1684 – The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is revoked via a scire facias writ issued by an English court.
1778 – American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia.
1812 – War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland.
1858 – Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
1923 – Checker Taxi puts its first taxi on the streets.
1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).
1940 – Appeal of 18 June by Charles de Gaulle.
1940 – "Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill.
1945 – William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II.
1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
1953 – A United States Air Force C-124 crashes and burns near Tachikawa, Japan, killing 129.
1965 – Vietnam War: The United States uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam.
1971 – President Richard Nixon declares that illegal drugs are "public enemy number one", which becomes popularized as the "War on Drugs".
1979 – SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
2007 – The Charleston Sofa Super Store fire happened in Charleston, South Carolina killing nine firefighters.
2009 – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched.
1854 – E. W. Scripps, American publisher, founded the E. W. Scripps Company (d. 1926)
1857 – Henry Clay Folger, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library (d. 1930)
1904 – Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (d. 1991)
1908 – Bud Collyer, American actor and game show host (d. 1969)
1924 – George Mikan, American basketball player and coach (d. 2005)
1928 – David T. Lykken, American geneticist and academic (d. 2006)
1932 – Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1937 – Jay Rockefeller, American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of West Virginia
1939 – Brooks Firestone, American businessman and politician
1942 – Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Wings, and The Fireman)
1833 – Robert Hett Chapman, American minister, missionary, and academic (b. 1771)
1986 – Frances Scott Fitzgerald, American journalist and author (b. 1921)
2002 – Jack Buck, American sportscaster (b. 1924)
2003 – Larry Doby, American baseball player and manager (b. 1923)
2011 – Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist and actor (E Street Band) (b. 1942)
2014 – Stephanie Kwolek, American chemist and engineer (b. 1923)
2015 – Ralph J. Roberts, American businessman, co-founded Comcast (b. 1920)
2015 – Danny Villanueva, American football player and broadcaster, co-founded Univision (b. 1937)
2015 – Allen Weinstein, American historian and academic (b. 1937)
3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407
Telephone: 612.668.4300 | Fax: 612.668.4310