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June 2018 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament, filed by Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez

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Jun 1 Law professor Giuseppe Conte is sworn in as Italian Prime Minister as head of a populist coalition

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister of Italy
Giuseppe Conte
  • Jun 1 Rouzan al-Najjar, a 22 year-old Palestinian medic is shot and killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border, causing widespread condmnation
  • Jun 1 US unemployment rate falls to 3.8%, lowest since 2000
  • Jun 2 Socialist Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spanish Prime Minister
  • Jun 3 Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts killing at least 110, with 332 missing and forcing the evacuation of over 3,100
  • Jun 3 Boat capsizes off eastern Tunisia drowning at least 48 migrants
  • Jun 3 Dead whale found with 17 pounds (80 pieces) of plastic in its stomach in Songkhla province, Thailand

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jun 4 Former US President Bill Clinton and James Patterson publish a thriller novel "The President is Missing" together

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
Author James Patterson
Author
James Patterson
  • Jun 4 Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigns amid huge protests against tax and price increases. King Abdullah appoints Omar Razzaz to replace him.

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Jun 4 US President Donald Trump tweets "I have the absolute right to PARDON myself"

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jun 5 US President Donald Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families violates international law according to the UN
  • Jun 5 US Judge Aaron Persky, criticized for his leniency towards campus sex attacker Brock Turner, firt judge voted out in 80 years in Santa Clara, California

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 6 Iraqi parliament orders manual recount of legislative elections in May after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claims evidence of irregularities

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi
  • Jun 6 French man announced to have won France's €1 million My Lottery for the second time in 2 years, with odds of 1 in 16 trillion
  • Jun 6 At least 46 Ethiopian migrants drown after their boat capcizes of fthe coast of Yemen

  • Jun 6 Special pedestrian lane introduced just for "phubbers" slow-walking smartphone users in Xi'an, China
  • Jun 7 Mars Curiosity Rover finds organic matter, including methane, on Mars in studies published in journal "Science"
  • Jun 7 Baltimore ex-police sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, head of a rogue police unit sentenced to 25 years for robbery and racketeering
  • Jun 8 WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers in India prompt two men to be beaten to death by a mob in Karbi Angong district, Assam
  • Jun 8 IMF agrees to lend Argentina up to 50 billion dollars
  • Jun 8 World's most powerful supercomputer, Summit, can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, launched at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, by IBM and NVidia
  • Jun 11 Net neutrality is officially repealed by The Federal Communications Commission in the US
  • Jun 11 More than 100 people arrested in Vietnam, after protests against special economic zones at the People's Committee Headquarters in Binh Thuan province and elsewhere
  • Jun 11 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez accepts migrant rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people on board after Italy refuses it

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Jun 11 In landmark ruling, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejects El Salvador woman's asylum request based on domestic abuse

US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
US Senator and Attorney General
Jeff Sessions

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

Jun 12 Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jun 12 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at center of Nobel Prize Committee scandal, charged with rape in Sweden
  • Jun 12 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • Jun 12 AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge
  • Jun 13 Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate - 200 billion tonnes a year, 3 trillion tonnes in 25 years, in report published in "Nature" journal
  • Jun 13 Volkswagen fined €1 billion (£880m) by German prosecutors over diesel emissions scandal
  • Jun 13 Raccoon climbs 23 story office building in St Paul, Minnesota, becoming an internet sensation
  • Jun 14 US Justice Department concludes James Comey was "insubordinate" in his handling of Hilliary Clinton investigation in 2016
  • Jun 14 Malaysia's national debt reassessed at $250 billion, up from previous estimate $170 billion, 80% of gross domestic product
  • Jun 14 US government confirms 1500 boys being held separated from their parents in Casa Padre, shelter facility for illegal immigrants in a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas

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Jun 15 Physicist Stephen Hawking's ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, London, between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton

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Jun 15 Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud over company's blood tests

Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes
  • Jun 15 Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh burns down, four years after a previous fire
  • Jun 16 Two suicide bombers attack Damboa in Borno state, Nigeria, killing at least 31 people
  • Jun 17 Ivan Duque is elected President of Columbia
  • Jun 17 Historic deal signed between Greece and Macedonia to end dispute over Macedonia's name - changing to North Macedonia
  • Jun 17 World electric speed record broken by Jaguar Vector V20E in battery-powered boat at 88.61 mph (142.60 kph) Coniston Water, English Lake District
  • Jun 18 President Trump orders US military to set up sixth branch of the military - a space force
  • Jun 18 Ferry sinks on Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, with 193 suspected dead
  • Jun 19 US ambassador Nikki Haley announces the US is leaving the UN Human Rights Council
  • Jun 19 Canada's Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana use, first major economy to do so
  • Jun 19 General Electric is dropped form the Dow Jones Index, the last original member from 1907
  • Jun 20 US President Donald Trump signs Executive Order ending family separation at the border for illegal immigrants
  • Jun 20 Algeria turns off its internet to stop students cheating during exams
  • Jun 20 Hungarian government passes legislation that criminalizes aiding undocumented migrants
  • Jun 21 EU imposes tariffs on US goods worth $3.2 billion in response to US tariffs
  • Jun 21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter

