Historic World Events / June (page 10)

June

List historic world events in June

August, 2016

  • 24 August

    King Constantine of Greece abdicates

    King Constantine of Greece abdicates

    On this day in 1917, King Constantine I of Greece, the foremost champion of Greek neutrality during World War I, abdicates his throne in the face of pressure from Britain and France and internal opponents—most notably Prime Minister Eleutherios Venizelos—who favored Greece’s entrance into the war on the side of …

  • 23 August

    Rebels turned back at Milliken’s Bend

    Rebels turned back at Milliken’s Bend

    A Confederate attempt to rescue Vicksburg and a Rebel garrison held back by Union forces to the east of the city fails when Union troops turn back the attack at the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana. By late May 1863, Union General Ulysses S. Grant had surrounded Vicksburg, the last …

  • 23 August

    Autoworkers’ union calls strike at GM parts factory

    Autoworkers’ union calls strike at GM parts factory

    On this day in 1998, 3,400 members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union walk out on their jobs at a General Motors (GM) metal-stamping factory in Flint, Michigan, beginning a strike that will last seven weeks and stall production at GM facilities nationwide. In the late 1970s and early …

  • 23 August

    USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama

    USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama

    The most successful and feared Confederate commerce raider of the war, the CSS Alabama, sinks after a spectacular battle off the coast of France with the USS Kearsarge. Built in an English shipyard and sold to the Confederates in 1861, the Alabama was a state-of-the-art ship—220 feet long, with a …

  • 21 August

    “Frankly, My Dear…”

    “Frankly, My Dear…”

    On this day in 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed–Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in Gone with the Wind. Director Victor Fleming also shot the scene using the alternate line, “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care,” in case the film censors objected …

  • 21 August

    J.E.B. Stuart rides around the Union army

    J.E.B. Stuart rides around the Union army

    Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart begins his ride around the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular campaign in Virginia, after being sent on a reconnaissance of Union positions by Robert E. Lee. Four days later, Stuart had circled the entire Yankee force, 105,000 strong, and provided Lee with crucial information. …

  • 20 August

    Doughnut truck thief arrested

    Doughnut truck thief arrested

    On this day in 2002, Clint Messina, 21, of Lacombe, Louisiana, is arrested and charged in the attempted murder of a police officer after driving into a patrol car while attempting to flee from sheriff’s deputies. Soon after, police discovered that he was already a wanted man. At about 3:30 …

  • 20 August

    University of Alabama desegregated

    University of Alabama desegregated

    Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Alabama Governor George Wallace ends his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and allows two African American students to enroll. George Wallace, one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, was elected governor of Alabama in 1962 under an ultra-segregationist platform. …

  • 19 August

    Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court

    Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court

    President Lyndon Johnson appoints U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thurgood Marshall to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom C. Clark. On August 30, after a heated debate, the Senate confirmed Marshall’s nomination by a vote of 69 to 11. Two days later, he was sworn in …

  • 19 August

    “Cars” released

    “Cars” released

    On this day in 2006, the animated feature film “Cars,” produced by Pixar Animation Studios, roars into theaters across the United States. For “Cars,” which won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Pixar’s animators created an alternate America inhabited by vehicles instead of humans. The film’s hero is …