On This Day

Historical Events in June 2015

  • Jun 1 Cruise ship carrying 458 people capsizes on Yangtze River, less than 50 survive
  • Jun 2 US Congress passes new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records
  • Jun 2 FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his resignation, 5 days after his re-election, amid FIFA's involvement in a bribery scandal
  • Jun 2 100 volunteers in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting - 49,672 in 1 hour
  • Jun 3 200 people are killed by an explosion at a gasoline station in Accra, Ghana
  • Jun 3 Dr. Jesse Selber performs the world's first partial-skull and scalp transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Jun 4 Australian cricket batsman Adam Voges becomes the oldest player to hit a century on debut in 1st Test v West Indies in Roseau; 35 year old Voges scores 130 not out during Australia's 9 wicket win
  • Jun 5 6.0 magnitude earthquake (strongest to affect Malaysia since 1978) strikes Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia, killing 18 people on Mount Kinabalu
  • Jun 6 Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd French title and 20th Grand Slam singles event; beats Lucie Šafářová of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-2

  • Jun 6 UEFA Champions League Final, Berlin: FC Barcelona beats Juventus, 3-1 for 5th title and second treble (Spanish La Liga & Cup champions)
  • Jun 6 147th Belmont: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 2:26.65, 1st horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown
  • Jun 6 236th Epsom Derby: Golden Horn ridden by Frankie Dettori wins
  • Jun 7 69th Tony Awards: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Fun Home" win 5 awards

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 2nd major title; beats Novak Đoković 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

  • Jun 7 -8 41st G7 summit held in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria
  • Jun 8 MLB Draft: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson first pick by Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Jun 9 Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants becomes first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the 2015 MLB season; blanks New York Mets, 5-0
  • Jun 12 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
  • Jun 12 Al-Qaeda's 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden's former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen
  • Jun 13 Floods in Tbilisi, Georgia, kill 12 people and free animals from the city's zoo, including bears and hippos, to roam the city
  • Jun 13 Philae, 1st spacecraft to land on a comet in European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission re-awakes after 7 months
  • Jun 14 "Jurassic World", 1st film to make $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend
  • Jun 14 Women's PGA Championship, Westchester CC: 3-peat for Inbee Park; beats fellow South Korean Kim Sei-young by 5 strokes; previously LPGA Championship

Sports History

Jun 14 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Belmont CC: Defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany wins by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Kirk Triplett

Historic Event

Jun 15 Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, announces he will run for the US Presidency in Miami

  • Jun 15 Remains of a 2,000 year old women dubbed "the sleeping beauty" are announced discovered in Northern Ethiopia from ancient kingdom of Aksum

Magna Carta

Jun 15 800 year anniversary of "the birthplace of modern democracy", the signing of the Magna Carta by King John at Runymede, England

  • Jun 15 Stanley Cup Final, United Center, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0 for a 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 6th Championship

Film & TV History

Jun 16 TV personality and Real estate mogul Donald Trump launches his campaign for the Republican nomination for US President at Trump Towers

  • Jun 16 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97 in Game 6 for first title in 40 years and their 4th in franchise history; MVP: Andre Iguodala
  • Jun 17 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman

Historic Event

Jun 17 US Treasury announced that the image of Alexander Hamilton will be replaced from the US $10 bill by an image of a woman

Catholic Encyclical

Jun 18 Pope Francis blames human selfishness for global warming in his encyclical, named "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home"

  • Jun 18 18 vigilantes are killed & 53 are injured after an accidental detonation of an explosive device in Monguno, Nigeria

Film Release

Jun 19 Pixar's animated film "Inside Out" is released with voices by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling

  • Jun 19 The right-wing Venstre block wins the 2015 Danish general election

Film & TV History

Jun 19 Actress Shannen Doherty reveals that she has breast cancer

  • Jun 20 Heat wave peaks in southern Pakistan, goes on to kill about 2,000 people from dehydration and heat stroke
  • Jun 20 1000 humanoid robots named "Pepper" sell out in under a minute ($1,600 each) in Japan, according to its creator SoftBank Robotics Corp.

US Golf Open

Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Chambers Bay GC: Jordan Spieth (21) becomes youngest winner since 1923 by 1 shot from Dustin Johnson & Louis Oosthuizen

  • Jun 21 Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland
  • Jun 21 94 people die & 45 are hospitalized after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India
  • Jun 22 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church
  • Jun 22 JAMA Internal Medical Journal announces obese Americans now outnumber those just overweight
  • Jun 24 Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price wins the 2014-15 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kanye West, and The Who headline; other performers include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Burt Bacharach, The Libertines, and Pharrell Williams

Historic Event

Jun 25 Obamacare subsidies in The Affordable Care Act preserved by US Supreme Court Ruling in King v Burwell 6-3

  • Jun 25 NBA Draft: Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns first pick by Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Jun 26 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states
  • Jun 26 Gunman opens fire at beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38. Isis claims responsibility.
  • Jun 26 Saudi suicide bomber kills 27 at Shia Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, 227 injured

Important Vote

Jun 26 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a Greek referendum on new bailout terms

  • Jun 26 NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid #1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers
  • Jun 26 US President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as part of his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and 8 church members killed during a bible study in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jun 28 David Sweat shot and captured near Canadian border. 2nd prisoner to escape maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6
  • Jun 28 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek government says banks closed for a week and ATM withdrawals restricted after European Central Bank refused to supply emergency funds
  • Jun 28 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Del Paso CC: Jeff Maggert shoots final round 65 (-5) to win by 2 strokes from defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland
  • Jun 29 Beijing Times reports 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared due to natural forces and stealing of bricks
  • Jun 30 Hercules transporter plane crashes minutes after take-off in Medan, Indonesia killing 116

Music History

Jun 30 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

  • Jun 30 A man self-immolates aboard a Nozomi Shinkansen train and kills one other passenger in Japan