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Jun 21 Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is charged with fraud

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Jun 22 Eurozone countries agree debt relief deal for Greece, signalling end to the country's economic crisis
  • Jun 22 President Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders is asked to leave Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia over her support of Trump's policies, igniting debate
  • Jun 23 Violent clashes over several days between ethnic Berom farmers and Fulani herders in Plateau state, Nigeria, kill 86

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 23 Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa survives probable assassination attempt after blast at election rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe kills 2 and injures nearly 50

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • Jun 23 Laura Ingalls Wilder's name removed from book award by US Association for Library Service to Children, becuase of author's racist views and language
  • Jun 23 Explosion at a rally in Addis Ababa after speech by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kills two and injures 150
  • Jun 23 12 boys and their coach are stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand by monsoon flooding, prompting an international rescue effort when they are discovered 9 days later
  • Jun 24 Women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia after ban is lifted

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Jun 24 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins second term with president's AK Party winning 42% parliamentary votes

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Jun 24 Britain's Prince William begins a five-day tour of the Middle East visiting Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories

Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Jun 25 UK House of Commons votes for a controversial third Heathrow runway
  • Jun 25 General Strike in Argentina in response to austerity measures required by an IMF loan

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Jun 25 Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares State of Emergency for wildfire spread over 8,200 acres in Lake County

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Jun 25 Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announces it plans to move some production abroad in response to EU retaliatory tariffs
  • Jun 26 US Supreme Court upholds President Trump's travel ban against mostly Muslim countries
  • Jun 26 Quriyat, Oman, registers highest "low" temperature for a day ever recorded of 42.5 degrees
  • Jun 26 Sudanese court overturns death sentence for teenager who killed the husband after he raped her
  • Jun 26 India is named the most dangerous country to be a women because of sexual violence and slave labour by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Jun 26 First high level talks between Ethiopian and Eritrean officials in 20 years begins in Addis Ababa
  • Jun 26 Hello Kitty bullet train unveiled by the West Japan Railway

Historic DiscoveryPolio

Jun 26 Polio outbreak confirmed in New Guinea by WHO, 18 years after it was declared free of the disease

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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Jun 27 US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces he will retire on July 31

106th US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
106th US Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Kennedy

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Jun 27 Malaysian police announce seizure of goods linked to former prime minister Najib Razak, worth $273 million, biggest in the country's history, including 567 handbags and 14 tiaras

Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Najib Razak
  • Jun 27 Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 arrives at diamond-shaped asteroid Ryugu
  • Jun 27 French government introduces plan to bring back national service for 16 year-olds
  • Jun 27 President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and former Vice President Riek MacharSouth sign peace deal to end four-year civil war

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jun 27 Democrat Representative Joseph Crowley is defeated in New York Primary election by liberal challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

US Congresswoman and Activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Congresswoman and Activist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Jun 27 Complex carbon-based molecules found by Cassini spacecraft on Saturn moon Enceladus, previously only ever found on earth and meteorites in research published in "Nature"
  • Jun 28 Lone gunman attacks offices of Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing nine
  • Jun 28 Power company uncovers Neolithic wooden trackway 2,300 years old in Suffolk, England. One of the largest archaeological digs in Europe at 16,000 square meters
  • Jun 28 Employee charged with attempted poisoning of colleague's sandwich in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany, leading authorities to investigate 21 other suspicious deaths
  • Jun 28 Amsterdam elects its first-ever woman mayor Femke Halsema since its first mayor in 1343
  • Jun 28 Fire starts on Winter Hill on Lancashire moorland, England, lit by arson
  • Jun 28 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo declared "largely contained" by World Health Organisation, first outbreak to use new Merck vaccine
  • Jun 30 The popular online game for children, Fantage, shuts down after ten years
  • Jun 30 March of the Flowers in Managua, Nicaragua, commemorating youth killed under government crackdown turns violent with 1 person killed and eight injured
  • Jun 30 Two members of the public confirmed poisoned by Novichok nerve, a women later dies, in Wiltshire, England

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Jill Ker Conway, Australian-American author, first female president of Smith College, dies at 83
  • Jun 2 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, dies at 86
  • Jun 2 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), dies at 99
  • Jun 3 Frank Carlucci, American National Security Adviser under Reagan and Secretary of Defense (1987-89), dies at 87
  • Jun 5 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, commits suicide by hanging at 55
  • Jun 7 Peter Stringfellow, English nightclub owner (Stringfellows), dies at 77
  • Jun 7 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist best known for his war photography, dies at 102
  • Jun 21 Charles Krauthammer, American conservative political commentator and psychiatrist (The Washington Post), dies small intestine cancer of at 68
  • Jun 22 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Donald Hall, American writer, literary critic and Poet Laureate of the United States, dies at 89
  • Jun 23 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), dies at 92
  • Jun 24 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), dies at 89
  • Jun 27 Joe Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family, dies at 89
  • Jun 29 Arvid Carlsson, Swedish neuropharmacologist whose work with dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease earned him a Nobel Prize (2000), dies at 95
  • Jun 29 Steve Ditko, American comic artist (The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange), dies at 90