On This Day

What Happened in June 2008

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
  • Jun 1 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals win inaugural event; beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets; Yusuf Pathan top scores with 56 (39)
  • Jun 4 Stanley Cup Final, Civic Center, Pittsburgh, PA: Detroit Red Wings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2 for a 4-2 series win; Red Wings' 11th Championship

Knighthood

Jun 4 British TV presenter Michael Parkinson is knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

  • Jun 7 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Ana Ivanović of Serbia wins her only Grand Slam singles title; beats Russian Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3

  • Jun 7 Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland formed as second-largest European national park, combining Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur parks and the Vatnajökull ice cap (World Heritage Site 2019) [1]
  • Jun 8 The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
  • Jun 8 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 19-year old tour rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins a 4th hole playoff over Swede Maria Hjorth

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal equals Björn Borg's Open era record of 4 consecutive French titles; outclasses Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

  • Jun 10 The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

Historic Event

Jun 11 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century

  • Jun 12 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.

Album Release

Jun 12 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

  • Jun 13 "Viva la Vida" single released by Coldplay, - their 1st US No. 1, (Grammy Song of the Year)
  • Jun 15 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win

US Golf Open

Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Torrey Pines GC: Tiger Woods wins his 3rd US Open and 14th major title, beating Rocco Mediate on the 1st hole of sudden-death, following a Monday 18-hole playoff

  • Jun 17 First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
  • Jun 17 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 131-92 in Game 6 for first title since 1986 and 17th overall; MVP: Paul Pierce

Music Concert

Jun 19 Ringo Starr's tenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Billy Squier, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, , Hamish Stuart, and Gregg Bissonette

  • Jun 23 Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against New York Mets, 1st pitcher since Steve Dunning in 1971
  • Jun 25 Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky
  • Jun 26 The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
  • Jun 26 NBA Draft: Memphis point guard Derrick Rose first pick by Chicago Bulls

Historic Event

Jun 27 Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 27 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, and The Verve headline; other performers include Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, The Ting-Tings, Sinéad O'Connor, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Cliff, Suzanne Vega, and Crowded House

  • Jun 29 Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter
  • Jun 29 UEFA European Championship Final, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria: Fernando Torres scores as Spain beats Germany, 1-0

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 29 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing "Hallelujah"

  • Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Interlachen CC: 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park wins the first of her 7 major titles by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson

Film Premiere

Jun 30 "Mamma Mia!, The Movie!" premieres at Leicester Square, London


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 19 Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 9 "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California

Wayne Rooney

Jun 12 English footballer Wayne Rooney marries Coleen McLoughlin in Portofino, Italy

  • Jun 14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

Martin Brodeur

Jun 17 Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic

  • Jun 22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
  • Jun 28 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California

Wedding of Interest

Jun 28 Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Olivia Newton-John

Jun 30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island


Famous Divorces

Bill Murray

Jun 13 Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • Jun 1 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, dies at 71
  • Jun 1 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams"), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley [Ellas McDaniel], American rock guitarist dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 2 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • Jun 4 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 86
  • Jun 7 Bill Coday, American musician and singer ("You’re Gonna Want Me"), dies of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 7 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), dies at 87
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani singer-songwriter, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 8 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Jun 10 Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch politician (State Secretary for the Interior 1986-94), dies at 78
  • Jun 11 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • Jun 11 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • Jun 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czech ice hockey defenseman (World C'ship gold 1976, 77; Olympic silver 1976; Philadelphia Flyers, TJ Motor České Budějovice), dies from throat cancer at 56
  • Jun 12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • Jun 12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90

Tim Russert

Jun 13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

  • Jun 13 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), dies at 82
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 14 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • Jun 16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • Jun 16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • Jun 17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • Jun 18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92
  • Jun 18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • Jun 19 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 19 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jun 20 Antonio Bibalo, Italian-Norwegian pianist, contemporary classical and opera composer (The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder; Ghosts), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 22 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 22 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Martha Shumway"; Max Duggan), dies at 93
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies from cancer at 42
  • Jun 24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (Ringel–Youngs theorem), dies at 88
  • Jun 24 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88
  • Jun 27 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • Jun 27 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • Jun 28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model, dies aged 20 after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her Manhattan apartment under unexplained circumstances
  • Jun 29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)