This Month In History June

It is June first, which means it is time for another This Month In History.

Stack of books with this month in history June

These lists are so much fun to put together. I always learn something new when I put these lists together.

We can’t cover everything that happened in history, but we do try to choose a few interesting things that happened on each day.

This month we are talking about Queen Elizabeth, CNN, the 19th Amendment, WWII, Martha Stewart, and more.

June In History

June 1

  • 1934 Car manufacturer Nissan was founded.
  • 1969 Helen Kellar, the blind and deaf writer and lecturer, died.
  • 1980 Twenty four hour news network, CNN, debuted.

June 2

  • 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of Great Britain.
  • 1997 Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing in which 168 people were killed.

June 3

  • 1800 John Adams became the first U.S. President to live in Washington D.C. when he moved there in 1800.
  • 1965 Ed White walked in space, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space.

June 4

  • 1919 The 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote.
  • 1940 The last of the British troops were evacuated from Dunkirk. The evacuation that started on May 26, 1940, evacuated over 338,000 British Troops using fishing boats, yachts, ferries, lifeboats, and other civilian boats.
  • 2003 Martha Stewart was indicted for federal charges of security fraud and obstruction of justice.

June 5

  • 1837 Houston, Texas was incorporated.
  • 1968 Presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy, was shot in California. He died the next day.
  • 2004 Former President Ronald Reagan died after battling Alzheimer’s disease for years.

June 6

  • 1944 The Allies stormed the Normandy Coast in France during WWII. It is now known as D-Day.
  • 1978 The News show 20/20 first aired on ABC.

June 7

  • 1939 King George VI became the first reigning British monarch to visit the United States
  • 1966 Ronald Reagan began his political career when he was nominated for governor of California.

June 8

  • 1845 Former President Andrew Jackson died at the age of 78.
  • 1925 First Lady Barbara Bush was born.
  • 1949 George Orwell’s 1984 was published.

June 9

  • 1934 Donald Duck debuted in the short movie The Wise Little Hen.

June 10

  • 1940 Italy declares war on France and Great Britain.
  • 1940 Norway surrendered to Nazi Germany during WWII.

June 11

  • 1979 Actor John Wayne died of cancer at the age of 72.
  • 1982 The movie E.T. directed by Stephen Spielberg was released.

June 12

  • 1924 President George H. Bush, the 41st U.S. President was born.
  • 1929 Anne Frank was born.
  • 1987 President Ronald Reagan gave his famous Cold War speech in which is said ” Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.”

June 13

  • 1967 Thurgood Marshall was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He became the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court.

June 14

  • 1940 German troops enter and invade Paris during WWII.
  • 1985 TWA flight 847 was highjacked by terrorists on the flight from Athens to Rome.

June 15

  • 1775 George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army.
  • 1836 Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
  • 1846 The border between Canada and the U.S. was established when the Oregon Treaty was signed by the United States and Great Britain.

June 16

  • 1884 The first roller coaster in America opened in Brooklyn, NY.
  • 1903 Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

June 17

  • 1703 John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, was born.
  • 1885 The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, arrived in New York.
  • 1994 Former professional football player, O.J. Simpson led L.A. police on a chase across Southern California.

June 18

  • 1812 The War of 1812 began when the U.S. declared war on Great Britain.
  • 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

June 19

  • 1865 All slaves in Texas were freed. June 19th is now known as Juneteenth.
  • 1978 Garfield, the comic strip, was first published.

June 20

  • 1837 Following the death of her uncle Victoria became Queen.
  • 1863 West Virginia became the 35th U.S. state.

June 21

  • 1788 New Hampshire became the 9th U.S. State
  • 1788 The U.S. Constitution was ratified when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it.

June 22

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill which compensated returning members of the armed forces.

June 23

  • 1400 Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the moveable type printing press, was born.
  • 1938 The first aquarium in the U.S. opened in Marineland, FL.

June 24

  • 1509 Henry VIII is crowned King of England.
  • 1949 Hopalong Cassidy, an American Western television show, premiered on NBC.
  • 1964 The Federal Trade Commission announces that warnings must be printed on cigarettes made in the U.S.

June 25

  • 1788 Virginia became the 10th U.S. state.
  • 1876 Sioux Indians, led by Chief Crazy Horse defended their encampment against troops led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.
  • 1959 The Korean War began.

June 26

  • 1870 Christmas became a federal holiday.
  • 1917 The First U.S. troops arrived in France during WWI.

June 27

  • 1844 Mormon founder Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was shot and killed.
  • 1880 Helen Keller was born.
  • 1954 The first nuclear generator started producing power in the Soviet Union. This power plant became known around the world when the worst nuclear disaster happened at Chornobyl.

June 28

  • 1838 Queen Victoria was crowned Queen.
  • 1965 The first U.S. ground troop are ordered to Vietnam by President Lyndon B. Johson.

June 29

  • 2007 The first iPhone was released by Apple.

June 30

  • 1936 The book Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published.

2 thoughts on “This Month In History June”

  1. I question a couple of the dates: Norway surrendered in 1949? WWII was already over. And Gone with the Wind must have been 1939 not 1839.

    • Thank you! I fixed both of those. There were typos. Gone with the Wind is 1939 and the other one should have been 1940 not 1949.


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