On This Day

What Happened in June 1946

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 78th Belmont Stakes: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8; 7th horse to win the Triple Crown
  • Jun 2 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
  • Jun 3 1st bikini bathing suit displayed in Paris
  • Jun 3 International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals
  • Jun 4 Largest solar prominence (300,000 mi/500,000 km) observed
  • Jun 5 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 5 Eric de Noorman, a Dutch comic strip by Hans G. Kresse, is launched
  • Jun 6 Henry Morgan is 1st to take off shirt on TV
  • Jun 6 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City
  • Jun 7 Pirates players vote 20-16 to walkout rather than play the Giants
  • Jun 7 US Supreme Court bans discrimination in interstate travel

Musical Finale

Jun 8 Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen's musical "Lute Song", starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances

Historic Event

Jun 8 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia

  • Jun 9 19 guests at Canfield Hotel die in fire (Dubuque, Iowa)
  • Jun 9 66,545 fans help Yanks break million attendance mark, the earliest

Historic Event

Jun 9 Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 9 New York Giant Mel Ott becomes first manager in MLB history to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader; Giants lose both games to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jun 10 Italian Republic established
  • Jun 10 Rear Admiral Sidney W Souers, USNR, ends term as 1st director of CIA. Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, becomes 2nd director of CIA
  • Jun 13 1st transcontinental round-trip flight in 1-day, California-Maryland
  • Jun 13 King Umberto II of Italy abdicates
  • Jun 14 Canadian Library Association established

Music Recording

Jun 14 Nat King Cole records "The Christmas Song" for the first time

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: World War II veteran Lloyd Mangrum defeats Byron Nelson and Vic Ghezzi in 36 playoff holes to win his only major title

  • Jun 17 SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St Louis
  • Jun 18 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa. A road is named after this date in Panjim
  • Jun 19 1st TV sports/boxing spectacular-Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn
  • Jun 20 NYC transit begins using PA system - Car # 744 on 8th Ave IND line
  • Jun 21 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas, Texas

Sports History

Jun 21 Bill Veeck buys baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million

  • Jun 21 Federal judge in Seattle rules that club doesn't have to play returning serviceman
  • Jun 22 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
  • Jun 22 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians

Historic Event

Jun 22 Speaking at a prayer meeting in New Delhi, Gandhi calls on the South African government to stop 'hooliganism' by Whites

  • Jun 23 In South Africa, a group of white men attack and assault Indian Passive Resisters
  • Jun 24 11.72" (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen, Wisconsin (state 24-hr record)
  • Jun 24 Georges Bidault elected premier of France
  • Jun 26 Dutch Nazi collaborator Arnold Meijer sentenced to 5 years

Radio History

Jun 26 Fred Allen's last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny

  • Jun 28 Enrico de Nicola becomes 1st President of Italy
  • Jun 28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
  • Jun 29 "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances
  • Jun 29 "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances
  • Jun 29 Black Sabbath-Brits arrest 2,700 Jews in Palestine as alleged terrorist
  • Jun 29 British mandatory government of Palestine arrests 100 leaders of Yishnuv

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Brian Cox, Scottish actor (Troy; Jason Bourne films), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Jun 1 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • Jun 2 Roger Freed, baseball player
  • Jun 2 Lasse Hallström, Swedish screenwriter and film director (Cider House Rules; My Life As A Dog; ABBA music videos), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 2 Peter Sutcliffe, English murderer of 13 women "The Yorkshire Ripper", born in Bingley, England (d. 2020)
  • Jun 3 Eddie Holman, American singer ("Hey There Lonely Girl"; "You Make My Life Complete"), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jun 3 Tristan Rogers, Australian actor (Robert Scorpio-General Hospital)
  • Jun 3 Penelope Wilton [Penelope Alice], English actress (Cry Freedom, Norman Conquests), born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Jun 4 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva), born in Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India (d. 2020)
  • Jun 4 Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)
  • Jun 5 Frederick "Freddie" Stone, American rock guitarist (Sly & The Family Stone - "Dance To The Music"), born in Vallejo, California
  • Jun 5 Gillian Hills, English actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jun 5 Stefania Sandrelli, Italian actress (Afredo, Key), born in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
  • Jun 6 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-In; Matt Lincoln), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jun 6 Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson; Peter Gabriel; Paul Simon; Asia), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 7 Jenny Jones [Janina Stronski], Canadian comedienne (Jenny Jones Show), born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • Jun 7 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • Jun 8 Elizabeth A. Lynn, American sci-fi author (Watchtower, Red Hawk), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 8 Richie Robinson, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests; 4 dismissals; WSC; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jun 9 Stuart Edwards, British guitarist (Edison Lighthouse - "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes"), born in England (d. 2016)
  • Jun 10 Mensje van Keulen-van der Steen, Dutch writer (Bleeker's Summer)
  • Jun 10 Paul Gludovatz, Austrian football manager (Austria U-20; SV Ried, TSV Hartberg, SV Eberau), born in Eberau, Austria (d. 2021)
  • Jun 11 Jenny Pitman, British racehorse trainer and 1st female Grand National winning trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
  • Jun 12 Harry Glasper, English writer, born in Middlesbrough, England
  • Jun 12 John Steinbeck IV, American journalist, author and son of John Steinbeck, born in New York City
  • Jun 12 Eelco Gelling, Dutch blues guitarist (Cuby + Blizzards), born in Zwartsluis, Netherlands
  • Jun 12 Andy Roberts, British folk-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Scaffold; Plainsong), born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England
  • Jun 13 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, born in London, England (d. 2017)

