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June 1

1660  Mary Dyer hanged under law banning Quakers from Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1801  Brigham Young was born in Whitingham, Vermont.

1857  Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire was published.

1926  Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

1974  Alanis Morrissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

1980  Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut.


June 2
1897  Responding to rumors that he was dead or dying, Mark Twain was quoted by the
New York Journal as saying that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”

1924  Indian Citizenship Act signed by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge.

1941  Charlie Watts was born in London.

1958  Esther Roberta Fishman was born in San Andreas, California.

1987  President Ronald Reagan nominated Alan Greenspan to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

2006  Vince Welnick died in Sonoma County, California at age 55.


June 3

1888  “Casey At The Bat,” the poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in The San Francisco Daily Examiner.

1989  Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini died in Tehran, Iran at age 86.

2001  Anthony Quinn died in Boston at age 86.


June 4

1876  The Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.

1989  The Tiananmen Square massacre, Beijing.


June 5

-469  Socrates was born in Athens.

1878  Pancho Villa was born in Mexico.

1947  Laurie Anderson was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

1967  War erupted as Israel attacked Egypt. Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.

1968  Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in Los Angeles.

1999  Mel Tormé died in Los Angeles at age 73.

2010  A Teddy Bear’s Picnic for Daniel Wilson in Briones Regional Park, Martinez, California.

2012  Ray Bradbury died in Los Angeles at age 91.


June 6

1832  The June Rebellion in Paris was put down by the National Guard.

1932  First gas tax in the U.S. was established.

1934  United States Securities and Exchange Commission was established.

1941  Alexander Cockburn was born in Scotland.

1978  Proposition 13 passed by California voters.


June 7

1848  Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.

1967  Author/critic Dorothy Parker died in New York City.

2012  Bob Welch died in Antioch, Tennessee at age 66.


June 8

1845  Andrew Jackson died in Nashville, Tennessee at age 78.

1949  George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.


June 9

1870  Charles Dickens died in England at age 58.

1934  Donald Duck’s debut in Walt Disney’s cartoon The Wise Little Hen.


June 10

1865  The opera Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner premiered in Munich.

1928  Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York.

2001  Crusader Rabbit Stealth Band played Sweetwater, Mill Valley, California.


June 11

-1184  Sack and burning of Troy, according to the calculations of Eratosthenes.

1770  Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running into it.

1910  Jacques Cousteau was born in France.

1956  Joe Montana was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania.

1979  John Wayne died in Los Angeles at age 72.

1999  DeForest Kelley died in Los Angeles at age 79.

2001  Timothy McVeigh was executed for the Oklahoma City bombing.


June 12

1939  Baseball’s Hall of Fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.


June 13

1865  William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin.

1971  The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers.

1983  Pioneer 10 left the Solar System.


June 14 - FLAG DAY

1158  München founded by Heinrich der Löwe.

1777  The Stars and Stripes was adopted by the Continental Congress as the Flag of the United States.

1820  Quote compiler John Bartlett was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1846  Republic of California proclaimed in Sonoma.

1922  Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. President to broadcast over the radio.

1933  Jerzy Kosiński was born in Łódź, Poland.

1986  Marlin Perkins died in St. Louis at age 81.


June 15

-763  Assyrians record a solar eclipse, later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

1752  Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, exact date unknown).

1878  Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs proving that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.

1991  Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted.


June 16

1890  Stan Laurel was born in England.

1903  The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

1904  Bloomsday, Dublin.

1999  Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency.


June 17

 801  Drogo of Metz was born.

1882  Igor Stravinsky was born in Lomonosov, Russia.

1901  First standardized test introduced by the College Board (forerunner to the SAT).

1933  The Kansas City massacre took place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

1972  Watergate break-in occurred in Washington, D.C.

2012  Rodney King died in Rialto, California at age 47.


June 18

1873  Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1942  Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England.


June 19

1897  Moe Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1919  Movie critic Pauline Kael was born in Petaluma, California.

1947  Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay, India.

2012  Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, requested asylum inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.


June 20

1782  Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States.

1946  TV handyman Bob Vila was born in Miami.


June 21

1938  Ron Ely was born in Hereford, Texas.

1989  The Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a political protest is protected by the First Amendment.

2001  Bluesman John Lee Hooker died in Los Altos, California at age 83.

2001  Actor Carroll O’Connor died in Culver City, California at age 76.


June 22

1936  Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas.

1948  Todd Rundgren was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

1969  Judy Garland died in London at age 47.

1990  Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin dismantled.

2008  George Carlin died in Santa Monica, California at age 71.


June 23

1926  The College Board administered the first SAT exam.

1941  Robert Hunter was born in San Luis Obispo, California.


June 24

1717  The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), was founded in London.

1842  Ambrose Bierce was born Meigs County, Ohio.

1947  First widely reported UFO sighting made by Kenneth Arnold near Mount Rainier, Washington.


June 25

1903  George Orwell was born in Bengal.

1978  The rainbow flag was flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.


June 26

1870  Christmas declared a U.S. federal holiday.

1945  The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco by 50 nations.

2002  Philip Whalen died in San Francisco at age 78.

2012  Nora Ephron died in New York City at age 71.


June 27

1869  Emma Goldman was born in Kovno, Russian Empire.

1905  Industrial Workers of the World party founded.

1969  The Stonewall riots began in New York City.

2002  John Entwistle died in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 57.


June 28

1577  Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany.

1712  Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva.

1888  Robert Louis Stevenson left San Francisco for the South Seas.


June 29

1520  Montezuma died.

1613  The Globe Theatre in London burned down.

1861  Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in Florence, Italy at age 55.

1958  John Woods Wheeler was born.

1979  Lowell George died in Arlington, Virginia at age 34.

2007  Apple Inc. released the first iPhone.

2014  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq.


June 30

1914  Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested in South Africa.

1936  Dave Van Ronk was born in Brooklyn.

1997  Hong Kong transferred from British to Chinese sovereignty.


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