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World War II: The Battle of Midway begins. The Japanese Admiral Chichi Nagumo orders a strike on Midway Island by much of the Imperial Japanese Navy..
Birthdate of Louis Reichardt, American mountaineer; and Bill Rowe, Canadian lawyer and politician.
Death of Reinhard Heydrich, German SS officer and politician (b. 1904).
The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. Richards, Maude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World..
Birthdate of Robert Merrill, American actor and singer (d. 2004).
Marmaduke Grove and other Chilean military officers lead a coup d'état establishing the short-lived Socialist Republic of Chile..
Birthdate of John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004); Oliver Nelson, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1975); and Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand author and playwright (d. 2004).
Birthdate of Freddy Fender, American singer and guitarist (d. 2006); and Mortimer Zuckerman, Canadian-American businessman and publisher, founded Boston Properties.
Birthdate of John Harvard, Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (d. 2016); and Art Mahaffey, American baseball player.
The Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps..
Birthdate of Jeremy Browne, 11th Marquess of Sligo, Anglo-Irish peer (d. 2014); Denis de Belleval, Canadian civil servant and politician; Henri Pachard, American director and producer (d. 2008); and George Reid, Scottish journalist and politician, 2nd Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
Death of Tommy Ladnier, American trumpet player (b. 1900).
World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends: British forces complete evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers, only to the House of Commons, his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech..
Birthdate of Ludwig Schwarz, Slovak-Austrian bishop.
Birthdate of Kenneth G. Ross, Australian playwright and screenwriter.
Death of Wilhelm II, German Emperor (b. 1859).
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