Donald Trump

Jun 14 Donald Trump, 45th US President (2017-21), real estate tycoon (Trump Towers) and TV personality (The Apprentice), born in NYC, New York

  • Jun 14 Ralph McAllister Ingersol II, American newspaper publisher (The New Haven Register), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 15 Janet Lennon, American pop vocalist (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 15 Judy Pace, actress (Young Lawyers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 15 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • Jun 15 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • Jun 15 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • Jun 15 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • Jun 16 Neil MacGregor, British arts administrator (Director of the British National Gallery and the British Museum), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jun 16 Simon Williams, American actor (Fiendish plot of dr Fu Manchu)
  • Jun 16 Jodi Rell, American politician (Governor of Connecticut 2004-11), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jun 16 Tom Harrell. American jazz musician (Time's Mirror), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • Jun 17 Marcy Kaptur, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jun 17 Peter Rosei, Austrian writer (Wer war Edgar Allan?), born in Vienna
  • Jun 17 B. J. Cole, British session and touring pedal steel guitarist and dobro player (Cochise; Humble Pie; k.d. lang; John Cale; Sting), born in Enfield, England
  • Jun 18 Russell Ash, British author ('the human Google'), born in Surrey, England
  • Jun 18 Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
  • Jun 18 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • Jun 20 André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist, and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Jun 20 Birgitte Eva Henriksen, Duchess of Gloucester, born in Odense, Denmark
  • Jun 20 Bob Vila, television presenter
  • Jun 20 Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
  • Jun 21 Brenda Holloway, American singer and songwriter ("When I'm Gone"), born in Atascadero, California
  • Jun 21 Kate Hoey, Northern Irish MP (Labour), born in Mallusk, Northern Ireland
  • Jun 21 Malcolm Rifkind, British QC MP (Sect of State for Defense), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 21 Maurice Saatchi, English-Iraqi advertising CEO (Saatchi & Saatchi), born in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jun 21 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Andrew Rubin, actor (Police Academy) [or Jan 22], born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Jun 22 Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist and singer (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Loma de la Avispa, Cuba
  • Jun 23 Russ "Rusty" Thacker, American stage actor and singer, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Jun 23 Ted Shackelford, American actor (Gary-Dallas, Knots Landing), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 24 Ellison Onizuka, American Air Force Major and astronaut (STS 51C, 51L - Challenger disaster), born in Kealakekua, Hawaii (d. 1986)
  • Jun 24 Robert Reich, American Secretary of Labor (under Clinton)
  • Jun 24 David Collenette, Canadian politician
  • Jun 25 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2013)
  • Jun 25 Ian McDonald, British rock musician (saxophone, keyboards, guitar) (King Crimson, 1968-69; Foreigner, 1976-80), born in Osterly, Middlesex, England (d. 2022) [1]
  • Jun 25 Roméo Dallaire, Canadian senator and humanitarian, born in Denekamp, Netherlands
  • Jun 26 Clive Francis, British actor (Masada), born in London, England
  • Jun 26 Ricky Jay [Richard Potash], American magician and actor (Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 27 Daria Semegen, German-American electro-acoustic and classical composer, and educator, born in Bamberg, West Germany [1]
  • Jun 27 Janice Giteck, American composer (Thunder; Like a White Bear Dancing), born in New York
  • Jun 27 Sally Priesand, 1st U.S. woman rabbi, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 28 Bruce Davison, American actor (Capt Wyler-Hunter, Willard, High Risk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 28 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, 1975-80; Haunted Honeymoon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 John M. Lounge, American engineer and astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • Jun 28 Robert L Asprin, American sci-fi writer (Thieves World, Cold Cash War)
  • Jun 28 Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jun 28 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), born in Santiago (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • Jun 29 Ernesto Pérez Balladares, President of Panama (1994-99), born in Panama City, Panama
  • Jun 30 Billy Brown, American rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • Jun 1 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 3 Mikhail Kalinin, Soviet Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1938-46), dies at 60
  • Jun 5 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Rama VIII [Ananda Mahidol], King of Siam (1935-46), dies of a mysterious gunshot wound at 21

Jack Johnson

Jun 10 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion 1908-15), dies in a car accident aged 68

  • Jun 12 Count Hisaichi Terauchi, Japanese fieldmarshal, dies
  • Jun 13 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), dies at 71

John Logie Baird

Jun 14 John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, dies of a stroke at 57

  • Jun 16 Ludwig Winder, Austrian-Czech writer, dies at 57
  • Jun 16 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 17 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), dies at 56
  • Jun 21 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 23 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), dies at 81
  • Jun 24 Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)
  • Jun 26 Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 26 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
  • Jun 28 Eduard Veterman, Dutch painter/playwright, dies in an auto accident
  • Jun 28 Antoinette Perry, American actress and theater director, dies at 58
  • Jun 29 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91
  • Jun 30 Michael Zadora, American composer and pianist, dies at 64