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June 1st to 30th

Just a few news items from each day in June click on the link for each day to find more news for that day

1st June

1935 Compulsory Driving Test is introduced for all drivers in England.

1938 Superman appears for the first time in D.C. comics.

1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released by The Beatles.

1980 The first 24-hour news television station, CNN, launched in Atlanta, Georgia.

2nd June

1924 Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act.

1935 Legendary baseball player Babe Ruth retired.

1953 Queen Elizabeth II formally crowned as the Queen of England.

3rd June

1932 "The Band Wagon" musical debuted on Broadway.

1937 Former King of England, Edward VIII, marries Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee.

2008 GM/General Motors closed four plants in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

4th June

1919 The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, passed by Congress.

1940 The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk ended as German forces capture the beach.

1942 The Battle of Midway (World War II) began.

1989 Tiananmen Square protests ended when Chinese Troops kill hundreds.

5th June

1967 Six-Day War in the Middle East War begins when Israel launches simultaneous attacks against Egypt and Syria.

1969 US Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy assassinated.

2011 A chain of volcanoes erupted in Southern Chile, forcing the evacuation of residents.

6th June

1933 The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey.

1944 World War II Operation Overlord/D-Day.

1975 The United Kingdom had it's first nationwide referendum over continued membership of the European Economic Community.

1984 Indian government sent army troops into the Golden Temple compound where they killed at least 500 Sikh rebels.

7th June

1982 Graceland, the home of late pop-star Elvis Presley, opened to the public after his death.

2002 Department of Homeland Security Announced

Born in June

Marilyn Monroe

Born: June 1st, 1926, Los Angeles, California

Josephine Baker

Born: June 3rd, 1906, St. Louis, Missouri

Angelina Jolie

Born: June 4th, 1975, Los Angeles, California

Frank Lloyd Wright

Born: June 8th, 1867, Richland Center, Wisconsin

Hattie McDaniel

Born: June 10th, 1893, Wichita, Kansas

Chris Evans

Born: June 13th, 1981, Boston, Massachusetts

Lionel Richie

Born: June 20th, 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama

8th June

1968 James Earl Ray captured at London airport two months after assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1978 Naomi James broke the solo round-the-world sailing record.

9th June

1934 Donald Duck made his first film appearance in The Wise Little Hen, a short by Walt Disney.

1973 Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown Winner in 25 years.

1983 Margaret Thatcher won in a landslide victory in British general election.

10th June

1940 Italy declared war on France and Great Britain.

1967 The Six Day War ended in the Middle East.

2013 Edward Snowden revealed as person who leaked information about the NSA.

11th June

1944 The five Allied landing groups, made up of some 330,000 troops, converge in Normandy.

1959 The "Hovercraft," has it's official launch at the Solent on the South Coast of England.

1979 Film star John Wayne, also known as the "Duke," died of cancer.

2001 Timothy McVeigh executed by lethal injection for bombing Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

2009 The World Health Organization declares H1N1 influenza strain, referred to as "swine flu," as a global pandemic.

12th June

1917 King Constantine I of Greece abdicated his throne.

1964 The leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is jailed for life for sabotage.

1994 O.J. Simpson police car chase following the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

13th June

1933 Great Depression Home Owners Refinancing Act passed in Congress.

1944 Germany V1 rockets/Doodlebugs crash on London.

1966 Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered The Supreme Court landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, establishing the Miranda rights.

1991 Boris Yeltsin won the first Russian election for Russia's first popularly-elected president.

14th June

1940 German tanks rolled into Paris and took control of the city.

1942 Anne Frank began her diary after she received it for her 13th birthday.

1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

1954 Atomic Emergency Civil Defense Drill.

1982 The Falkland Islands War ended after 6 weeks when Argentina surrendered to Great Britain.

15th June

1904 The General Slocum burst into flames on New York's East River with the loss of over 1000 lives.

1935 New Deal Legislation Passed.

90 years of price Change

90 Years Of Price Changes

We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. Includes Average Cost of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon of Gas, and a 1 lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021.

16th June

1967 Jimi Hendrix performed at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival.

1978 The Movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opened.

17th June

1885 The French gift to the United States "The Statue of Liberty" arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.

1930 President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff bill which raised duties on imports into the U.S.A.

1972 5 men arrested for breaking into Watergate Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.

18th June

1948 Columbia Records publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record, the 33 1/3, in New York City.

1976 The Soweto uprising began in South Africa.

1979 President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign the Salt-II agreement.

2000 Tiger Woods wins the 100th US Open at Pebble Beach, California winning by an unheard of 15 strokes.

19th June

1905 The world's first nickelodeon opened.

1923 Walls of lava one mile wide descended from Mount Etna towards the town of Lingauglossa in Italy and buried the town.

1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing Prison.

1968 50,000 people participated in "The Poor Peoples March" organized by Martin Luther King Jr.

20th June

1893 A jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden innocent of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

1910 The First Father's Day was celebrated for the first time in Spokane, Washington

1963 Hot Line established between US and Soviet Union.

1975 The summer blockbuster movie "Jaws" is released.

1977 Crude oil from North Alaska began flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline to the port of Valdez, Alaska.

21st June

1877 Ten members of the Irish Miners Group, the Molly Maguires, hanged for murder.

2001 General Pervez Musharraf took power in Pakistan.

2003 JK Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" released and becomes the fastest-selling book ever.

22nd June

1937 Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title and defeated Jim Braddock in an eighth-round knockout.

1941 Germany launched Operation Barbarossa,the invasion of Russia.

1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights.

1970 President Nixon signed a bill to lower the voting age to 18 for all federal, state and local elections.

23rd June

1931 Wiley Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty, took off for a record-breaking round-the-world flight in a single-engine airplane.

1989 The movie Batman opened in theaters, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

1999 Landmark Tobacco Settlement agreed.

2000 Fire at the Childers Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers, Queensland, Australia left 15 backpackers dead.

24th June

1901 First major exhibition of Pablo Picasso's artwork displayed in France.

1948 Soviets blockade West Berlin, blocking off all land and water routes between West Germany and West Berlin.

2010 Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister.

25th June

1876 Custer's Last Stand during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

1943 Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

1950 North Korea attacked South Korea starting the Korean War.

1967 The Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" in front of an international television audience.

26th June

1906 The first French Grand Prix, the first race of it's kind to be held anywhere, was staged in Le Mans.

1945 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of helping to stop another World War.

1948 United States began a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of West Berlin.

1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway had it's official opening.

1963 President John F. Kennedy made famous speech in front of the Berlin Wall when he declared to the crowd, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

2009 Michael Jackson (the King of Pop) died.

27th June

1944 Allied forces liberated Cherbourg as the first step to liberating France and the beginning of the end for World War II.

1976 The world’s first recorded Ebola virus epidemic.

28th June

1919 Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies, officially ending World War I.

1997 Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear.

29th June

1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act to create 41,000 miles of interstate highways.

1995 US shuttle Atlantis delivered a relief crew of two cosmonauts to the Russian Mir space station.

30th June

1937 999 emergency service is started in London.

1997 JK Rowling's first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" released in the United Kingdom.