Roger Ebert 1942 - Film critic, screenwriter
- 1621 - The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
- 1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.
- 1815 - At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
- 1863 - J.J. Richardson received a patent for the ratchet wrench.
- 1982 - The U.S. Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five years.
- 1983 - Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
- 1998 - "The Boston Globe" asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.
- 2009 - Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.