June 7th

2009
Roger Federer of Switzerland became the sixth man in tennis history to win a career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras' record of 14 major singles titles when he won the French Open.
2009 Roger Federer tennis season
2003
In a national first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected an openly gay man, the Rev. V. Gene Robinson, to be bishop.
Gene Robinson
2000
A federal judge ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corp.
United States v. Microsoft Corp.
1998
James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old African-American man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.
Murder of James Byrd Jr.
1989
A Surinam Airways jet crashes on landing in Paramaribo. The pilots were blamed for the disaster. They had attempted to land using the wrong navigation signal. Of the 187 people on board, 11 survived.
Surinam Airways Flight 764
1981
Israel destroys Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactors. The attack, triggered by fears of a potential Iraqi atom bomb, prompted international criticism and is considered a political disaster as it caused the quarreling Arab states to unite against their common enemy, Israel
Operation Opera
1975
The first Cricket World Cup begins. England hosted the first edition of the event, which today has become one of the world's most important sporting events. The West Indies entered the history books as the first Cricket World Champions.
1975 Cricket World Cup
1968
The world's first Legoland resort opens. The Legoland in Billund, Denmark was the first of six theme parks based around the Lego interlocking plastic bricks. Billund is the home of The Lego Group.
Legoland
1967
Dorothy Parker, American short story writer, poet, and critic, died.
Dorothy Parker
1965
The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
Griswold v. Connecticut
1948
President Eduard Beneš of Czechoslovakia resigned and the Communist takeover of the country was completed.
1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état
1939
King George VI arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Canada on the first visit to the U.S. by a reigning British monarch.
Queen Elizabeth Way
1929
Vatican City becomes an independent state. The Lateran Treaty, which was signed on February 11 of the same year, was ratified by Italy's fascist government on this day. It guarantees the political and territorial sovereignty of Vatican City.
Vatican City
1892
Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to leave a whites-only train car in New Orleans. (The case led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 'separate but equal' decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896.).
Homer Plessy
1848
Postimpressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.
Paul Gauguin
1776
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence.
Lee Resolution
1654
Louis XIV was crowned king of France in Rheims.
King Louis XIV of France
1628
English King Charles I ratifies the Petition of Rights.
Petition of Right
1494
Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.
Treaty of Zaragoza