Unity Day in Zambia (A public holiday is celebrated on the first Tuesday of July under the motto "One Zambia, one nation")
1990 – The Electronic Frontier Foundation is founded.
1986 – Davis Phinney becomes the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.
1966 – Malawi becomes a republic, with Hastings Banda as its first President.
1962 – The Late Late Show, the world's longest-running chat show by the same broadcaster, airs on RTÉ One for the first time.
1957 – Althea Gibson wins the Wimbledon championships, becoming the first black athlete to do so.
1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.
1933 – The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago's Comiskey Park. The American League defeated the National League 4–2.
1919 – The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.
1892 – Dadabhai Naoroji is elected as the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.
1865 – The first issue of The Nation magazine is published.
1854 – In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held.
1801 – First Battle of Algeciras: Outnumbered French Navy ships defeat the Royal Navy in the fortified Spanish port of Algeciras.
1779 – Battle of Grenada: The French defeat British naval forces during the American Revolutionary War.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: Siege of Fort Ticonderoga: After a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreat from Fort Ticonderoga, New York.
1573 – Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera.
1495 – First Italian War: Battle of Fornovo: Charles VIII defeats the Holy League.
1992 – Manny Machado, American baseball player. Manuel Arturo Machado (Spanish: ; born July 6, 1992) is a Dominican-American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1987 – Manteo Mitchell, American runner. He was a member of the USA team that won the gold medal in the Men's 4×400 metres relay (splitting 45.7) at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
1987 – Sophie Auster, American singer-songwriter and actress. She is the daughter of authors Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt.
1986 – David Karp, American businessman, founded Tumblr. David Karp (born July 6, 1986) is an American web developer and entrepreneur.
1982 – Brandon Jacobs, American football player. Brandon Christopher Jacobs (born July 6, 1982) is a former American football running back, who spent the majority of his career with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).
1982 – Misty Upham, American actress (d. 2014), was a Native American actress. She attracted critical acclaim for her performance in the 2008 film Frozen River, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.
1980 – Joell Ortiz, American rapper. Joell Christopher Ortiz (born July 6, 1980) is an American rapper and a member of the now defunct group Slaughterhouse.
1979 – Kevin Hart, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in films such as Paper Soldiers (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005), and Little Fockers (2010).
1979 – Matthew Barnson, American viola player and composer. Matthew Barnson (born 1979) is an American composer.
1978 – Adam Busch, American actor, director, and producer. Adam Richard Busch (born July 6, 1978) is an American actor, film director and singer best known starring as Warren Mears on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
1978 – Tamera Mowry, American actress and producer. Tamera Darvette Mowry-Housley /təˈmɛrə ˈmɔːri/ (née Mowry; born July 6, 1978) is an American actress and TV show host.
1978 – Tia Mowry, American actress and producer. The sisters then starred together in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches (2005) and its sequel, Twitches Too (2007).
1976 – Ioana Dumitriu, Romanian-American mathematician and academic. Her research interests include the theory of random matrices, numerical analysis, scientific computing, and game theory.
1975 – 50 Cent, American rapper, producer, and actor (G-Unit). Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, television producer, entrepreneur and investor.
1972 – Greg Norton, American baseball player and coach. Gregory James Norton (born 13 March 1959) is an American musician, formerly of the band Hüsker Dü.
1970 – Inspectah Deck, American rapper and producer. He is a member of the groups Wu-Tang Clan and Czarface.
1967 – Omar Olivares, Puerto Rican-American baseball player. Omar Olivares Palau (born July 6, 1967) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St.
1962 – Peter Hedges, American author, screenwriter, and director. Peter Simpson Hedges (born July 6, 1962) is an American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, film director and film producer.
1961 – Robin Antin, American dancer, choreographer, and businesswoman. By 2005, she diversified into various media including a pop recording group with international hits, a Las Vegas nightclub venue and floorshow, various merchandise, and a reality television series.
