On This Day

June 1974 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Washington
  • Jun 1 Chemical plant explodes in Flixborough Lincolnshire killing 28 in UK
  • Jun 1 The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine
  • Jun 1 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
  • Jun 2 Mali adopts constitution
  • Jun 2 Malta's constitution goes into effect

Historic Event

Jun 3 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and forms a new government

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • Jun 4 Never repeated 10 cent Beer Night at Cleveland, unruly fans stumble onto field and cause Indians to forfeit the game to Rangers with score tied 5-5 in 9th
  • Jun 4 Saudi Arabia announces that it will increase its participation in Aramco to 60 percent
  • Jun 6 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte
  • Jun 6 A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy
  • Jun 8 US and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract
  • Jun 10 Rumor's government in Italy resigns
  • Jun 11 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 13 Henry Aaron addresses House of Representatives
  • Jun 13 IMF establishes its "oil facility", a special fund for loans to nations whose balance of payments have been severely affected by high oil prices

Historic Publication

Jun 15 "All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation is published by Simon and Schuster in the US

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
Author and Investigative Reporter Bob Woodward
Author and Investigative Reporter
Bob Woodward
  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • Jun 18 Gaston Thorn forms Luxembourg government
  • Jun 19 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) suspends constitution
  • Jun 23 1st extraterrestrial message sent from Earth into space
  • Jun 26 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio
  • Jun 27 US President Nixon visits USSR
  • Jun 28 Fall of earth and rocks kill 200 (Quebrada Blanca Canyon, Colombia)
  • Jun 28 Wings release singles "Band on the Run" and "Zoo Gang" in UK
  • Jun 29 Military coup in Ethiopia
  • Jun 30 Petty thief Peter Leonard sets fire to hide his burglary at a bowling alley, fires spreads next door to "Gulliver's" nightclub killing 24 (Port Chester, New York)
  • Jun 30 Soviet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defects to the West

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 2 Matt Serra, American mixed martial ar
  • Jun 4 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • Jun 5 Tate Reeves, American politician, Governor of Mississippi (2020-), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Jun 9 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • Jun 16 Paul Lee, British sculptural artist
  • Jun 21 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality, born in London, England
  • Jun 23 Maria Carolina Christina, Princess of Netherlands

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), dies at 86
  • Jun 7 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, dies at 96

Miguel Ángel Asturias

Jun 9 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, dies at 74

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • Jun 10 Henry WFA, English duke of Gloucester, baron Culloden, dies at 74
  • Jun 11 Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (b. 1898)
  • Jun 11 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (b. 1883)

Georgy Zhukov

Jun 18 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, dies at 77

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • Jun 18 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), dies at 79
  • Jun 25 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81
  • Jun 30 Alberta King, American mother of Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in church at 69
  • Jun 30 Vannevar Bush, American engineer and politician (b. 1890)