Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in June 2015 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.
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.
The listing below is a small sample of the entries for June from The Date-A-Base Book 2015. There are 331 anniversaries for June in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.
Just one published article should cover the cost of your copy of the book many times over.
If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.
800 years ago (15 Jun 1215)
King John signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede in England.
200 years ago (8 Jun 1815)
The German Confederation was created as 39 states united under the terms of the Congress of Vienna (see 9th June below).
200 years ago (9 Jun 1815)
The Congress of Vienna ended following the Napoleonic Wars. Europe’s political map was redrawn in an attempt to forge lasting peace.
200 years ago (18 Jun 1815)
Napoleonic Wars – the Battle of Waterloo, Netherlands (now Belgium); Coalition victory. The French Emperor Napoleon was defeated. He abdicated as emperor and was sent into exile on the island of Saint Helena, where he remained for the rest of his life.
150 years ago (3 Jun 1865)
Birth of George V, King of the United Kingdom (1910-36).
150 years ago (8 Jun 1865)
Death of Sir Joseph Paxton, British landscape gardener, designer of conservatories and greenhouses, and politician. Best known for designing the Crystal Palace in London.
150 years ago (10 Jun 1865)
Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde was first performed, in Munich, Germany.
150 years ago (13 Jun 1865)
Birth of W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats, Irish poet and writer. Winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature.
150 years ago (19 Jun 1865)
Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day). African American slaves in Texas were freed on this day, and the anniversary is now celebrated in most U.S. states.
150 years ago (22 Jun 1865)
English cricketer W. G. Grace made his first class cricket debut at The Oval.
100 years ago (5 Jun 1915)
Birth of Lancelot Ware, British barrister. Best known as the co-founder of Mensa (originally called the High IQ Club).
100 years ago (9 Jun 1915)
Birth of Les Paul, influential American jazz, country and blues guitarist and inventor. Designer of one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Pioneered many recording innovations.
100 years ago (10 Jun 1915)
Birth of Saul Bellow, Canadian-born American novelist. Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.
100 years ago (22 Jun 1915)
The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) in New York City opened its first subway service. (The company later became the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation [BMT])
100 years ago (24 Jun 1915)
Birth of Sir Fred Hoyle, British astronomer and science fiction author.
80 years ago (1 Jun 1935)
Driving tests became compulsory for all new drivers in Britain.
80 years ago (10 Jun 1935)
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, USA.
75 years ago (4 Jun 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill vowed that his forces ‘shall never surrender’.
75 years ago (8 Jun 1940)
The discovery of element 93, neptunium, was announced by American physicists Edwin McMillan and Philip Abelson at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, California.
75 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
The North African Campaign (also called the Desert War) began.
75 years ago (10 Jun 1940)
Death of Marcus Garvey, Jamaican-born American civil rights leader who established the first major black nationalist movement in the USA.
75 years ago (11 Jun 1940)
The Siege of Malta began. (The entire nation was awarded the George Cross in April 1942 for its bravery during the siege.)
75 years ago (14 Jun 1940)
(Holocaust:) 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów became the first residents of Auschwitz concentration camp.
75 years ago (15 Jun 1940)
The Soviet Union invaded and occupied Lithuania. On 16th it invaded and occupied Estonia and Latvia.
75 years ago (18 Jun 1940)
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his ‘Finest Hour’ speech to the House of Commons.
75 years ago (22 Jun 1940)
France surrendered to Germany; Vichy France was established.
75 years ago (23 Jun 1940)
Birth of Adam Faith, British singer and actor. (Died 2003.)
75 years ago (27 Jun 1940)
Germany began using the Enigma machine to encrypt messages.
75 years ago (28 Jun 1940)
The Alien Registration Act (the Smith Act) came into effect in the USA. It required all non-U.S. adult citizens to register with the government and be fingerprinted, and prohibited certain acts of subversion.
75 years ago (29 Jun 1940)
Death of Paul Klee, Swiss expressionist/surrealist artist and teacher. One of the major artists of the 20th century.
75 years ago (30 Jun 1940)
Germany invaded the Channel Islands, occupying them until May 1945.
60 years ago (2 Jun 1955)
The Soviet Union established Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Initially it was a test centre for intercontinental ballistic missiles, but it was soon expanded to include launch facilities for space flights.)
60 years ago (16 Jun 1955)
The U.S. première of the Walt Disney animated film Lady and the Tramp. (Released USA: 22nd June, UK: 16th August.)
50 years ago (3 Jun 1965)
Edward Higgins White became the first American to walk in space.
40 years ago (5 Jun 1975)
The first UK-wide referendum was held. Voters were asked to decide whether Britain should remain in the European Economic Community (EEC). 67% voted yes. (A second UK-wide referendum was held in 2011, when voters decided against adopting an alternative voting system.)
40 years ago (7 – 21 Jun 1975)
The first Cricket World Cup was held, in England.
40 years ago (18 Jun 1975)
The first North Sea oil was pumped ashore in Britain.
40 years ago (25 Jun 1975)
Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal.
30 years ago (2 Jun 1985)
UEFA banned all English football clubs from playing in European competitions following the Heysel Stadium disaster of 28th May. On 6th June FIFA extended the ban to cover all worldwide competitions except friendly matches. (The ban was lifted after 5 years. It did not apply to the English national team.)
30 years ago (17 Jun 1985)
Sultan Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia became the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of a royal family to fly in space. He was a payload specialist on board the U.S. space shuttle Discovery.
25 years ago (1 Jun 1990)
Washington Summit: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed an agreement to end the production of chemical weapons and to destroy existing stocks.
25 years ago (2 Jun 1990)
Death of Sir Rex Harrison, award-winning British actor. Best known for his role in the stage production and film My Fair Lady.
25 years ago (3 Jun 1990)
Death of Robert Noyce, American engineer. Co-inventor of the integrated circuit (microprocessor). Co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
25 years ago (4 Jun 1990)
American euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian participated in his first assisted suicide – that of Janet Adkins, an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer. (He participated in the assisted suicides of at least 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998 before being convicted of second degree murder and imprisoned. He served 8 years of a 10 – 25 year sentence.)
25 years ago (12 Jun 1990)
The Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty. This day is now celebrated annually as Russia Day.
25 years ago (21 Jun 1990)
Manjil-Rudbar earthquake, Iran. 3 cities (Rudbar, Manjil and Lushan) and 700 villages were destroyed, 40,000 people were killed, 60,000 injured and 500,000 left homeless. (On 26th June British novelist Salman Rushdie donated $8,650 to victims of the earthquake, despite the fatwa issued against him.)
25 years ago (23 Jun 1990)
The Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic declared its sovereignty and changed its name from Moldavia to Moldova. (It declared independence from the Soviet Union in August 1991 – officially recognised March 1992.)
10 years ago (11 Jun 2005)
G8 finance ministers agreed to write off the entire $40 billion debt owed by 18 of the world’s poorest countries.
10 years ago (20 Jun 2005)
Death of Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer. Co-inventor of the integrated circuit (microprocessor). Inventor of the hand-held calculator and thermal printer. Joint winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics.
10 years ago (26 Jun 2005)
Death of Richard Whiteley, British TV presenter. Best known for hosting the word/number puzzle game show Countdown.
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