On This Day

On This Day in History for June 4 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 1981 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • 1982 Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
  • 1984 DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal
  • 1985 STS 51-G vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1985 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • 1986 Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, pleads guilty in US court
  • 1988 Longest game in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (5:46) 14 inn (beat NY 7-6)
  • 1989 2nd Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $770,000
  • 1989 43rd Tony Awards: Heidi Chronicles & Jerome Robbin's Broadway win
  • 1989 Beijing policeman shoots & wounds Chinese priemer Li Ping
  • 1989 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • 1989 Gas explodes near 2 passenger trains in USSR, kills 100s
  • 1989 Largest parade in Bronx history honors 350th anniversary

Tiananmen Square MassacreTiananmen Square Massacre

1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000

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Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
Shopping bags in hand, an unknown protester stands in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square
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  • 1990 Greyhound Bus files bankruptcy

  • 1990 NY Telephone company announces that it wants Bronx area code 917

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Dr Jack Kevorkian assists an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • 1991 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Pope John Paul II compares abortion with Nazi murders

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1991 Robert S Strauss becomes US ambassador to Soviet Union
  • 1992 San Jose voters reject Giants plan to build a new stadium
  • 1992 USPS announces young Elvis beats old Elvis stamp
  • 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is signed in New York
  • 1994 Haile Gebre Selassie runs world record 5 km (12:56.96)
  • 1995 49th Tony Awards: Love! Valour! Compassion! & Sunset Boulevard win
  • 1995 8th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $1,331,000
  • 1997 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • 1998 Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing
  • 2000 54th Tony Awards: "Copenhagen" and "Contact" win
  • 2001 Gyanendra, the last King of Nepal, ascends to the throne after the massacre in the Royal Palace
  • 2012 US drone attack kills 15 militants in Pakistan, including high ranking al-Qaeda official, Abu Yahya al-Libi
  • 2012 Car bomb kills 26 and injures 190 people in central Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2012 Japan's stock market plummets to record lows with the S&P/TOPIX 150 reaching its lowest level since 1983
  • 2012 Wedding party bus crashes killing 23 and injuring 60 people in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2014 10 Nigerian generals and five other senior military officers are court-martialed for providing arms and information to jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2018 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
  • 2018 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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2018 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
  • 2019 Former US school security guard Scot Peterson arrested and charged with neglect of a child and culpable negligence for not confronting gunman during Parkland school massacre in a landmark case
  • 2019 Over 100,000 people mark the 30th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong and around the world
  • 2019 Movement in Japan to end compulsory wearing of high heels in work places trends with hashtag #KuToo
  • 2019 Deforestation of the Amazon forest in Brazil the fastest for a decade as 740 square kilometers cleared in 30 days according to Brazilian space research institute
  • 2019 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism by tens of thousands against Prime Minister Andrej Babis' use of EU subsidies
  • 2019 Professional gambler James Holzhauer's 32-game winning steak ends on "Jeopardy" just short of Ken Jenning's record $2.52m earnings
  • 2020 Thousands ignore a recent ban and mark the anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre in Hong Kong
  • 2020 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

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2020 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

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 2020 State of Emergency declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle
  • 2021 Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes a desperate plea for vaccines amid his country's devastating COVID-19 second wave, reporting nearly 9,000 daily cases late May

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