On This Day

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

French Open Women's Tennis

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

  • Jun 5 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month

French Open Men's Tennis

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

Historic Event

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

  • Jun 9 World Health Organzsation 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"
  • Jun 9 MLB Draft: Philadelphia Phillies select La Costa Canyon HS (CA) shortstop Mickey Moniak at #1
  • 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

Tony Awards

Jun 12 70th Tony Awards: "Hamilton" wins 11 awards after record 16 nominations, Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Frank Langella, Jessica Lange win acting awards

Sports History

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

  • 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

PGA Championship

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

NBA Finals

Jun 19 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers win first title beating defending champion Golden State Warriors, 93-89 in Game 7; first team to overcome 3–1 deficit; MVP: 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.

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Coldplay, and Adele headline; other performers include Tame Impala, Squeeze, Frightened Rabbit; ZZ Top, ELO, and Cyndi Lauper

  • Jun 23 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict
  • Jun 23 Los Angeles court decision clears Led Zeppelin of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit
  • Jun 23 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead

Film & TV History

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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