On This Day

Historical Events on June 1 (Part 2)

  • 1978 England cricket fast bowler Chris Old becomes only third man to capture 4 wickets in 5 balls in a Test, as Pakistan dismissed for 164 in 1st Test at Edgbaston; Old 5 for 70
  • 1979 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • 1979 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • 1979 Ted Coombs begins 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • 1979 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • 1979 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • 1979 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • 1979 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill
  • 1980 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network
  • 1980 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Music concertMusic Concert

1980 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1980 First baseman Steve Garvey, hits the 7,000th Brooklyn / LA Dodgers home run in a 9-5 loss at home to the Atlanta Braves

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982 Oakland A's left fielder Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in 3-2 win over Boston Red Sox to become fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a MLB season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1984 Douglas H Mitchell, QC of Calgary becomes 6th CFL Commissioner
  • 1984 KWK-AM in St Louis MO changes call letters to KGLD
  • 1984 Netherlands' Lubbers government gives 48 sites for cruise missiles

  • 1984 Russian super heavyweight weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev snatches world record 211 kg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" by David Lee Roth hits #12

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth
  • 1985 West Indian cricket batsman Viv Richards scores 300 in a day on the way to 322 in a tour match against Warwickshire at Taunton; 42 fours and 8 sixes of 258 balls

Music releaseAlbum Release

1985 Weird Al Yankovic released his Dare To Be Stupid LP

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1986 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Pat Bradley birdies final hole to win by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1986 40th Tony Awards: I'm Not Rappaport & Mystery of Edwin Drood win

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1986 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Wanderlust” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 1987 Cleveland Indians pitcher Phil Niekro beats Detroit Tigers, 9-6 for his 314th MLB victory; combines with Joe Niekro (216) for most combined wins by brothers in baseball history (530)
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, LA
  • 1988 "Morton Downey Jr Show" debuts in TV syndication
  • 1988 Train crash kills two in Zeeland, Netherlands
  • 1989 62nd National Spelling Bee: Scott Isaacs wins spelling spoliator
  • 1990 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1990 Cowboy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
  • 1990 Dow Jones Avg hits a record high of 2,900.97
  • 1992 E Lamps (20 year lightbulb) introduced
  • 1992 Snowfall in Colorado
  • 1992 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-5 for a 3-1 series win; 2nd consecutive title for Penguins
  • 1993 Brooklyn NY begins recycling
  • 1993 Connie Chung joins Dan Rather as anchors of CBS Evening News

  • 1993 Guatemala president Jorge Serrano overthrown by army
  • 1993 Melchior Ndadaye elected President of Burundi
  • 1993 Phoenix Suns guard Dan Majerle sets a then NBA Playoff record by sinking 8 three-pointers during the Suns’ 120-114 win over Seattle in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals
  • 1994 FX Channel, Cable Network, debuts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 US General Norman Schwarzkopf released from hospital after prostate surgery

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf
  • 1994 Indiana guard Reggie Miller drills an NBA Playoff record 5 three-pointers in the 4th quarter of the Pacers’ 93-86 win over host New York Knicks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals
  • 1995 68th National Spell Bee: Justin Tyler Carroll wins spelling xanthosis
  • 1995 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers' scoreless inning streak ends at 39 in a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins
  • 1996 Sony does not renew lease on megatron in Times Square

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana

  • 1996 H. D. Deve Gowda becomes Prime Minister of India
  • 1997 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • 1997 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • 1997 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • 1997 After a huge 7-month buildup, Donovan Bailey of Canada beats American superstar Michael Johnson in 150m race in Toronto; disappointingly, Johnson pulls up at 110m mark with quadriceps injury
  • 1997 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • 1997 Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • 1998 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
  • 1998 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first person to swim from Mexico to Cuba across shark and jellyfish-infested waters of the Yucatan Straits; swims 123-miles in 38 hours 33 minutes in a cage

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido
Singer
Dido
  • 2000 The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal slaughters his family during dinner.
  • 2001 Dolphinarium massacre: an Hamas suicide bomber kills 21 at a disco in Tel Aviv

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

2002 In a battle of former heavyweight boxing champions in Atlantic City, Evander Holyfield beats Hasim Rahman by TKO; fight stopped 1:40 into 8th round because of giant welt above Rahman's left eye

  • 2003 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam
  • 2005 The Dutch referendum on the European Constitution results in its rejection
  • 2005 The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.

MurderMurder of Interest

2007 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • 2008 A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
  • 2008 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals win inaugural event; beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets; Yusuf Pathan top scores with 56 (39)
  • 2009 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.
  • 2009 General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
  • 2012 Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in the New York Mets' 50-year MLB history when he beats the St. Louis Cardinals, 8 - 0
  • 2013 Bayern Munich defeat VfB Stuttgart 3-2 to win the DFB-Pokal and become the first German treble-winning team
  • 2014 IPL Cricket Final, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets; Manish Pandey, 94 (50)
  • 2015 Cruise ship carrying 458 people capsizes on Yangtze River, less than 50 survive
  • 2016 Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is completed - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2017 “Beren and Lúthien,” compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien from his father J.R.R. Tolkien's archives is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament, filed by Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Law professor Giuseppe Conte is sworn in as Italian Prime Minister as head of a populist coalition

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte
  • 2018 Rouzan al-Najjar, a 22 year-old Palestinian medic is shot and killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border, causing widespread condmnation
  • 2018 US unemployment rate falls to 3.8%, lowest since 2000
  • 2019 Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr produces a huge upset when he stops English champion Anthony Joshua in 7 at Madison Square Garden; wins IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles
  • 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, Madrid: Liverpool beats Tottenham, 2-0 for Reds' 6th title
  • 2019 Price of a movie ticket rises in Japan for the first time in 26 years from ¥1,800 to ¥1,900, while some cinemas keep the price the same
  • 2020 US President Trump threatens to employ the military to quell protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church