On This Day

On This Day in History for June 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1984 Amber Kvanli, of Minnesota, crowned America's Junior Miss

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1986 Drs at Bethesda Naval remove 2 small benign polyps from Reagan's colon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1987 Chuti Tiu, 17, of Wisconsin, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1988 Coup in Haiti: Henri Namphy overthrows Leslie Manigat, general assembly dissolved
  • 1988 Supreme Court upholds a law that made it illegal for private clubs to discriminate against women and minorities

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1990 Nelson Mandela lands in NYC to begin a tour of US

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1990 Asteroid Eureka is discovered
  • 1991 The Bundestag (German parliament) decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin
  • 1994 Bomb attack on Islamic temple in Mashad Iran (70 killed)
  • 1994 US Fairchild Hospital Air Force Base massacre, former gunman kills 5 and injures 22
  • 1995 Space probe Ulysses begins 2nd passage behind the Sun
  • 1996 Space Shuttle STS 78 (Columbia 20), launches into space
  • 1996 The Venezuelan Congress approves deals which allow foreign oil companies to explore and produce oil in Venezuela for the first time since the country's 1975 nationalization of the oil industry
  • 1997 Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • 2011 Betty Dukes v. Walmart class action lawsuit on alleged employee gender discrimination in pay and promotion policies is decided in a 5-4 decision, ruling that the class should not be certified in its current form
  • 2012 Western Libyan tribal clashes kill 105 people and injure 500

  • 2012 A Syrian fighter pilot lands in Jordan and defects from the Syrian uprising
  • 2015 Heat wave peaks in southern Pakistan, goes on to kill about 2,000 people from dehydration and heat stroke
  • 2015 1000 humanoid robots named "Pepper" sell out in under a minute ($1,600 each) in Japan, according to its creator SoftBank Robotics Corp.
  • 2016 China's super computer tally overtakes the US; Chinese 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is world's No. 1
  • 2016 Rome elects its first female Mayor Virginia Raggi (Five Star Movement) and its youngest at 37
  • 2017 US toymaker Mattel releases 15 new body types for their Ken doll, including one with a man bun
  • 2017 Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO after a shareholder revolt

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2018 US President Donald Trump signs Executive Order ending family separation at the border for illegal immigrants

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Algeria turns off its internet to stop students cheating during exams
  • 2018 Hungarian government passes legislation that criminalizes aiding undocumented migrants
  • 2019 Oregon Governor Kate Brown authorizes police to round up 11 Republican state senators who have gone into hiding to stop vote on cap-and-trade proposal emissions bill

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2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
  • 2019 Shares for messaging site Slack start trading on the New York Stock Exchange to give it a valuation of $19.5 billion
  • 2019 Iran shoots down a US drone over the Straits of Hormuz escalating tension between the two countries
  • 2020 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.
  • 2020 Highest-ever temperature recorded in the Arctic circle, 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, Siberia
  • 2020 Three men stabbed to death, with three others injured, in a terrorist attack in a park in Reading, England
  • 2020 Historic dust cloud from the Sahara desert reaches the Caribbean, largest for half a century
  • 2021 Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, the second highest in the world
  • 2021 China announces it has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

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