On This Day

Historical Events on June 12 (Part 2)

  • 2004 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries
  • 2004 WLAF World Bowl 12, Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen: Berlin Thunder beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 30-24

LPGA Championship

2005 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 3-peat for Annika Sörenstam of Sweden; wins by 3 strokes ahead of 15-year-old amateur Michelle Wie

Historic Event

2007 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

Film Premier

2007 "Transformers", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox premieres in Sydney

  • 2008 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.

Album Release

2008 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

  • 2009 Protests in Iran following the presidential election.
  • 2009 TSC: All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.
  • 2009 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

Film Premier

2010 "Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

  • 2011 NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks beat Miami Heat, 105-95 in Game 6 for first title in franchise history; MVP: Dirk Nowitzki
  • 2011 65th Tony Awards: The Book of Mormon & War Horse win
  • 2012 An Australian coroner's report rules that a dingo was responsible for the death of a baby in 1980
  • 2012 The chemical compound NOTT-202, which is capable of selectively absorbing carbon dioxide, is created
  • 2012 World Health Organization concludes that diesel exhaust causes cancer
  • 2013 Russia passes a law banning gay propaganda
  • 2014 Israeli leadership blames Hamas after 3 Israeli teenagers are kidnapped in the West Bank
  • 2015 Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars
  • 2015 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
  • 2016 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

2016 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

2016 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes 1st footballer to top Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List, earning $88 million

  • 2016 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

2016 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

2016 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

Historic Event

2017 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies

Music History

2017 Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list - Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs at No.1 with earnings of 130 million

  • 2017 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-120 in Game 5 to win series, 4-1; first time same teams had met for third consecutive year; MVP: Kevin Durant
  • 2017 MLB Draft: JSerra Catholic HS, CA shortstop Royce Lewis first pick by Minnesota Twins

Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong-Un

2018 Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump - first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met

  • 2018 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden
  • 2018 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • 2018 AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge
  • 2019 Earliest evidence of humans smoking cannabis discovered in 2,500-year-old grave in Pamir Mountains, China, published in "Science Advances"
  • 2019 World’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund, worth $1 trillion, gets authorization to drop fossil fuel investments from Norway's government
  • 2019 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: St. Louis Blues beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-3 series victory; first title in franchise history
  • 2019 Same-sex marriage approved by Ecuador's Constitutional Court in landmark ruling
  • 2019 Violent protests in Hong Kong as tens of thousands of protesters block and try to storm government buildings to stop extradition law
  • 2020 African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief
  • 2021 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Krejčíková wins her first major singles title 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia
  • 2021 Danish star soccer midfielder Christian Eriksen suffers an on-field cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 game with Finland in Copenhagen; revived with a defibrillator; game controversially restarts with 1-0 Finland win