On This Day

What Happened in June 2005

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection
  • Jun 1 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 3 'The Knight of Sainte-Hermine' by Alexandre Dumas is published in France by Editions Phébus, completed by Claude Schopp, 135 years after the author's death.

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne wins 1st of 3 straight French titles; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-1, 6-1

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jun 4 Panamanian jockey Eddie Castro sets a North American record with 9 wins on the 13-race card at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 5 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to claim his first French title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jun 6 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • Jun 11 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75
  • Jun 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 3-peat for Annika Sörenstam of Sweden; wins by 3 strokes ahead of 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 14 Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 15 "Batman Begins", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Katie Holmes goes on wide release

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 David Tennant's first appearance as the Tenth Doctor in BBC "Doctor Who" episode "The Parting of the Ways"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial United States Formula 1 Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule of F1 safety and tyre rules

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Michael Campbell of New Zealand holds off a charging Tiger Woods to clinch his only major title by 2 shots

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 21 Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 59th NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3, Tim Duncan MVP

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • Jun 26 US Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Birdie Kim holes out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to win her lone LPGA title, 2 strokes ahead of teenage amateurs Brittany Lang & Morgan Pressel
  • Jun 27 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter, 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in the US (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 AMD files broad antitrust complaints against Intel Corporation in U.S. Federal District Court, alleging abuse of monopoly powers and antitrust violations.

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Jun 28 A final design for Manhattan's Freedom Tower is formally unveiled
  • Jun 28 NBA Draft: Utah center Andrew Bogut first pick by Milwaukee Bucks
  • Jun 30 Spain legalizes same-sex marriage.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 5 Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  • Jun 26 Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in HMC Bronovo, The Hague, Netherlands

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 1 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • Jun 1 "The Amazing Race 7" executive assistant Alex Ali weds Lynn Warren in Ottawa, Canada

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 3 Earl of Mornington, Arthur Wellesley (27) weds great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook and model and make-up artist Jemma Kidd (30) in a seaside ceremony on the beach near Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • Jun 5 "All My Children" cast members Alexa Havins (24) weds actor Justin Bruening (25) in a seaside ceremony held on Cinnamon Bay on the island of St. John
  • Jun 9 "Good Morning, Miami" actor Mark Feuerstein (34) weds TV writer/producer Dana Klein at The Four Seasons-Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jun 11 "Clueless" actress Alicia Silverstone (28) weds musician Christopher Jarecki in Lake Tahoe, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 11 NBA player Steve Nash (31) weds Alejandra Amarilla

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Jun 16 "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
  • Jun 18 "Queens Park Rangers" football striker Djibril Cisse (23) weds Jude Littler at Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, North Wales

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 18 Politician Jerry Brown (67) weds businesswoman Anne Gust (47) in Oakland, California

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Jun 22 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort
  • Jun 24 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • Jun 25 British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria
  • Jun 27 "The Young and The Restless" actress Melody Thomas Scott (49) weds supervising producer of the CBS daytime drama Edward J. Scott (60) for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 29 American actress Jennifer Garner (33) weds actor and film director Ben Affleck (32) at the Parrot Cay resort on Turks and Caicos Islands

  • Jun 29 "Access Hollywood" host Nancy O'Dell (39) weds business executive Keith Zubchevich (36) at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGeorge Mikan

Jun 1 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), dies of diabetes complications at 80

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Jun 2 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • Jun 2 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • Jun 2 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • Jun 3 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader, writer, and lawyer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Jun 3 Leon Askin, Austrian actor (One, Two, Three, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 97
  • Jun 5 Adolfo Aguilar Zínser, Mexican politician (b. 1949)
  • Jun 5 Susi Nicoletti, German actress (b. 1918)

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

Jun 6 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • Jun 6 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Jun 6 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, dies at 81
  • Jun 10 Curtis Pitts, American aircraft designer (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), dies at 83
  • Jun 11 VVasco Gonçalves, Portuguese army officer and 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal (1974-75), dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, dies at 64
  • Jun 11 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 92
  • Jun 12 Scott Young, Canadian sportswriter, novelist, and journalist (b. 1918)
  • Jun 13 Jonathan Adams, English actor (b. 1931)
  • Jun 13 Álvaro Cunhal, Portuguese politician and writer, dies at 91
  • Jun 13 Lane Smith, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Jun 13 David Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), dies at 89
  • Jun 14 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor,dies at 91
  • Jun 14 Mimi Parent, Canadian painter, dies at 80
  • Jun 15 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), dies of gastroenteritis at 87
  • Jun 16 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), dies at 99
  • Jun 17 Sam Loeb, comic book writer (b. 1988)
  • Jun 17 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum), dies at 42
  • Jun 17 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), dies at 48
  • Jun 18 Syed Mushtaq Ali, Indian cricketer (b. 1914)
  • Jun 18 Manuel Sadosky, Argentine mathematician (b. 1914)
  • Jun 18 J.J. Pickle, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1963-95), dies at 91

Person of interestJack Kilby

Jun 20 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer (Nobel 2010 - handheld calculator, integrated circuit), dies at 81

Engineer Jack Kilby
Engineer
Jack Kilby
  • Jun 20 Larry Collins, American writer, dies at 75
  • Jun 20 Charles White, American actor (Airport 95, Serpico), dies at 87
  • Jun 21 Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)
  • Jun 23 Shana Alexander, American columnist (b. 1926)
  • Jun 23 Manolis Anagnostakis, Greek poet (b. 1925)
  • Jun 24 Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 24 Hakham Yedidia Shofet, Former chief rabbi of Iran (b. 1908)
  • Jun 25 John Fiedler, American Actor (b. 1925)
  • Jun 26 Richard Whiteley, British television game show host (b. 1943)
  • Jun 27 Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
  • Jun 27 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • Jun 27 John T. Walton, American businessman (b. 1946)
  • Jun 27 Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)
  • Jun 28 Brenda Howard, American LGBT activist (b. 1946)
  • Jun 30 Christopher Fry, English playwright (The Lady's Not for Burning), dies at 97