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June 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 5 Jules Renkin becomes premier of Belgium
  • Jun 8 Suriname Work Committee under Louis Doedel forms in Paramaribo

InventionHistoric Invention

Jun 9 First rocket-powered aircraft design patented by Robert Goddard

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Jun 10 Norway occupies East Greenland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Jun 14 French "St Philbert" overturns off St Nazaire France, drowns 450

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Reinhard Heydrich's first meeting with Heinrich Himmler

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Jun 15 Poland and USSR sign friendship and trade treaty
  • Jun 16 Austrian government of Ender falls
  • Jun 19 1st photoelectric cell installed commercially West Haven, Connecticut
  • Jun 20 Karl Buresch becomes chancellor of Austrian
  • Jun 22 RVU, Radio-Volks-University, forms
  • Jun 23 Wiley Post & Harold Catty took off for flight around world
  • Jun 24 USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
  • Jun 29 109°F (43°C), Monticello, Florida (state record)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 29 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical on Nun abbiamo bisogno (We do not need fascism and Mussolini)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

Birthdays in History


Person of interestRaúl Castro

Jun 3 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jun 5 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • Jun 5 John Dellow, commissioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • Jun 5 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • Jun 6 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • Jun 7 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, born in London (d. 2018)
  • Jun 7 David Driskell, American artist and champion of African American art, born in Eatonton, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Jun 8 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • Jun 11 Kenneth Cameron, Baron Cameron of Lochbroom, Scottish judge, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jun 12 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • Jun 13 Lachlan Macleay, USAF colonel and astronaut, born in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Jun 13 Irvin D. Yalom, American psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 16 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
  • Jun 16 Robert Freeman Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Oregon), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 17 John Baldessari, American artist, born in National City, California
  • Jun 18 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazilian politician and sociologist, President of Brazil (1995 - 2002), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 20 Richard Southwood, zoologist/chancellor (Oxford University)
  • Jun 21 Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 22 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukrainian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine (d. 2013)
  • Jun 22 Teruyuki Okazaki, Japanese karate master (10th degree black belt Shotokan Karate; founder International Shotokan Karate Federation), born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 2020)
  • Jun 23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • Jun 24 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Jun 25 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), born in Allahabad, British India (d. 2008)
  • Jun 26 Colin Wilson, English author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England (d. 2013)
  • Jun 27 Charles Bronfman, Canadian-American CEO (Seagrams, Montreal Expos) and philanthropist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 30 Hans Gruijters, Dutch mayor (co-founder of D66-Lelystad), born in Helmond, Netherlands
  • Jun 30 Bert Eriksson, Flemish neo-Nazi, born in Antwerp (d. 2005)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 4 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies
  • Jun 13 Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)
  • Jun 22 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), dies at 89
  • Jun 29 Nérée Beauchemin, Quebec poet (b. 1850)