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What happened on June 30? There are more than 259 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 30

June 30 is the 182nd day of the year 2016. There are 184 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 26th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Hicksville, New York 11815 sunrise will occur at 10:26 AM and sunset will occur at 01:29 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 212 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 28, 2017).

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Historical Events For June 30

  • 350
    Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.
  • 1422
    Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons.
  • 1520
    Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fight their way out of Tenochtitlan.
  • 1559
    King Henry II of France is mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.
  • 1651
    The Deluge: Khmelnytsky Uprising – the Battle of Beresteczko ends with a Polish victory.
  • 1688
    The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William (continuing the English rebellion from Rome), which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution.
  • 1758
    Seven Years’ War: The Battle of Domstadtl takes place.
  • 1794
    Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery.
  • 1805
    The U.S. Congress organizes the Michigan Territory.
  • 1859
    French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
  • 1860
    The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place.
  • 1864
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”.
  • 1882
    Charles J. Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield.
  • 1886
    The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal. It arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4.
  • 1905
    Albert Einstein publishes the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity.
  • 1906
    The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.
  • 1908
    The Tunguska event occurs in remote Siberia.
  • 1912
    The Regina Cyclone hits Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28. It remains Canada’s deadliest tornado event.
  • 1921
    U.S. President Warren G. Harding appoints former President William Howard Taft Chief Justice of the United States.
  • 1922
    In Washington D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes and Dominican Ambassador Francisco J. Peynado sign the Hughes-Peynado agreement, which ends the United States occupation of the Dominican Republic.
  • 1934
    The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place.
  • 1935
    The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its first congress.
  • 1936
    Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia appeals for aid to the League of Nations against Italy’s invasion of his country.
  • 1941
    World War II: Operation Barbarossa – Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
  • 1953
    The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
  • 1956
    A TWA Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 (Flight 718) collide above the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States, killing all 128 on board the two planes.
  • 1959
    A United States Air Force F-100 Super Sabre from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, crashes into a nearby elementary school, killing 11 students plus six residents from the local neighborhood.
  • 1960
    Congo gains independence from Belgium.
  • 1963
    Ciaculli massacre: a car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco, kills seven police officers and military personnel near Palermo.
  • 1966
    The National Organization for Women, the United States’ largest feminist organization, is founded.
  • 1968
    Pope Paul VI issues the Credo of the People of God.
  • 1969
    Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra.
  • 1971
    Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.
  • 1971
    The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve.
  • 1972
    The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.
  • 1977
    The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
  • 1985
    Thirty-nine American hostages from the hijacked TWA Flight 847 are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.
  • 1986
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.
  • 1987
    The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
  • 1990
    East Germany and West Germany merge their economies.
  • 1991
    32 miners are killed when a coal mine catches fire in the Donbass region of Ukraine and releases toxic gas.
  • 1997
    The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.
  • 2009
    Yemenia Flight 626 crashes into the Indian Ocean, near Comoros, killing all but one of the 153 passengers and crew on board.

Who Were Born On June 30?

  • 1286
    John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English nobleman (d. 1347)
  • 1470
    King Charles VIII of France (d. 1498)
  • 1503
    John Frederick, Elector of Saxony (d. 1554)
  • 1641
    Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, Irish general (d. 1719)
  • 1685
    John Gay, British writer (d. 1732)
  • 1755
    Paul François Jean Nicolas Barras, French politician (d. 1829)
  • 1789
    Horace Vernet, French painter and graphic artist (d. 1863)
  • 1803
    Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (d. 1849)
  • 1807
    Friedrich Theodor von Vischer, German narrator, lyricist and philosopher (d.1887)
  • 1817
    Joseph Dalton Hooker, British botanist (d. 1911)
  • 1823
    Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, Indian industrialist (d. 1901)
  • 1843
    Ernest Mason Satow, British diplomat (d. 1929)
  • 1864
    Frederick Bligh Bond, English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and psychical researcher (d. 1945)
  • 1884
    Georges Duhamel, French author (d. 1966)
  • 1891
    Ed “Strangler” Lewis, American professional wrestler (d. 1966)
  • 1891
    Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (d. 1953)
  • 1892
    Bo Carter, American blues musician (d. 1962)
  • 1892
    Oswald Pohl, German Nazi leader (d. 1951)
  • 1893
    Walter Ulbricht, German Communist leader (d. 1973)
  • 1899
    Harry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (d. 1971)
  • 1899
    Madge Bellamy, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1906
    Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (d. 1967)
  • 1906
    Ralph Allen, English footballer (d. 1981)
  • 1907
    Roman Shukhevych, Ukrainian politician (d. 1950)
  • 1908
    Winston Graham, British writer (d. 2003)
  • 1911
    Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet and writer, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1912
    Dan Reeves, American sports team owner (d. 1971)
  • 1912
    Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer (d. 2003)
  • 1913
    Alfonso López Michelsen, Colombian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1913
    Harry Wismer, American sports team owner (d. 1967)
  • 1914
    Francisco da Costa Gomes, Portuguese politician (d. 2001)
  • 1917
    Lena Horne, American singer and actress (d. 2010)
  • 1917
    Susan Hayward, American actress (d. 1975)
  • 1919
    Ed Yost, American inventor (d. 2007)
  • 1925
    Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Paul Berg, American biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1929
    Hans Krondahl, Swedish painter and textile designer
  • 1929
    James Goldman, American screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1930
    Thomas Sowell, American economist
  • 1931
    Andrew Hill, American jazz pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi (d. 2005)
  • 1933
    Lea Massari, Italian actress
  • 1933
    M. J. K. Smith, English cricketer
  • 1933
    Orval Tessier, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1934
    Harry Blackstone Jr., American stage magician (d. 1997)
  • 1935
    John Harlin, American mountaineer (d. 1966)
  • 1936
    Assia Djebar, Algerian writer and filmmaker
  • 1936
    Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1936
    Nancy Dussault, American actress
  • 1936
    Tony Musante, American actor
  • 1938
    Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (d. 1999)
  • 1939
    José Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet
  • 1940
    Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    Peter Pollock, South African cricket player
  • 1942
    Robert Ballard, American oceanographer
  • 1942
    Ron Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1943
    Ahmed Sofa, Bangladeshi writer (d. 2001)
  • 1943
    Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes) (d. 1976)
  • 1944
    Glenn Shorrock, Australian singer-songwriter (Little River Band)
  • 1944
    Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist
  • 1944
    Ron Swoboda, American baseball player
  • 1944
    Terry Funk, American professional wrestler
  • 1947
    Barry Bremen, American sports imposter
  • 1949
    Andy Scott, British guitarist and singer (Sweet)
  • 1949
    Uwe Kliemann, German footballer
  • 1950
    Leonard Whiting, British actor
  • 1951
    Stanley Clarke, American jazz bass and double bass player (Return to Forever)
  • 1952
    Athanassios S. Fokas, Greek mathematician
  • 1952
    David Garrison, American Broadway and TV actor
  • 1953
    Hal Lindes, American-born British guitarist (Dire Straits)
  • 1953
    Lin Feng-Jiao, Taiwanese actress
  • 1954
    Pierre Charles, Dominican politician (d. 2004)
  • 1954
    Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia
  • 1955
    David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian
  • 1957
    Bud Black, Americab baseball player
  • 1957
    Rich Vos, stand-up comedian
  • 1957
    Sterling Marlin, American NASCAR driver
  • 1958
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish conductor and composer
  • 1958
    Lina Nikolakopoulou, Greek lyricist
  • 1959
    Brendan Perry, British multi-instrumentalist (Dead Can Dance)
  • 1959
    Sakis Tsiolis, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1959
    Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor
  • 1960
    Murray Cook, Australian singer (The Wiggles)
  • 1962
    Deirdre Lovejoy, American actress (The Wire)
  • 1962
    Julianne Regan, British singer and guitarist (All About Eve)
  • 1962
    Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball player
  • 1963
    Yngwie Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist
  • 1964
    Alexandra Christina Manley, Hong Kong-born ex-wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark
  • 1964
    Mark Waters, American film director
  • 1965
    Anna Levandi, Russian figure skater
  • 1965
    Gary Pallister, English footballer
  • 1965
    Mitch Richmond, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Steve Duchesne, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Cheryl Bernard, Canadian curler
  • 1966
    Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
  • 1966
    Mike Tyson, American boxer
  • 1966
    Wendy Davis, American actress
  • 1967
    David Busst, English former footballer
  • 1968
    Phil Anselmo, American singer (Pantera)
  • 1969
    Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1970
    Antonio Chimenti, Italian footballer
  • 1970
    Brian Bloom, American actor
  • 1970
    Mark Grudzielanek, American baseball player
  • 1971
    Anette Michel, Mexican actress
  • 1971
    Monica Potter, American actress
  • 1972
    James Martin, English celebrity chef
  • 1972
    Sandra Cam, Belgian swimmer
  • 1973
    Chan-ho Park, South Korean baseball player
  • 1973
    Frank Rost, German footballer
  • 1973
    Noam Zylberman, Israeli-born Canadian actor
  • 1974
    Tony Rock, American actor and stand-up comedian
  • 1975
    James Bannatyne, New Zealand footballer
  • 1975
    Ralf Schumacher, German Formula One driver
  • 1975
    Rami Shaaban, Swedish footballer
  • 1977
    Justo Villar, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1977
    Mark Van Gisbergen, New Zealand/English rugby player
  • 1978
    Ben Cousins, Australian football player
  • 1978
    Claudio Rivalta, Italian footballer
  • 1979
    Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani/American terrorist
  • 1979
    Matisyahu, American reggae singer
  • 1979
    Rick Gonzalez, American actor
  • 1979
    Sylvain Chavanel, French cyclist
  • 1980
    Rade Prica, Swedish footballer
  • 1980
    Seyi Olofinjana, Nigerian footballer
  • 1981
    Ben Utecht, American football player
  • 1981
    Can Artam, Turkish racing driver
  • 1981
    Karolina Sadalska, Polish kayaker
  • 1981
    Matt Kirk, Canadian football player
  • 1982
    Andy Knowles, British drummer (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1982
    Delwyn Young, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Lizzy Caplan, American actress
  • 1982
    Mitch Maier, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1983
    Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • 1983
    Marcus Burghardt, German cyclist
  • 1983
    Marlin Jackson, American football player
  • 1983
    Patrick Wolf, English singer-songwriter
  • 1984
    Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • 1984
    Gabriel Badilla, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984
    Miles Austin, American football player
  • 1985
    Cody Rhodes, American wrestler
  • 1985
    Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer
  • 1985
    Michael Phelps, American swimmer
  • 1985
    Rafal Blechacz, Polish pianist
  • 1985
    Trevor Ariza, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Alicia Fox, American wrestler and model
  • 1986
    Allegra Versace, Italian heiress
  • 1986
    Freddy Guarín, Colombian footballer
  • 1986
    Nicola Pozzi, Italian footballer
  • 1989
    David Myers, Australian footballer
  • 1989
    Miguel Vítor, Portuguese footballer
  • 1989
    Steffen Liebig, German rugby player
  • 1991
    Kaho, Japanese actress

