What Happened Today in History in June? - History Gal

What Happened Today in History in June?

Musings of a History Gal
June 1, 1980

CNN, the United States' first 24 hour news channel, was launched. Read about CNN's first 25 years.

June 2, 1886

Grover Cleveland became the first and only president to get married in the White House. Go to White House Weddings to learn about Cleveland's wedding and others that occurred at the White House.

June 3, 1800

John Adams became the first president to reside in the nation's new capital, Washington, D.C. Go here to learn about the new capital.


June 4, 1989

The Chinese government cracked down on protestors in Tienanmen Square. View Frontline's timeline of events that led up to the massacre.

June 5, 1956

Elvis scandalously performs "Hound Dog" on the Milton Berle Show. What was so scandalous? Watch it here.


June 6, 1944

D-Day: Allies invaded France. Go to the BBC and watch an animation of the D-Day Landings.

June 7, 1692

Earthquake destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica. Go to the Port Royal Project to learn why this is a good place to search for sunken pirate treasure. Be sure to explore the site and discover the archaeological findings.

June 8, 1968

James Earl Ray was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. Read the New York Times article about his arrest.

June 9, 1973

Secretariat became a Triple Crown winner. Read about this great racing horse.

June 10, 1752

Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm. Go to PBS to see why and what he learned.

June 11, 1509

Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon. Go to PBS and meet all 6 of Henry VIII's wives and learn which ones escaped with their lives and which ones weren't so fortunate.

June 12, 1963

Medgar Evers was assassinated. Go to the NAACP to learn more about him.

June 13, 323

Alexander the Great died. Go to the National Geographic and read about his dramatic life.

June 14, 1846

The Bear Flag revolt began. What was is? Watch this video and then read this primary source.

June 15, 1776

Delaware became its own state. Learn more about Delaware here.

June 16, 1884

America's first roller coaster opened at Coney Island, NY. Explore the American Experience: Coney Island,

June 17, 1972

Watergate burglars were arrested. Learn more about these men here and read the Washington Post story about their arrest here.

June 18, 1812

War of 1812 began. Compare and contrast the American view of the war with the British perspective.

June 19, 1953

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed. View the FBI reports to learn why they were executed.

June 20, 1975

The movie Jaws was released. It was inspired by this true 1916 event.

June 21, 1956

While being questioned by HUAC, Arthur Miller refused to name suspected Communists. What was HUAC? Go here to find out. Who was Arthur Miller? You may have seen his play: The Crucible. Watch the video about why he wrote the play.

June 22, 1944

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill. Visit the National World War II Museum to learn more about the bill and its importance.

June 23, 1972

Title IX was signed into law and impacts athletics programs across the nation. Go to the NCAA and read their FAQs about Title IX.

June 24, 1675

King Philip's War began. Read this article to learn how the war impacted Connecticut.

June 25, 1876

The Battle of Little Big Horn occurred between the Sioux and Cheyenne and General Custer and the 7th Calvary. and . Read a primary account of the battle and another account by Lakota Chief Red Horse.

June 26, 1541

Francisco Pizarro was assassinated by rivals. Learn about Pizarro's conquest of the Incas.

June 27, 1829

English scientist James Smithson died leaving a will bequeathing his entire estate to a country he had never visited, the United States, under the stipulation that it be housed in Washington, D.C. under the name Smithsonian Institute. Read more about his unusual bequest here.

June 28, 1914

Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking World War I. Learn the basic facts about the assassination here at the BBC.

June 29, 1613

The Globe Theatre burned down. Take a virtual tour of the theatre and then read about the playwright who made it famous.

June 30, 1936

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published. Read an interview with Margaret Mitchell and then read Mental Floss' 10 Fascinating Facts about the book.

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