On This Day

What Happened in June 2010

Historical Events

Sports History

Jun 3 Canadian sportscaster Ron MacLean saves a man from drowning in the Delaware River in Philadelphia

  • Jun 5 142nd Belmont: Mike Smith riding Drosselmeyer wins in 2:31.57
  • Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Francesca Schiavone of Italy wins her first and only Grand Slam title; beats Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 7-6

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins 5th French title; defeats Robin Söderling of Sweden 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

  • Jun 6 56th British Academy Television Awards: "The Armstrong and Miller Show" Best Comedy, "Misfits" Best Drama
  • Jun 7 MLB Draft: Southern Nevada outfielder Bryce Harper first pick by Washington Nationals
  • Jun 9 Hungary comes out of recession after experiencing 0.9% growth in the first quarter as a result of growing exports and effective government spending measures
  • Jun 9 Finland falls back into a state of recession after GDP contracted 0.4% in Q1 2010 and 0.2% in Q4 2009
  • Jun 9 Stanley Cup Final, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA: Chicago Blackhawks edge Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in OT for a 4-2 series win; first Championship for Chicago since 1961

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

  • Jun 13 64th Tony Awards: Memphis & Red win

Appointment of Interest

Jun 16 Hockey HOF right wing Cam Neely is named President of his former team, the Boston Bruins

NBA Finals

Jun 17 NBA Finals: Depending champion Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 83-79 in Game 7 for franchise's 16th NBA title; MVP: Kobe Bryant

Album Release

Jun 18 "Recovery" 7th studio album by Eminem is released (best selling album worldwide 2010)

  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Irishman Graeme McDowell wins his first major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Grégory Havret of France

Film Premiere

Jun 20 "Despicable Me" directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carell and Jason Segel premieres at the Moscow Film Festival

Historic Publication

Jun 22 Danielle Steel’s novel “Family Ties” is published

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 23 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Gorillaz, Muse, and Stevie Wonder headline; other performers include Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg; Shakira, Willie Nelson, Ray Davies and The Pet Shop Boys

Historic Event

Jun 23 Marina Bay Sands casino resort owned by Las Vegas Sands officially opens in Singapore, with an infinity pool on the world's largest cantilevered platform

  • Jun 24 In the longest match in tennis history, American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days

Film Premiere

Jun 24 "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by David Slade, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Jun 24 NBA Draft: Kentucky point guard John Wall first pick by Washington Wizards
  • Jun 25 NHL Draft: Windsor Spitfires (OHL) left wing Taylor Hall first pick by Edmonton Oilers
  • Jun 27 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Locust Hill CC: American Christie Kerr takes her second major title with a 12 stroke win over Song-Hee Kim of South Korea

Famous Weddings

David Schwimmer

Jun 4 "Friends" star David Schwimmer (43) weds Zoe Buckman (25) in a small private ceremony

  • Jun 5 "Bond girl" actress Gemma Arterton (24) weds Stefano Catelli (37) at a secret ceremony at the hilltop village of Zuheros in Andalucia, Spain

Rush Limbaugh

Jun 5 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh (59) weds wife No. 4, event planner Kathryn Rogers (33), at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

Harrison Ford

Jun 15 Film actor and producer Harrison Ford (67) weds actress and Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart (45) in Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Jun 19 Crown Princess Victoria heir apparent of HM Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, weds Daniel Westling at Stockholm Cathedral

Megan Fox

Jun 24 Actress and model Megan Fox (24) weds Beverly Hills 90210 actor Brian Austin Green (36) at the Four Seasons Hualalai near Kona, Hawaii

  • Jun 26 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 26 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy
  • Jun 26 "Shear Genius" TV personality finalist Janine Jarman (29) weds sales executive Matthew Wolcott (33) in Hollywood

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 6 Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (40) divorces German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
  • Jun 18 Former Saved by the Bell actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (36) divorces former model Lisa Ann Russell (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

LeAnn Rimes

Jun 19 Backup dancer Dean Sheremet (29) divorces Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes (27) after nearly eight years of marriage

Sandra Bullock

Jun 28 Academy award-winning actress Sandra Bullock (45) divorces "Monster Garage" host Jesse James (40) due to conflict of personalities after nearly 5 years of marriage

Neve Campbell

Jun 30 "Scream" actress Neve Campbell (37) divorces British actor John Light (36) due to irreconcilable differences, after 3 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Lt. Gen. William H. Ginn, Jr., U.S. Air Force officer (b.1928)
  • Jun 3 John Hedgecoe, English photographer (Royal College of Art), dies at 78
  • Jun 3 Rue McClanahan, American actress (The Golden Girls), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), dies at 72
  • Jun 4 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), dies at 99
  • Jun 6 Marvin Isley, American rock bassist, and songwriter (The Isley Brothers - "Fight The Power"), dies from complications of diabetes at 56)
  • Jun 6 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), dies of cancer at 78
  • Jun 7 Stuart Cable, Welsh rock drummer (Stereolab), and broadcaster, choles to death on his own vomit at 40
  • Jun 7 Adriana Xenides, Australian TV personality (b. 1956)
  • Jun 7 Omar Rayo, Colombian painter, sculptor, caricaturist and plastic artist. (b. 1928)
  • Jun 9 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, dies at 101
  • Jun 10 Metropolitan Basil Schott, Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (b. 1939)
  • Jun 11 Zenani Mandela, Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter (b. 1997)
  • Jun 12 Egon Ronay, Hungarian food critic, dies at 94
  • Jun 13 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host (Jimmy Dean Show), actor (Diamonds Are Forever), and sausage maker,, dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15), dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Wendell Morris Logan, American composer (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), dies at 69
  • Jun 15 Bekim Fehmiu, Yugoslavian actor (Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro), dies of suspected suicide at 74
  • Jun 16 Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (b. 1932)
  • Jun 16 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in October; The Poseidon Adventure), dies at 99
  • Jun 16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Resurrection Symphony), dies at 79
  • Jun 16 Garry Shider, American funk and psychedelic soul guitarist and musical director (Parliament-Funkadelic), dies of brain and lung cancer at 56
  • Jun 17 Andy Ripley, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), dies from prostate cancer at 62
  • Jun 17 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)

José Saramago

Jun 18 José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel laureate, dies of leukemia at 87

  • Jun 18 Trent Acid, American professional wrestler (b.1980)
  • Jun 19 Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962)
  • Jun 19 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • Jun 19 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Ursula Thiess [Schmidt], German actress (Monsoon, Bengal Brigade, Americano), dies at 86
  • Jun 20 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 Hector Laing, English biscuit manufacturer (McVitie & Price), pilot and Director of the Bank of England, dies at 87
  • Jun 23 Pete Quaife, English bassist (The Kinks, 1963-69 -"Sunny Afternoon"), and cartoonist, dies of kidney failure at 66
  • Jun 23 Allyn Ferguson, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), and TV theme composer (Barney Miller; Charlie's Angels), dies at 85
  • Jun 24 Deborah Jo Billingsley, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter, dies of cancer at 58
  • Jun 25 Alan Plater, English playwright and screenwriter, dies of cancer at 75
  • Jun 25 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Sergio Vega, Mexican Banda singer (b.1969)
  • Jun 26 Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • Jun 27 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), dies at 87
  • Jun 28 Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager(KISS, 1973-82; Billy Idol, 1981-86), dies of prostate cancer surgey complications at 66
  • Jun 28 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, dies at 92
  • Jun 30 Park Yong-ha, Korean actor and K-pop, and J-pop singer, takes his own life at 32
  • Jun 30 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Bobo, Big Sleep), dies at 80