What Happened in June 2016

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel opens - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn
  • Jun 3 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 115th Women's French Open: Garbiñe Muguruza beats Serena Williams (7-5, 6-4) to claim her 1st grand slam title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jun 5 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 115th Men's French Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to win his first French title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jun 7 "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play written by by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London
  • Jun 7 Car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul kills 11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 US President Barack Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton as Democratic Presidential nominee

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 9 World Health Organisation advises delaying pregnancy in areas with the Zika virus
  • Jun 9 Successful attempts to turn CO2 gases into stone underground in Iceland published in the journal "Science"
  • Jun 12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US
  • Jun 12 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations
  • Jun 14 First mammal made extinct by human-induced climate change announced - the Bramble Cay melomys from Torres Strait
  • Jun 16 British MP (L) Jo Cox is shot and killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • Jun 16 Philadelphia is the first US state to pass a tax on sweetened drinks
  • Jun 18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • Jun 19 116th US Golf Open: Dustin Johnson wins with a one-under-par 69 by three shots, controversially penalised 1 stroke at Oakmont, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win their first title defeating Golden State Warriors 4–3 - 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit
  • Jun 20 China's super computer tally overtakes the US; Chinese 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is world's No. 1
  • Jun 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
  • Jun 23 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict
  • Jun 23 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court
  • Jun 23 United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum
  • Jun 23 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead
  • Jun 24 British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU
  • Jun 26 City of Falluja freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces
  • Jun 26 Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson
  • Jun 27 US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion 5-3
  • Jun 28 Suicide bombings and gun attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport kill 42 and wound more than 200
  • Jun 29 US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon's ban on transgendered people serving in the US armed forces
  • Jun 30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Teresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 7 Model Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • Jun 23 Actress and singer Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Ryan Adams divorce after 7 years

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 3 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 3 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-70, 1974-80), dies from septic shock caused by respiratory illness at 74

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 5 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), dies at 94
  • Jun 6 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), dies at 90
  • Jun 6 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62
  • Jun 8 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • Jun 10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • Jun 10 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Alberto Remedios, British opera/concert singer, dies at 81
  • Jun 12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • Jun 17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • Jun 18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • Jun 19 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • Jun 20 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • Jun 23 Ralph Stanley, American bluegrass musician, dies at 89
  • Jun 24 Bernie Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop), dies at 72
  • Jun 25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), dies at 87
  • Jun 25 Peter Hutton, American filmmaker, dies at 71
  • Jun 25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85
  • Jun 27 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Scotty Moore, American guitarist (for Elvis), dies at 84
  • Jun 28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • Jun 29 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84