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This Day in History: June 7


1494 – Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas which divides the New World between the two countries.

1776 – Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the United States Declaration of Independence.

1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree to suppress the slave trade.

1892 – Benjamin Harrison becomes the first President of the United States to attend a baseball game.

1892 – Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the "whites-only" car of a train; he lost the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

1899 – American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.

1906 – Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched from the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland.

1909 – Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16.

1936 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a trade union, is founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philip Murray was elected its first president.

1942 – World War II: The Battle of Midway ends in American victory.

1942 – World War II: Aleutian Islands Campaign: Imperial Japanese soldiers begin occupying the American islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

1944 – World War II: The steamer Danae, carrying 350 Cretan Jews and 250 Cretan partisans, is sunk without survivors off the shore of Santorini.

1944 – World War II: Battle of Normandy: At Ardenne Abbey, members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacre 23 Canadian prisoners of war.

1955 – Lux Radio Theatre signs off the air permanently. The show launched in New York in 1934, and featured radio adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films.

1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1971 – The United States Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1971 – The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service raids the home of Ken Ballew for illegal possession of hand grenades.

1982 – Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits.

1990 – Universal Studios Florida opens in Orlando, Florida.

1995 – The long-range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines.

2013 – A gunman opens fire at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, after setting a house on fire nearby, killing six people, including the suspect.


1902 – Herman B Wells, American banker, author, and academic (d. 2000)

1905 – James J. Braddock, American lieutenant and boxer (d. 1974)

1910 – Bradford Washburn, American mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer (d. 2007)

1910 – Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (d. 1990)

1917 – Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (d. 2000)

1917 – Dean Martin, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1995)

1948 – Jim Walton, American businessman

1965 – Mick Foley, American wrestler, actor, and author

1975 – Allen Iverson, American basketball player


1866 – Chief Seattle, American tribal chief (b. 1780)

1915 – Charles Reed Bishop, American banker and politician, founded the First Hawaiian Bank (b. 1822)

1937 – Jean Harlow, American actress and singer (b. 1911)

1963 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress and singer (b. 1894)

1965 – Judy Holliday, American actress and singer (b. 1921)

1967 – Dorothy Parker, American author, poet, and critic (b. 1893)

1978 – Charles Moran, American race car driver (b. 1906)

1980 – Henry Miller, American novelist and essayist (b. 1891)

1996 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (b. 1904)

2008 – Jim McKay, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1921)