June 30th Historical Highlights,Buddy Hackett,James Oglethorpe,first Corvette,Congo Independence

June 30, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.

1688 – The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William, continuing the struggle for English independence from Rome whichwould culminate in the Glorious Revolution.

1859 – French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1864 –Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”.

1882 – Charles J. Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of President James Garfield.

1886 – The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal. It arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4.

1905 – Albert Einstein publishes the article “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, in which he introduces special relativity.

1934 – The Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler’s violent purge of his political rivals in Germany, takes place.

1941 – World War II: Operation Barbarossa – Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.

1944 – World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.

1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

1960 – Congo gains independence from Belgium.

1963 – Ciaculli massacre: A car bomb, intended for Mafia boss Salvatore Greco “Ciaschiteddu”, kills seven police and military officers near Palermo.

1971 – The crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 spacecraft are killed when their air supply escapes through a faulty valve.

1985 – Thirty-nine American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner are freed in Beirut after being held for 17 days.

1986 –U.S. Supreme Court rules that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.

1987 – The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.

1997 – The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

2007 – A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, in an attempted terrorist attack.

Notable Births

1807 – Friedrich Theodor von Vischer, German narrator, lyricist, and philosopher (d.1887)

1864 – Frederick Bligh Bond, English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and psychical researcher

1893 – Walter Ulbricht, German politician (d. 1973)

1919 – Ed Yost, American inventor (d. 2007)

1944 – Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist

1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer

Notable Deaths

350 – Nepotianus, Roman usurper

1224 – Adolf of OsnabrΓΌck, Saint Adolf (b. 1185)

1704 – John Quelch, English pirate (b. 1665)

1785 – James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia (b. 1696)

1966 – Giuseppe Farina, Italian Formula One champion. First person to win an Formula One championship (b. 1906)

1993 – George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (b. 1928)

2003 – Buddy Hackett, American comic (b. 1924)

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