Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in June 2016 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time to find markets, and research and write your articles.
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 2016. There are 301 anniversaries for June in the book, which covers the whole of 2016 from January to December and features more than 3,450 anniversaries in total.
Just one published article should cover the cost of your copy many times over.
If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2017 is also available.
200 years ago (13 Jun 1816)
The Gas Light Company of Baltimore was founded in Maryland, USA. It was the first gas company in the Western hemisphere. (It later became the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, then became part of Constellation Energy, which later became part of Exelon.)
200 years ago (19 Jun 1816)
Battle of Seven Oaks (near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) between the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company. North West Company victory.
150 years ago (7 Jun 1866)
Death of Seattle (also spelled Sealth or Seathl), Native American leader. Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes of the Puget Sound area. The city of Seattle, Washington is named after him.
150 years ago (14 Jun – 23 Aug 1866)
Austro-Prussian War (also known as the Seven Weeks’ War). Prussian victory.
150 years ago (26 Jun 1866)
Birth of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, British aristocrat and Egyptologist who financed Howard Carter’s search and excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
100 years ago (3 Jun 1916)
The National Defense Act came into effect in the USA. It expanded the Army and National Guard, established the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, began the creation of an Army aviation division, and allowed the federal government to produce and stockpile gunpowder to ensure its immediate availability.
100 years ago (5 Jun 1916 – Oct 1918)
World War I – the Arab Revolt (Ottoman Empire).
100 years ago (5 Jun 1916)
Death of (Horatio) Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (Lord Kitchener), British Army officer, field marshal and colonial administrator. Secretary of State for War (1914-16). Best known today for his appearance on the iconic posters which encouraged men to sign up for army service. (Killed when his ship HMS Hampshire hit a German mine near the Orkney Islands, Scotland.)
100 years ago (8 Jun 1916)
Birth of Francis Crick, British biophysicist. Joint winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering the molecular structure of DNA.
100 years ago (12 Jun 1916)
Birth of Irwin Allen, (‘the Master of Disaster’), Academy Award-winning American film, television and documentary producer and director (Lost in Space, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and more).
100 years ago (21 Jun 1916)
Birth of Joseph Cyril Bamford, British businessman and engineer who founded JCB, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mechanical diggers, backhoes, excavators and other construction equipment.
100 years ago (23 Jun 1916)
Birth of Sir Leonard (‘Len’) Hutton, British cricketer (Yorkshire and England).
100 years ago (24 Jun 1916)
American actress Mary Pickford signed a contract with Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players film company which granted her a record-breaking salary of $10,000 a week as well as full control over the production of the films she starred in. (Some commentators say this was the first million-dollar film contract.)
90 years ago (23 Jun 1926)
The College Board administered the first SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) in the USA.
80 years ago (7 Jun 1936)
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee (a trade union) was established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (It was disbanded in 1942 and became the United Steel Workers of America.)
80 years ago (26 Jun 1936)
The first practical helicopter, the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, made its first successful test flight in Bremen, Germany. (The first successful helicopter flight was made by the Breguet-Dorand ‘Gyroplane’ in France exactly 1 year earlier, on 26th June 1935.)
80 years ago (30 Jun 1936)
Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published.
75 years ago (1 Jun 1941)
World War II: the Battle of Crete ended. Crete surrendered to Germany.
75 years ago (2 Jun 1941)
Death of Lou Gehrig, (‘Iron Horse’), American baseball player. He died of a rare degenerative disorder of the nervous system, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
75 years ago (4 Jun 1941)
Death of Kaiser Wilhelm II (also known as William II), last Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia.
75 years ago (6 Jun 1941)
Death of Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born American car designer and racing driver. Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company.
75 years ago (12 Jun 1941)
The Inter-Allied Declaration (also known as the The Declaration of St. James’s Palace) was signed in London. Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the exiled governments of Europe agreed to work together, both in war and in peace. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.
75 years ago (14 Jun 1941)
The June deportation. The Soviet Union carried out the first in a series of mass deportations of tens of thousands of people from the Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. The men were sent to Siberian prison camps where they later died, while the women were resettled in other parts of the Soviet Union.
75 years ago (20 Jun 1941)
The U.S. Army Air Forces was established, replacing the U.S. Army Air Corps. (In September 1947 it became the U.S. Air Force.)
75 years ago (22 Jun – 5 Dec 1941)
World War II: Operation Barbarossa – the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The largest military operation in history. Soviet victory – the German invaders were repelled when they reached Moscow and then driven out of the country by a Soviet counter-attack. The operation began with the Battle of Bialystok-Minsk (22nd June – 3rd July. German victory.)
75 years ago (22 Jun 1941)
Holocaust: Nazi Germany’s death squads (Einsatzgruppen) began the systematic killing of Jews, initially in the Soviet Union, but later throughout Occupied Europe. (Exact date uncertain, but it immediately followed the German invasion of the Soviet Union – see above.)
