June 1 2001 – The Royal Family of Nepal Is Massacred

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June 1 2001 – The Royal Family of Nepal Is MassacredRate this post On June 1, 2001, the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal sent the country into shock and sorrow as he went on to massacre the king, queen and several other members of the royal family, before turning the gun on himself. 29-year-old Crown Prince Dipendra killed Nepalese King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya, his 22-year-old brother, Prince Nirajan, and sister, 24-year-old Princess Shruti among other royals in the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace. The Narayanhity Royal Palace in Kathmandu was the residence of the royal family at the time. The prince’s action was attributed to a conflict with […]

June 2 1966 – Surveyor 1 the US Space Probe Lands on the Moon

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June 2 1966 – Surveyor 1 the US Space Probe Lands on the MoonRate this post Surveyor 1, the earliest of the seven robotic surveyor space crafts, sent to the lunar surface to collect data for National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo missions, landed on the moon on June 2, 1966 at 6:17 hours UTC. Surveyor 1 became the first spacecraft to make a true soft landing on the lunar surface. The Apollo moon missions were manned missions to the moon which commenced in 1969. The Surveyors were unmanned crafts sent to the moon to gather information about the terrain, weather, surface, and other conditions of the moon to […]

June 3 2008 – Barack Obama Clinches the Democratic Presidential Nomination

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June 3 2008 – Barack Obama Clinches the Democratic Presidential NominationRate this post On June 3, 2008, US Presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, went on to win the Democratic primaries. The win was a significant step in Senator Obama’s transition to US President Obama, the 44th American President and the first African-American to chair the Oval Office. Obama’s battle for the democratic candidature against former First Lady and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton took on epic proportions and resulted in one of the most spectacular primary campaigns in the history of US elections. On February 10, 2007, Barack Obama, a junior Illinois senator announced his candidacy for […]

June 4 1989 – Tiananmen Square Massacre Takes Place

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June 4 1989 – Tiananmen Square Massacre Takes PlaceRate this post On June 4, 1989, Chinese military troops massacred thousands of unarmed civilians who blocked the route to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Tiananmen Square had been occupied by student protesters and demonstrators several weeks prior to the incident. In late May 1989, thousands of students in Beijing gathered to take advantage of the media exposure that was to follow Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit. They found it the perfect opportunity to stage pro-democracy demonstrations and occupied Tiananmen Square for almost a fortnight. The protests were also meant to mourn the death of liberal reformer and former Communist Party General […]

June 5 1967 – The Six-Day War begins

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June 5 1967 – The Six-Day War beginsRate this post The Six-Day War of 1967 was a major turning point in early years of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Apart from thrusting the Palestine Liberation Organization into prominence, the war also served to establish the State of Israel as a power to reckon with. The war commenced on June 5, 1967 and ended on June 10, 1967 in a resounding Israeli dominance. The decisive victory provided Israel a number of advantages the including recognition of Egypt, a major Arab nation and the victory over Jerusalem – a city held sacred by the Jews. The roots of the State of Israel were thus […]

June 6 1944 – Allies land in Normandy on D-Day

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June 6 1944 – Allies land in Normandy on D-DayRate this post On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in a heavily-guarded France to fight Nazi Germany during World War II. To embark on one of the largest Allied operations, codenamed Operation Overlord, over 156,000 British, Canadian, and USA troops landed on a 50-mile long coastal stretch. June 6, the day of the Normandy landings (officially referred to as Operation Neptune) was called D-Day by the Allies leading to the popular use of the term. Over 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts dropped troops along the French coast to embark on a march across Europe into […]

June 7 1893 – Mohandas Gandhi protests racial segregation in South Africa

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June 7 1893 – Mohandas Gandhi protests racial segregation in South AfricaRate this post On June 7, 1893, Mohandas Gandhi, one of the most influential non-violent leaders of the modern world, committed his first act of civil disobedience in South Africa when he voiced his protest against racial segregation. A young, idealistic lawyer, Gandhi was accepted a contract to work as a lawyer in South Africa for a year at the age of 24. Settling in Natal, Gandhi found that he was subjected to harsh South African laws that restricted the rights of Indians. On June 7, Gandhi boarded the first-class carriage of a train at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. […]

June 8 632 AD – Prophet Mohammed Dies in Medina

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June 8 632 AD – Prophet Mohammed Dies in MedinaRate this post According to Muslims, Islam as a religion is the culmination of spiritual revelations that were brought into the world by the efforts of a number of prophets as foretold in the Judaic-Christian tradition. The original monotheistic religion of the world was restored by a glorious line of prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, according to the followers of Islam. Prophet Muhammad was the final among these and preached the “true religion” among the faithful. On June 8, 632 CE, the prophet who had become one of the most influential men in the history of the […]

June 9 1870 – Author Charles Dickens Dies

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June 9 1870 – Author Charles Dickens DiesRate this post The world lost a literary stalwart and a social critic on June 9, 1870, when Charles Dickens passed away after suffering a stroke at his Kent residence. Newspapers considered the loss of a “great and genial novelist” as nothing less than a “personal bereavement.” Dickens’ ‘consummate’ skill and ‘very original’ genius’ made him the one of the most quoted and celebrated writers in English after Shakespeare. The world remembers him as the creator of the Artful Dodger in ‘Oliver Twist’, Ebenezer Scrooge of ‘A Christmas Carol’, and Sam Weller of ‘The Pickwick Papers.’ His body of work is widely referred […]

June 10: 323 BCE – The Death of Alexander the Great

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June 10: 323 BCE – The Death of Alexander the GreatRate this post Late in the evening, after battling an unknown illness for nearly two weeks, Alexander the great quietly died at the royal palace in the heart of Babylon. After almost a decade of conquest, the Macedonian king reigned over much of the Eastern hemisphere and his death, some argue, did more than anything else to create the dividing lines between European, African and Asian civilization we know today. At the tender age of thirteen, in front of his father King Phillip II and several nobles of the Macedonian court, Alexander tamed a spirited horse named Bucephalus. Having guaranteed […]