is the 175th day of the year (176th in June 24 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 190 days remaining until the end of the year.
972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces.
1128 - Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães. Portuguese forces led by Alfonso I defeat his mother D.Teresa and D.Fernão Peres de Trava. After this battle, the future king calls himself "Prince of Portugal", the first step towards "official independence" in 1143.
1314 - End of the Battle of Bannockburn. Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce defeat Edward II of England. Scotland regains its independence.
1340 - Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys The French fleet was almost totally destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by Edward III of England.
1374 - A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
1441 - Eton College founded.
1497 - John Cabot lands on North America in Newfoundland; first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.
1497 - Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank executed at Tyburn, London
1509 - Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned King and Queen of England.
1535 - The Anabaptist state of Münster is conquered and disbanded.
1571 - Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines.
1597 - The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies reaches Bantam (on Java).
1662 - Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
1664 - The colony of New Jersey is founded.
1692 - Kingston is founded.
1717 - The Grand Lodge of England, the first Freemasonic Grand Lodge (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England.
1793 - First republican constitution in France adopted.
1794 - Bowdoin College is founded.
1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon's Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning his invasion of Russia.
1813 - Battle of Beaver Dams : A British, and Indian joint force defeat the U.S Army.
1821 - Battle of Carabobo - Battle of Carabobo was the decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain.
1859 - Battle of Solferino: (Battle of the Three Sovereigns). Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
1880 - First performance of , the song that would become the O Canada national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
1894 - Marie Francois Sadi Carnot assassinated by Sante Geronimo Caserio.
1901 - First exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens.
1902 - King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation.
1913 - Greece and Serbia annul their alliance with Bulgaria.
1916 - Mary Pickford becomes first female film star to get million dollar contract.
1916 - Battle of the Somme begins with a week long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
1918 - First airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto.
1928 - With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada
1932 - A military coup ends the absolute power of the king of Siam ( Thailand).
1938 - A 450 metric ton meteorite strikes the earth in an empty field near Chicora.
1940 - France and Italy sign an armistice.
1945 - Moscow Victory Parade
1947 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
1948 - Start of the Berlin Blockade. The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible.
1949 - The first Television Western, Hopalong Cassidy, is aired on NBC starring William Boyd.
1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
1963 - Zanzibar is granted internal self-government by the UK.
1975 - An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.
1981 - What would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years, the Humber Bridge opens, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
1982 - British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to as the Jakarta incident, flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines.
1983 - Space Shuttle program: STS-7 Mission Sally Ride, first female American astronaut, returns to earth.
1993 - Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.
1994 - A United States Air Force B-52 aircraft crashes at Fairchild Air Force Base, killing all four members of its crew.
1995 - South Africa defeats New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The 1995 World cup was the first major sporting event in South Africa after Apartheid.
2002 - The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
2004 - Habib Dodo, the general secretary of the Communist Youth of Côte d'Ivoire is assassinated by pro-government forces.
2004 - In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.
2007 - The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours.
1244 - Henry I of Hesse (d. 1308)
1343 - Jeanne de Valois (d. 1473)
1386 - Giovanni da Capistrano, Italian saint (d. 1456)
1485 - Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (d. 1558)
1519 - Theodore Beza, French theologian (d. 1605)
1533 - Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (d. 1588)
1535 - Joan of Spain, queen consort of Portugal (d. 1573)
1542 - St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet (d. 1591)
1546 - Robert Parsons, English Jesuit priest (d. 1610)
1663 - Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman (d. 1742)
1687 - Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar (d. 1757)
1694 - Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Swiss publicist (d. 1748)
1704 - Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, French writer (d. 1771)
1774 - François Nicolas Benoît, French general (d. 1838)
1777 - John Ross, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1856)
1795 - Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (d. 1878)
1803 - George James Webb, English-born composer (d. 1887)
1804 - Willard Richards, American religious leader (d. 1854)
1811 - John Archibald Campbell, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1889)
1813 - Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer (d. 1887)
1826 - George Goyder, surveyor-general of South Australia (d. 1898)
1842 - Ambrose Bierce, American author (disappeared 1914)
1850 - Horatio Kitchener, British field marshal (d. 1916)
1860 - Mercedes of Orleans, queen of Spain (d. 1878)
1882 - Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)
1882 - Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)
1883 - Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)
1886 - George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
1888 - Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (d. 1964)
1895 - Jack Dempsey, American boxer (d. 1983)
1897 - Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
1900 - Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician (d. 1945)
1901 - Harry Partch, American composer (d. 1974)
1904 - Phil Harris, American singer, songwriter and comedian (d. 1995)
1906 - Pierre Fournier, French cellist (d. 1986)
1907 - Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
1908 - Hugo Distler, German composer (d. 1942)
1908 - Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (d 1987)
1908 - Alfons Rebane, Estonian military officer (d. 1976)
1911 - Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine Formula One 5-time World Champion (d. 1995)
1911 - Ernesto Sábato, Argentinian writer
