logo

SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE

Flashback archive

Benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing

One Love Manchester was a benefit concert and British television special held in June 2017, which was organized by American singer and actress Ariana Grande in response to the bombing after her concert at Manchester Arena two weeks earlier. The concert took place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

"Wonder Woman" earns $103.3 million on its opening weekend

Earning a total of $103.3 million on its opening weekend, the film recorded a number of records: the biggest domestic opening of all time for a female director, the biggest DC Comics release without Batman or Superman, the 6th-biggest non-sequel comic book superhero debut ever, as well as the 6th-biggest June debut weekend.

Bob Dylan comes out with his long awaited Nobel Prize speech

Music icon Bob Dylan has delivered his long-awaited Nobel lecture, citing Buddy Holly and "The Odyssey" among his inspirations, a relief for the Swedish Academy after it honoured the songwriter with its prestigious literature prize for the first time.

Accra explosion

On June 4, 2015, an explosion and a fire occurred at a petrol station in Ghana's capital city Accra, killing over 250 people.

The concert for Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee has been a parade of epic proportions all across Britain. Jubilee was with a special programme of events arranged with exhibitions and concerts, that took place outside Buckingham Palace. People in more than 70 countries took part in Jubilee Lunches to celebrations.

2011

Li Na becomes the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam singles title

32-year-old China's Li Na became the first Asian player to win a grand slam singles title with a 6-4 7-6 victory over defending champion Francesca Schiavone in the French Open final. It was a performance with abilities, peak and grit. She took tennis in Asia to a new level.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes its maiden flight

After ground tests and shape tests, there come first low orbit launch tests of Falcon 9 rocket. After a few delays, there was the launch on June 27, 2010, 15:00 UTC. It was the big success for this pretty young company

2008

Detroit Red Wings wins the Stanley Cup

The Stanley Cup Finals was contested between Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. It was Detroit's 23rd appearance in the game and its first since winning the Cup in 2002. The Red Wings wins four games to two and were awarded the Stanley Cup.

DIY icon Martha Stewart indicted on fraud

Martha Helen Stewart is famous in many areas like businesswoman, writer, and television personality. She has written numerous bestselling books, famous magazine Marta Steward Living and she has own TV show called Martha.

2002

South Korea starts a memorable journey to the World Cup

South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan. Korean team achieved their first ever victory in a World Cup with a 2–0 victory against Poland. Against Portuguese, South Korea win a 1–0. This allows the South Korean team to qualify for the second round for the first time in their history.

Avril Lavigne releases debut album "Let Go"

Let Go is the debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. It was released in June 2002, by Arista Records. For a year after signing a record deal with Arista, Lavigne struggled due to conflicts in musical direction. She relocated to Los Angeles, where she recorded her earlier materials for the album.

Quaoar is discovered

Quaoar actual discovering image was taken on June 4 and analyzed on June 5. It was officially discovered on June 6 by astronomers Chad Trujillo and Michael Brown at the California Institute of Technology, from images acquired at Palomar Observatory. Quaoar is special because signs of crystalline ice have been found.

Kosovo peace plan is agreed

Armed conflict in Kosovo started in February 1998 and lasted until June 1999. It was fought by the forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Kosovo Albanian rebel group. Thanks to the resolve of NATO after an incident in Racaku Kosovo peace plan agreed on June 4, 1999, and NATO gave massive air support to Kosovo and after it, war soon ended.

Jeff Buckley's body is discovered floating in the Mississippi River

In May 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on June 4.

"Love Is All Around" hits #1 on the UK singles chart

"Love Is All Around" is a song recorded by English rock band the Troggs, featuring a string quartet and a 'tick tock' sound on percussion, in D-major. It was written by lead singer Reg Presley and was purportedly inspired by a television transmission of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band's "Love That's All Around".

Steve Irwin marries Terri Raines

In 1991, Irwin met Terri Raines, an American naturalist from Eugene, Oregon, who was visiting wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Australia and had decided to visit the zoo. According to the couple, it was love at first sight. They were engaged 4 months later and were married in Eugene in June 1992.

Polish Solidarity wins the first free elections in Soviet block

Solidarity is a polish labor union. It was founded in September 1890 at the Lenin shipyard. It was the first trade union in a Warsaw Pact country that was not controlled by a communist party. It was part of an anti-bureaucratic social movement.

Chinese tanks crush students on Tiananmen Square

This incident, also known as June Fourth Incident were student-led demonstrations in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China. Protests were suppressed after the government declared martial law and troops with automatic rifles and tanks killed at least several hundred demonstrators. Exact numbers are unknown.

The first of a six date Conspiracy of Hope tour is held

A Conspiracy of Hope was a short tour of 6 benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International that took place in the United States during June 1986. The purpose of the tour was not to raise funds but rather to increase awareness of human rights and of Amnesty's work on its 25th anniversary, and to invite a new generation to take action to free prisoners of conscience.

1985

German footballer Lukas Podolski is born

Lukas Josef Podolski is German professional footballer who plays as a forward for Japanese side Vissel Kobe. He was born in industrial town Gliwice to parents Waldemar Podolski and Krystyna Podolska. His mother was a former member of the Poland national handball team.

Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the U.S.A."

Born In The U.S.A. would rapidly escalate Bruce Springsteen to global success. The album featured seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the best selling album of 1985. After the album was first released it was met with positive reviews and extensive commercial success.

