On This Day

Historical Events on June 23 (Part 2)

Historic Event

1996 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

  • 1996 WLAF World Bowl 4, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh: Scottish Claymores beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27
  • 1997 Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • 1997 In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • 2000 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
  • 2000 The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin

Glastonbury Festival

2000 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Chemical Brothers, Travis, and David Bowie headline; other performers include G. Love & Special Sauce, David Gray, Willie Nelson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Macy Gray

Baseball Record

2003 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

Music History

2004 Bob Dylan accepts honorary doctorate of music degree from the University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university

NBA Finals

2005 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74 in Game 7 for club's 3rd title; MVP: Tim Duncan, his 3rd MVP award

  • 2007 WLAF World Bowl 15, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt: Hamburg Sea Devils beat Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28
  • 2008 Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against New York Mets, 1st pitcher since Steve Dunning in 1971

Appointment of Interest

2009 Akio Toyoda is confirmed as the new President of the Toyota Motor Corporation

Glastonbury Festival

2010 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Gorillaz, Muse, and Stevie Wonder headline; other performers include Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg; Shakira, Willie Nelson, Ray Davies and The Pet Shop Boys

Historic Event

2010 Marina Bay Sands casino resort owned by Las Vegas Sands officially opens in Singapore, with an infinity pool on the world's largest cantilevered platform

Film Premier

2011 "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf premieres at the Moscow Film Festival

Sports History

2011 NBA Draft: Duke point guard Kyrie Irving first pick Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 2012 Greece proposes to slow down austerity measures by two years
  • 2012 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • 2012 76 monks are hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees
  • 2013 9 tourists and 1 tour guide are killed after gunmen storm a hotel near Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
  • 2013 18 Romanians are killed and 32 are injured after a bus crash in Montenegro
  • 2013 India defeats England to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in cricket

Historic Event

2014 Claude Monet's Water Lilies is sold at auction for US$54 million

  • 2014 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is re-elected President of Mauritania
  • 2016 Ceasefire agreement signed between Colombian government and Farc rebels - ending more than 50 years of conflict
  • 2016 Los Angeles court decision clears Led Zeppelin of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit

Britain Votes for Brexit

2016 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union

  • 2016 Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 24 dead

Film & TV History

2016 Amy Schumer announces her first world tour during a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden

  • 2016 NBA Draft: LSU point guard Ben Simmons first pick by Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2017 Saudi Arabia and allies, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain issue list of 13 conditions to Qatar in return for lifting sanctions, including closing Al Jazeera TV
  • 2017 Landslide in Xinmo village, Sichuan province, China kills 15 with more than 100 missing

#1 in the Charts

2017 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" single organized by Simon Cowell for those affected by Grenfell tower fire reaches No. 1 in UK charts

  • 2017 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nico Hischier first pick by New Jersey Devils
  • 2018 Violent clashes over several days between ethnic Berom farmers and Fulani herders in Plateau state, Nigeria, kill 86

Assassination Attempt

2018 Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa survives probable assassination attempt after blast at election rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe kills 2 and injures nearly 50

  • 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed from book award by US Association for Library Service to Children, becuase of author's racist views and language

Historic Event

2018 Explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa after speech by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kills two and injures 150

  • 2018 Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the second-youngest grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months, 13 days
  • 2018 12 boys and their coach are stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand by monsoon flooding, prompting an international rescue effort when they are discovered 9 days later
  • 2019 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, with estimated 250,000 in Letna Plain park
  • 2019 Turkey's ruling AK party lose the re-run of Istanbul's mayoral election to Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party
  • 2019 Ashleigh Barty becomes first Australian female in 42 years (since Evonne Goolagong Cawley) to attain world #1 tennis ranking when she beats Julia Görges 6-3, 7-5 at the Birmingham Classic
  • 2019 Women's PGA Championship, Hazeltine National GC: Australian Hannah Green leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event by 1 stroke ahead of Park Sung-hyun
  • 2020 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • 2020 COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000
  • 2020 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses
  • 2021 1st ICC World Test Championship final, Southampton: New Zealand dismisses India for meagre 170; completes tricky chase of 139 on 6th day to win inaugural cricket title
  • 2021 Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" seen in its entirety for first time in 300 years after AI used to fill in pieces trimmed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • 2021 US Supreme Court rules in favor of teen kicked off cheerleading team after profane social media post, saying school violated her free speech [1]

Music History

2021 Britney Spears requests a judge end her court-ordered conservatorship, states "I think this conservatorship is abusive. I don't think I can live a full life"