Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 16th

On this day in 2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa opened for the first time since 1990 as work to keep it from falling over was completed; it now leans only 4.1 m (13.5 ft) off perpendicular, 44 cm (17 in) less than … Continue reading

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June 15th

On this day in 1956 – Fifteen-year-old John Lennon (b. 9 October 1940) of the music group, The Quarrymen, met 13-year-old Paul McCartney (b. 18 June 1942) and invited him to join the group.

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June 14th

On this day in 1954 – President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

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June 13th

On this day in 1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blamed recklessness by Exxon Corporation and Capt. Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the nation’s worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

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June 9th

On this day in 1973 – Secretariat became the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win the Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes.

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June 7th

On this day in 1975 – Sony Corporation unveiled the Betamax videocassette recorder (VCR).

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June 6th

On this day in 1944 – The “D-Day” invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy,France.

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June 5th

On this day in 2002 – Mozilla 1.0, the first “official” version of the Web browser, is released.

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June 4th

On this day in 1919 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

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June 3rd

On this day in 1989 – The Chinese government authorized its soldiers and tanks to reclaim Beijing’s Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of protests for democratic reforms, killing 2000 protesters.

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