On This Day

What Happened in June 1991

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 45th Tony Awards: "Lost in Yonkers" & "Will Rogers Follies" win
  • Jun 2 4th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • Jun 2 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"
  • Jun 2 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin
  • Jun 3 Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history
  • Jun 3 MLB Draft: East Carteret HS pitcher Brien Taylor first pick by New York Yankees

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 3 Thomas Hearns captures WBA light heavyweight title

  • Jun 3 Kuwait asks Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members to produce 800,000 bbl/d (130,000 m3/d) of oil on its behalf
  • Jun 4 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania

Historic Event

Jun 4 Pope John Paul II compares abortion with Nazi murders

  • Jun 4 Robert S Strauss becomes US ambassador to Soviet Union
  • Jun 5 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Nobel Prize

Jun 5 Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

  • Jun 5 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) launched
  • Jun 6 Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball
  • Jun 6 Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store

Film & TV History

Jun 6 NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host on "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992

  • Jun 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Hick, v West Indies at Headingley
  • Jun 7 Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time
  • Jun 8 "Our Country's Good" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 8 123rd Belmont: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 2:28
  • Jun 8 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
  • Jun 8 Former NY Jet Mark Gastineau wins 1st pro boxing fight in 12 seconds
  • Jun 8 Victory parade following success in the Gulf War is held in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 8 Warren Schutte is 1st non American to win NCAA Division 1 golf title
  • Jun 9 Jack La Lanne, 76, arrested for suspicion of DWI
  • Jun 9 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Men's Tennis: Jim Courier wins first career Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Andre Agassi 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jun 9 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Jim Albus wins his only career major title by 3 strokes from New Zealander Bob Charles, Charles Coody and Dave Hill

Television Finale

Jun 10 David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" final episode airs on ABC-TV

  • Jun 10 25th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton wins
  • Jun 10 Mother of All Parades - NYC welcomes desert storm troops
  • Jun 10 South Florida and Denver picked for 1993 NL franchises
  • Jun 11 Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

Album Release

Jun 11 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards including a "virtual duet" of title track; wins 6 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, 1992

Election of Interest

Jun 12 Boris Yeltsin wins Russia's first presidential election with 57% of the vote

NBA Finals

Jun 12 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat LA Lakers, 108-101 in Game 5 for first of 3 straight titles; MVP: Michael Jordan in his first NBA Finals appearance

  • Jun 12 Boris Yelstin elected President of Russian Federation
  • Jun 13 A spectator is killed by lightning at US Open Golf tournament
  • Jun 13 NHL owners present contract to players (leads to Apr 1, 1992 strike)
  • Jun 13 The National, 1st all-sports daily newspaper, ceases publication

Film Release

Jun 14 "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" opens directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman

  • Jun 14 Leroy Burrell of USA sets 100m record (9.90) in NYC
  • Jun 14 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands
  • Jun 15 Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines, the second-largest volcanic eruption on Earth of the 20th century
  • Jun 15 Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois
  • Jun 16 Revival of musical "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 241 performances
  • Jun 16 -23] NYC Mayor Dinkins declares "Joseph Doherty Week"
  • Jun 16 Minnesota Twins win a team record 15 games in a row
  • Jun 16 Otis Nixon steals NL record 6 bases in 1 day
  • Jun 16 With 3 runs in 9th, Balt ends Twins 15 game winning streak 6-5

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Golf, Hazeline National GC: Payne Stewart wins a Monday playoff with 1987 champion Scott Simpson

  • Jun 17 Country entertainer Minnie Pearl suffers a stroke at 78

Historic Event

Jun 17 The body of the 12th US President, Zachary Taylor, is exhumed to test how he died; rumors had persisted since his death in 1850 of arsenic poisoning - no evidence of this was found

  • Jun 17 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
  • Jun 18 Boris Yeltsin, President of Russia, arrives in US
  • Jun 18 Mud storm in Antofagasta Chile, kills 80
  • Jun 18 SF Giant pitcher Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated
  • Jun 18 Yankee pitchers pick-off 3 Toronto Blue Jays

Music Single

Jun 18 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" single released by Bryan Adams (Billboard Song of the Year, 1991)

  • Jun 19 2 of Mia Farrow's daughters arrested for shoplifting lingerie
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Steve Howe records his 1st major league save since 1987
  • Jun 20 The Bundestag (German parliament) decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin
  • Jun 21 Jirg Haider resigns as premier of Austrian province of Karinthia

Hall of Fame

Jun 21 NY Islanders Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy are elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame

  • Jun 21 P. V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister of India as head of a Congress Party minority government
  • Jun 22 "I Hate Hamlet" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 88 performances

Sports History

Jun 22 NHL Draft: Oshawa Generals center Eric Lindros first pick by Quebec Nordiques

  • Jun 22 Underwater volcano, Mount Didicas, erupts in the Philippines
  • Jun 23 "Odd Couple" opens & closes at Belasco Theater NYC

Music Recording

Jun 23 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Babalu Music"

  • Jun 23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • Jun 23 A peace summit, brokered by the clergy and business and attended by all major political parties, but boycotted by the Conservative Party, is held to end the violence in South Africa
  • Jun 24 NHL adopts instant-replay and tenth of second clock in final minute

