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Historical Calendar - June

Historic events for June

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The coronation of Anne Boleyn image
1533

Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s new queen crowned.

Going to the Derby image
1780

Derby horse race run for the first time.

New York or New Amsterdam image
1621

The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands (now known as New York).

Charles I image
1647

The British army seized King Charles I and held him as a hostage.

Margaret Drabble image
1939

Margaret Drabble, English novelist, biographer and critic, born

Elias Ashmole image
1683

World's first public museum, the Ashmolean, opened by Elias Ashmole in Oxford.

Earthquake at Port-Royal image
1692

Port Royal, Jamaica, hit by a catastrophic earthquake.

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Volcanic eruption image
1783

Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted and continued to spew lava for eight months. 9,350 people were killed and famine started and lasted until 1790.

Charles Dickens image
1870

Charles Dickens, Victorian novelist, dies.

Zoo image
1793

The Jardin des Plantes zoo opened in Paris. It was the first public zoo.

Dinosaurs image
1993

Steven Spielberg's dinosaur themed movie "Jurassic Park" opened. The adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel went on to gross in excess of $900 million and win three Oscars.

Harry Houdini image
1923

Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground, escaped from a strait jacket.

Boxer Rebellion image
1900

China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted into violence.

Jonathan Raban image
1942

Jonathan Raban, British travel writer and novelist, born.

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Magna Carta image
1215

King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta.

Orange plant image
1784

Holland forbids the wearing of orange clothes.

San Francisco Bay image
1579

Sir Francis Drake claimed San Francisco Bay for England.

Battle of Waterloo image
1815

Napoleon Bonaparte defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by an international army under the Duke of Wellington.

Salman Rushdie image
1947

Salman Rushdie, British-Indian novelist and essayist, born.

Princess Royal image
1837

The accession to the throne of Queen Victoria.

Battle of Vinegar Hill image
1798

The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill, during the Irish rebellion of 1798.

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George V image
1911

The coronation of George V, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Bannockburn image
1314

Commencement of the Battle of Bannockburn. A significant Scottish victory in the wars of Scottish independence.

Crossing the River Nieman image
1812

Napoleon's army crossed the River Nieman, beginning his invasion of Russia.

George Armstrong Custer image
1876

The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.

Francisco Pizarro image
1541

Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, murdered by his former followers.

Quebec image
1759

General James Wolfe initiates the siege of Quebec.

Eric Ambler image
1909

Eric Ambler, English novelist and playwright, born. Writer of thrillers, especially with an espionage background.

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Lighthouse image
1860

The first iron-pile lighthouse was completed at Minot’s Ledge, Massachusetts.

The Starry Messenger image
1908

The Tunguska event. An explosion in Siberia believed to have been caused by a large meteorite or comet.







 

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