On This Day

Historical Events in June 2009

  • Jun 1 Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. All 228 passengers and crew were killed.
  • Jun 1 General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • Jun 2 Switzerland officially enters the global recession
  • Jun 5 Chile officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • Jun 5 At least 32 people are killed in Peru during clashes between the police and indigenous protesters
  • Jun 6 141st Belmont: Kent Desormeaux aboard Summer Bird wins in 2:27.54
  • Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats fellow Russian and World #1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2
  • Jun 7 63rd Tony Awards: "Billy Elliot the Musical" and "God of Carnage" win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins his only French title, outclassing Robin Söderling of Sweden 6-1, 7-6, 6-4

  • Jun 8 First section of the elevated High Line park, built on an old railway opens in New York from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street
  • Jun 9 Brazil officially enters recession
  • Jun 11 Texas mother hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen in her Texas home. Witnesses say lightning came through a light fixture, struck her chest and exited her foot. Survived after three days in hospital.
  • Jun 11 Bulgarian authorities declare the country is officially in recession after dropping 1.6% in the last quarter of 2008

Swine Flu Pandemic

Jun 11 The World Health Organization declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic, the first such incident in over forty years

  • Jun 12 Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
  • Jun 12 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.
  • Jun 12 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Penguins edge Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 for a 4-3 series win; Penguins 3rd Championship

NBA Finals

Jun 14 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5 for franchise's 15th NBA championship; MVP: Kobe Bryant

  • Jun 14 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 22 year old Tour rookie Anna Nordqvist of Sweden wins her only major title by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Lindsey Wright

Film Release

Jun 19 "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox is released

  • Jun 21 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Lord's: England 86/4 win inaugural event; beat New Zealand 85; England's Katherine Brunt takes 3 for 6
  • Jun 22 Two Metro subway trains collide in Washington, D.C., killing 9 and injuring over 80

US Golf Open

Jun 22 US Open Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Lucas Glover wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ricky Barnes, David Duval and Phil Mickelson

Appointment of Interest

Jun 23 Akio Toyoda is confirmed as the new President of the Toyota Motor Corporation

Appointment of Interest

Jun 24 Mike Babcock is named head coach of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics (they would win the gold medal)

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Blur headline; other performers include Fleet Foxes, Tom Jones, Spinal Tap, Lady Gaga, and The Script

  • Jun 25 Colombia enters into recession after witnessing 0.7% contraction in the last quarter of 2008 and 0.6% in the following quarter
  • Jun 25 NBA Draft: Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin first pick by Los Angeles Clippers
  • Jun 27 The Tower of Hercules in northern Spain - only preserved Roman lighthouse still in use is inscribed as a World Heritage Site [1]

Historic Event

Jun 28 Professor Stephen Hawking hosts a 'party for time travellers' at the University of Cambridge, not sending out the invites until after the party

Historic Event

Jun 29 Financier Bernie Madoff sentenced to 150 years in US maximum prison, for conducting a massive Ponzi scheme

  • Jun 30 Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor
  • Jun 30 Turkey records its fastest contraction of 13.8% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, leading the country into recession; this is Turkey's biggest economic slump since 1945