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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of June




June 11th

Catherine of Aragon 

Catherine of Aragon

1509...Henry VIII marries his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

1776...Five men are appointed by the Continental Congress to draft The Declaration of Independence. These men were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.

1995...For his part in the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma, City, which killed 168 people, Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection.



June 12th

President Reagan in Berlin

1898...The Philippine Islands declare their independence.

1942...Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday and begins her journal.

1987...President Reagan challenges Gorbachev in his speech in Berlin, when he uttered the words "Tear Down This Wall."

1994...Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered, leading to the infamous murder trial of O.J.Simpson.


June 13th


1777...Lafayette arrives in South Carolina, expecting to be General Washington's second-in-command.

1966...The Supreme Court hands down its decision in the case of Miranda v. Arizona.  Miranda rights become the law of the land.  All criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation.

1971...The New York Times publishes the Pentagon Papers.

1991...The Communist party receives a blow when Boris Yeltsin becomes  becomes Russia's first popularly-elected president.


June 14

President Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. Harding

1777...The National flag, with it's "Stars and Stripes" is adopted by Congress.

1922...Warren Harding becomes the first President to make a radio broadcast.

1940...The Germans enter and occupy Paris, France.  Two million Parisians flee the city.


June 15th

the signing of the Magna Carta

King John and the Magna Carta

1215...England takes a step toward democracy as King John concedes to his barons and grants feudal rights, religious freedoms and compliance with the nation's laws with the Magna Carta.

1775...George Washington accepts the post to serve as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

1917...Congress passes the Espionage Act.


June 16th

Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev

1884...A roller coaster opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York, and is an immediate success.  Admission is one nickel.

1963.... Valentina Tereshkova, from Russia, becomes the first woman in space.

1961...Rudolf Nureyev, the world famous Russian dancer, has defected while on a stopover in Paris.


June 17th

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

1775...The beginning of The Battle of Bunker Hill. It is said that American General William Prescott uttered the words "Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes" as the British approached.

1885...A gift sent by the country of France, The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

1994...O.J. Simpson leads L.A. Police on a low-speed chase while America watched on their television sets.


June 18th

   Sally Ride  

Sally Ride

1812...President Madison signs the declaration, and The War of 1812 begins.   The United States is once again at war with the British.

1815...Napoleon is finally defeated at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington, and the Napoleonic era comes to an end.

1983...Sally Ride becomes the first American Woman in space.


June 19th

Knickerbocker Baseball Card

1846...The first game of professional baseball in the US is played at Hoboken, New Jersey with the Knickerbockers and the New York Baseball Club competing.

1867...Ferdinand Maximilian, made Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III, is executed on the command of Benito Juarez, the president of the Mexican Republic.

1910...Father's Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, WA.


June 20th

Jaws, the great white shark

Jaws - The Great White Shark

1782... Congress finally adopts the "Great Seal of the United States."

1963...The United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a "hot line" of communication between the two countries to lessen tension and reduce the chance of nuclear war.

1975...The movie Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg,  plays at theaters frightening viewers about going in water at the beaches.  The movie becomes a huge financial success and win 3 Oscars.

1977...The trans-Alaska pipeline begins carrying oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska.





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