Historic anniversaries in June 2012

Here are 60 newsworthy anniversaries in June 2012 for you to write about (and earn money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.

The list presented here is just a fraction of that available in The Date-A-Base Book 2012. There are well over 200 anniversaries for this month in the book, which also covers the whole of 2012.

The Date-A-Base Book 2013 (Part 1: Jan-June) is also available if you need to work further ahead.

We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

300 years ago (28 Jun 1712)
Birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, influential Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a profound impact on people’s lives. His political philosophy inspired the French Revolution

200 years ago (18 Jun 1812)
The War of 1812 began. The USA declared war on Britain

200 years ago (21 Jun 1812)
Birth of Moses Hess, German journalist, one of the founders of socialism and Zionism

200 years ago (24 Jun 1812)
Napoleonic Wars: the French invasion of Russia began

150 years ago (6 Jun 1862)
American Civil War: Battle of Memphis, Tennessee. Union victory

150 years ago (6 Jun 1862)
Birth of Sir Henry Newbolt, British poet, best known for his patriotic and nautical verse, including ‘Vitaï Lampada’

150 years ago (19 Jun 1862)
The USA banned slavery in its territories

150 years ago (25 Jun 1862 to 1st Jul)
American Civil War: the Seven Days Battles. 6 major battles were fought in 7 days as the Union Army attempted to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. Confederate victory

100 years ago (8 Jun 1912)
Universal Studios was founded in Los Angeles, California, USA

100 years ago (16 Jun 1912)
Birth of Enoch Powell, controversial British politician, known for his strong views on immigration and British identity, and for his opposition to Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community

100 years ago (20 Jun 1912)
Birth of Anthony Buckeridge, British children’s writer, best known for his ‘Jennings’ and ‘Rex Milligan’ novels

100 years ago (23 Jun 1912)
Birth of Alan Turing, British mathematician, logician and computer science pioneer, known for his work as a WWII codebreaker and for developing the Turing machine, which led to the development of the computer

100 years ago (30 Jun 1912)
Regina Cyclone, Saskatchewan, Canada. 28 people were killed and 2,500 left homeless. It remains the most deadly tornado to hit Canada

90 years ago (1 Jun 1922)
The Royal Ulster Constabulary was founded. (It was replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in November 2001)

90 years ago (24 Jun 1922)
The American Professional Football Association was renamed the National Football League

80 years ago (24 Jun 1932)
A bloodless revolution took place in Siam (now Thailand). The absolute monarchy was abolished and a new constitutional state was established. The country’s first constitution took effect on 27th

75 years ago (3 Jun 1937)
Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, married Wallis Warfield in France

75 years ago (7 Jun 1937)
Death of Jean Harlow, American film actress, the original ‘blonde bombshell’, considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time

75 years ago (10 Jun 1937)
Death of Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada (1911-20)

75 years ago (11 Jun 1937)
Death of R.J. Mitchell, British aircraft designer who designed and developed the Spitfire

75 years ago (15 Jun 1937)
Birth of Waylon Jennings, American country music singer, musician and songwriter. (Died 2002)

75 years ago (16 Jun 1937)
Birth of Erich Segal, American novelist, screenwriter and educator, best known for the novel and film ‘Love Story’. (Died 2010)

75 years ago (18 Jun 1937)
Death of Gaston Doumergue, President of France (1924-31)

75 years ago (19 Jun 1937)
Death of J.M. Barrie, Scottish dramatist and novelist who created ‘Peter Pan’

75 years ago (30 Jun 1937)
The 999 emergency telephone service went into operation in Britain – the first such service in the world

70 years ago (1 Jun 1942)
‘Liberty Brigade’ an underground newspaper published in Warsaw, Poland, revealed the first details of the Nazi extermination camps and the gassing of tens of thousands of Jews at Chelmno

70 years ago (4 Jun 1942)
World War II – the Battle of Midway. The USA defeated Japan in the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign

60 years ago (1 Jun 1952)
Russia’s Volga-Don Canal opened to shipping

60 years ago (4 Jun 1952)
Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) was first celebrated. (It was moved to April in 1955)

60 years ago (17 Jun 1952)
Death of Jack Parsons, American rocket pioneer and occultist, one of the key founders of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an associate of Aleister Crowley

