French mathematician, physicist, theologian, inventor of the first digital calculator Blaise Pascal born in Clermont-Ferrand, in the Auvergne region of France.
The first baseball game (using modern rules) was played in Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey.
New York Nine defeated the Knickerbockers, 23 to 1 in four innings.
Juneteenth is an African-American celebration that commemorates the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching slaves in Galveston, Texas, two years after it was issued.
Maximilian, the Austrian archduke set up by the French as Emperor of Mexico, was shot by a Mexican firing squad.
Socialite wife of Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania.
Moe Howard, first among equals in the Stooge troika, born in Bensonhurst, New York.
Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig born in New York.
Film critic for the New Yorker Pauline Kael born in Petaluma, California.
Music critic Greil Marcus (The Old Weird America) born in San Francisco.
Author Tobias Wolff (This Boy's Life) born in Birmingham, Alabama.
Writer Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses) born in Bombay, India.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electrocution at Sing Sing prison in New York for treason.
Actress Kathleen Turner (Body Heat), born in Springfield, Missouri.
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French Republican Calendar
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