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1900 – British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins title for 3rd time; beats runner-up Harry Vardon by 8 shots.

1912 – Army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane.

1917 – Melvin Jones and a number of Chicago businessmen found Lions Club International, now the largest service organization in the world.

1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state.

1936 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.

1938 – Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)

1952 – 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2.

1953 – 1st color network telecast in compatible color (Boston, Massachusetts)

1958 – Songwriter and impresario Berry Gordy Jr. founds Tamla Records, precursor to Motown Records, in Detroit, Michigan.

1965 – Gemini 4 completes 62 orbits.

1969 – “Johnny Cash Show” debuts on ABC-TV.

1972 – Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical “Grease” starring Barry Bostwick, Carole Demas, and Adrienne Barbeau, opens at Broadhurst Theater, New York City; runs for 3,388 performances.

1978 – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver hits #1.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years.

1998 – 52nd Tony Awards: “The Lion King” (musical) and “Art” (play) win.

2001 – BP announces that it will build a new $600 million platform offshore that is expected to double the company’s production of natural gas there by 2004.

2006 – British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.

2010 – MLB Draft: Southern Nevada outfielder Bryce Harper first pick by Washington Nationals.

2020 – National Guard pulled out of Washington, D.C. and curfew ends in New York as anti-racism protests stay largely peaceful.

2021 – Vice-President Kamala Harris visiting Guatemala on her first foreign trip announces task forces on corruption and human trafficking.