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June 2020 in History

Events in History


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Jun 1 US President Trump threatens to employ the military to quell protests across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 2 New outbreak of Ebola has killed five people in city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jun 2 Brazilian death toll passes 30,000 from coronavirus COVID-19 at 31,199 with 555,383 number of cases confirmed, 2nd only to the US

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Jun 2 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 2 UK death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics

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Jun 3 Three former police officers charged in connection with death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Derek Chauvin's charge upgraded to second degree murder

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 3 Former Defense Secretary James Mattis says in The Atlantic: "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us."
  • Jun 4 Thousands ignore a recent ban and mark the anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong
  • Jun 4 UN report criticizing human rights violations in the Philippines, including deaths of 8,000 during its war on drugs, a day after county's House of Representatives passed new anti-terrorism law
  • Jun 4 Memorial for George Floyd led by Rev. Al Sharpton, killed in police custody, in Minneapolis, as 10th night of protests at his death held around the country
  • Jun 4 State of Emergency declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle
  • Jun 7 US National Guard pulled out of Washington D.C. and curfew ends in New York as anti-racism protests stay largely peaceful
  • Jun 7 Black Lives Matter Protests continue worldwide in large numbers, In Bristol England statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston pulled down
  • Jun 7 Coronavirus COVID-19 global death toll passes 400,000 with confirmed cases at 6,973,195 according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • Jun 8 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to coronavirus COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • Jun 8 United States officially went into recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years), according to National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Jun 8 World Bank says the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • Jun 8 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for coronavirus COVID-19
  • Jun 8 Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the first woman to reach deepest point of the ocean - Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Formerly the first American woman to spacewalk.
  • Jun 8 Lockdowns for coronavirus COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • Jun 10 Swedish prosecutors close the case on the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme after 34 years, saying the probable killer is dead
  • Jun 10 Cameroon's conflict with English-speaking separatists rated world's most-neglected conflict according to Norwegian Refugee Council

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Jun 10 Statues of Confederate figures and explorers become focus of #BlackLivesMatter protests, with many removed including of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and of Christopher Columbus in Richmond

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Jun 11 Bodies of 46 migrants recovered off the coast of Tunisia after a boat capsized a few days before
  • Jun 11 Pan-American Health Organisation warns pandemic spreading "exponentially" in many areas of the region, home to nearly half of all cases worldwide
  • Jun 12 African American Rayshard Brooks shot dead in drive-through carpark in Atlanta leading to further protests at police violence and the resignation of city's police chief
  • Jun 14 India reports surge of nearly 12,000 a day confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases (320,922 overall), the world's fourth-affected country, as death toll hits 9,195

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Jun 15 Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated

Journalist and Author Maria Ressa
Journalist and Author
Maria Ressa
  • Jun 15 New coronavirus COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases in Beijing called a 'significant event' by WHO
  • Jun 15 In landmark decision US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace
  • Jun 16 At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in 1st deadly clash on the Chinese Indian border in 45 years in the Galwan Valley, Himalayas
  • Jun 17 Former police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta charged with his murder and aggravated assault
  • Jun 17 First major breakthrough in treating coronavirus COVID-19 using steroid dexamethasone announced by Oxford University

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Jun 18 US Supreme Court rules the Obama-era Dreamers Program (DACA), enabling undocumented migrant children ability to study and work, can stay

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jun 18 Global coronavirus COVID-19 death toll passes 450,000 (451,118) with 8,421,357 cases known according to Johns Hopkins figures
  • Jun 18 Canadian coronavirus COVID-19 known cases pass 100,000 with 8,361 deaths

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Jun 19 Australian government and companies ares under a months-long state-based cyber attack says PM Scott Morrison

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • Jun 20 Donald Trump controversially holds his first re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, only 6,200 people attend despite the campaign stating 1 million had registered. Social media campaign organised by teens on TikTok, K-Pop fans and others, claims responsibility for wildly inflating the expected attendance.
  • Jun 20 Arctic circle record its highest-ever temperature of 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, Siberia
  • Jun 20 Three men stabbed to death, with three others injured, in a terrorist attack in a park in Reading, England
  • Jun 20 Historic dust cloud from the Sahara desert reaches the Caribbean, largest for half a century
  • Jun 21 WHO records a record number of new daily cases of coronavirus COVID-19 - 183,020, with 116,000 coming from North and South America.
  • Jun 21 New archaeological discovery announced near Stonehenge of a large circle of shafts surrounding a village 2500 BC, largest prehistoric structure in Britain
  • Jun 21 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to coronavirus
  • Jun 22 Japanese supercomputer Fugaku in Kobe by Riken institute wins world contest to be the fastest
  • Jun 22 New York City, once the epicentre of the pandemic in America, begins stage 2 of re-opening, allowing outdoor dinning and some in-store shopping
  • Jun 22 US government data shows African Americans four times more likely than whites to be hospitalized for coronavirus COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities for the pandemic
  • Jun 22 Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths (officially) with states of Amazonas, Pará, Ceará, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro most effected.
  • Jun 23 Germany locks down a second area after a spike in coronavirus cases in Gütersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, affecting half a million people
  • Jun 23 Coronavirus COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as country records its 3rd highest daily total, more than 35,000
  • Jun 23 125 pilots grounded by Pakistan International Airlines after revelations many had cheated in exams or held fake licenses

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Jun 24 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will have to isolate for two weeks

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Jun 24 COVID-19 pandemic worsens dramatically in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, with 25% mortality according to the UN
  • Jun 24 Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
  • Jun 24 World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used 11 trillion to support their economies
  • Jun 25 WHO declares the Ebola outbreak in the Congo over. The Second worst outbreak it killed 2,280 people over 2 years
  • Jun 25 US Center of Disease Control estimates 20 million people in America have been infected with coronavirus, 10 times higher than confirmed cases
  • Jun 25 Australian airline Qantas announces it is cutting 6,000 jobs, a fifth of its workforce because of the pandemic
  • Jun 26 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • Jun 27 Ireland's coalition government appoints Micheál Martin as Prime Minister after four months of negotiations
  • Jun 27 Locust invasion labelled 'Swarmageddon' by The Times of India as it reaches Delhi
  • Jun 28 Global death toll from coronavirus COVID-19 passes 500,000, doubling in less than two months (Johns Hopkins)
  • Jun 28 Coronavirus cases surge in southern and western US states with California, Texas and Florida closing bars, Arizona reports 20% of tests returning as positive
  • Jun 28 50th anniversary of 1st Gay Pride march in New York City marked around the world
  • Jun 29 US Supreme Court rules 5-4 that abortion restrictions in Louisiana unconstitutional, striking down a 2014 state law
  • Jun 29 Golden State Killer and former police officer Joseph DeAngelo Jr pleads guilty to 12 murders and dozens of rapes
  • Jun 30 China's new national security legislation for Hong Kong comes into force
  • Jun 30 For the 1st time less than half the working age population is working in Brazil, with 7.8 million losing their job March - May, according to Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics

Deaths in History

  • Jun 8 Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), dies at 55
  • Jun 12 William S. Sessions, American director of FBI (1987-93), dies at 90
  • Jun 16 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Paulinho Paiakan, Brazilian indigenous chief (led Kayapó people against Belo Monte dam), dies of COVID-19 at about 65
  • Jun 19 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jun 25 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), dies at 91
  • Jun 26 Milton Glaser, American graphic designer (founded New York Magazine, created the I ♥ NY" logo), dies at 91