On This Day

On This Day in History for June 6 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1972 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • 1972 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • 1972 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 1974 47th National Spelling Bee: Julie Ann Junkin wins spelling hydrophyte
  • 1974 A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy
  • 1975 British voters decide to remain in Common Market
  • 1975 Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam established
  • 1976 "The Omen" premieres in the UK
  • 1977 "Washington Post" reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • 1977 Joseph L Howze installed as bishop of Roman Catholic diocese (Miss)
  • 1977 Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws
  • 1978 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
  • 1979 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • 1979 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • 1979 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • 1981 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial

  • 1981 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing
  • 1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
  • 1982 36th Tony Awards: Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby & Nine win
  • 1982 Bernard Glassman installed as abbot of Zen Center of NY
  • 1983 Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Li Xiannian becomes President of the People's Republic of China and Deng Xiaoping the supreme commander

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1983 Nicaragua expels 3 US diplomats
  • 1984 1,200 die in Sikh "Golden Temple" uprising India
  • 1984 Video game Tetris is first released in the Soviet Union by Alexey Pajitnov
  • 1985 58th National Spelling Bee: Balu Natarajan wins spelling milieu
  • 1985 Body of Nazi concentration camp doctor Dr Josef Mengele located and exhumed
  • 1985 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts "status" of Aruba
  • 1985 Soyuz T-13 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • 1986 Kathy Ormsby, a 21-year-old member of NC State track team jumps off a bridge permanently paralyzing herself
  • 1988 3 giant turtles found in Bronx sewage plant
  • 1988 George H. W. Bush makes campaign promise to support reparations for WW II to Japanese-American internees (promise broken, May 1989)
  • 1990 For 2nd time this season, Cecil Fielder belts 3 home runs in a game
  • 1991 Albert Belle is shipped to minors for not running out a ground ball
  • 1991 Dana Plato receives 6 yr suspended sentence for robbing a video store
  • 1992 Ben Vereen suffers injuries when hit by a car

  • 1993 47th Tony Awards: "Angels in America" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" win
  • 1993 6th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • 1993 Punsalmaagiyn Otsjirbat recognized as President of Mongolia
  • 1993 Ramiro de Leon Carpio elected President of Guatemala
  • 1994 6.0 earthquake/avalanche destroys Toez, Colombia (about 1000 killed)
  • 1994 CD-councillor H Selhorst arrested for hard-drugs trade
  • 1994 Tupolev-154M crashes at Xian China, 160 killed
  • 1994 Warwickshire score 4 for 810 declared against Durham
  • 1995 Moses Kiptanui of Kenya runs world 5,000m record 12:55.30 in Rome, Italy
  • 1999 Sydney Swans Australian Rules Football full forward Tony Lockett breaks Gordon Coventry's career goals record with his 1,300th major early in SCG match against Collingwood
  • 1999 Largest jailbreak in Brazilian history at the Putim maximum security prison in Brazil, 345 prisoners run from the main gate. In the ensuing manhunt, two fugitives are killed and five innocent bystanders are accidentally jailed.
  • 1999 53rd Tony Awards: "Fosse" and "Side Man" win
  • 2002 A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Resulting explosion estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
  • 2004 Tamil is established as a Classical language by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.
  • 2004 58th Tony Awards: Avenue Q & I Am My Own Wife win
  • 2005 The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.
  • 2012 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs - last transit of 21st century
  • 2012 The Solar Impulse completes the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun
  • 2013 Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • 2015 Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York
  • 2015 236th Epsom Derby: Golden Horn ridden by Frankie Dettori wins
  • 2017 Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US launch offensive to take Raqqa from Islamic State in Syria
  • 2017 Indian Arundhati Roy publishes her 2nd novel "The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness" 20 years after her first
  • 2017 Floods in Salto, Paysandú and Artigas in Uruguay displace over 3,000 people

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2018 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
  • 2018 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
  • 2018 At least 46 Ethiopian migrants drown after their boat capcizes of fthe coast of Yemen
  • 2018 Special pedestrian lane introduced just for "phubbers" slow-walking smartphone users in Xi'an, China
  • 2019 German serial killer nurse Niels Hoegel jailed for a second life sentence for the murder of 85 more people (previously convicted for six). Germany's worst post-war serial killer.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 On 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, New York City’s police commissioner James O’Neill apologizes for his department's actions during the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn

Transgender activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson
Transgender activist and drag queen
Marsha P. Johnson
  • 2019 Amir Ohana becomes the first openly gay minister in Israel as acting justice minister

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