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6/30/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 30

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Today in History in 1936 Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" was published; in 1938 Superman first appears in DC Comics' Action Comics Series issue #1; and in 1977 Marvel Comics published the  "Kiss Book" a tribute to the rock group Kiss.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1520 - The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan.
  • 1559 - King Henry II of France is seriously injured in a jousting match against Gabriel de Montgomery.
  • 1860 - Famous debate on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution held at the Oxford University Museum and dominated by arguments between Thomas Henry Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
  • 1893 - Excelsior diamond (blue-white 995 carats) discovered
  • 1894 - Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid
  • 1898 - Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”
  • 1905 - In Russia, the "Potemkin" arrives at Odessa, where sailors take the bodies of dead crewman ashore; sailors join civilians in revolutionary actions of the '1905 Revolution'
  • 1908 - Tunguska Event: a giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia
  • 1934 - "Night of Long Knives" - Hitler stages bloody purge of Nazi party
  • 1936 - Margaret Mitchell's novel "Gone with the Wind" published
  • 1938 - Superman 1st appears in DC Comics' Action Comics Series issue #1
  • 1971 - Ohio becomes 38th state to approve of lower voting age to 18, thus ratifying 26th amendment
  • 1977 - Marvel Comics publish "Kiss Book" a tribute to the rock group Kiss


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1898 - George Chandler, Waukegan Ill, actor (Lassie)
  • 1901 - Willie Sutton, Brooklyn New York, American bank robber
  • 1917 - Lena Horne, Brooklyn New York, American actress/singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz)
  • 1925 - Dorothy Malone, actress (Peyton Place)
  • 1934 - Harry Blackstone Jr, magician (Blackstone Book of Magic & Illusion)
  • 1936 - Nancy Dussault, Pensacola Fla, actress (Muriel-Too Close for Comfort)
  • 1943 - Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1956 - David Alan Grier, comedian (In Living Color, Boomerang)
  • 1956 - Ronald Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • 1966 - "Iron" Mike Tyson, NY, youngest heavyweight boxing champ (1986-90)
  • 1985 - Michael Phelps, American swimmer (16 Olympic medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Weddings

  • 1831 - Soldier and Future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (24) marries Mary Curtis (22) at Arlington House, Arlington Virginia
  • 1973 - Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark (34) weds lawyer Maureen McTeer (21)
  • 1975 - Cher, just 4 days after divorcing Sonny Bono marries Gregg Allman
  • 1978 - English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz
  • 1992 - Actress Cecil Hoffman (Zoe-LA Law) marries Paul Slye
  • 2008 - Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island
  • 2012 - Actor Alec Baldwin (54) weds Hilaria Thomas at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City
  • 2012 - Mick Jagger's daughter Jade Jagger (41) weds longtime boyfriend Adrian Fillary at the Aynhoe Park Hotel in Oxfordshire, England
  • 2012 - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2012 - "The Doctors" co-host Travis Stork (40) weds pediatrician Dr. Charlotte Brown in Colorado

Famous Divorces

  • 1992 - Actress Natasha Richardson (29) divorces producer Robert Fox (39) after a year of marriage
  • 2006 - American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
  • 2010 - "Scream 4" actress Neve Campbell (37) divorces actor John Light (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1520 - Moctezuma II, Aztec emperor (1502-20), killed either by the Spanish or stoned by his own people
  • 1862 - Richard Griffith, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 48
  • 1882 - Charles J. Guiteau, assassin (President Garfield), hanged at 40
  • 1919 - John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 76
  • 1983 - Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
  • 1983 - Mary Livingstone, [Sadye Marks] Comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77
  • 1984 - Lillian Hellman, playwright, (Little Foxes), dies at 79
  • 1993 - George "Spanky" McFarland, child actor (Our Gang), dies at age 65
  • 1996 - Margaux Hemingway, model/actress (Lipstick), commits suicide at 41
  • 2001 - Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2003 - Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)

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