Historic World Events / June (page 3)

June

List historic world events in June

September, 2016

  • 19 September

    U.S. World Cup team wins unlikely victory over England

    U.S. World Cup team wins unlikely victory over England

    On this day in 1950, an American team composed largely of amateurs defeated its more polished English opponents at the World Cup, held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dubbed the “Miracle on Green,” the game is considered one of the greatest soccer upsets of all time. The English team at the …

  • 18 September

    Michael Skakel convicted of 1975 murder in Greenwich

    Michael Skakel convicted of 1975 murder in Greenwich

    On this day in 2002, 41-year-old Michael Skakel is convicted in the 1975 murder of his former Greenwich, Connecticut, neighbor, 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the wife of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy, was later sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. On …

  • 18 September

    Senate passes landmark auto safety bill

    Senate passes landmark auto safety bill

    On this day in 1966, the United States Senate votes 76-0 for the passage of what will become the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson the following September, the act created the nation’s first mandatory federal safety standards for motor vehicles. …

  • 18 September

    Discoverer of Klondike Gold dies

    Discoverer of Klondike Gold dies

    George W. Carmack, the first person to discover gold along the Klondike River, dies in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carmack was born into a life of prospecting and mining. His father was a forty-niner who settled his family in Contra Costa County, California. When he was in his early 20s, Carmack …

  • 18 September

    JFK visits Ireland

    JFK visits Ireland

    John F. Kennedy, an Irish-American and the first Catholic to become president of the United States, arrives in Ireland for a visit on this day in 1963. Kennedy was proud of his Irish roots and made a special visit to his ancestral home in Dunganstown, County Wexford, while in the …

  • 17 September

    Four dozen people witness “The gig that changed the world”

    Four dozen people witness “The gig that changed the world”

    It seems millions of people claim to have been at Woodstock when only 500,000 or so were really there, but the biggest pop-culture event of the 1960s has nothing on one of the most pivotal of the 1970s: the Sex Pistols’ appearance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, …

  • 17 September

    Dante is named prior of Florence

    Dante is named prior of Florence

    On this day, poet Dante Alighieri becomes one of six priors of Florence, active in governing the city. Dante’s political activities, which include the banishment of several rivals, lead to his own exile from Florence, his native city, after 1302. He will write his great work, The Divine Comedy, as …

  • 17 September

    Chief Seattle dies near the city named for him

    Chief Seattle dies near the city named for him

    Thirteen years after American settlers founded the city named for him, Chief Seattle dies in a nearby village of his people. Born sometime around 1790, Seattle (Seathl) was a chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes who lived around the Pacific Coast bay that is today called Puget Sound. He …

  • 16 September

    British customs vessel, Gaspee, burns off Rhode Island

    British customs vessel, Gaspee, burns off Rhode Island

    On this day in 1772, colonists, angered by the British Parliament’s passing of the Townshend Acts restricting colonial trade, blacken their faces and board the HMS Gaspee, an armed British customs schooner that had run aground off the coast of Rhode Island. They then wounded the ship’s commander and set …

  • 16 September

    Mormon leader killed by mob

    Mormon leader killed by mob

    Joseph Smith, the founder and leader of the Mormon religion, is murdered along with his brother Hyrum when an anti-Mormon mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois. Born in Vermont in 1805, Smith claimed in 1823 that he had been visited by a Christian …