Who Died On June 30?

  • 350
    Nepotianus, Roman usurper
  • 1181
    Hugh de Kevelioc, 3rd Earl of Chester, English politician (b. 1147)
  • 1224
    Adolf of Osnabrück, German monk and bishop (b. 1185)
  • 1364
    Arnošt of Pardubice, Polish-born Archbishop of Prague (b. 1297)
  • 1538
    Charles, Duke of Guelders, Dutch nobleman (b. 1467)
  • 1579
    Mehmed Pasha Sokolović, Turkish Janissary (b. 1506)
  • 1607
    Caesar Baronius, Italian cardinal and historian (b. 1538)
  • 1660
    William Oughtred, English mathematician (b. 1575)
  • 1666
    Alexander Brome, English poet (b. 1620)
  • 1670
    Henrietta Anne of England, daughter of King Charles I of England (b. 1644)
  • 1704
    John Quelch, English pirate (b. 1665)
  • 1709
    Edward Lhuyd, Welsh scientist (b. 1660)
  • 1785
    James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the U.S. state of Georgia (b. 1696)
  • 1796
    Abraham Yates, American Congressman (b. 1724)
  • 1857
    Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist (b. 1802)
  • 1882
    Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (b. 1827)
  • 1882
    Charles J. Guiteau, American assassin of President James A. Garfield (b. 1841)
  • 1890
    Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (b. 1819)
  • 1917
    Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (b. 1861)
  • 1919
    John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1842)
  • 1932
    Bruno Kastner, German actor (b. 1890)
  • 1934
    Night of the Long Knives murders: Erich Klausener, German politician (b. 1885)
  • 1934
    Night of the Long Knives murders: Gregor Strasser, former German Nazi politician (b. 1892)
  • 1934
    Night of the Long Knives murders: Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Prime Minister of Bavaria (b. 1862)
  • 1934
    Night of the Long Knives murders: Karl Ernst, German Sturmabteilung-gruppenführer (b. 1904)
  • 1934
    Night of the Long Knives murders: Kurt von Schleicher, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1882)
  • 1953
    Charles William Miller, Brazilian sportsman, the “father of football in Brazil” (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    Thorleif Lund, Norwegian actor (b. 1880)
  • 1959
    José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1961
    Lee DeForest, American inventor (b. 1873)
  • 1966
    Giuseppe Farina, Italian Formula One driver, the winner of the first Formula One championship (b. 1906)
  • 1971
    Georgi Asparuhov, Bulgarian footballer (b. 1943)
  • 1971
    Herbert Biberman, American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • 1971
    Nikola Kotkov, Bulgarian footballer (b. 1938)
  • 1971
    Soviet crew of Soyuz 11: Georgi Dobrovolski (b. 1928)
  • 1971
    Soviet crew of Soyuz 11: Viktor Patsayev (b. 1933)
  • 1971
    Soviet crew of Soyuz 11: Vladislav Volkov (b. 1935)
  • 1973
    Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R, Ukrainian-born Canadian Greek-Catholic bishop and martyr (b. 1903)
  • 1974
    Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)
  • 1976
    Firpo Marberry, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1984
    Lillian Hellman, American playwright (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Haruo Remeliik, 1st President of Palau (b. 1933)
  • 1993
    George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 1993
    Wong Ka Kui, Hong Kong singer (b. 1962)
  • 1995
    Gale Gordon, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1995
    Georgi Beregovoi, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1921)
  • 1995
    Phyllis Hyman, American jazz vocalist (b. 1949)
  • 1996
    Lakis Petropoulos, Greek footballer and manager (b. 1932)
  • 1997
    Larry O'Dea, Australian professional wrestler (b. 1944)
  • 2001
    Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Chico Xavier, Brazilian spiritist medium (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Buddy Hackett, American comedian (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    Robert McCloskey, American children’s book writer and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Jamal Abro, Pakistani writer (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Clancy Eccles, Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • 2007
    Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)
  • 2009
    Robert DePugh, American anti-Communist activist (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and singer (b. 1977)
  • 2011
    Barry Bremen, American sports imposter and business man (b. 1947)


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