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What Happened in June 2020

Historical Events


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Jun 1 US President Trump threatens to employ the military to quell protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 2 New outbreak of Ebola has killed five people in city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jun 2 Brazilian death toll passes 30,000 from COVID-19 at 31,199 with 555,383 number of cases confirmed, 2nd only to the US

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Jun 2 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 2 UK death toll from COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics

MurderMurder of Interest

Jun 3 Three former police officers charged in connection with death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin's charge upgraded to second degree murder

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 3 Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says in The Atlantic: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us."
  • Jun 4 Thousands ignore a recent ban and mark the anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong
  • Jun 4 UN report criticizing human rights violations in the Philippines, including deaths of 8,000 during its war on drugs, a day after county's House of Representatives passed new anti-terrorism law
  • Jun 4 Memorial for George Floyd led by Rev. Al Sharpton, killed in police custody, in Minneapolis, as 10th night of protests at his death held around the country
  • Jun 4 State of Emergency declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle
  • Jun 7 US National Guard pulled out of Washington D.C. and curfew ends in New York as anti-racism protests stay largely peaceful
  • Jun 7 Black Lives Matter Protests continue worldwide in large numbers, In Bristol England statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston pulled down
  • Jun 7 COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • Jun 8 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • Jun 8 National Bureau of Economic Research announces the US officially entered recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years)

  • Jun 8 World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • Jun 8 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for COVID-19
  • Jun 8 Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the first woman to reach deepest point of the ocean - Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Formerly the first American woman to spacewalk.
  • Jun 8 Lockdowns for COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • Jun 9 US Senate confirms General Charles Q. Brown as Air Force Chief of Staff, 1st African American to lead a US armed forces branch
  • Jun 10 Swedish prosecutors close the case on the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme after 34 years, saying the probable killer is dead
  • Jun 10 Cameroon's conflict with English-speaking separatists rated world's most-neglected conflict according to Norwegian Refugee Council

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Jun 10 Statues of Confederate figures and explorers become focus of #BlackLivesMatter protests, with many removed including of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and of Christopher Columbus in Richmond

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Jun 11 Bodies of 46 migrants recovered off the coast of Tunisia after a boat capsized a few days before
  • Jun 11 Pan-American Health Organisation warns pandemic spreading "exponentially" in many areas of the region, home to nearly half of all cases worldwide
  • Jun 12 African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief
  • Jun 14 India reports surge of nearly 12,000 a day confirmed COVID-19 cases (320,922 overall), the world's fourth-affected country, as death toll hits 9,195

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Jun 15 Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated

Journalist and Author Maria Ressa
Journalist and Author
Maria Ressa
  • Jun 15 New COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event' by WHO
  • Jun 15 In landmark decision US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace
  • Jun 16 At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in 1st deadly clash on the Chinese Indian border in 45 years in the Galwan Valley, Himalayas
  • Jun 16 Support from Manchester United player Marcus Rashford and others forces UK Government to make U-turn on summer school meal vouchers
  • Jun 17 Former police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta charged with his murder and aggravated assault
  • Jun 17 First major breakthrough in treating COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University
  • Jun 17 Actor Danny Masterson charged with raping three women

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Jun 18 US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 18 Global COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • Jun 18 Canadian coronavirus COVID-19 known cases pass 100,000 with 8,361 deaths

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Jun 19 Australian government and companies suffer a months-long state-based cyber attack according to PM Scott Morrison

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • Jun 20 Donald Trump controversially holds his first re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, only 6,200 people attend despite the campaign stating 1 million had registered. Social media campaign organised by teens on TikTok, K-Pop fans and others, claims responsibility for wildly inflating the expected attendance.
  • Jun 20 Highest-ever temperature recorded in the Arctic circle, 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, Siberia
  • Jun 20 Three men stabbed to death, with three others injured, in a terrorist attack in a park in Reading, England
  • Jun 20 Historic dust cloud from the Sahara desert reaches the Caribbean, largest for half a century

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Jun 21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Jun 21 WHO records a new record number of new daily cases of COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America
  • Jun 21 New archaeological discovery announced near Stonehenge of a large circle of shafts surrounding a village 2500 BC, largest prehistoric structure in Britain
  • Jun 21 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Jun 22 Japanese supercomputer Fugaku in Kobe by Riken institute wins world contest to be the fastest
  • Jun 22 New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in America, begins stage 2 of re-opening, allowing outdoor dinning and some in-store shopping
  • Jun 22 US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic
  • Jun 22 Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths (officially) with states of Amazonas, Pará, Ceará, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro most effected.
  • Jun 23 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • Jun 23 COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000
  • Jun 23 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses

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Jun 24 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Jun 24 COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN
  • Jun 24 Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
  • Jun 24 World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies
  • Jun 25 WHO declares the Ebola outbreak in the Congo over. The Second worst outbreak it killed 2,280 people over 2 years
  • Jun 25 US Center of Disease Control estimates 20 million people in America have been infected with COVID-19, 10 times higher than confirmed cases
  • Jun 25 Australian airline Qantas announces it is cutting 6,000 jobs, a fifth of its workforce because of the pandemic

