What Happened in June 2008

Historical Events

  • 1st A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
  • 4th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • 7th 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
  • 8th The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
  • 8th 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • 8th 107th Men's French Open: Ana Ivanovic beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-3)
  • 9th 107th Women's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)
  • 10th The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

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11th Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 12th Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
  • 15th 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win

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16th 108th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 283 at Torrey Pines GC CA

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 17th First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
  • 17th 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 25th Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky.
  • 26th The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.

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27th Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 29th UEFA European Championship: Spain defeat Germany 1-0 in Vienna
  • 29th Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter.

Famous Birthdays

  • 19th Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears

Famous Weddings

  • 9th "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 14th Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 22nd Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
  • 28th "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California

HeartWedding of Interest

28th Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

HeartWedding of Interest

30th Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island


Famous Divorces


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13th Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • 1st Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
  • 2nd Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2nd Mel Ferrer, American actor, film director and film producer (b. 1917)
  • 4th Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • 7th Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
  • 7th Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)
  • 8th Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • 9th Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 10th Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • 11th Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • 11th Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • 11th Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (b. 1951)
  • 12th Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)

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13th Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 13th Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (b. 1926)
  • 14th Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • 14th Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • 15th Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 16th Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • 16th Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 17th Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • 17th Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
  • 18th Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • 18th Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 18th Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • 19th Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • 19th Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • 21st Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 22nd George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • 22nd Dody Goodman, American comedienne (b. 1914)
  • 22nd Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
  • 24th Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 27th Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • 27th Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • 28th Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
  • 29th Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)