On This Day: June 30

Updated June 29, 2012, 2:28 pm

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On June 30, 1997, in Hong Kong, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it for 156 years.

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On June 30, 1868, Mabel Cratty, American social worker and head of the Y.W.C.A., was born. Following her death on Feb. 27, 1928, her obituary appeared in The Times.

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On This Date

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1859 French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.
1908 An asteroid exploded above Tunguska in Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.
1917 Jazz singer Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1921 President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
1936 The novel “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell was published.
1963 Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.
1971 The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
1971 The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the government could not prevent The New York Times or the Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers.
1994 The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
2001 Doctors implanted a dual-purpose pacemaker in Vice President Dick Cheney’s chest.
2002 Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan for the its record fifth World Cup title.
2004 The international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn’s orbit after a nearly seven-year journey.
2005 Spain legalized gay marriage.

Current Birthdays

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Michael Phelps, Olympic gold-medal swimmer

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps turns 27 years old today.

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Tubby Smith, College basketball coach

Minnesota men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith turns 61 years old today.

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1951 Stanley Clarke, Jazz bassist, turns 61
1956 David Alan Grier, Actor, comedian, turns 56
1959 Vincent D’Onofrio, Actor (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), turns 53
1963 Rupert Graves, Actor, turns 49
1966 Mike Tyson, Boxer, turns 46
1971 Monica Potter, Actress, turns 41
1984 Fantasia, R&B singer (“American Idol”), turns 28

 

Historic Birthdays

Mabel Cratty 6/30/1868 – 2/27/1928 American social worker and head of the Y.W.C.A.Go to obituary »
64 John 6/30/1468 – 8/16/1532
German elector of Saxony and supporter of Martin Luther
81 Dominikus Zimmermann 6/30/1685 – 11/16/1766
Bavarian Baroque architect
94 Sir Joseph Hooker 6/30/1817 – 12/10/1911
English botanist
87 Lucile Grahn 6/30/1819 – 4/4/1907
Danish choreographer and ballerina
67 William Wheeler 6/30/1819 – 6/4/1887
American politician; U.S. vice-president (1877-81)
80 Walter Ulbricht 6/30/1893 – 8/1/1973
German Communist leader; led East Germany (1960-73)
56 Harold Laski 6/30/1893 – 3/24/1950
English political scientist, educator and writer
79 Willie Sutton 6/30/1901 – 11/2/1980
American bank robber and prison escapee
62 Harry Blackstone, Jr. 6/30/1934 – 5/14/1997
American magician and illusionist

 

 

On This Day: June 29

Updated June 28, 2012, 2:28 pm

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On June 29, 1995, the shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
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On June 29, 1868, George Ellery Hale, the American astronomer, was born. Following his death on Feb. 21, 1938, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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1951 Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest.
1958 Brazil won their first World Cup title with a 5-2 victory over host country Sweden in Stockholm on the strength of two goals by 17-year-old Pele.
1956 Actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, N.Y.
1967 Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.
1972 The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual punishment.”
1992 A divided Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined in the Roe v. Wade decision.
2001 U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was elected to a second term.
2003 Actress Katharine Hepburn died at age 96.
2004 Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher in major league history to record 4,000 career strikeouts.
2006 The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
2007 The Apple iPhone went on sale.
2009 Financier Bernard Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his multibillion-dollar fraud.
2010 Talk show host Larry King announced he would step down from his CNN show in the autumn after 25 years on the air.

Current Birthdays

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Matthew Weiner, Producer, writer (“Mad Men,” “The Sopranos”)

Producer-writer Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men,” “The Sopranos”) turns 47 years old today.

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Melora Hardin, Actress (“The Office”)

Actress Melora Hardin (“The Office”) turns 45 years old today.

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1944 Gary Busey, Actor, turns 68
1947 Richard Lewis, Comedian, turns 65
1948 Fred Grandy, Actor (“The Love Boat”), former congressman, turns 64
1948 Ian Paice, Rock musician (Deep Purple), turns 64
1949 Dan Dierdorf, Football Hall of Famer, turns 63
1953 Don Dokken, Rock singer (Dokken), turns 59
1953 Colin Hay, Rock singer (Men at Work), turns 59
1957 Maria Conchita Alonso, Actress, turns 55
1961 Sharon Lawrence, Actress (“NYPD Blue”), turns 51
1978 Nicole Scherzinger, Singer (Pussycat Dolls), turns 34

 

Historic Birthdays

George Ellery Hale 6/29/1868 – 2/21/1938 American astronomer; developed the Hale telescope.Go to obituary »
38 Giacomo Leopardi 6/29/1798 – 6/14/1837
Italian poet, scholar and philosopher
59 Pietro Angelo Secchi 6/29/1818 – 2/26/1878
Italian Jesuit and astrophysicist
69 George Goethals 6/29/1858 – 1/21/1928
American army engineer; directed construction of the Panama Canal
64 Ludwig Beck 6/29/1880 – 7/20/1944
German general; opposed Hitler
77 Robert Schuman 6/29/1886 – 9/4/1963
French statesman
96 James Van Der Zee 6/29/1886 – 5/15/1983
African-American photographer
56 Helen Hokinson 6/29/1893 – 11/1/1949
American cartoonist
44 Antoine Saint-Exupery 6/29/1900 – 7/31/1944
French aviator and writer
66 Leroy Anderson 6/29/1908 – 5/18/1975
American conductor, arranger and composer
59 Frank Loesser 6/29/1910 – 7/28/1969
American composer, librettist and lyricist