1954 – Allyce Beasley, American actress. From 2000 to March 30, 2007, she was the announcer on Playhouse Disney, a morning lineup of programming for toddlers on Disney Channel.
1954 – Willie Randolph, American baseball player and manager. Willie Larry Randolph (born July 6, 1954) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman, coach, and manager.
1953 – Nanci Griffith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Griffith appeared many times on the PBS music program Austin City Limits starting in 1985 (season 10).
1949 – Michael Shrieve, American composer, drummer, and percussionist. Shrieve was the second youngest musician to perform at Woodstock in 1969, being aged 20.
1949 – Phyllis Hyman, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1995). Hyman is best known for her music during the late 1970s through the early 1990s, some of her most notable songs were "You Know How to Love Me" (1979), "Living All Alone" (1986) and "Don't Wanna Change the World" (1991).
1948 – Brad Park, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach. Considered one of the best defencemen of his generation, and named to the all-star team several times, the best years of his career were overshadowed by superstar Bobby Orr, who was briefly his teammate.
1946 – Fred Dryer, American football player and actor. John Frederick Dryer (born July 6, 1946) is an American actor, radio host, and former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL).
1946 – George W. Bush, American businessman and politician, 43rd President of the United States. Bush is frequently referred to as George W.
1946 – Jamie Wyeth, American painter. James Browning Wyeth (born July 6, 1946) is a contemporary American realist painter, son of Andrew Wyeth, and grandson of N.C.
1946 – Sylvester Stallone, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Sylvester Enzio Stallone (/stəˈloʊn/; born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, July 6, 1946) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.
1941 – Randall Robinson, American lawyer and author. Activism to restore democracy in Haiti Aristide
1937 – Gene Chandler, American singer-songwriter and producer. Gene Chandler (born Eugene Drake Dixon and nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke"; July 6, 1937) is an American singer, songwriter, music producer and record label executive.
1937 – Ned Beatty, American actor. He has appeared in more than 160 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award; he also won a Drama Desk Award.
1935 – Candy Barr, American model, dancer, and actress (d. 2005), was an American stripper, burlesque dancer, actress, and adult model in men's magazines of the mid-20th century.
1931 – Della Reese, American actress and singer, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned seven decades. Her long career began as a singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?".
1927 – Janet Leigh, American actress and author (d. 2004), was an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. Raised in Stockton, California, by working-class parents, Leigh was discovered at 18 by actress Norma Shearer, who helped her secure a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
1927 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian and actor (d. 1997), was an American comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers television shows, and for his satirical campaigns for President of the United States between 1968 and 1996, although his campaigns generated some protest votes for him.
1925 – Bill Haley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1981), was a pioneering American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as "Rock Around the Clock", "See You Later, Alligator", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Rocket 88", "Skinny Minnie", and "Razzle Dazzle", and has sold over 60 million records worldwide.
1925 – Merv Griffin, American actor, singer, and producer, created Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! (d. 2007), was an American television host and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway.
1924 – Louie Bellson, American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 2009), was an American jazz drummer. He was a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, and is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums.
1922 – William Schallert, American actor; president (1979–81) of the Screen Actors Guild (d. 2016), was an American character actor who appeared in dozens of television shows and movies over a career that spanned almost 60 years.
1921 – Bobby Mauch, American actor (d. 2007). William John Mauch (July 6, 1921 – September 29, 2006) and his identical twin brother, Robert Joseph Mauch (July 6, 1921 – October 15, 2007), were child actors in the 1930s.
1921 – Nancy Reagan, American actress and activist, 42nd First Lady of the United States (d. 2016), was an American film actress and the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States. She was the first lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
1916 – Harold Norse, American poet and author (d. 2009), was an American writer who created a body of work using the American idiom of everyday language and images. One of the expatriate artists of the Beat generation, Norse was widely published and anthologized.
