What Happened on June 30

Significant Events

  • 1520 Spanish conquistadors are expelled from Tenochtitlan following an Aztec revolt against their rule under Hernán Cortés during "La Noche Triste" (the Night of Sadness). Many soldiers drown in the escape, and Aztec emperor Montezuma II dies in the struggle
  • 1860 Famous debate on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution held at the Oxford University Museum and dominated by arguments between Thomas Henry Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
  • 1905 In Russia, the "Potemkin" arrives at Odessa, where sailors take the bodies of dead crewman ashore; sailors join civilians in revolutionary actions of the '1905 Revolution'
  • 1908 A giant fireball, most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet flattens 80 million trees near the Stony Tunguska River in Yeniseysk Governorate, Russia, in the largest impact event in recorded history
  • 1934 "Night of Long Knives" - Adolf Hitler stages a bloody purge of the Nazi party
  • 1938 Superman 1st appears in DC Comics' Action Comics Series issue #1
  • 1992 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar
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June 30 in Film & TV

June 30 in Music

  • 1992 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)

June 30 in Sport

  • 2002 FIFA World Cup Final: Ronaldo scores twice as Brazil beats Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan, to win record 5th title, first World Cup held in Asia

Did You Know?

The world's first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999

On June 30, 1937


Would You Believe?

Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.”

On June 30, 1898

Famous Weddings

  • 1831 Soldier and future Confederate General Robert E. Lee (24) marries Mary Custis (22) at Arlington House, Arlington Virginia
  • 1949 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young
  • 1973 Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark (34) weds lawyer Maureen McTeer (21)
  • 1975 Cher, marries Gregg Allman, 4 days after divorcing Sonny Bono
  • 1978 English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria

Famous Divorces

  • 1992 Actress Natasha Richardson (29) divorces producer Robert Fox (39) after a year of marriage
  • 2006 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
  • 2010 "Scream 4" actress Neve Campbell (37) divorces actor John Light (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage
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