50 years ago (2 Jun 1962)
Death of Vita Sackville-West, award-winning British novelist and poet

50 years ago (11 Jun 1962)
Frank Morris and John & Clarence Anglin escaped from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA. Their fate remains unknown. The movie ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ is based on their story

50 years ago (14 Jun 1962)
The ‘Boston Strangler’ killed his first victim, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

50 years ago (27 Jun 1962)
The Sabotage Act came into effect in South Africa. It created the offence of sabotage and listed a wide range of acts that would be treated as sabotage, some of which were punishable by death

40 years ago (7 Jun 1972)
The musical ‘Grease’ opened on Broadway

40 years ago (17 Jun 1972)
The Watergate Scandal began when five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex, Washington D.C., USA

40 years ago (18 Jun 1972)
Staines Air Disaster, near London, UK. 118 people were killed when a passenger jet stalled and crashed after taking-off from Heathrow Airport

40 years ago (29 Jun 1972)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all current state death penalty laws were unconstitutional. The death penalty was suspended for 5 years, and all prisoners on Death Row were given life sentences instead

30 years ago (6 Jun 1982)
The Lebanon War began as Israeli forces invaded southern Lebanon

30 years ago (7 Jun 1982)
Elvis Presley’s home ‘Graceland’ was opened to the public

30 years ago (12 Jun 1982)
Death of Dame Marie Rambert, Polish-born British ballet dancer, producer, director and teacher; founder of Ballet Rambert

30 years ago (13 Jun 1982)
Death of King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, succeeded by his half-brother Fahd

30 years ago (14 Jun 1982)
The Falklands War ended. Argentine forces surrendered in Port Stanley

30 years ago (21 Jun 1982)
Birth of Prince William of Wales, second in line to the British throne, son of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales

25 years ago (1 Jun 1987)
Death of Rashid Karami, Prime Minister of Lebanon. (Assassinated)

25 years ago (2 Jun 1987)
Death of Andrés Segovia, acclaimed Spanish classical guitarist

25 years ago (22 Jun 1987)
Death of Fred Astaire, American stage and film dancer, actor, singer and choreographer, best known for his roles in musicals and his partnership with Ginger Rogers

25 years ago (24 Jun 1987)
Death of Jackie Gleason, award-winning American stage, film and television comedian, actor and musician, best known for his role as Ralph Kramden in the TV series ‘The Honeymooners’

20 years ago (3 Jun 1992)
Death of Robert Morley, British stage, film and television actor and playwright (‘Pygmalion’, ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’, ‘The African Queen’, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, and many others)

20 years ago (22 Jun 1992)
Andrew Morton’s controversial book ‘Diana: Her True Story’ was published. It claimed that Diana, Princess of Wales was deeply depressed and unstable and had attempted suicide a number of times

20 years ago (28 Jun 1992)
Surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, USA carried out the first baboon-to-human liver transplant. (The patient died from a stroke on 6th September)

20 years ago (29 Jun 1992)
Death of Muhammad Boudiaf, President of Algeria. (Assassinated)

10 years ago (1 Jun 2002)
Death of Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer, captain of the S. African national team, but banned for life in a match-fixing scandal. (Plane crash)

10 years ago (4 Jun 2002)
Death of Fernando Belaúnde Terry, President of Peru (1963-68, 1980-85)

10 years ago (5 Jun 2002)
Death of Dee Dee Ramone, American punk rock musician and songwriter (The Ramones)

10 years ago (10 Jun 2002)
Death of John Gotti, notorious American organised-crime boss

10 years ago (22 Jun 2002)
Death of Ann Landers (pseudonym of Eppie Lederer), American advice columnist

10 years ago (24 Jun 2002)
Igandu train disaster, Tanzania. 281 people were killed in Africa’s worst ever rail accident. The train’s brakes failed near the top of a hill, causing it to roll backwards into a stationary goods train

10 years ago (27 Jun 2002)
Death of John Entwistle, British rock bass guitarist (The Who)

10 years ago (29 Jun 2002)
Death of Rosemary Clooney, American pop and jazz singer and actress

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2 thoughts on “Historic anniversaries in June 2012

  1. It is absolutely perfect, thank you. I do have an error report: the concentration camp is CHELMNO, not CHELMO. Czech is still a Slavic language, so I spotted it immediately.

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