1914 – Vince McMahon Sr., American wrestling promoter, founded WWE (d. 1984), was an American professional wrestling promoter. He is best known for running the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (subsequently renamed as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during his tenure, and currently named WWE) from 1954 to 1982, and being the father of his successor, Vince McMahon.
1907 – George Stanley, Canadian soldier, historian, and author, designed the flag of Canada (d. 2002), was a Canadian historian, author, soldier, teacher, public servant, and designer of the current Canadian flag.
1900 – Frederica Sagor Maas, American author and screenwriter (d. 2012), was an American dramatist and playwright, screenwriter, memoirist, and author, the youngest daughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia. As an essayist, Maas was best known for a detailed, tell-all memoir of her time spent in early Hollywood.
1899 – Susannah Mushatt Jones, American supercentarian (d. 2016), was an African American supercentenarian who was, at the age of 116 years and 311 days, the world's oldest living person and the last living American born in the 19th century. She received tributes from the United States House of Representatives and from the Alabama House of Representatives "for a remarkable lifetime of exceptional achievement lived during three centuries".
1897 – Richard Krautheimer, German-American historian and scholar (d. 1994), was a 20th-century art historian, architectural historian, Baroque scholar, and Byzantinist.
1890 – Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Indian-American author and scholar (d. 1936), was the first successful Indian man of letters in the United States and winner of Newbery Medal 1928. He studied at Duff School (now known as Scottish Church Collegiate School), and at Duff College, both within the University of Calcutta in India, at the University of Tokyo in Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University in the US.
1884 – Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, American businessman and sailor (d. 1970), was an American railroad executive, a champion yachtsman, an innovator and champion player of contract bridge, and a member of the Vanderbilt family.
1856 – George Howard Earle, Jr., American lawyer and businessman (d. 1928), was an American politician and diplomat. He was a member of the prominent Earle family and the 30th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1935 to 1939.
1831 – Sylvester Pennoyer, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Oregon (d. 1902), was an American educator, attorney, and politician in Oregon. He was born in Groton, New York, attended Harvard Law School, and moved to Oregon at age 25.
1781 – Stamford Raffles, English politician, founded Singapore (d. 1826), was a British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies (1811–1816) and Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen (1818–1824), best known for his founding of modern Singapore and the British Malaya.
1747 – John Paul Jones, Scottish-American captain (d. 1792), was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. He made many friends and enemies—who accused him of piracy—among America's political elites, and his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day.
1736 – Daniel Morgan, American general and politician (d. 1802), was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Virginia. One of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), he later commanded troops during the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion (1791–1794).
2015 – Jerry Weintraub, American film producer, and talent agent (b. 1937)
2014 – Alan J. Dixon, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 34th Illinois Secretary of State (b. 1927)
2013 – Lo Hsing Han, Burmese businessman, co-founded Asia World (b. 1935)
2010 – Harvey Fuqua, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
2009 – Robert McNamara, American businessman and politician, 8th United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)
2007 – Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, American author (b. 1939)
2006 – Kasey Rogers, American actress (b. 1925)
2005 – Ed McBain, American author and screenwriter (b. 1926)
2004 – Syreeta Wright, American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
2003 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1908)
2002 – Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman, founded Reliance Industries (b. 1932)
2002 – John Frankenheimer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
1999 – Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
1998 – Roy Rogers, American cowboy, actor, and singer (b. 1911)
1992 – Marsha P. Johnson, American drag queen performer and activist (b. 1945)
1979 – Van McCoy, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
1978 – Babe Paley, American socialite and fashion style icon (b. 1915)
1973 – Otto Klemperer, German-American conductor and composer (b. 1885)
1971 – Louis Armstrong, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1901)
1966 – Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player and manager (b. 1892)
1964 – Claude V. Ricketts, American admiral (b. 1906)
1962 – William Faulkner, American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
1961 – Scott LaFaro, American bassist (b. 1936)
1961 – Woodall Rodgers, American lawyer and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1890)