1099 – The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem began.
1420 – Troops of the Republic of Venice captured Udine, ending the independence of the Patriarchate of Aquileia.
1494 – Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the New World between the two countries.
1628 – The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law when granted the Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654 – Louis XIV was crowned King of France.
1761 – John Rennie, Scottish engineer, was born (d. 1821).
1776 – Richard Henry Lee presented the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress; it was seconded by John Adams and led to the United States Declaration of Independence.
1778 – Beau Brummell, English fashion leader, was born (d. 1840).
1800 David Thompson reached the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba.
1831 Amelia Edwards, English author and Egyptologist, was born (d. 1892).
1832 Asian cholera reached Quebec brought by Irish immigrants, and killed about 6,000 people..
1862 The United States and Britain agreed to suppress the slave trade.
1863 During the French intervention in Mexico, Mexico City wais captured by French troops.
1866 1,800 Fenian raiders were repelled back to the United States after they looted and plundered around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg, Quebec.
1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and watercolourist, was born (d. 1928).
1880 War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).
1893 Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience.
1905 Norway’s parliament dissolved its union with Sweden.
1906 Cunard Line’s RMS Lusitania was launched at the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow.
1917 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet, was born (d. 2000).
1917 Dean Martin, American actor, was born (d. 1995).
1917 World War I: Battle of Messines – the attack on Messines began at 3.10 a.m. with the explosion of huge mines that had been placed under the German lines by tunnellers. Almost immediately, New Zealand troops of 2nd and 3rd (Rifle) brigades left their trenches and advanced towards the ridge in front of them, on which lay the ruins of Messines village. Australian and British troops on either side of them did the same.
1919 Sette giugno: Riot in Malta, four people killed.
1921 Dorothy Ruth, American horse breeder; adopted daughter of Babe Ruth, was born (d. 1989).
1929 John Napier Turner, Canadian seventeenth Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
1931 Malcolm Morley, English painter, was born.
1938 The Douglas DC-4E made its first test flight..
1940 – Fighter ace Edgar ‘Cobber’ Kain was killed.
1940 Tom Jones, Welsh singer, was born.
1942 World War II: The Battle of Midway ended.
1944 World War II: The steamer Danae carrying 350 Cretan Jews and 250 Cretan partisans was sunk without survivors off the shore of Santorini.
1944 World War II: Battle of Normandy – At Abbey Ardennes members of the SS Division Hitlerjugend massacred 23 Canadian prisoners of war.
1945 King Haakon VII of Norway returned with his family to Oslo after five years in exile.
1948 Edvard Beneš resigned as President of Czechoslovakia rather than signing a Constitution making his nation a Communist state.
1952 Liam Neeson, Northern Irish actor, was born.
1955 Lux Radio Theater signed off the air permanently.
1958 Prince, American musician, was born.
1965 The Supreme Court of the United States decided on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
1967 Israeli forces entered Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
1971 The United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment.
1972 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor, was born.
1975 Sony introduced the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public.
1976 MacDonalds opened for the first time in New Zealand at Cobham Court, Porirua.
1977 – 500 million people watched on television as the high day of Jubilee got underway for Queen Elizabeth II.
1981 The Israeli Air Force destroyed Iraq’s Osiraq nuclear reactor during Operation Opera
1982 – Priscilla Presley opened Graceland to the public
1989 A Surinam Airways DC-8 Super 62 crashed near Paramaribo Airport Suriname killing 168.
1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded generating an ash column 7 km (4.5 miles) high.
1993 The Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough, UK, fell into the sea following a landslide.
1995 The long range Boeing 777 entered service with United Airlines.
1998 James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death in a racially-motivated crime.
2006 – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in an airstrike by the United States Air Force.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia