1888 - T.S. Eliot, Writer and Nobel Laureate
1897 - Pope Paul VI
1898 - George Gershwin, Composer
1930 - Fritz Wunderlich, GermanTenor
1948 - Olivia Newton-John, Singer and Actress
1968 - James Caviezel, Actor
1981 - Serena Williams, Tennis Champion
1580 - Sir Frances Drake circumnavigates the globe in the Golden Hind, commissioned by Queen Elizabeth. He is the first captain to do so, given that Magellan didn't complete his voyage 60 years earlier.
1847 - Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon is purchased by a body of trustees to be preserved for UK.
1973 - Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic. Pilots Franchi and Gilbert Defer fly from Washington, U.S. to Orly Airport in Paris in just 3 hours and 32 minutes, half the previous world record.
1983 - Australia II, the first non-American winner in the 132-year history of the yacht race, takes out the America's Cup.The New York Yacht Club had held the Cup since 1851, the longest ever winning streak in sport.
1984 - After 150 years of British rule, the U.K. agrees to hand over the colony of Hong Kong to China. the handover takes place midnight on July 1, 1997.
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