What Happened on June 16

Historical Events

  • 1963 Soviet space mission Vostok 6 is launched with Valentina Tereshkova onboard, who becomes the 1st woman in space
  • 2000 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
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Jun 16 in Film & TV

Jun 16 in Music

  • 1902 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough

Jun 16 in Sport

  • 1909 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

Did You Know?

America's 1st purpose-built roller coaster ride, the Switchback Railway, opens at Coney Island, New York, built by LaMarcus Thompson

On June 16, 1884

Would You Believe?

In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins

On June 16, 1988

Famous Weddings

  • 1855 British preacher and Salvation Army founder William Booth (26) weds British Salvation Army co-founder Catherine Mumford (26) at Stockwell Green Congregational Church in Surrey, England
  • 1928 New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (26) weds American stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt (25), until her death in 1970
  • 1943 English comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin (54) weds English-American actress Oona O'Neill (18), until his death in 1977

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 Lady Victoria White (43) divorces legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans (76) due to irreconcilable differences only 10 months of marriage

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