Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

June in our rearview mirror

Edward H. White II displays the U.S. flag on his space suit during his historic spacewalk, or EVA (NASA JSC Photograph S65-30431)

Edward H. White II displays the U.S. flag on his space suit during his historic spacewalk, or EVA (NASA JSC Photograph S65-30431)

While sitting on pins and needles waiting to get a highly anticipated phone call, let’s review June’s glances into history.

For several months now, I’ve been tweeting each day a quick note on something that happened on that date in the past. To keep up with them in real time, use the link in the right column to follow me, smartaindale, on Twitter.

June 1: In 1967, The Beatles released the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

June 2: In 1935, Babe Ruth ended his Major League baseball playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs.

June 3: In 1965, astronaut Edward H. White became the first American to “walk” in space during the flight of Gemini 4.

June 4: In 1989, Chinese troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters.

June 5: In 1884, Gen. William T. Sherman on the GOP nomination: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

June 6: In 1933, Park-In Theaters, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, opened in Camden, New Jersey.

June 7: In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky.

June 8: In 1984, the now-classic comedy “Ghostbusters” was released in theaters across the United States.

June 9: In 1972, a flash flood in Rapid City, SD, killed more than 200 people.

June 10: In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon lifted a trade embargo on China.

June 11: In 1770, Endeavour commander Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.

June 12: In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered outside her Los Angeles home.

June 13: In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights.

June 14: In 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

June 15: In 1846, Great Britain and the U.S. signed the Oregon Treaty, establishing the Canadian border.

June 16: In 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, speeding along at about 6 mph.

June 17: In 1972, five burglars were arrested in the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in D.C.

June 18: In 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space.

June 19: In 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston with news the Civil War was over and all remaining slaves in Texas were free.

June 20: In 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Mass., found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and stepmother.

June 21: In 1982, a jury found John Hinckley Jr. not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan.

June 22: In 1937, Joe Louis won the world heavyweight boxing title over Jim Braddock in an eighth-round knockout.

June 23: In 1931, Wiley Post and Harold Gatty left New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days, 15 hours.

June 24: In 1995, South Africa defeated New Zealand in the finals of the Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg.

June 25: In 1876, Native Americans led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated U.S. Army troops near Little Bighorn River.

June 26: In 1974, the supermarket price scanner made its debut in Troy, Ohio.

June 27: In 1950, President Harry S. Truman announced he was ordering U.S. air and naval forces to aid South Korea.

June 28: In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight from New York to Marseilles.

June 29: In 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during “Henry VIII.”

June 30: In 2013, 19 wildland firefighters perished while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz.

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