What Happened in June 2008

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 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.
  • Jun 4 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2
  • Jun 7 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
  • Jun 8 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.
  • Jun 8 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
  • Jun 8 107th Men's French Open: Ana Ivanovic beats Dinara Safina (6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 9 107th Women's French Open: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer (6-1, 6-3, 6-0)
  • Jun 10 The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

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Jun 11 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.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Jun 12 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
  • Jun 15 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • Jun 17 First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
  • Jun 17 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 23 Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against New York Mets, 1st pitcher since Steve Dunning in 1971
  • Jun 25 Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky.
  • Jun 26 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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Jun 27 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
  • Jun 29 Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter
  • Jun 29 UEFA European Championship: Spain defeat Germany 1-0 in Vienna

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 19 Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 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
  • Jun 22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
  • Jun 28 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray

Famous Deaths

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

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

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