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Historical Events in June 2016

  • Jun 1 Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is completed - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn
  • Jun 3 A week of heavy rains in Germany and France leave 10 dead and closing Paris museums along the Seine, including the Louve

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Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain beats Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 to claim her 1st Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jun 5 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month
  • Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Scotsman Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to win his first French title
  • Jun 7 "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play written by Jack Thorne with JK Rowling, premieres in London
  • Jun 7 Car bomb attack on a police bus in central Istanbul kills 11

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Jun 9 US President Barack Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton as Democratic Presidential nominee

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 9 World Health Organisation advises delaying pregnancy in areas with the Zika virus
  • Jun 9 Successful attempts to turn CO2 gases into stone underground in Iceland published in the journal "Science"

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Jun 9 Elizabeth Warren formally endorses Hillary Clinton for president

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jun 9 MLB Draft: La Costa Canyon HS (CA) shortstop Mickey Moniak first pick by Philadelphia Phillies
  • Jun 11 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51
  • Jun 12 Gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State opens fire at gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, injuring 53 - worst mass shooting in the US
  • Jun 12 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations

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Jun 12 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Jun 12 Stanley Cup Final, SAP Center, San Jose, CA: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat San Jose Sharks, 3-1 for a 4-2 series victory; Penguins 4th title
  • Jun 12 Women's PGA Championship, Sahalee CC: 18-year old Canadian Brooke Henderson wins her first major title on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff with top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand

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Jun 12 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Germany's Bernhard Langer wins his 3rd straight Players' title by 1 shot from Joe Durant and Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Jun 14 First mammal made extinct by human-induced climate change announced - the Bramble Cay melomys from Torres Strait
  • Jun 16 British MP (L) Jo Cox is shot and killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • Jun 16 Philadelphia is the first US city to pass a tax on sweetened drinks
  • Jun 18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • Jun 19 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC, PA: Despite controversial penalty on the 5th green, Dustin Johnson wins by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk & Scott Piercy

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Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 for a 4–3 series victory; 1st team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP LeBron James 27 points

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jun 20 China's super computer tally overtakes the US; Chinese 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is world's No. 1
  • Jun 20 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
  • Jun 22 NHL owners meeting unanimously approves the Las Vegas expansion bid to start play in the 2017-18 season.
  • Jun 23 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict
  • Jun 23 Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit in a Los Angeles court

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Jun 23 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union
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Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
  • Jun 23 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead

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Jun 23 Amy Schumer announces her first world tour during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden

Comedian Amy Schumer
Comedian
Amy Schumer
  • Jun 23 NBA Draft: LSU point guard Ben Simmons first pick by Philadelphia 76ers

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Jun 24 British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • Jun 24 NHL Draft: ZSC Lions (NLA) center Auston Matthews first pick by Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Jun 26 City of Falluja freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces
  • Jun 26 Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson
  • Jun 26 Panama Canal's third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion
  • Jun 26 Copa América Final, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Defending champions Chile defeat Argentina, 4-2 on penalty kicks; 0–0 after extra time
  • Jun 27 US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion 5-3
  • Jun 28 Suicide bombings and gun attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport kill 42 and wound more than 200
  • Jun 29 US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lifts Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving in the US armed forces

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Jun 30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Theresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Jun 30 The Ikea Museum opens in the former very first Ikea store in Älmhult, Sweden

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad