On This Day

What Happened in June 2001

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Nepalese Royal Massacre: Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his parents, two siblings, and five other family members during dinner at the Narayanhiti Palace, in Katmandu
  • Jun 1 Dolphinarium massacre: A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv

Tony Awards

Jun 3 55th Tony Awards: "The Producers" and "Proof" win

  • Jun 3 Iraq announces that it will halt crude oil exports in response to the UN's resolution that extends the oil-for-food program by only 1 month, instead of the normal 6-month period

Television Premiere

Jun 3 TV drama "Six Feet Under" created by Alan Ball, starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall and Frances Conroy premieres on HBO

US Women's Golf Open

Jun 3 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles Lodge & GC: Defending champion Karrie Webb of Australia repeats by 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Se Ri Pak; largest margin in 21 years

  • Jun 4 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace
  • Jun 5 U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party
  • Jun 5 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • Jun 5 OPEC ministers agree to leave the cartel's oil production quotas unchanged for at least a month, until a scheduled emergency meeting July 3

Election of Interest

Jun 7 Tony Blair's Labour Party wins another landslide victory in the General Election

  • Jun 7 BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004

Sports History

Jun 8 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

  • Jun 9 133rd Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 2:26.80
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup Final, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: Colorado Avalanche beat defending champion New Jersey Devils, 3-1 for 4-3 series win; Avalanche 2nd title

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins her second major title; beats Kim Clijsters of Belgium 1-6, 6-4, 12-10

Canonization

Jun 10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint, Saint Rafqa

  • Jun 10 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins his 3rd French title; beats Spaniard Àlex Corretja 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
  • Jun 11 Saudi Arabia seizes ownership, effective June 7, of the 1.6-million-barrels-per-day IPSA pipeline that had carried Iraqi crude oil to the Saudi Red Sea port of Mu'jiz prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Music Awards

Jun 13 35th TNN & CMT Country Weekly Music Awards: George Strait, Faith Hill, and Alan Jackson win

  • Jun 14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

NBA Finals

Jun 15 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86 in Game 5 to win back-to-back titles; MVP: Shaquille O'Neal for second straight year

  • Jun 15 ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum sign a letter of intent for a natural gas to liquids (GTL) project that would be the largest in the world

Film Premiere

Jun 15 Indian epic "Laagan" directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh premieres

  • Jun 18 Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India
  • Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Retief Goosen of South Africa wins first of 2 US Open titles in an 18-hole Monday playoff, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Mark Brooks

Film Premiere

Jun 18 "The Fast and the Furious" film directed by Rob Cohen starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez premieres

  • Jun 21 Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s)
  • Jun 21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen

Historic Event

Jun 21 Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is the 1st Hispanic woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

LPGA Championship

Jun 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 26 year old Australian Karrie Webb becomes youngest woman to win career slam; beats runner-up Laura Diaz by 2 strokes

  • Jun 27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
  • Jun 27 The International Court of Justice finds against the United States in its judgement in the LaGrand Case.
  • Jun 27 NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards

Film Release

Jun 29 "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O'Connor, is released

  • Jun 29 Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci (39) becomes a naturalized US citizen at the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma federal courthouse
  • Jun 30 ENI of Italy signs a $550 million contract to develop Iran's Darquain field, expected to produce 160,000 barrels of petroleum per day

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 10 Sasha [Natasha] Obama, American daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 18 Evan Mobley, American NBA player (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 20 Yuka Saso, Filipino golfer (US Women's Open 2021), born in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Jun 24 Mo'ne Davis, American Little League baseball pitcher, 1st girl to pitch a shutout, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 29 Elsa Majimbo, Kenyan internet comedienne, born in Nairobi, Kenya

Famous Weddings

Tina Fey

Jun 3 American writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) in a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House, Merion Station, Pennsylvania

  • Jun 9 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal, killed by her son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 51
  • Jun 1 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal (1972-2001), killed by his son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 55
  • Jun 1 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jun 2 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • Jun 3 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), dies from complications of throat cancer at 86
  • Jun 4 Dipendra of Nepal, Nepal prince who shot his parent and seven other family members, dies in a coma while technically King at 29
  • Jun 4 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • Jun 4 Joan Vohs, American model and actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina), dies at 73
  • Jun 5 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist, dies at 93
  • Jun 6 Douglas Lilburn, New Zealand composer (A Song Of Islands) and educator (Victoria University, 1949-80), dies at 85
  • Jun 7 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Jun 7 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 10 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, dies at 31
  • Jun 10 Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)
  • Jun 10 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), dies at 77

ExecutionTimothy McVeigh

Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh, American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, executed for bombing Oklahoma City at 33

  • Jun 11 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), dies at 77
  • Jun 13 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova Ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • Jun 15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • Jun 17 Donald J. Cram, American biochemist (development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity - Nobel 1987), dies at 82
  • Jun 19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen"), dies at 83
  • Jun 21 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Jun 21 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • Jun 23 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • Jun 23 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Jun 25 Yuri Petrovich Sheffer, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)

Tove Jansson

Jun 27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), dies at 86

Jack Lemmon

Jun 27 Jack Lemmon, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), dies of colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder at 76

  • Jun 28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • Jun 28 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), dies from liver failure and diverticulitis at 71
  • Jun 30 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), dies at 77
  • Jun 30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64