75 years ago (29 Jun 1941)
Birth of Stokely Carmichael, Trinidad-born American black activist. Leader of black nationalism in the USA. Member of the Black Panthers. Originator of the phrase ‘black power’.
70 years ago (1 Jun 1946)
Television licences were introduced in Britain.
70 years ago (6 Jun 1946)
The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in the USA (as the Basketball Association of America).
60 years ago (3 Jun 1956)
British Rail renamed its Third Class service as Second Class. (Second Class had been abolished in 1875, leaving First Class and Third Class. Second Class was renamed Standard Class in May 1987.)
60 years ago (19 Jun 1956)
Death of Thomas J. Watson, American businessman. Chairman and CEO of IBM who built the company into the world’s largest manufacturer of data-processing equipment. Named ‘the world’s greatest salesman’.
60 years ago (23 Jun 1956)
Gamal Abdel Nasser became President of Egypt.
60 years ago (29 Jun 1956)
The Federal Aid Highway Act came into effect in the USA. It authorised the construction of the Interstate Highway System – the largest public works project in U.S. history at that time. (Construction was meant to take 10 – 12 years but it actually took 35 years. The system was finally declared complete in October 1992.)
50 years ago (2 Jun 1966)
NASA’s space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon to collect data for the Apollo programme. It was the first U.S. craft to soft-land on another extraterrestrial body. (The Soviet Union’s Luna 9 had achieved the same feat 4 months earlier, on 3rd February.)
50 years ago (3 Jun 1966)
NASA launched its Gemini 9A manned spacecraft on a 3-day mission. (It landed safely on 6th June. The original crew of Gemini 9 were killed in a plane crash on 28th February.)
50 years ago (8 Jun 1966)
Topeka, the state capital of Kansas, USA was devastated by a F5-rated tornado. It caused more than $100 million in damage, making it one of the costliest tornadoes in U.S. history. 16 people were killed, 450 injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
50 years ago (8 Jun 1966)
The National Football League and the American Football League announced their merger. They would maintain separate leagues for the 1966 – 1969 seasons and then merge before the 1970 season, when they would form a combined league with 2 conferences. The combined league was called the National Football League (NFL).
50 years ago (13 Jun 1966)
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision. It ruled that police had to inform suspects of their constitutional rights (commonly known as the Miranda rights) before questioning them.
40 years ago (16 Jun 1976)
Soweto uprising, South Africa. Up to 20,000 black high school students held a protest rally in the streets of Soweto following the Afrikaans Medium Decree which ruled that black schools must teach subjects in Afrikaans as well as English. (Afrikaans was closely associated with apartheid and its popularity was in decline.) Police opened fire on the protesters, killing between 176 and 700 of them (the official figure was 23). Over 1,000 were injured.
40 years ago (29 Jun 1976)
The Seychelles gained its independence from the UK.
30 years ago (22 Jun 1986)
The ‘Hand of God’ goal: Argentine football player Diego Maradona scored a goal against England using his hand in the quarter-final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico City. (The referee mistakenly thought he had used his head, so allowed the goal. England were knocked out of the World Cup as a result and Argentina went on to win it.)
25 years ago (12 Jun 1991)
Russian presidential election. Boris Yeltsin became the first directly elected President of Russia. (Inaugurated 10th July.)
25 years ago (14 Jun 1991)
Death of Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Academy Award-winning British stage, film and television actress.
25 years ago (15 Jun 1991)
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, erupted. The eruption was 10 times bigger than Mount St. Helens in 1980. 847 people were killed, mostly by roofs collapsing under the weight of wet ash. Hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land and forests were destroyed.
25 years ago (17 Jun 1991)
Apartheid: the South African Parliament voted to repeal the Population Registration Act (1950), which required that all inhabitants be classified according to their race. This eventually led to the abolition of apartheid.
25 years ago (25 Jun 1991)
Croatia and Slovenia gained their independence from Yugoslavia.
20 years ago (15 Jun 1996)
The centre of Manchester, England was devastated by an IRA bomb. 200 people were injured and the city centre had to be redeveloped because of the immense amount of damage.
20 years ago (20 Jun 1996)
Scientists announced that a vast freshwater lake (Lake Vostok) had been discovered 4 km (2.5 miles) beneath the ice in Antarctica.
15 years ago (1 Jun 2001)
8 members of the Nepalese royal family, including the King and Queen, were massacred by Crown Prince Dipendra, the heir to the throne. He then shot himself and died 3 days later. Gyanendra was crowned as the last King of Nepal on 4th June.
10 years ago (23 Jun 2006)
Death of Aaron Spelling, prolific American television and film producer (Charlie’s Angels, T. J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed and many more).
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