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Bahawalpur fuel tank explosion

A tanker truck exploded near Ahmedpur East in Pakistan's Bahawalpur District, killing 219 people and injuring at least 34 others. The truck overturned when its driver attempted to make a sharp turn on the N-5 National Highway.

Univision terminates contract with Donald Trump

Univision canceled its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump's offensive remarks about Mexicans. Univision is the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, so its decision is a blow to the Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Trump and Comcast's NBCUniversal division.

The Sims 3: Island Paradise is released

The Sims 3: Island Paradise is the 10th expansion pack for The Sims 3 series from Electronic Arts. It is available on both Windows and OS X. The release dates vary from continent to continent. It was released in the US in June 2013. One of the key new features is the option for Sims to own houseboats. These can be docked at any unoccupied port, or anchored anywhere in the ocean.

Michael Jackson dies from an overdose

In June 2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson to no avail.


The Battle of Nuremberg sets a new record

The Battle of Nuremberg is the nickname of a football match played in the Round of 16 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup between Portugal and the Netherlands at the Frankenstadion in Nuremberg. Russian referee Valentin Ivanov issued a FIFA World Cup record four red cards and 16 yellow cards, setting a new record for cards shown at any FIFA.

Arcelor agrees to join Mittal

ArcelorMittal S.A. was formed in 2006 from the takeover and merger of Arcelor by Indian owned Mittal Steel. ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steel producer, with an annual crude steel production of 98.1 million tons as of 2014. It is ranked 123 in the 2017 Fortune Global 500 ranking of the world's biggest corporations.

"The Notebook" is released

The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on Nicholas Sparks' 1996 novel of the same name. The film premiered in June 2004, in the United States and Canada and grossed $13,464,745 in 2,303 theaters its opening weekend, ranking number 4 at the box office. The film grossed a total of $115,603,229 worldwide.


Tim Duncan is named the 1999 NBA Finals MVP

During the 1998–99 NBA season, Duncan's San Antonio Spurs stood against New York Knicks. After closing out the series with a strong 31-point and 9-rebound showing in Game 5, Duncan was named Finals MVP, bringing San Antonio their first-ever NBA championship.

The final episode broadcasts last moments of a cancer patient

The Human Body is a seven-part documentary series, first shown in May 1998 on BBC One. A co-production between the BBC and The Learning Channel, the series looks at the mechanics and emotions of the human body from birth to death. The final episode broadcasts death of Herbert Mower, who died the previous year and gave permission for his death to be recorded for the series.

French explorer Jacques Cousteau dies

He was one of the co-inventors of the aqualung, which made SCUBA diving possible. Cousteau also developed the Conshelf series of manned underwater habitats, the Diving Saucer, a process of underwater television and numerous other platforms and specialized instruments of ocean science. He used famous research ship Calypso.

Russian cargo spacecraft collides with space station

Docked via remote control, unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft accidentally rammed into the Spektr science module of the MIR station. The collision resulted in a hole in the pressure vessel and damaged solar arrays beyond use. To salvage the station, which consisted of a core, a connecting node, and five science modules, crew members severed electrical and data connections between Spektr and the rest of the station and then sealed off the module. They saved the station but lost about half of their electrical power.

Space Shuttle Columbia is launched

Main mission objective was the deployment of Spacelab reusable laboratory. The crew completed 31 microgravity experiments in five basic areas: fluid dynamics, crystal growth, combustion science, biological science, and technology demonstration. The crystal growth experiment resulted in longest period of protein crystal growth in Space Shuttle program.

Independence of Slovenia and Croatia is declared

In the Slovenian independence referendum held on 23 December 1990, a vast majority of residents voted for independence. Also in the Croatian independence referendum held on 2 May 1991, 93.24% voted for independence. Finally, the sovereignty of both countries was declared on 25 June 1991.


Marco Van Basten scores a spectacular volley

The UEFA Euro 1988 Final was a football match played in June of that year. The match was contested by the Soviet Union and the Netherlands at the Olympiastadion in Munich. The Dutch won the match 2–0, with goals coming from captain Ruud Gullit, a header in the first half and tournament top scorer Marco van Basten.

Prince releases album Purple Rain

Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince, the first to feature his band the Revolution, and is the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. It was released in June 1984 by Warner Bros. Records. The first two singles from the album, "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy", topped the US singles charts.

The Police score their fourth UK #1 album with "Synchronicity"

Synchronicity is the 5th and final studio album by English rock band the Police, released in the United Kingdom in June 1983. The band's most successful release, the album includes the hit singles "Every Breath You Take" and "Synchronicity II". The album reached number 1 on both the UK Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold over 8 million copies in the U.S.

Sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" is released in the US

Blade Runner was released in 1,290 theaters in June 1982. That date was chosen by producer Alan Ladd Jr. because his previous highest-grossing films had a similar opening date in 1977 and 1979, making the 25th of the month his "lucky day". Initial reactions among film critics were mixed. Some wrote that the plot took a back seat to the film's special effects.

Microsoft is incorporated

The company restructured in June 1981, to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington. As part of the restructuring, Bill Gates became president of the company and chairman of the board, and Paul Allen became Executive Vice President.

The world's first ever live satellite tv broadcast

Our World was the first live, international, satellite television production, which was broadcast in June 1967. Creative artists, including the Beatles, opera singer Maria Callas, and painter Pablo Picasso – representing nineteen nations – were invited to perform or appear in separate segments featuring their respective countries.

Roy Orbison is at #1 on the UK singles chart with "It's Over"

"It's Over" is an American song composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees and sung by Orbison. The single reached No. 1 in June 1964, making it Orbison's second UK No. 1 single. The single spent 2 weeks at No.1 on the UK singles chart, out of a total of 18 weeks on that chart.

Musician George Michael is born

George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! He was widely known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Last Christmas", and albums such as Faith and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

Comedian Ricky Gervais is born

Ricky Dene Gervais is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy.

CBS airs first commercial colour TV signal

An unsuccessful lawsuit by RCA delayed the first commercial network broadcast in color until June 1951, when a musical variety special titled simply Premiere was shown over a network of five East Coast CBS affiliates. Viewing was again restricted: the program could not be seen on black-and-white sets, and Variety estimated that only thirty prototype color receivers were available in the New York area.

Korean war breaks out

The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began in June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. The United Nations, with the US as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union also gave some assistance to the North.

Singer Carly Simon is born

Carly Elisabeth Simon is an American singer-songwriter, musician and children's author. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include "Anticipation" and "You Belong To Me".

English novelist George Orwell is born

George Orwell was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

German physicist Hermann Oberth is born

He is considered one of the fathers of rocketry. After injury in WWI, he drafted a proposal for a long-range rocket. The War Ministry dismissed it as fanciful. Oberth’s Ph.D. dissertation on rocket design (Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen, The Rocket into Interplanetary Space) was also rejected. He published it and soon gained recognition.

7th Cavalry is slaughtered by Sioux

The Battle of the Little Bighorn was an armed engagement between combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The battle, which resulted in the defeat of US forces, was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

Pierre Michaux is born

Pierre Michaux was a blacksmith who furnished parts for the carriage trade in Paris during the 1850s and 1860s. He may have become the inventor of the bicycle when he added pedals to a draisine to form a velocipede, the forerunner of the modern bicycle. However historic sources reveal other possible claimants such as his son Ernest Michaux and Pierre Lallement.

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