Kamehameha Day in Hawaii, celebrating the founding of the royal dynasty.
Traditional day of the fall of Troy.
British poet and dramatist, Ben Jonson born in London.
He once killed a man in a duel.
He was buried in the Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey in an upright position.
Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron born in Calcutta, British India.
Poet Renée Vivien born in London.
Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau born in Saint André de Cubzac, France.
Football coach Vince Lombardi born in Brooklyn, New York.
Painter and illustrator, Coby Whitmore born in Dayton, Ohio.
Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown.
Novelist, William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner) born in Newport News, Virginia.
Actor Gene Wilder (The Producers) born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
An Austin-Healy and Mercedes-Benz collide at the Le Mans Grand Prix.
The Mercedes drove into a dirt retaining wall where it disintegrated hitting many spectators.
Eighty-three people were killed.
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from Alcatraz Island.
Buddhist monk Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
Governor George Wallace stands in the schoolhouse door to block desegregation at the Univesity of Alabama.
Seattle Slew wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the tenth horse to win the Triple Crown.
Timothy McVeigh, convicted of having bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, is executed at a Federal facility in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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