The Police hit #1 in the UK with "Every Breath You Take"

Every Breath You Take is a song by English rock band The Police from their 1983 album Synchronicity. Written by Sting, the single was the biggest US and UK hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 8 weeks and the UK Singles Chart for 4 weeks. It also topped the Billboard Top Tracks chart for 9 weeks.

1976

The first NBA Finals game ever to go to triple overtime

The 1976 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round for the NBA 1975–76 season. The fifth game of final series between Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics was special. There was the first time in NBA history triple-overtime contest. It is referred to as "the greatest game ever played" in NBA history.

The Sex Pistols appear at The Lesser Free Trade Hall

The Sex Pistols' 4 June 1976 concert at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall was to become one of the most significant and mythologised events in rock history. Among the audience of merely forty people or so were many who became leading figures in the punk and post-punk movements: Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto.

Actress Angelina Jolie is born

Angelina Jolie Voight is one of the most famous living actresses. She became famous in movies Lookin' to Get Out and Cyborg 2, followed by famous movie Hackers. One of her most famous roles was Lara Croft. Beside movie roles, she is known for Humanitarian work.

British comedian Russel Brand is born

Russell Edward Brand started his career in stand up shows. Beside it, he was video journalist on MTV, hosted Big Brother's Eforum on E4 and is also a political activist. He has his own production company called Vanity Projects.

Poet Arna Bontemps dies

Arna Bontemps was an award-winning African American author and poet born in October 1902, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Known for his books featuring black characters, he wrote many notable works, including God Sends Sunday or Black Thunder. He died in June 1973, in Nashville, Tennessee, while working on his autobiography.

Actor Noah Wyle is born

Wyle was born in Hollywood, California. Wyle was educated at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, and graduated with the class of 1989. Wyle participated in a Theatre Arts program at Northwestern University after his junior year of high school and appeared in high school plays.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is #1 on the UK album chart

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. Released in May 1967 in the United Kingdom and in June 1967 in the United States, it spent 27 weeks at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number 1 in the US.

Janet Leigh marries Tony Curtis

Janet Leigh was an American actress, singer, dancer, and author. She had highly publicized marriage to actor Tony Curtis in 1951. She co-starred with him in several films before they got married, for example, The Black Shield of Falworth. They divorced in 1962.

Glenn Wallichs launches Capitol Records in the U.S.

Capitol Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the 1st West Coast-based record label in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs, and was later acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955.

Dunkirk rescue is completed

This World War II action is known as Dunkirk evacuation, Operation Dynamo or the miracle of Dunkirk. During it, many Allied soldiers were evacuated from beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, a city in France. This soldier was cut off and surrounded by German troops during the six-week-long Battle of France.

The MS St. Louis is denied permission to land in Florida

More than 900 Jews fled Germany aboard a luxury liner, the MS St. Louis. The Jewish refugees had applied for US visas, and had planned to stay in Cuba only until they could enter the United States. But the Cuban and US government refused to admit them. The refugees were forced to return to Europe.

The first shopping carts were introduced

Inventer of the first shopping cart was Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma. He wanted an option for his customers to take more goods. He took a folding chair and put two baskets on it and called it "folding basket carrier". It became popular pretty fast.

U.S. Congress approves voting right for women

Until the 1910s, most states did in the USA did not give women the right to vote. It was changed with The nineteenth Amendment onAugust 18, 1920. It was the culmination of the women's suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote.

Minimum wage is first adopted in the U.S.

The legalization of minimum wage emerged at the end of nineteen century. The main problem was that stores like sweathouses employed large numbers of women and young people, and they also paid to workers nonliving wages.

English engineer Christopher is born

He is known as the inventor of the hovercraft. Cockerell wanted to design a boat which is not slowed by the water drag. In 1954, he performed an experiment using kitchen scales, tin cans, and a vacuum cleaner to show that a stream of air could solve the problem. The next year he built first working balsa wood model of hovercraft.

Magician Nevil Maskelyne performs first hack in history

He intervened in a public demonstration of a wireless telegraph given by Guglielmo Marconi and John Fleming. They wanted to send a message at 300 miles: from clifftop station in Poldhu, Cornwall, UK, to London. Maskelyne used their device to send his own massage. It was a facetious poem accusing Marconi of diddling the public.

Guglielmo Marconi receives patent for Wireless Telegraphy

Marconi can’t be called the only inventor of the radio. The wireless communication technology had more than one creator. The discovery was made possible by theoretical work of Scottish physicist James Maxwell. His Russian colleague Alexander Popov accomplished radio transmission before Marconi. But Marconi was most important of all radio inventors.

Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle

Henry Ford introduced the Quadricycle, the first automobile he ever constructed. Ford built his first automobile with friends while working as an chief engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. For more than a century, the Quadricycle has symbolized the base and success of Ford Motor Company.

Writer Giacomo Casanova dies

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova died in Duchcov, the Czech Republic in June 1798. His autobiography guaranteed Casanova an enduring reputation as a womanizer on a heroic scale and he was not immune to the attraction of his own sex either, but there was more to him than that. In a life spent frequently on the run, an object of interest to every secret policeman in Europe.

The first hot-air balloon is launched

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier are best known for inventing of a Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique in 1782 and did the successful piloted flight in 1983. Beside it, they had made many more inventions.

Philosopher Socrates is born

He is considered a founder of western philosophy. His predecessors, the pre-Socratics, were interested in explanations of natural phenomena, including the origin of the universe. Socrates, however, shifted the main interest of philosophers towards human mind and society. Socrates himself did not left any writings. He is known from the writings of his students.

Anniversaries of famous