Maine Fast Fact: The largest collection of Coast Guard and lighthouse artifacts in the country are in the Shore Village Museum in Rockland, Maine.
- 1735: Button Gwinnett, American signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
- 1829: William Booth, English preacher, founder of The Salvation Army
- 1847: Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher, Pulitzer prize named for him
- 1915: Harry Morgan, American actor, best known for his role as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the television show M*A*S*H
- 1921: Sheb Wooley, American actor and singer, wrote the song “The Purple People Eater”
- 1930: Dolores Huerta, American labor activist, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America
- 1936: John Madden, American professional football player, professional head coach, television commentator
- 1950: Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player
- 1951: Steven Seagal, American actor
- 1968: Orlando Jones, American comedian and actor
- 1984: Mandy Moore, American singer and actress
- 1988: Haley Joel Osment, American actor, best known for his role as Cole Sear in the film The Sixth Sense
- 1958: Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter
- 1962: Stuart Sutcliffe, American musician, original bassist for The Beatles
- 1986: Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter
- 1991: Natalie Schafer, American actress, best known for her role as Mrs. Howell on the television series Gilligan’s Island
- 1992: Sam Kinison, American stand-up comedian
- 1815: Mount Tambora in Indonesia begins a three-month eruption which lasts until July 15, kills 71,000 people and affects the earth’s climate for the next two years.
- 1858: Big Ben, the bell in the clock of the Palace of Westminster in London, is cast for the first time but the bell cracked during testing and new one has to be cast which is still in use today.
- 1865: Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time, a day after his surrender to the Union army at Appomattox Courthouse.
- 1866: Henry Bergh establishes the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City.
- 1874: Nebraska celebrates the first Arbor Day.
- 1912: The RMS Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden, and only, voyage.
- 1916: The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is established in New York City.
- 1925: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Great Gatsby, is published by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
- 1970: Paul McCartney announces the break up of The Beatles.
- 1971: The People’s Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit in an attempt to create better relations with the U.S.
- 1972: U.S. B-52s begin bombing North Vietnam for the first time since November 1967 during the Vietnam War.
- 1998: The Belfast Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
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