June 2004 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 6 Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • Jun 8 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
  • Jun 11 Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe

Event of Interest

Jun 11 Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

  • Jun 12 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries
  • Jun 21 SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight
  • Jun 24 Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York
  • Jun 28 Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
  • Jun 28 Sovereign power is handed to the interim government of Iraq by the Coalition Provisional Authority, ending the U.S.-led rule of that nation
  • Jun 28 The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 3 Frances Shand Kydd, English aristocrat, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 68
  • Jun 3 Victor Reuther, American labor leader (United Automobile Workers union), dies at 92 [1]
  • Jun 6 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at 46
  • Jun 7 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), dies at 83
  • Jun 9 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • Jun 11 Egon von F├╝rstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, dies at 57
  • Jun 11 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 13 Dick Durrance, American skier, dies at 89
  • Jun 14 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide, dies at 103
  • Jun 16 Thanom Kittikachorn, Thai politician and general (1971 coup Prime Minister of Thailand 1958-73), dies at 92
  • Jun 21 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • Jun 22 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 22 Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • Jun 22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • Jun 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • Jun 27 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • Jun 28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • Jun 29 Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist, dies at 68
  • Jun 30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80