On This Day

June 2007 in History

Events in History

Murder of Interest

Jun 1 Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk

  • Jun 3 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engages with pirates after they board Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia

Historic Event

Jun 4 Designer Ralph Lauren is presented with the American Fashion Legend Award by Oprah Winfrey at the CFDA Awards in New York

  • Jun 5 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus
  • Jun 8 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening & The Coast of Utopia win

Historic Event

Jun 12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

  • Jun 13 The Al Askari Mosque in Samarra is bombed reportedly by Iraqi Baathists, destroying the mosque's two ten-story minarets

Historic Event

Jun 13 First large scale exhibition of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's work in Mexico opens at Palacio de Bellas Artes on the 100th anniversary of her birth

  • Jun 24 The Angora Fire starts near South Lake Tahoe, California destroying 200+ structures in its first 48 hours
  • Jun 25 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull
  • Jun 27 The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre.

Election of Interest

Jun 27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • Jun 29 Two car bombs are found in the heart of London at Picadilly Circus.
  • Jun 30 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • Jun 4 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 4 Craig L. Thomas, United States Senator (b. 1933)
  • Jun 5 Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer, dies at 85
  • Jun 8 Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • Jun 8 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • Jun 9 Frankie Abernathy, Former The Real World: San Diego castmate (b. 1981)
  • Jun 10 Charley Harper, American modernist artist, dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Jun 11 Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)
  • Jun 12 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), dies of complications from an old head injury at 85
  • Jun 13 Walid Eido, Lebanese MP (b. 1942)
  • Jun 14 Ruth Graham [Bell], American Christian author and wife of evangelist Billy Graham, dies at 87
  • Jun 14 Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)

Kurt Waldheim

Jun 14 Kurt Waldheim, Austrian 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1972-81) and 9th President of Austria (1986-92), dies at 88

  • Jun 15 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • Jun 16 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • Jun 17 Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 19 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, dies at 74
  • Jun 20 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • Jun 21 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • Jun 22 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, German artist, worked collaboratively with Hilla Becher his wife, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Guy Vander Jagt, American politician (Rep-R-MI, 1966-93), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 Byron Baer, American politician (b. 1929)

Liz Claiborne

Jun 26 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, dies of cancer at 78

  • Jun 27 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • Jun 28 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, dies at 93
  • Jun 28 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), dies at 87
  • Jun 30 Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)