1912 - Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (d 1994)
1914 - Pearl Witherington CBE, British WW II secret agent
1915 - Fred Hoyle, British astronomer (d. 2001)
1922 - Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer ( Quartetto Cetra)
1924 - Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council
1927 - Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1930 - Claude Chabrol, French film director
1930 - William B. Ziff, American publishing executive (d. 2006)
1931 - Billy Casper, American golfer
1934 - Jean-Pierre Ferland, Québec singer
1935 - Terry Riley, American composer
1938 - Lawrence Block, an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer
1941 - Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
1942 - Michele Lee, American actress
1944 - Jeff Beck, English musician ( The Yardbirds)
1944 - Arthur Brown, English musician
1944 - John "Charlie" Whitney, English guitarist ( Family, Streetwalkers, Axis Point)
1944 - Chris Wood, English musician (d. 1983)
1945 - Colin Blunstone, English musician (The Zombies)
1945 - George Pataki, American politician
1945 - Wayne Cashman, Canadian ice hockey player
1946 - Ellison Onizuka, American astronaut (d. 1986)
1946 - David Collenette, Canadian politician
1947 - Peter Weller, American actor
1947 - Mick Fleetwood, English musician ( Fleetwood Mac)
1948 - Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player ( Yes)
1949 - John Illsley, English bassist ( Dire Straits)
1950 - Mercedes Lackey, American author
1950 - Nancy Allen, American actress
1952 - Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
1953 - Ivo Lill, Estonian artist
1955 - Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
1955 - Betsy Randle, American actress
1956 - Joe Penny, English actor
1958 - Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
1958 - Jean Charest, Premier of Québec
1958 - John Tortorella, American ice hockey coach
1960 - Trisha Meili, the "Central Park Jogger"
1960 - Karin Pilsäter, Swedish politician
1961 - Dennis Danell, American musician ( Social Distortion) (d. 2000)
1961 - Iain Glen, Scottish actor
1961 - Bernie Nicholls, Canadian ice hockey player
1961 - Curt Smith, English musician and songwriter ( Tears for Fears)
1963 - Anatoly Borisovich Jurkin, Russian writer
1963 - Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
1963 - Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (d. 2007)
1964 - Gary Suter, American ice hockey player
1966 - Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter
1966 - Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
1967 - Bill Huard, Canadian ice hockey player
1967 - Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician ( Rammstein)
1967 - Janez Lapajne, Slovenian film director
1967 - Scott Oden, American writer
1967 - Sherry Stringfield, American actress
1969 - Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian singer
1970 - Glenn Medeiros, American singer
1972 - Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
1972 - Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
1973 - Alexander Beyer, German actor
1973 - Ji Jin Hee, South Korean actor
1975 - Carla Gallo, American actress
1975 - Marek Malik, Czech ice hockey player
1976 - Louisa Leaman, English author
1977 - Dimosthenis Dikoudis, Greek basketball player
1978 - Luis García, Spanish footballer
1978 - Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
1978 - Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
1978 - Ariel Pink, American musician
1978 - Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
1978 - Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist ( Nightwish)
1979 - Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
1979 - Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born supermodel
1980 - Minka Kelly, American actress
1980 - Cicinho, Brazilian footballer
1980 - Andrew Jones, Australian racing driver
1982 - Brian Fitzgerald, American writer
1982 - Kevin Nolan, English footballer
1982 - Mark Penney, Canadian film director
1982 - Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
1984 - J.J. Redick, American basketball player
1985 - Kyle Searles, American actor
1985 - Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
1986 - Phil Hughes, American baseball player
1986 - Solange Knowles, American singer
1987 - Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer
1987 - Lionel Messi, Argentine footballer
1993 - Brian Driscoll, Legand among Humans
803 - Higbald of Lindisfarne
1398 - Hongwu Emperor of China (b. 1328)
1439 - Duke Frederick IV of Austria (b. 1382)
1519 - Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (b. 1480)
1520 - Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1489)
1604 - Edward de Vere, Lord Great Chamberlain of England (b. 1550)
1637 - Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (b. 1580)
1643 - John Hampden, English politician (b. 1595)
1766 - Adrien-Maurice, French soldier (b. 1678)
1778 - Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist (b. 1714)
1803 - Matthew Thornton, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1714)
1817 - Thomas McKean, American lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1734)
1835 - Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician, commander of Greek naval forces in Greek War of Independence (b. 1769)
1894 - Marie François Sadi Carnot, French statesman (b. 1837)
1908 - Grover Cleveland, President of the United States (heart failure) (b. 1837)
1909 - Sarah Orne Jewett, American writer (b. 1849)
1922 - Walther Rathenau, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (assassinated) (b. 1867)
1935 - Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer (airplane crash) (b. 1890)
1947 - Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (b. 1864)
1968 - Tony Hancock, British comedian (b. 1924)
1977 - André-Gilles Fortin, French Canadian politician (b. 1943)
1978 - Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
1984 - Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president (b. 1905)
1987 - Jackie Gleason, American actor and musician (b. 1916)
1991 - Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter.
1993 - Brian Driscoll, Legand among Men (b. 1915)
1997 - Don Hutson, American athlete (b. 1913)
1997 - Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
2000 - Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
2000 - David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
2002 - Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
2003 - Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
2004 - Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek songwriter (b. 1957)
2005 - Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
2005 - Hakham Yedidia Shofet, Former chief rabbi of Iran (b. 1908)
2006 - Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
2007 - Byron Baer, American politician (b. 1929)
2007 - Chris Benoit, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1967)
2007 - Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
2007 - Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dancehall artist (b. 1974)
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Jaaniõhtu in Estonia and Sao Joao in Portuguese, especially in Porto
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108 Familypedia people were born on June 24
129 Familypedia people died on June 24
108 Familypedia people were first married on June 24