June 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
  • Jun 1 General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • Jun 2 Switzerland officially enters the global recession
  • Jun 5 Chile officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • Jun 5 At least 32 people are killed in Peru during clashes between the police and indigenous protesters
  • Jun 9 Brazil officially enters recession
  • Jun 11 Texas mother hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen in her Texas home. Witnesses say lightning came through a light fixture, struck her chest and exited her foot. Survived after three days in hospital.
  • Jun 11 Bulgarian authorities declare the country is officially in recession after dropping 1.6% in the last quarter of 2008
  • Jun 12 Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
  • Jun 22 Two Metro subway trains collide in Washington, D.C., killing 9 and injuring over 80

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jun 23 Akio Toyoda is confirmed as the new President of the Toyota Motor Corporation

President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda
President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Akio Toyoda
  • Jun 25 Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter
  • Jun 29 Financier Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, US maximum, for conducting massive Ponzi scheme
  • Jun 30 Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor
  • Jun 30 Turkey records its fastest contraction of 13.8% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, leading the country into recession; this is Turkey's biggest economic slump since 1945

Weddings in History

  • Jun 6 "Survivor: Gabon" castaway Matty Whitmore weds Jamie Mass at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Malibu

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 14 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures
  • Jun 17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)