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This Day in History

1/6/1967 - The Beatles release Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band to critical acclaim. 

2/6/1953 - Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony steeped in traditions that date back a millennium. 

3/6/1965 – One hundred and 20 miles above the earth, Major Edward H. White II opens the hatch of the Gemini 4 and steps out of the capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space. 

6/6/1944 – On this day in 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, commonly known as D-Day. 

9/6/1956 – one of the world’s top-selling crime novelists, Patricia Cornwell, best known for her forensic pathologist character Dr. Kay Scarpetta, is born in Miami, Florida. 

10/6/1692 – In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft. 

11/6/1982 – Then 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg reportedly drew on his own experiences as an unusually imaginative, often-lonely child of divorce for his science-fiction classic E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, which is released on this day in 1982. 

12/6/1942 - Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later, she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms behind her father’s office. 

17/6/1885 – The dismantled Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbour after being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in 350 individual pieces packed in more than 200 cases.

18/6/1815 - At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history. 

20/6/1975 - Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theatres. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster 

23/6/2018 - It started as a fun after-practice excursion. On this day in 2018, Ekkapol Chantawong, a 25-year-old Thai youth soccer coach, takes his team, the Wild Boars, to explore a cave he’d visited before, intending to stay just about an hour. But when monsoon rains hit while they’re underground and the cave’s entrance floods, the coach and his 12 players, ages 11- 16, become trapped. The team would remain stuck underground for more than two weeks, in what became a global media sensation. 

24/6/1997 - U.S. Air Force officials release a 231-page report dismissing long-standing claims of an alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, New Mexico, almost exactly 50 years earlier. 

25/6/2009 - Michael Jackson, one of the most commercially successful entertainers in history, dies at the age of 50 at his home in Los Angeles, California, after suffering from cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of drugs given to him by his personal doctor. 

26/6/1975 -After 13 years together as a couple and six years of marriage—the last three for the cameras—Sonny and Cher were legally divorced. 

28/6/1997 - Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. The attack led to his disqualification from the match and suspension from boxing, and was the strangest chapter yet in the champion’s roller-coaster career. 

30/6/1936 - Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published.

 

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