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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of June




June 21st

 The U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution

1788...The U.S. Constitution is ratified by the required 9th state, New Hampshire.  Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the Constitution.

1892...Lot Smith, a leading Mormon militia officer defending the Saints against the intrusion of the U.S. military, is killed by Navajo Indians.

1965...The rock group The Birds begin a folk rock revolution with the #1 single and album Mr. Tambourine Man.


June 22nd

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin R. Roosevelt

1775...The Continental Congress issues 2 million dollars in bills of credit creating Continental Currency.

1937...Joe Lewis wins the World Heavyweight Boxing title when he knocks out Jim Braddock in the 8th round.

1944...The GI Bill is signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, providing financial aid to Veterans returning from WWII hoping to avoid another Great Depression.


June 23rd

Nik Walenda crossing the Grand Canyon

Nik Walenda

1902...The name "Mercedes" is registered as a luxury car brand name by German auto maker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschoft (DMG).

1992...The "Teflon Don" Mafia Boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison based on testimony of his colleague Sammy "the Bull" Gravono.

2013...Nik Walenda, a 34-year old aerialist, becomes the first person to wire walk across a narrow section of the Grand Canyon National Park.


June 24th

Roswell, New Mexico UFO sightings

Suspected UFO in Roswell, New Mexico

1948...The Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin, a diplomatic blunder.

1966...The U.S. Senate votes 76-0 for a National Motor Vehicle Safety Act requiring seat belts on all cars.

1997...The U.S. Air Force released a 231 pages report dismissing long standing claims from 1947 of an Alien Space Craft crash in Roswell, New Mexico.


June 25th

George Custer

George Custer

1876...U.S. Army Troops, led by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer, lose a battle with Native Americans, led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. at The Battle of Little Bighorn.

1942...Eisenhower takes charge of the U.S. Troops in Europe.

1950...The Korean War begins when Communist forces from North Korea cross  into South Korea. 

2009...The "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, dies at age 50 after receiving a bad combination of drugs from his doctor.


June 26th

Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro

1541...The governor of Peru and conqueror of the Incas, Francisco Pizzaro, is assassinated.

1948...Operation Berlin Airlift begins, as the U.S. begins airlifting food and supplies to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades the city. 

1956...The Federal Highway Act is approved, and $30 billion dollars is allocated for the construction of interstate highways.

1959...The St. Lawrence Seaway is opened, proving transportation from the Atlantic Ocean to all the Great Lakes.


June 27th

The Prophet Joseph Smith

The Prophet Joseph Smith

1844...The Prophet Joseph Smith, the leader and founder of the Mormon Church,  and his brother Hyrum are killed when a mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois.

1950...President Truman sends U.S. Troops to Korea to help them fight the invasion of Communist North Korea into their country.

1976...Ebola breaks out in Sudan and the Ebola virus begins spreading throughout the region.


June 28th

  Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie   

Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie

1519...Charles I of Spain is elected the Holy Roman Emperor.

1914...Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist while making an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

1919...Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending WWI in Versailles


June 29th



1613...The Globe Theater in England, the site of the debut of many of Shakespeare's Plays, burns down.

1958...Pele helps Brazil win its first World Cup by defeating host nation Sweden 5-2.

1995...The largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the earth is created when American Shuttle Atlantis docks with Russian Space Station MIR. 


June 30th

Gone with the Wind

1859...The first dare devil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope is a Frenchman professionally known as Emile Blondin.

1936...The novel Gone with the Wind is published.  It becomes one of the best selling novels of all time and the 1939 blockbuster movie.

1953...At the General Motors Plant in Flint, Michigan, production begins on the Corvette sports car.




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