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Jun 25 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines
  • Jun 25 Liverpool FC clinches first EPL soccer title in 30 years with 7 games to spare as Chelsea beats second-placed Manchester City, 2-1 at Stamford Bridge
  • Jun 26 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • Jun 27 Ireland's coalition government appoints Micheál Martin as Prime Minister after four months of negotiations
  • Jun 27 Locust invasion labelled 'Swarmageddon' by The Times of India as it reaches Delhi
  • Jun 28 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 500,000, doubling in less than two months (Johns Hopkins)
  • Jun 28 COVID-19 cases surge in southern and western US states with California, Texas and Florida closing bars, Arizona reports 20% of tests returning as positive
  • Jun 28 50th anniversary of 1st Gay Pride march in New York City marked around the world
  • Jun 29 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 that abortion restrictions in Louisiana unconstitutional, striking down a 2014 state law
  • Jun 29 Golden State Killer and former police officer Joseph DeAngelo Jr pleads guilty to 12 murders and dozens of rapes
  • Jun 30 China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong comes into force
  • Jun 30 For the 1st time less than half the working age population is working in Brazil, with 7.8 million losing their job March - May, according to Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics

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Jun 30 FC Barcelona's Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 700th career goal - a cheeky Panenka penalty - in a 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 18 Actress Raven-Symoné marries Miranda Maday

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Pat Dye, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn; record 153–62–5), dies from COVID-19 at 80
  • Jun 1 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), dies at 83
  • Jun 2 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Jun 2 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • Jun 2 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7
  • Jun 3 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), dies at 85
  • Jun 3 Pleasantly Perfect, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic 2003; Dubai World Cup 2004), dies at 22
  • Jun 3 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), dies at 87
  • Jun 4 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet), dies at 72
  • Jun 4 Basu Chatterjee, Indian film director (Rajanigandha, Chhoti Si Baat), dies at 94
  • Jun 4 Pete Rademacher, American boxer (Olympic gold +81kg 1956; first challenger for world heavyweight title in first pro bout; lost), dies at 91
  • Jun 5 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), dies at 78
  • Jun 5 Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64
  • Jun 7 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), dies at 72
  • Jun 8 Bonnie Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited), dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), dies at 55
  • Jun 10 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), dies from prostate cancer at 65
  • Jun 10 Harry Glickman, American journalist, promoter and sports executive (co-founder NBA Portland Trail Blazers, President 1987-94), dies at 96
  • Jun 10 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), dies at 83
  • Jun 11 Mel Winkler, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), dies at 78
  • Jun 11 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), dies at 90
  • Jun 12 William S. Sessions, American director of FBI (1987-93), dies at 90
  • Jun 13 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Mike McCormick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), dies of Parkinson’s disease at 81
  • Jun 14 Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Mexican soccer striker (55 caps; Pumas, Atlante, Veracruz), dies at 77
  • Jun 14 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), dies from a stroke at 84
  • Jun 16 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), dies of leukaemia at 66
  • Jun 17 Paulinho Paiakan, Brazilian indigenous chief (led Kayapó people against Belo Monte dam), dies of COVID-19 at about 65
  • Jun 17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • Jun 17 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83
  • Jun 18 Vera Lynn 'the Forces Sweetheart', English singer (We'll Meet Again), dies at 103
  • Jun 18 Tibor Benedek, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 2003) and coach (Hungary 2013-16), dies from pancreatic cancer at 47
  • Jun 18 Arturo Chaires, Mexican soccer defender (22 caps; C.D. Guadalajara), dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jun 19 Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), dies at 88
  • Jun 19 Mario Corso, Italian soccer winger (23 caps; Inter Milan 413 games) and coach (Lecce, Inter), dies at 78
  • Jun 20 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • Jun 21 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi soccer striker (121 caps; 62 goals; Al-Rasheed; Asian Footballer of the Year 1988), dies of COVID-19 at 56
  • Jun 21 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90
  • Jun 22 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Dick Buerkle, American athlete (WR 1 mile indoor 3:54.93 1978), dies at 72
  • Jun 22 Carlos Luis Morales, Ecuadorian soccer goalkeeper (40 caps; Independiente, Palestino, ESPOLI), dies from cardiocirculatory arrest at 55
  • Jun 22 Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jun 22 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Liam Treadwell, English National Hunt jockey (Grand National 2009; 300+ race wins), dies at 34
  • Jun 23 Nikos Alefantos, Greek soccer midfielder and manager (Olympiacos), dies from a heart attack at 81
  • Jun 23 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jun 24 Eddie Kasko, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1961, 1961²; Cincinnati Reds) and manager (Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), dies at 91
  • Jun 26 Theo Foley, Irish soccer defender (9 caps, Republic of Ireland; Burnley, Charlton Athletic) and manager (Northampton Town), dies at 83
  • Jun 26 William Negri, Italian soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Mantova, Bologna), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 Jaroslav Pollák, Slovak soccer midfielder (49 caps, Czechoslovakia; Sparta Prague, Austria Salzburg), dies at 72
  • Jun 26 Milton Glaser, American graphic designer (founded New York Magazine, created the I ♥ NY" logo), dies at 91
  • Jun 27 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), dies from COVID-19 at 74
  • Jun 27 Mihai Romilă, Romanian soccer midfielder (19 caps; Politehnica Iași 367 games), dies at 69
  • Jun 27 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), dies at 89
  • Jun 27 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
  • Jun 27 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • Jun 28 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), dies of bone cancer at 80
  • Jun 28 Marián Čišovský, Slovak soccer defender (15 caps; Inter Bratislava, Viktoria Plzeň), dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at 40
  • Jun 29 Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian singer songwriter (Waa'ee Keenyaa), shot and killed at 34
  • Jun 29 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), dies at 72

Person of interestCarl Reiner

Jun 29 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 98

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • Jun 30 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), dies of complications from a stroke at 52
  • Jun 30 Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian water polo player (Olympic gold 1972, 80; World C'ship gold 1975, 82) and coach (Russian men's & women's teams), dies at 72