June 2016 in History

Events in History

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

Deaths in History

  • Jun 3 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), dies at 75
  • 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 8 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • Jun 10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • Jun 12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (New York Times), dies at 87
  • 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 29 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84