1692– Bridget Bishopis the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trialsin Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she is hanged on June 10.
1835– P. T. Barnumand his circus start their first tour of the United States.
1909– Alfred Deakinbecomes Prime Minister of Australiafor the third time.
1953– The coronation of QueenElizabeth II, who was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
1997– In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeighis convicted on 15 counts of murderand conspiracyfor his role in the 1995bombingof the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Buildingin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2003– Europelaunches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Expressprobe launches from the Baikonurspace centre in Kazakhstan.
1840– Thomas Hardy, English writer (d. 1928) known for his novels, such as Tess of the d'Urbervillesand Far from the Madding Crowd,
1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (d. 1984) Johnny was a Hungarian-born German-Americanswimmerand actor. Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympicgold medalsand one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzanin films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures.
1929 – Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (2 June 1929 – 1 December 2007) won the Men's Singles title at the Australian Championships (now known as the Australian Open) in 1952. He and his longtime doubles partner, Frank Sedgman, are generally considered to be one of the greatest men's doubles teams of all time. In 1951 and 1952, they won seven consecutive Grand Slamdoubles titles – a feat that has never been matched.
1948– Jerry Mathers, American actor best known for his role in the televisionsitcomseries Leave It to Beaver(1957 –1963), in which he played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, the younger son of archetypal suburban couple Juneand Ward Cleaver(played by Barbara Billingsleyand Hugh Beaumont), and the brother of Wally Cleaver(played by Tony Dow).
1965 – Mark WaughAustralian cricketer and Brilliant slips fieldsman and his twin Steve Waugh, Australian cricketer former Australian Captain
1981– Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis player Davydenko's best result in a Grand Slam tournamenthas been reaching the semi-finals, which he has done on four occasions – twice each at the French Open and the U.S. Open.
1944– Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and musician He is one of only two people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony(known as an EGOT) plus a Pulitzer Prize(the other is Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch has also won two Golden Globes.
1941– Stacy Keach, American actor 1941 – Charlie Watts, English musician (The Rolling Stones)
1953 – Craig Stadler American golfer Known as The Walrus after his short stocky appearance and walrus moustache. Won the US Masters in 1982 and now plays on the seniors tour.