Historical Events on June 26 (Part 2)

  • 2013 Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard in a leadership battle to become Australian Prime Minister

The Moment of Truth

2013 Peter Ustinov's "The Moment of Truth" opens at Southwark Playhouse in London starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

  • 2014 Following the military coup in Thailand, people are warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition

FIFA World Cup

2014 Luis Suárez is expelled from the 2014 FIFA World Cup following his biting incident

  • 2014 NBA Draft: Kansas small forward Andrew Wiggins first pick by Cleveland Cavaliers

Important Vote

2015 Greek Credit Crisis: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls for a Greek referendum on new bailout terms

  • 2015 Gunman opens fire at beach resort in Sousse, Tunisia, killing 38. Isis claims responsibility.
  • 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters (OHL) center Connor McDavid #1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers
  • 2015 Saudi suicide bomber kills 27 at Shia Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait, 227 injured

Event of Interest

2015 US President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" as part of his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and 8 church members killed during a bible study in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 2015 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 same-sex marriage is a legal right across all US states
  • 2016 City of Falluja freed from Islamic State control after a month-long campaign by Iraqi forces
  • 2016 Copa América Final, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Defending champions Chile defeat Argentina, 4-2 on penalty kicks; 0–0 after extra time
  • 2016 Iceland’s presidential election is won by history professor Guðni Jóhannesson
  • 2016 Panama Canal's third set of locks opens for commercial traffic, doubling the Canal’s capacity at an estimated cost of $5.25 billion
  • 2017 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman

Event of Interest

2017 Brazilian state prosecutors file corruption charges against President Michel Temer

  • 2017 Helicopter with rogue police pilot attacks Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas

Event of Interest

2017 Theresa May's UK Conservative minority party strike deal to govern with Northern Ireland's DUP with guarantee of 1 billion funding

  • 2018 First high level talks between Ethiopian and Eritrean officials in 20 years begins in Addis Ababa
  • 2018 Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled by the West Japan Railway
  • 2018 India is named the most dangerous country to be a women because of sexual violence and slave labour by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • 2018 Quriyat, Oman, registers highest "low" temperature for a day ever recorded of 42.5 degrees
  • 2018 Sudanese court overturns death sentence for teenager who killed the husband after he raped her

Event of Interest

2018 US Supreme Court upholds President Trump's travel ban against mostly Muslim countries

Film & TV History

2019 Former Gambian beauty queen Fatou "Toufah" Jallow says she was raped by former President Yahya Jammeh as part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report

Glastonbury Festival

2019 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: American rock band The Killers headline; Kylie Minogue plays the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel; other performers include Bastille, Hozier, and Mavis Staples

  • 2019 Highest ever June temperatures recorded in Germany (38.6C), Poland (38.2C) and the Czech Republic (38.9C) during week-long heatwave in Europe

Spirited Away

2019 Japanese animation film "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki is released in China and tops the box office, 18 years after its initial release

  • 2019 More than 5,000 smuggled turtles discovered in luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia, bound for India
  • 2019 Two US Florida towns pay hackers considerable ransom to unfreeze their computer systems; Riviera Beach $600,00 and Lake City $500,000
  • 2020 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • 2021 British Health Minister Matt Hancock resigns after photos of him kissing an aide (and not social distancing) emerge
  • 2021 Largest-ever pile up in the Tour de France caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. Spectator later hunted down and arrested.
  • 2021 South Africa announces 14-day lockdown to counter a third COVID-19 wave of infections fueled by the Delta variant, with only 2.5 million vaccines administrated [1]
  • 2021 Sydney goes into a two-week lockdown amid a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak and low levels of vaccination
  • 2022 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Colorado Avalanche beats two-time defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; Avs 3rd championship in franchise history
  • 2022 Women's PGA Championship, Congressional CC: Despite carding finishing rounds of 75, 75 Chun In-gee of South Korea holds on to beat Minjee Lee and Lexi Thompson by 1 stroke for her third major title
  • 2023 Earliest possible evidence of cannibalism found in 1.45-million-year-old fossilized hominin leg bone, with cut marks made by stone tools from the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi [1]

Event of Interest

2023 Russian leader Vladimir Putin vows to bring leaders of the Wagner Group rebellion to justice, saying they wanted "to see Russia choked in bloody strife" [1]

  • 2023 Spin bowler Ashleigh Gardner takes 8-66 in England's 2nd innings for a match total of 12 as Australia beats England by 89 runs in the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge; best ever wicket haul in a Test by an Australian bowler
  • 2023 Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou declares a water emergency for Montevideo, with authorities having to mix salty water with fresh to extend supplies due to drought [1]