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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,  Oklahoma, which killed 168 people, Timothy McVeigh is 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...Standing in front of the wall between East and West Germany, President Reagan challenges Gorbachev with the words, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

1994...Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered.  This will lead 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  Russia's first popularly-elected president.


June 14

President Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. Harding

1777...The second Continental Congress passes the Flag Resolution.  The Stars and Stripes become the official flag of the United States.

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

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


June 15th

the signing of the Magna Carta

King John and the Magna Carta

1215...King John agrees to the Magna Carta. Under the Magna Carta the barons will have more rights.  The barons will be protected from illegal imprisonment, and they will have access to swift justice.  There will be a limitation on feudal payments to the Crown, and religious freedom will be protected. The changes in the Magna Carta are to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.

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, defects while on a stopover in Paris.


June 17th

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

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

1885...A gift is sent to the United States from the country of FranceThe gift, the Statue of Liberty, arrives in New York Harbor.

1994...O.J. Simpson leads the Los Angeles, California Police on a low-speed automobile chase.  Americans watch the spectacle on their television sets.


June 18th

   Sally Ride  

Sally Ride

1812...With President Madison approval the War of 1812 begins.   The United States is once again at war with England.

1815...Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington.  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 organized game of baseball in the United States is played at Hoboken, New Jersey. The game is between the Knickerbockers and the  New York Baseball Club.

1867...Ferdinand Maximilian is executed. Maximilian was made Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III.  Now his execution is ordered by  Benito Juarez, the president of the new Mexican Republic.

1910...Father's Day is celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington.


June 20th

Jaws, the great white shark

Jaws - The Great White Shark

1782... Congress 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. It is done with the hope that it will lessen the tension and reduce the chance of accidental nuclear war.

1975...The movie Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg,  plays at theaters. It frightens viewers.  Many are scared to go into the water at the beach.  The movie will become 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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