Historic World Events / June (page 30)

June

List historic world events in June

May, 2016

  • 29 May

    Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich

    Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich

    On this day in 1940, Benito Mussolini arrives in Munich with his foreign minister, Count Ciano, to discuss immediate plans with the Fuhrer, and doesn’t like what he hears. Embarrassed over the late entry of Italy in the war against the Allies, and its rather tepid performance since, Mussolini met …

  • 29 May

    Philip Kearny is born

    Philip Kearny is born

    Philip Kearny, one of the most promising generals in the Union army, is born in New York City. Raised in a wealthy family, Kearny attended Columbia University and became a lawyer. Although his grandfather refused to allow him to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Kearny enrolled a …

  • 28 May

    Pollard admits to selling top-secret information to Israel

    Pollard admits to selling top-secret information to Israel

    Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top-secret U.S. military intelligence information to Israel. The former Navy intelligence analyst sold enough classified documents to fill a medium-sized room. Pollard was arrested in November 1985 after authorities learned that he had been meeting with Israeli agents every two weeks for …

  • 28 May

    Daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

    Daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

    Jean-Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Emile Blondin, becomes the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The feat, which was performed 160 feet above the Niagara gorge just down river from the Falls, was witnessed by some 5,000 spectators. Wearing pink tights and a yellow …

  • 27 May

    Russians enjoy a victory parade

    Russians enjoy a victory parade

    On this day in 1945, Soviet troops parade past Red Square in celebration of their victory over Germany. As drums rolled, 200 soldiers performed a familiar ritual: They threw 200 German military banners at the foot of the Lenin Mausoleum. A little over 130 years earlier, victorious Russian troops threw …

  • 25 May

    Berlin Airlift begins

    Berlin Airlift begins

    In response to the Soviet blockade of land routes into West Berlin, the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city. For nearly a year, supplies from American planes sustained the over 2 million people in West Berlin. On June …

  • 25 May

    Flash flood hits Rapid City

    Flash flood hits Rapid City

    A flash flood in Rapid City, South Dakota, kills more than 200 people on this day in 1972. This flood demonstrated the danger of building homes and businesses in a floodplain region. The native Sioux called the river Minnelusa when European settlers overtook the Black Hills region in 1876 as …

  • 24 May

    Tom Cruise raises eyebrows

    Tom Cruise raises eyebrows

    The actor Tom Cruise has an infamous interview with Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s morning talk show Today, on this day in 2005. During the interview, Lauer challenged Cruise about critical comments the actor had made regarding the actress Brooke Shields’ use of anti-depressant medications to treat her post-partum depression. …

  • 24 May

    Eisenhower rejects calls for U.S. “isolationism”

    Eisenhower rejects calls for U.S. “isolationism”

    In a forceful speech, President Dwight D. Eisenhower strikes back at critics of his Cold War foreign policy. He insisted that the United States was committed to the worldwide battle against communism and that he would maintain a strong U.S. defense. Just a few months into his presidency, and with …

  • 24 May

    Eisenhower assumes command of U.S. troops in Europe

    Eisenhower assumes command of U.S. troops in Europe

    On this day in 1942, General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes commander of all U.S. troops in the European theater of World War II, continuing the steady ascent in military rank that would culminate in his appointment as supreme Allied commander of all forces in Europe in 1943. As U.S. commander, …