Sports History

Jun 25 Martina Navratilova wins record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the 1st round

Historic Event

Jun 25 Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

  • Jun 25 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa
  • Jun 25 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa
  • Jun 26 "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances
  • Jun 26 Amy Elizabeth Goodman, of California, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: UNLV power forward Larry Johnson first pick by Charlotte Hornets

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 27 Emmy 18th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 12th time

  • Jun 28 South Africa signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Theatrical Finale

Jun 29 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon Theater, NYC, after 216 performances

  • Jun 29 6.0 earthquake hits southern Calif

Sports History

Jun 29 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon

LPGA Championship

Jun 30 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Meg Mallon wins her first major title by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto

  • Jun 30 South Africa's Government repeals the 1913 Native Land Act, an important part of the system of Apartheid (Racially Based Land Measures Act)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Zazie Beetz, German actress (Atlanta, Deadpool 2), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 4 Ben Stokes, English cricket all-rounder (HS 258, BB 6/22; Durham CCC), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 7 Emily Ratajkowski, American model and actress, born in London, England
  • Jun 10 James Cleveland McFadden-Talbot, son of Gates McFaden (Star Trek NG)
  • Jun 18 Willa Holland, American actress (Arrow), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 19 Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player
  • Jun 21 Tyler Childers, American country, bluegrass and folk singer- songwriter (Purgatory; Long Violent History), born in Lawrence County, Kentucky
  • Jun 24 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatari athlete (Olympic gold high jump 2020; World C'ship gold 2017, 19), born in Doha, Qatar
  • Jun 27 Madylin Sweeten, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), born in Brownwood, Texas
  • Jun 29 Kawhi Leonard, American basketball forward (NBA champion, Finals MVP 2014), born in Los Angeles, CA
  • Jun 30 Kaho [Indō], Japanese actress (A Gentle Breeze in the Village), born in Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 7 Singer Jimmy Osmond weds Michelle Larson

Bruce Springsteen

Jun 9 American rock star Bruce Springsteen (41) weds his backup singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa (34), at their Los Angeles home

  • Jun 21 Eleanor Mondale marries Greg "Thunder" Malban (Minn DJ)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • Jun 3 Andy Milligan, cinematographer/director (Sweeney Todd), dies at 62
  • Jun 3 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), dies at 92
  • Jun 3 Harry Glicken, volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan
  • Jun 3 Thomas C. "Spunky" Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • Jun 3 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • Jun 6 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • Jun 6 Sylvia Porter, economist/author (Money Book), dies at 77
  • Jun 6 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American big band, bebop, cool jazz, and bossa nova tenor saxophonist (Woody Herman; Getz/Gilberto), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • Jun 7 Eric Francis, actor (Shillingbury Blowers), dies
  • Jun 7 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), dies at 57
  • Jun 8 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • Jun 9 Bob Irwin, Comedian, dies of Alzheimer's related illness at 88
  • Jun 9 Charles Loloma, painter/sculptor, dies
  • Jun 9 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), dies following surgery at 88
  • Jun 9 Max van Praag, Dutch singer, dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Vercors [Jean Bruller], French writer (Silence of Mer), dies
  • Jun 11 Vlastimil Fisar, Czech actor/pres (Intl Actors Federation), dies
  • Jun 14 Joy Finzi [Joyce A Black], British painter, dies at 84
  • Jun 14 Peggy Ashcroft, British actress (A passage to India), dies at 83
  • Jun 14 Bernard Miles, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Great Expectations, In Which We Serve), dies at 83
  • Jun 15 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • Jun 15 William Arthur Lewis, Saint Lucian economist (1979 Nobel Prize in Economics for economic development research), dies at 76 [1]
  • Jun 16 Vicky Brown, American singer ("Power of Love"), dies
  • Jun 16 Vicki Brown, British pop, rock session vocalist, and contemporary classical singer, dies of breast cancer at 51
  • Jun 17 Leo Koury, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List - never caught), dies under an assumed name in hospital at 56
  • Jun 18 Joan Caulfield, American model and actress (My Favorite Husband), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 19 Jean Arthur, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 90
  • Jun 20 Malcolm Frager, American concert pianist, dies at 56
  • Jun 22 Cameron Miller, actor (Portrait of Claire), dies at 82
  • Jun 22 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jun 23 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • Jun 23 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • Jun 24 Martin Rosenblatt, actor (Splitz, Annie Hall, NY Stories), dies at 74
  • Jun 24 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter, dies at 91
  • Jun 24 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (b. 1917)
  • Jun 26 Paul Andor, actor (Mad Lover, Enemy of Women), dies
  • Jun 27 Klas Bruinsma, leader criminal organization, murdered
  • Jun 27 Willem J [Molly] Geertsema, liberal/foreign minister), dies
  • Jun 27 Milton Subotsky, American screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • Jun 28 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (12 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jun 28 Klas Bruinsma, clergyman, dies
  • Jun 29 Richard "Groove" Holmes, American jazz organist (Misty), dies of cancer at 60