1306 The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeated Bruce’s Scottish army at the Battle of Methven.
1566 King James I of England and VI of Scotland, was born (d. 1625).
1586 English colonists left Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England’s first permanent settlement in America.
1770 Emanuel Swedenborg reported the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion.
1807 Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroyed the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.
1816 Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson’s Bay Company, near Winnipeg.
1821 Decisive defeat of the Philikí Etaireía by the Ottomans at Drăgăşani (in Wallachia).
1846 The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.
1861 Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, British Field Marshal and Commander of British forces in WW I, was born (d. 1928).
1862 The U.S. Congress prohibited slavery in United States territories, nullifying the Dred Scott Case.
1865 Dame May Whitty, English entertainer, was born (d. 1948).
1865 Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, were finally informed of their freedom.
1867 Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire was executed by a firing squad in Querétaro.
1870 After all of the Southern States were formally readmitted to the United States, the Confederate States of America ceased to exist.
1875 The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire began.
1896 Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was born (d. 1986).
1910 The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.
1915 The USS Arizona (BB-39) was launched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York..
1929 Thelma Barlow, English actress, was born.
1940 The trans-Pacific liner Niagara was sunk by a German mine off the Northland coast..
1943 Race riots in Beaumont, Texas.
1944 World War II: First day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
1947 Salman Rushdie, Indian author, was born.
1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing, in New York.
1961 Kuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom
1963 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer, was born.
1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
1966 Shiv Sena was founded in Mumbai.
1970 The Patent Cooperation Treaty was signed.
1977 Rebecca Loos, Dutch model, was born.
1981 Moss Burmester, New Zealand swimmer, was born.
1982 In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped.
1982 – The body of God’s Banker, Roberto Calvi was found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London.
1987 Basque separatist group ETA committed one of its most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45.
1990 The international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, was ratified for the first time by Norway.
2006 Prime ministers of several northern European nations participated in a ceremonial “laying of the first stone” at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway.
2009 British troops began Operation Panther’s Claw, one of the largest air operations in modern times, when more than 350 troops made an aerial assault on Taliban positions and subsequently repelled Taliban counter-attacks.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia