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1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.

1518 - Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1775 - Two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott ride to warn of impending arrests of Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seizure of weapons. Only Prescott finishes the ride.

1797 - Battle of Neuwied resulted in the victory of French under General Louis Lazare Hoche against Austrians under General Wermecek.

1880 - A F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 200.

1899 - St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.

1906 - An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9, destroys much of San Francisco, California. (See 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

1906 - The Los Angeles Times runs a front-page story on the Azusa Street Revival, launching Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.

1912 - The RMS Carpathia arrives in New York Harbor with the 706 survivors of the Titanic disaster.

1915 - Early French aviator and a fighter aircraft pilot Roland Garros was shot down and glided to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.

1923 - Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built", opens.

1934 - The first washateria opens in Fort Worth, Texas.

1942 - World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo occurs.


1942 - Pierre Laval becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France.

1943 - Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his transport aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighers over Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

1945 - World War II: Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany, leaving nothing standing.

1946 - The League of Nations is dissolved.

1949 - The Republic of Ireland Act comes into force.

1954 - Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

1958 - A U.S. federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum.

1961 - CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

1974 - Prime Minister Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto inaugurates Lahore Dry port.

1974 - Italian prosecutor Mario Sossi is kidnapped by the Red Brigades.

1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country's first President.

1981 - A Minor League baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island becomes the longest professional baseball game in history: 8 hours and 25 minutes/33 innings (the 33rd inning was not played until June 23rd).

1983 - A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.


1988 - U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in retaliation for the April 14 mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. The one-day action is the world's largest naval battle since World War II.

1992 - General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolted against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allied with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.

1993 - President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves the National Assembly and dismisses Cabinet.

1996 - In Lebanon, at least 106 Lebanese civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the UN compound at Qana (see Qana Massacre).

1998 - Toon Disney debuts.


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