 1967), was an American singer, baritone and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald.
  • 1890 – Robert Laurent, American sculptor and academic (d. 1970), was an American sculptor, known for his interpretations of the human form. Born in 1890, he died in Cape Neddick, Maine in 1970 at the age of 80.
  • 1889 – Willie Macfarlane, Scottish-American golfer (d. 1961), was a Scottish professional golfer.
  • 1881 – Curt Sachs, German-American composer and musicologist (d. 1959), was a German-born but American-domiciled musicologist. He was one of the founders of modern organology (the study of musical instruments).
  • 1881 – Harry Frazee, American director, producer, and agent (d. 1929), was an American theatrical agent, producer and director, and owner of the Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox from 1916 to 1923. He is well known for selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, which started the Curse of the Bambino.
  • 1870 – Joseph Carl Breil, American tenor, composer, and director (d. 1926), was an American lyric tenor, stage director, composer and conductor. He was one of the earliest American composers to compose specific music for motion pictures.
  • 1868 – George Ellery Hale, American astronomer and journalist (d. 1938), was an American solar astronomer, best known for his discovery of magnetic fields in sunspots, and as the leader or key figure in the planning or construction of several world-leading telescopes; namely, the 40-inch refracting telescope at Yerkes Observatory, 60-inch Hale reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory, 100-inch Hooker reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson, and the 200-inch Hale reflecting telescope at Palomar Observatory. He also played a key role in the foundation of the International Union for Cooperation in Solar Research and the National Research Council, and in developing the California Institute of Technology into a leading research university.
  • 1863 – Wilbert Robinson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1934). Wilbert Robinson (June 29, 1863 – August 8, 1934), nicknamed "Uncle Robbie", was an American catcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball.
  • 1861 – William James Mayo, American physician and surgeon, co-founded the Mayo Clinic (d. 1939), was a physician and surgeon in the United States and one of the seven founders of the Mayo Clinic. He and his brother, Charles Horace Mayo, both joined their father's private medical practice in Rochester, Minnesota, US, after graduating from medical school in the 1880s.
  • 1858 – George Washington Goethals, American general and engineer, co-designed the Panama Canal (d. 1928), was a United States Army General and civil engineer, best known for his administration and supervision of the construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. He was the State Engineer of New Jersey and the Acting Quartermaster General of the United States Army.
  • 1858 – Julia Lathrop, American activist and politician (d. 1932), was an American social reformer in the area of education, social policy, and children's welfare. As director of the United States Children's Bureau from 1912 to 1922, she was the first woman ever to head a United States federal bureau.
  • 1835 – Celia Thaxter, American poet and story writer (d. 1894), was an American writer of poetry and stories. For most of her life, she resided with her father on the Isles of Shoals at his Appledore Hotel.
  • 1819 – Thomas Dunn English, American poet, playwright, and politician (d. 1902), was an American Democratic Party politician from New Jersey who represented the state's 6th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1891 to 1895. He was also a published author and songwriter, who had a bitter feud with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • 1803 – John Newton Brown, American minister and author (d. 1868), was an influential Baptist teacher, minister and publisher in the 19th century.
  • 1793 – Josef Ressel, Czech-Austrian inventor, invented the propeller (d. 1857), was an Austrian forester and inventor of Czech-German descent, who designed one of the first working ship's propellers.


  • 2013 – Jack Gotta, American-Canadian football player, coach, and manager (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Floyd Temple, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Vincent Ostrom, American political scientist and academic (b. 1919)
  • 2009 – Joe Bowman, American marksman, target shooter and boot-maker (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Fred Saberhagen, American soldier and author (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – Joel Siegel, American journalist and critic (b. 1943)
  • 2006 – Randy Walker, American football player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2004 – Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist (b. 1935)
  • 2003 – Katharine Hepburn, American actress (b. 1907)
  • 2002 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • 1999 – Allan Carr, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1937)
  • 1995 – Lana Turner, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 1993 – Héctor Lavoe, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1990 – Irving Wallace, American author and screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 1982 – Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, founded Balmain (b. 1914)
  • 1979 – Lowell George, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1945)
  • 1978 – Bob Crane, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1975 – Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1947)
  • 1967 – Jayne Mansfield, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 1964 – Eric Dolphy, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1928)
  • 1935 – Jack O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1873)
  • 1933 – Roscoe Arbuckle, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • 1855 – John Gorrie, American physician and humanitarian (b. 1803)
  • 1852 – Henry Clay, American lawyer and politician, 9th United States Secretary of State (b. 1777)
  • 1729 – Edward Taylor, American-English poet, pastor, and physician (b. circa 1642)
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